The City of Boulder City is committed to keeping residents safe and informed. As we receive news and information through the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) regarding COVID-19, or coronavirus, we want residents to remain educated and updated. SNHD developed a comprehensive website on COVID-19 detailing important information on the illness, including symptoms, prevention and links to CDC.
Here is an excellent five minute video regarding coronavirus.
Visit www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus for more information. The Health District also activated its information line to assist the public in getting their questions answered. Southern Nevada Health District Information Line can be reached at 702.759.INFO (4636). Currently, the line is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
CDC does have specific guidance for travelers
UPDATE 3.12.2020: Clark County Case Numbers for March 12
UPDATE 3.11.2020: Three new presumptive positive cases reported
Who is at Higher Risk
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce exposures to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.
What to Do if You Get Sick
Stay home and call your doctor
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: