In an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 in conjunction with the pause ordered by Gov. Steve Sisolak, most Clark County buildings will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The County facilities that will remain open to the public at this time will be McCarran International Airport and University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Courts will remain open for limited types of case proceedings. The County Marriage License Bureau will remain open. Clark County parks and recreation centers will operate at 50 percent building capacity. All tournaments at County facilities are cancelled until further notice to comply with the governor’s directive to limit crowd capacity. Reservations for all groups larger than 50 people are being cancelled at this time, and no group reservations at parks are being accepted. Public meetings scheduled to be held at Clark County’s Government Center or other buildings will be cancelled or moved to virtual formats.
Even though most County buildings will be closed to the public for business, County employees will be available to communicate with residents by phone or email. Phone numbers and emails for various County departments can be found on Clark County’s website under department listings. You also can access the Quick Listings Guide. County services that are available online will also continue to be accessible.
Also, outdoor park spaces and playground will remain open to the public. Visitors are urged to follow directives based on health guidance requiring face coverings to be worn at all times, whether indoors or outdoors, when around individuals outside their households. A summary of the new state restrictions in place starting Nov. 24 is on the Nevada Health Response website: NV-Statewide-Pause-Guidance-Matrix.pdf.
“With the announcement of increased restrictions focused on businesses and public and private gatherings, it is imperative that we continue doing whatever is necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus in our workplace for both employees and the public,” County Manager Yolanda King said.“Our goal in closing our buildings to the public is to help reduce the surge in cases we are seeing in our community and throughout the state,” County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. “Most of our residents are doing the right thing to protect themselves and others. It’s important for all of us to keep doing the things that we know help reduce the spread of the virus including wearing face coverings, social distancing and frequent hand washing.”
For additional information, visit the State of Nevada COVID-19 website page at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/faqs/ or the Southern Nevada Health District’s website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus. Information about COVID-19 testing and prevention is available in Spanish as part of the Esta En Tus Manos outreach effort at www.estaentusmanos.com. The Health District has a calendar posted in English and Spanish on its website at www.SNHD.info/covid that lists various testing dates and locations. Health official recommend the following actions for everyone to reduce community spread of all viruses:
- Stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick.
- Wear face coverings in public and among people who don’t live in the same household. Face coverings should have two layers or more that cover your nose, chin, and fit snugly against the side of your face.
- Get flu shots this fall to protect health and reduce potential impacts to the local medical system. Those who are at higher risk of complications from the flu also are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Risk factors include people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and mask.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched items such as your cell phone, doorknobs and counter tops.
- Maintain at least 6 feet social distancing per person from non-household members.
- Over the holidays, health officials recommend limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people. Ensure all guests wear masks. It is safest to keep company with family members living in the same household.
- Consult these resources for help dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Nevada 2-1-1 – Provides resource referrals to those in need of social service support.
- Southern Nevada Health District INFO Phone Line – (702) 759-INFO (4636), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, for general questions about COVID-19.
- Southern Nevada Community Health Center – Offers a free telehealth service for uninsured patients at (702) 759-1700 or online at https://tinyurl.com/yxgx6gke.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.