Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting a third positive case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. This is the third case reported in the Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey areas.
The patient is a male Carson City resident in his 70’s. He had close contact with a previously identified COVID-19 case. His condition is stable, and he is self-isolating at his home. Carson City Health and Human Services is contact tracing and monitoring the patient. We will not be releasing any additional details on the individual to protect their privacy. We are and will continue to work collaboratively with the emergency response organizations that serve his community.
Please visit gethealthycarsoncity.org for more information.
The Carson City Board of Supervisors Thursday declared a “State of Emergency” due to the continued rampage of the Covid-19 virus that made landfall in our country – hitching a ride on an airliner from China to the United States last December.
The outbreak of Covid-19 across the U.S. was further accelerated by what’s been described as a hap-hazard attitude by President Trump and his cabinet because even the Center for Disease Control said the U.S. missed its chance to strangle the virus when it made first landfall on the West Coast. Airliners then took over as being the primary delivery mechanism for the virus which seems to prefer older humans – age 50 and up. Although lately we’re hearing stories that even young people are coming down with it. They get mildly sick then get well.
Meanwhile, back in Carson City, we just added a third person (3/20) who has come down with the virus. Medical experts say the virus can stay alive in younger people and never cause any symptoms. Again, that’s how the virus spreads. Neither the carrier nor the new victim knows what’s going on.
Testing is said to be the best tool to use to fight the virus. But test kits have been slow in coming. Without adequate testing we can’t derive where the bug has come from or where it’s going. In short, the U.S. was caught absolutely flat-footed with deadly consequences. And the death toll is rising.
Against this backdrop Governor Steve Sisolak has been closing casinos, restaurants, sports events, bars and other venues where people congregate. Governor Sisolak is recommending that, where appropriate, Nevadans should hunker down and work from their homes – but of course not everybody can do that.
Carson City Supervisors went down a check list of tactics Carson City citizens should use to avoid infection – don’t go into crowded rooms, be on the look out for anyone sneezing or coughing, wash your hands over and over all day long because touching objects like table tops, cellphones and computer keyboards can put the Covid-19 virus right on your hands. All you have to do is rub your eyes, touch your nose or lips and you’ll probably come down with it. These viruses can survive up to three days on various surfaces so be alert. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.
Meanwhile, access to fire and sheriff’s facilities has been tightly curtailed. You’ll find the doors locked so its best to use your phone to get service. Libraries are closed. After school and recreation activities have been slashed.
There are several strains of potential anti-bodies that are being refined in Israel which should come to market fairly soon. They say their vaccine will kill the Covid-19 virus. Other researchers in the U.S. say they’re about to come up with a vaccine of their own. But like all “new” drugs, they’ve got to go through trial runs. They must create a track record of the drug’s performance. The expected timeline to get this vaccine to those who desperately need it ranges from two to eighteen months.
The city’s State of Emergency is very well described on the city’s website: Click here.
In other council action, councilors made it official that the community’s two marijuana sales outlets will have to reign in their operating schedule. The Supervisors, on a split vote, set 8am as the opening time and 10pm for closing. The old schedule had the stores closing at 11pm.
Next…the Supervisors decided to punt rather than immediately set up a revenue district to help pay for the maintenance of sidewalks, trees, turf and other amenities along the South Carson Street improvement project. There is a patchwork of right-of-way encroachments by businesses up and down both sides of the roadway. The nexus is to determine how much in revenue should businesses pay into what’s called a Neighborhood Improvement District – maintenance of sidewalks, trees, and other infrastructure that will help marry the south end of Carson Street to the main downtown area to the north. Supervisors proposed various scenarios but eventually tabled the assessment for now. They decided to take their time coming up with a fair and equitable assessment plan. It appeared during the discussion that the assessment would eventually be 2/3 from businesses and 1/3 from the city.
The whole idea is to beautify the south end of Carson Street so that property values go up as well as income for the businesses. Supervisors will take up the matter again, likely in May. Meanwhile construction upgrades along South Carson Street are progressing nicely.
