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March 25, 2020 Regional Information Center Update

REGIONAL INFORMATION CENTER UPDATE FOR MARCH 25

 Seven additional COVID-19 cases confirmed

Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center today offered the Washoe County community the following resources and information pertaining to COVID-19 and the community’s response.

The Washoe County Health District is reporting seven additional cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, moving the total number of cases to 57.

Due to the growing number of cases, the Health District is only reporting on the number of additional cases and total cases at this time.

The total number of cases that have fully recovered remains at four.

Regional Website Launched and Press Conference Held

The Regional Information Center today launched a regional website for COVID-19 information. The site is https://covid19washoe.com/. A link to today’s press conference can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4PNvxpw8Cc

Update on COVID-19 Homeless Services

Under the direction of the Washoe County COVID-19 Incident Management Team, a Homeless Services division has been created and is actively working to ensure essential services are provided to our region’s population of individuals experiencing homelessness during this crisis.

As part of that of that emergency response, 19 Sani-Hut portable restrooms with hand sanitizer have been temporarily placed in a variety of areas throughout Washoe County to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with access to restrooms. More info.

Complete List of Currently Licensed Child Care Facilities Currently Open Available

For a complete list of currently licensed child care facilities currently open and closed due to #Coronavirus in Washoe County, visit the Human Services Agency’s website.

Nevada Secretary of State announces June 9 Primary Election to be conducted by All Mail

The Nevada Secretary of State, in collaboration with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office along with all other counties in the state, have announced the upcoming Primary Election on June 9, 2020, will be an all-mail election. All active registered voters in Nevada will be mailed an absentee ballot for the primary election.  No action or steps, such as submitting an absentee ballot request application, will be required by individual voters in order to receive a ballot in the mail.  Voters will be able to mark their ballot at home and then return it by mail using a postage-prepaid envelope or by dropping it off in person at a designated county location.  This announcement applies only to the June 9, 2020 primary election.

Should you need to update your address, mailing address, and party affiliation please visit, www.RegistertoVoteNV.gov as soon as possible. See the Secretary of State announcement by clicking here. 

Certain area parks open, but NO group gatherings

While some City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County Parks and Trails are open, per Governor Sisolak’s announcement yesterday, we ask if you visit a park, please do not do so in groups. The Governor’s emergency directive prohibits gatherings of groups of 10 or more in any indoor or outdoor public area to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this includes parks, play structures, fields, trails and other outdoor activities. To see which Washoe County Park facilities are closed please click here,  City of Reno parks facility closures please click here  and for City of Sparks park information please click here.

#StayHomeForNevada Challenge

The Regional Information Center is asking for your help.  It’s important for residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County to stay home if possible during this critical time.  We are encouraging the public to help us by sharing a social media message encouraging people to stay home and stay healthy. So we want to know – how do you #StayHomeForNevada? Let us know on social media. Share your videos or pictures and tag them with #StayHomeForNevada and tag @COVID19Washoe on Twitter. Then challenge your friends and loved ones to participate – at least 3.  Don’t have Twitter? Share your #StayHomeForNevada post on Facebook as well and tag @CityofReno, @CityofReno or @WashoeCounty in your posts.

The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. Follow us on Twitter @COVID19Washoe. The entities include: City of Reno, City of Sparks, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Regional Transportation Commission, REMSA, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County School District and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Also, in the group are the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.