Apr 02, 2020

Immunize Nevada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Brief

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to affect our daily lives in Nevada, across the country, and beyond. In these hectic times, we strive to offer the most accurate and evidence-based information to ensure the health of Nevadans. Working in a field regularly clouded by misinformation, we are experienced in compiling accurate information to educate Nevadans on making choices that best protect their health.

As a nonprofit dedicated to promoting health and preventing disease, we encourage Nevadans to follow prevention practices outlined by the CDC, statewide health agencies, and the local health districts.


 

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Resources
Contact Information
Statewide Resources 
Nevada Health Link- Special Enrollment Period
Recursos comunitarios en Nevada en español
Public Health Resources
Support Immunize Nevada and Small Businesses 
Statewide Support for Nevada Hospitals
Statewide Support for Domestic Violence
For Parents
News


Our Part
Immunize Nevada is doing its part to practice social distancing and has transitioned all employees to working virtually. In addition, we have cancelled all community outreach events for the foreseeable future. Our team is still available by email or phone. We encourage everyone to take the recommended steps to help prevent the spread of this disease in our communities.

Our individual actions now are vital in ensuring the health of Nevadans in the future.

With that, we introduce our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Brief. This blog will be updated regularly with local and statewide information about the virus, health resources, and additional information that will best inform Nevdans on how to ensure their health.


Resources
The following links provide up-to-date information from across the state and the CDC:

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Situation Summary
Nevada Health Response (Statewide information about COVID-19) 
UNLV & SNHD- Nevada COVID-19 FAQ's Video
Carson City Health and Human Services
Washoe County Health District
Southern Nevada Health District
Elko County 

Preventative Practices- Social Media Graphics for download

All local health districts are monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, we advise following their updates, along with state health department, and CDC recommendations. The recommendations the CDC has given align with the preventative measures in place to prevent the spread of seasonal flu, they include:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and others. Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid shaking hands.
  • 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.
  • Practice everyday preventive 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.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
       

Contact Information
Are you or a loved one experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Below is the contact information for local health districts and the designated hotline for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment.

Carson City Health and Human Services Hotline
Available Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
775-283-4789

Washoe County Health District COVID-19 Hotline
Available Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
775-328-2427

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Hotline
Available Monday-Friday 7 A.M.–7 P.M.
702-759-4636

Elko County COVID-19 Hotline
Available Monday-Friday 7 A.M.–7 P.M.
775-777-2507 or covid19@elkocounty.net 
 

Statewide Resources

Statewide

The Nevada Independent- Resource Guide: Where to find food, cash assistance and other help during coronavirus outbreak
Statewide Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Resources from the Office of Senator Catherine Coretz Masto, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto COVID-19 Resource Guide
Resources from Congresswoman Susie Lee 
Resources from Congressman Steven Horsford 
Health Plan of Nevada- COVID-19 Statewide Resources
Children's Advocacy Alliance - Coronavirus Resource Center for families and students 
Resources from the Office of Senator Jacky Rosen- COVID-19 Small Business Assistance

Northern Nevada
The Downtown Reno Partnership- Stay Safe and Support Reno Businesses
This is Reno- COVID-19 Community Resources
United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra- COVID-19 Information & Resources
Reno-Sparks-Washoe Regional Information Center
Partnership Douglas County- Community Resources in Douglas County During COVID-19
Wash-oe Hands. A mutual aid group and relief fund for Washoe County residents. 

Southern Nevada
Clark County- COVID-19 Updates and Resources 
Nevada Current- Community resources in Southern Nevada for people affected by coronavirus
United Way of Southern Nevada - Emergency Assistance and COVID-19 Resources  
United Citizenz Foundation- No Cost Counseling Services
Vegas Strong- Mental Health Resources
UNLV Drive-Through Testing
Nye County Testing

 

Nevada Health Link- Special Enrollment Period 
In response to Governor Sisolak’s March 12th Emergency Declaration, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (Exchange), the state agency that connects Nevadans to qualified health plans through the online State Based Exchange (SBE), known as Nevada Health Link, announces a limited-time Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for qualified Nevadans who missed the Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The SEP runs from March 17, 2020 through April 15, 2020, and will allow eligible individuals to enroll in a qualified health plan through the SBE platform, Nevada Health Link.

Individuals seeking a special enrollment are encouraged to contact the Customer Assistance Call Center between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-800-547-2927; TTY: 711. The Call Center will extend its hours on Saturday’s and Sunday’s (except for Easter Sunday) from March 21 through April 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST. The Exchange recommends working with a certified broker or navigator to enroll in the SEP. Nevada Health Link offers language assistance and if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a disability, accommodations are provided at no cost.

If you enroll April 2 – April 15, you will have a coverage start date of May 1, 2020.

 

Recursos comunitarios en Nevada en español
Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades: Información sobre Coronavirus (COVID-19)
El Coronavirus: Todo Lo Que Deben De Saber Los Latinos y Como Prepararse
Unidos US: Coronavirus COVID-19 
COVID-19 Health Literacy Project- Hojas informativas sobre coronavirus
Southern Nevada Health District: Información sobre precaución 
Washoe County Health District: Información sobre Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Nevada Health Response: Para español, elija español en la parte inferior izquierda de la página donde dice "select language"
Caucus Legislativo Hispano de Nevada (NHLC): NHLC COVID-19 Información

 

Public Health Resources
Research America- Coronavirus Resources 
Trust for America's Health- TFAH's Portal of COVID-19 Resources 
American Public Health Association- COVID-19 Resources

 

Support Immunize Nevada and Small Business
You can support Immunize Nevada and a local restaurant in your area impacted by COVID-19 when you register for eScrip. You can find instructions on how to register, as well as particpating restaurants here

 

Statewide Support for Nevada Hospitals 

Carson City

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center

Henderson
Henderson Hospital

Las Vegas
Review Journal List of Las Vegas Hospital Donations
Centennial Hills Hospital
Dignity Health

Reno
Renown Health 
St. Mary's Health Network 
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

Sparks
Northern Nevada Medical Center

 

Statewide Support for Domestic Violence 
Finding safety from domestic violence during the pandemic is still possible, resources and contact information are listed below.
Statewide: Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Northern Nevada: Safe Embrace
Southern Nevada: SafeNest

 

For Parents
With children at home from school and other activities, we understand resources may be needed to provide educational content or management of fears or anxiety. Below are links to assist with at-home learning and anxiety management.

101+ Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy During Coronavirus Closures: "Most of this is directed toward children, but adults may enjoy some of these ideas too."

60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math: Here are the best math websites, according to teachers.

Virtual Field Trips (list via Google Docs): Over 30 field trips you can take from the comfort of your home!

Vaccine Makers Project (school-age lessons on immune systems and vaccination): The Vaccine Makers Project (VMP) is committed to public education about vaccine science via scientifically supported, historically accurate, and emotionally compelling content.

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus: "If you are raising, teaching or otherwise caring for an adolescent who is feeling very nervous about it, here are five things you can do."

Carson City School District Remote Learning 
Churchill County School District Learning from a Distance
Clark County School District Updates and Distance Learning
Douglas County School District Updates
Elko County School District Updates and Distance Learning 
Esmeralda County School District COVID-19 Updates 
Eureka School District Updates 
Humboldt County Distance Learning Resources 
Lander County School District COVID-19 Statement 
Lincoln County School District Update 
Lyon County School District Google Classroom 
Mineral County School District COVID-19 Update 
Nye County School District Information 
Pershing County School District 
Storey County School District Updates
Washoe County School District Distance Learning 
White Pine County School District Learn at Home Statement


News
There is an outpouring of news, media updates, and constant mobile app notifications. We understand that media fatigue during this time can be real and overwhelming. Below are links to current media stories that explain the current situation, the need to #FlattenTheCurve, and tips for handling the recent changes made to daily life. Please feel free to share these stories with your network and check back for updates happening on a regular basis.

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to "flatten the curve": "The spread can be slowed, public health professionals say, if people practice 'social distancing' by avoiding public spaces and generally limiting their movement.

The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’: Experts weigh in on whether you should cancel your dates, dinner parties, and gym sessions.

100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic: "What's there to do while stuck indoors? We've compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible."

5 practical tips for life in the age of COVID: Infectious diseases are a community problem, not an individual problem, and we all need to work together to bring them under control. Right now, that means working together to stop the spread of the new coronavirus which is causing COVID.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public - Myth busters: From the World Health Organization, common myths about COVID-19 and the facts.

A Practical Guide to Staying Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic: This guide, developed by experts in Medicine and Infectious Diseases, offers step-by-step instructions for some of the most common situations you might encounter, focusing on how you can protect yourself & your community.

Wondering about Coronavirus?: An article by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Immunize Nevada

Immunize Nevada, an award winning 501c3 non profit, is widely recognized as Nevada’s trusted resource for immunizations and community health for all ages by fostering education and statewide collaboration.

 

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