In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, almost all Clark County buildings will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice.
The County facilities that will remain open to the public at this time will be McCarran International Airport, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the courts and the County Marriage License Bureau.
Even though most County buildings will be closed, County employees will be at work and able to communicate with residents by phone or email. A list of phone numbers and emails for various County departments is available at www.clarkcountynv.gov/Pages/Departments.aspx. County services that are available online will also continue to be accessible.
Also, outdoor park spaces will also remain open to the public, although any visitors are strongly encouraged to follow health officials' recommendations regarding social distancing (a 6-foot separation between people) and other precautions www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.
"Everyone at the County understands the impacts these closures will have on the public we serve," County Manager Yolanda King said. "Our hope is that the actions we take today will limit the spread of the virus and help our community recover sooner."
"These are uncharted waters," County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "While closing buildings to the public is a dramatic step, we believe it is a necessary one. Please, check on your friends and neighbors, especially those who are a little older, and remember to wash your hands often, cover sneezes and coughs, and if you feel sick go home and call your doctor."
County officials are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation in coordination with state, local and federal health officials and will keep the public advised of any updates. As this continues to be a rapidly changing situation, additional measures are possible.
For additional information, visit the Southern Nevada Health District's website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus, or the State of Nevada COVID-19 website page at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/faqs/. Residents also can call the Health District's Information Phone Line: (702) 759-INFO (4636), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.
General coronavirus tips and precautions:
- Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor.
- Practice everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Social Distancing: Try to put distance between yourself and others. The CDC recommends at least 6 feet to limit person-to-person spread in public gatherings. Limit your interactions with others if you are over the age of 65 or have a serious medical condition.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops and your cell phone.
Remember the three steps for basic emergency preparedness:
1. Get a disaster supply kit. The kit should contain items for you and your family's basic needs for two weeks including food and water, and provisions for infants, medically fragile family members and pets. Residents are asked to shop strategically with a list to build your supplies over time, be flexible, and refrain from panic buying. Our local supply chain is robust and shipments to stores are arriving regularly. Many people live on fixed incomes and need to be able to buy supplies when they shop.
2. Create an emergency plan. Family members may not be together when an emergency occurs, so it's important to plan in advance how you will connect with one another.
3. Be informed. Visit the Health District and CDC's website pages. Stay tuned for updates. Emergency preparedness information is available on the County's Office of Emergency Management website pages: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/fire/oem/Pages/General-Preparedness--Safety-Tips.aspx