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Washoe County issues Declaration of Emergency
Officials respond to COVID-19 to protect residents, gain resources

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Ventetuolo

Reno, Nev. March 17, 2020. The Washoe County Manager, Eric Brown, on behalf of the Washoe County Commission, has issued a Declaration of Emergency in Washoe County on Monday, March 16, 2020.

“Washoe County is dedicated to the safety, health and welfare of our citizens – this is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” said Commission Chair, Bob Lucey. “This Declaration is another tool that enables us to best serve our citizens. As I have stressed before, we must be ready to take strong action to safeguard our community against the long-term effects on public health in our region. This is a quickly moving situation and we are responding accordingly.”

Read full Washoe County Declaration of Emergency here.

The Declaration of Emergency has been issued to increase Washoe County’s accessibility to resources and allow for flexibility with staffing, all with the goal of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Officials emphasize that while we are taking this health threat seriously, they encourage residents not to panic but rather be prepared, be smart, be clean and be vigilant.

“I would also ask that if you are able, reach out to your neighbors, the vulnerable friends and family in your life, with your faith communities, and ensure we are looking out for those in our community who need our help most.”

For COVID-19 resources and information, please click here.

Note to Media: There are no media briefings or availabilities scheduled at this time to promote social distancing. Should you be interested in a phone interview, please contact Amy Ventetuolo at 775-313-8582.  

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