Elko Nevada Hotels
It is with a heavy heart that we share the following news: We are pleased to announce that we were able to update the Elko Las Vegas community this afternoon on the results of the first positive COVID test. Tonight we were informed that the test was passed and it is reported that our first person in our community tested positive for COID-19.
The city hopes for a speedy recovery of this person and urges all members of the community to continue to take the precautions expected to keep themselves and their families healthy. We ask all parishioners who feel ill to take all appropriate precautions, including staying at home and making an appointment with a doctor.
This includes staying at home, socially distancing oneself from areas where large groups can gather, washing hands and faces thoroughly and often, and not allowing children to play or sleep with friends. These precautions include wearing masks or face coverings when going out in public and keeping children and family members safe when going to the grocery store. Stay at home and avoid areas with large crowds, such as grocery stores, unless absolutely necessary.
We would also urge the community to continue to practise aggressive social distancing and take the necessary precautions to remain healthy.
Instead, we plan to work with the governor and his staff, as we have done from the beginning. We do this because we believe that listening to the public health authorities and trusting the science that flattens the curve has proven to be the best way forward. By following these guidelines, we will play our part in limiting the spread of this highly contagious virus.
We also work closely with Congressman Amodei's office to ensure that local clinics are fully equipped with test kits and are ready to test anyone in the community who needs them. The city is also taking steps to prevent possible infection with the virus among members of our community. We remain committed to public safety and advise members of our communities to remain vigilant, not to panic and to take all necessary precautions to ensure that we put public health first and keep our community safe.
The light at the end of the tunnel is dim, although it is slowly approaching, but we have no doubt that we will get through this if we remain calm and take the right precautions. We are a resilient community and we know these are uncertain times, so we are calming down.
Finally, we would like to thank the staff of Smith's Food Store for all the work they have done to ensure that the store is well stocked and that we currently have food, toilet paper and other essentials in our homes. While they are working on repurchasing sold items, I wanted to take the time to ask the community to please look at what you have in your community. If the answer is no, then please go to your shop and leave some for others, but if you are in need, make sure you support the many small businesses that may need it but have not been inundated with customers in recent days.
We should be quarantined for 14 days, but until that time we ask you to have enough of what is necessary to make ends meet.
The relatively small number of cases does not mean that it is clear, but let us be clear: it is not.
Governor Sisolak will announce the reopening on Thursday, and while we don't yet know exactly what the plan says, the city is working closely with local businesses to ensure that when they can open, they are ready to do so in a way that protects public safety. City Manager Chris Melville is committed to ensuring that we inform the public in the appropriate country estates of this protocol as soon as we receive information so that they have the most up-to-date information available. As for the reopening, this plan is expected to include the opening of the Elko Hotel and Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center. We will stay at home with our orders, but if we do not, I fear that you will see an increase in new cases that go beyond that.
I would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to continue to exercise strict social dissociation and to follow the current guidelines of the DCD. Although the Community as a whole has done a great job of following these guidelines, I have noticed that many have begun to lose their vigilance. I know our community is tight - tight and news will spread quickly, and many people will want to reach out to their family, so I would urge you to respect their privacy. There are reports that other municipalities have gone it alone in publishing their own plans to reopen, even if that means resisting the governor's order.