Douglas County Continues to Monitor COVID-19

Douglas County Continues to Monitor the COVID-19 Crisis

Minden, NV -Douglas County leaders continue to coordinate closely with Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) acting as Douglas County’s managing health authority, Quad County Leadership, East Fork Fire acting as Douglas County Emergency Management, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, all county departments, health care providers, non-profits, visitor’s authorities, and businesses to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 crisis in Douglas County and the nation.

 In response to COVID-19, Douglas County Emergency Management along with the other three county Emergency Management agencies, making up the Quad Counties, activated a Multiagency Coordination System (MAC) and provided for the establishment of an Incident Management Team (IMT) to facilitate Situation Assessment, Incident Priority Determination, Critical Resource Acquisition and Allocation, Coordination with Elected Officials and to establish Information Management and Emergency Operations.

 Emergency Manager and East Fork Fire Chief, Tod Carlini, stated, “COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges from the beginning. Working under this four county regional response and incident management system has allowed for a much more coordinated response, relying on partnerships that have been formed over the years. Being able to apply and modify existing plans to such a dynamic and ever changing event has all been possible due to a high level of regional cooperation.  The goal is keep the people of Douglas County and the Quad County region as safe as possible.”

 Douglas County continues to respond and comply with the Governor’s orders and is taking a proactive approach.  The following is a list of some of the actions and measures that have been implemented:

Started the planning process in late January 2020.

Partnered with Carson, Lyon, and Storey to save costs and share scarce resources.

Coordinating and protecting first responder exposure.

Continue to provide all administrative services through remote communication including establishing a new online process for public meetings.

Declared a State of Emergency

Planned with regional, state and local health facilities for any type of medical surge.

  • The County is staying on track fiscally by preparing a COVID-19 Financial Response Plan
  • We are planning for a Douglas County specific approach to restart the local economy, building resiliency and prosperity as quickly as possible.  Through the work of our economic vitality department, we continue to reach out to the business community through our chambers and other business contacts.
  • Essential staff are still staying busy providing services such as water, trash, sewer and various administrative functions.
  • Coordinating with Social Services to assist those Quarantined and in need of assistance and providing help and support.
  • A Joint Information Center (JIC) was activated as part of the MAC for the purpose of providing staff to support internal and external communications regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.   The function of the JIC is to ensure consistent and efficient information flow to the media and to the public.
  • The Meals on Wheels program is being encouraged for all of those that normally attended congregate dining or are otherwise concerned about having access to prepared food. Drive up food delivery will be available at the Douglas County Senior Center.

 “We want to continue to provide the community with the most current information possible, give you access to available resources, and assure you that we continue to do everything possible to keep the people of Douglas County healthy and safe,” said Patrick Cates, Douglas County Manager.“ Please continue to stay home for Douglas.”

A list of County Office closures and/or limited services can be viewed here.

 A webpage for resources available to those who may be impacted by COVID -19 in Douglas County can be found here.

For the most current updates and more information on COVID-19 click here. 

We are encouraging residents who are symptomatic to call Carson City Health and Human Services Hotline phone number at (775) 283-4789. Only call 9-1-1 if there is a true emergency.