Latest Statement from Mayor Daniel Corona
April 3, 2020
Mayor Daniel Corona
March 30, 2020
This morning the City was notified that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. As I have said before, this was not a matter of “if” but “when”. All of us at the City are hoping for a speedy recovery for this individual & want to urge members of our community to continue taking the necessary and expected precautions to keep yourself and your family healthy. These include: Maintaining proper social distancing by staying away from areas where large groups can gather (grocery stores) unless absolutely necessary, staying home, washing your hands and face thoroughly and often and not allowing your kids to play with friends or have sleepovers. By following these guidelines we can all do our part to ensure that the spread of this highly contagious virus is limited.
March 16, 2020
This morning, I met with management at Smith’s Food Store to discuss community concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout our conversation they reiterated that there is no need for the community to panic; while they are currently out of stock (today) on such items as milk, bottled water and paper products, they are working with their warehouse to get more of those items in shortly. They are also taking steps to limit the amounts of certain items that individuals are allowed to purchase at one time, such as putting a limit of 2 per person on milk, bread, bottled water, hand sanitizer, and other items. They also reassured me that there are absolutely no conversations being had regarding the closure of any stores and that they are committed to being open and serving the community.
While Smith’s is working to restock these sold out items I want to take this time to urge the community to take an inventory of food, toilet paper, and other necessities that you currently have in your home. As you do, ask yourself “do we have enough of the necessities to get by should we be quarantined for 14 days?” If the answer is yes, please do not go to the store to purchase more items which prevent others such as your friends and neighbors from purchasing items they may have a greater need for. If the answer is no, then go to the store and purchase only the items that you are short on, leaving some for others. If Smith’s is out of an item that you need, this is the perfect opportunity to support one of our multiple small businesses who may have what you need and have not been swamped with customers over the last few days.
This afternoon I received an update from our Elko County Health Officials, and while there are still no confirmed cases in Elko County the City will continue to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the event that it does appear in our community. We are also working closely with Congressman Amodei’s office to ensure that our local clinic is fully stocked on testing kits and able to test anyone in the community who needs it.
Beginning Wednesday March 18th through April 15th the City will be working with the JAS Foundation’s Food Bank to deliver food to those elderly (65 and over) in West Wendover in an effort to encourage such individuals to stay home versus being out in public places. If you are elderly (65 years of age and older) and you do not have family members or friends who can assist you with shopping and getting basic food necessities, please call the West Wendover City Hall at 775-664-3081 to set up a food package delivery. A staff member of the City will deliver the package to your residence.
In closing, I want to thank the staff at Smith’s Food Store for all the work that they are doing to ensure that our store is stocked and our community has access to the necessities they need. I also want to extend a thank you to Frank Sharp at the JAS Foundation for partnering with the City to ensure that our aging community will still have access to needed food items.
As a final note I want to remind the community that our city drinking water is safe and is not impacted by the COVID-19 Disease. Our water is required to meet very stringent health standards and is among the highest rated in the state for its purity, quality and cleanliness. Have no doubt, it is completely safe to drink and it’s cheap compared to buying bottled water. You’ll pay $5 for a 16 oz. bottle of water from a retailer where if you fill that same bottle from your home tap, you will pay less than 1 cent. That’s real common “cents”. If you have questions about your water, feel free to give us a call at the City.
I know that these are uncertain times but together by remaining calm and taking the proper precautions, I have no doubt that we will get through this.
March 13, 2020
This afternoon I am happy to report after a call with Nevada State and Elko County Health Officials, to date there have been NO positive tests for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Elko County.
Throughout the call today we discussed the State's protocols in place for the reporting to local government’s as people receive testing and what occurs when there are positive test results obtained. As of today, the protocol in place is:
If tested at the West Wendover Clinic:
If a West Wendover resident tests positive, State Health will notify their counterpart at the Elko County level and subsequently Elko County will notify the City of the positive test occurring within the community.
If a West Wendover resident is tested at a health care facility outside of West Wendover, such as at a health care facility in Salt Lake City:
The State of Utah notifies the state health department of the person’s home state, in this case Nevada, and subsequently Elko County Health is notified who will then relay the information to the me and the City Manager. City Manager Chris Melville and I are committed to ensuring that once this information is received we will immediately notify the public in the appropriate manor per the protocols, so that the public has current available information.
While at this time the risk to the general public of COVID-19 remains low there are many within our community who are at heightened risk of serious illness or worse, if they contract the virus. This includes the elderly and those with preexisting conditions who may have a weakened immune system.
There are a number of preventative measures that members of the general public can take to limit the spread of the virus. These include:
- Practicing property hygiene including hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing by using your elbow area of the arm or using disposable tissues
- Practicing social distancing and staying at home if you are feeling ill.
If you believe that you have symptoms consistent with those of the COVID-19 disease, the West Wendover Clinic has protocols in place to test you to determine if you have the virus or are experiencing symptoms from other illnesses that may have some similar symptoms. It is recommended that you call for an appointment at the clinic if you are experiencing such symptoms so that they can provide you the appropriate information, care and limit the potential exposure of the virus to others.
The City is also taking measures to eliminate the possible exposure of the virus to members of our community. This includes encouraging the cancellation of gatherings of over 250 people per federal CDC guidelines. While at this time the cancellation of private events remains at the discretion of event organizers the City has determined that it is in the best interest of public health to cancel all upcoming City sponsored or co-sponsored events. These include:
- The Census Night previously scheduled for March 18th
- The West Wendover Elementary School - Las Vegas Opera previously scheduled for April 1st
- The Annual Cinco De Mayo Event scheduled for May 3rd
We ask that any community member who is feeling ill take appropriate precautions including staying home and scheduling an appointment with a health care provider.
The City remains committed to our general safety and advises members of our community to not panic but remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure that our community is kept safe and that the public’s health is kept as a top priority.
We will continue to update the public as appropriate developments occur. Thank you.
For prevention tips and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 you can view and download the flyers below