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City of Sparks March 20, 2020 Update

March 20, 2020 update regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Washoe County Regional Response Team – Joint Information Center

The Public Information Offices in the region are collaborating to create a COVID-19 Regional Response Team to deliver COVID-19 updates in a unified manner. We will be sending updated information daily.

City Council Meeting

The Monday, March 23, 2020, Sparks City Council Meeting at 2:00 pm is still scheduled. The City of Sparks will be implementing social distancing at this meeting and following additional guidelines from the CDC and Washoe County Health District. In addition, we encourage citizens to email public comment to cityclerk@cityofsparks.us.  A public comment period will still be provided at the meeting. In-person capacity for meeting attendance at City Hall has been reduced to 13 people. Meetings can be watched live on the Sparks Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cityofsparks or online.

Sparks Justice and Municipal Courts

Sparks Justice Court has suspended all unlawful detainer and eviction notices for 30 days. They will continue to accept court filings and the administrative order will be reviewed in 30 days.

In response to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in our region, the Sparks Justice Court, effective March 23, is closed to the public. Court operations will continue. Admittance into the courthouse is restricted to parties and attorneys who are specifically authorized to enter the court on a case-by-case basis. Members of the public who would like to enter the court must make a specific request by calling (775) 353-7600. Forms and further information can be found at the Court’s website at www.washoecounty.us/sjc. 

Individuals wishing to file documents can email them electronically:

Sparks Municipal Court as continued all arraignments and trials to June. Please call (775) 353-2286 about your specific case.

Sparks Parks

While City of Sparks parks are open, the following recommendations are advised to help protect public health and prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19:

  • Park restrooms remain open; they are only cleaned once per day. Drinking fountains are turned off.

  • The use of playgrounds is strongly discouraged. Use at your own risk, as it is not possible to effectively clean and sanitize every piece of equipment.

  • Sports fields are closed to games, practices or any organized team activity.

  • Please practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others.

  • The CDC recommends a minimum of six feet of distance to help reduce the risk of spread between individuals.

  • Do not congregate in groups of 10 people or more. While we pride ourselves on being a friendly community, please avoid social gatherings in our parks at this time.

  • We need your help to keep our parks safe to you and others. Please stay home if you are sick and practice good hygiene. Wash your hands after touching surfaces within the parks. Avoid touching your face.

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Place garbage in trash receptacles.

Sewer System PSA

City of Sparks Public Works reminds the community to please, only flush toilet paper; everything else can go into the trash. Things like flushable wipes are not friendly to our lift stations or treatment plants.

Nevada Health Response Center

The Nevada Health Response Center (NHRC) announced a new feature launched on NVHealthResponse.nv.gov. The COVID-19 Dashboard, developed by Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services Office of Analytics, includes valuable information on testing and COVID-19 cases in Nevada which can be assessed from one central location.