And finally, under the heading of “What’s good for the goose is good for the other goose,” the Supervisors surrendered their desire to have developers take over their own street(s) and, in turn, dedicate them to the city for their upkeep. The Supervisors had recently turned down another developer who wanted to have the city take over his streets on Emerson just north of College Parkway. At that time the city council decided that the owner of the property himself should maintain those streets because the city’s road maintenance budget was just about empty – leaving many stretches of Carson City roadways full of cracks and growing potholes. The developer accepted ownership of his streets.
But this week, another developer, who wants to build more than thirty homes off the northwest corner of Clearview and Silver Sage, asked the city council to take over the streets in his proposed development. But unlike the earlier case he agreed to pay immediately for a slurry seal to lengthen the life of the brand new pavement – the slurry seal to be applied five to seven years down the road. It was agreed that the slurry seal would just about double the lifespan of the pavement. The developer also agreed that the cost of the slurry seal would be paid for at the time the city approves his project so the city will have the money when it’s time to re-seal the pavement.
Mayor Bob Crowell then challenged the council to go back to the first developer, who they denied the same street arrangement over on Emerson. Mayor Crowell said that it is only fair to offer that developer the same deal.
To be continued.
Governor Steve Sisolak
Closing down casinos state-wide, along with other “non-essential” businesses.
Governor Steve Sisolak this week lowered the boom on the Corona Virus by closing down all non-essential businesses including casinos which attract crowds seeking to strike it rich. Governor Sisolak said the mandatory closures will be for 30 days starting Wednesday the 18th.
Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, banks, gas stations, transit, health care, fire and police departments and social services will remain open for obvious reasons.
Governor Sisolak said that restaurants can remain open but only to provide “take-out” and “delivery meals” to customers who will consume them off premises.
Other closures around Carson City include the CC Senior Center – but they will maintain drive-through lunches and at the main entrance from 11am to Noon, Monday through Friday.
Meals-on-Wheels is delivering lunches and is accepting donations through the Senior Center.
CC’s Recreation Center is shuttered which includes the pool, athletic center and all other recreation activities, including the Community Center, Fuji Park, Livermore Sports Complex, Governor’s Field and Centennial Park.
If you need new water/sewer service you can’t just walk in and fill out a form. You’ve got to do it on line, on the internet, at Carson.org/utilities. Residents can also call 775-887-2355 or you can email for information at UTILITYBILLING@CARSON.ORG. If you need a building permit, business license, zoning permit or other city service go on line at permitcenter.carson.org. For other services try going on line at carson.org/covid-19 or go to www.GetHealthyCarsonCity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019.
Carson City Schools are feeding students and siblings free breakfasts and lunches that can be picked up at four schools, 11:30am to 1pm. Those schools are Empire, Seeliger, Carson Middle and Carson High and you’re limited to drive-thru service. Nobody gets out of the car. All children involved must be present at the time of awarding the lunch and breakfast meals.
Meanwhile, Western Nevada College is resuming its classes on line starting March 23rd and will carry-on with classes through to the end of the semester.
WNC’s Child Development Center closed today, March 18th, and will remain closed until further notice according to a press release.
City Closures and Available Services
Carson City officials are continuously monitoring the level of risk of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) to the community. In close coordination with Carson City Health and Human Services, the City Manager’s Office along with City departments in an abundance of caution are coordinating the closure of some offices to take additional measures to slow the spread of respiratory viruses. As closures are announced please visit carson.org/covid19 for information and updates about government services.
City services such as the Assessor and Treasurer will remain open to the public, however residents are encouraged to use the City’s online services whenever possible rather than coming into a City building. Residents can pay online at http://www.carsonpayments.com/, or use the payment box located behind City Hall on Plaza St.
Carson City Sheriff and Carson City Fire Department will continue to respond to emergency and nonemergency calls. Public safety personnel have been trained and equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and will continue to serve the public with the usual high standard of response and protection. Remember, only call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Carson City Sheriff’s Office will not offer fingerprinting services at this time, all other services are available. Carson City Fire Department Administrative Office at Station 51 will not be open for walk – in services, however members of the community can call (775) 887-2210, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The County Clerk’s Office would like to remind anyone who has concerns about appearing at a polling location may send a written and signed request for an absent ballot to the County Clerk’s Office. The deadline to request an absent ballot for the Primary Election is May 26, 2020. Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available online at www.carson.org/elections or you may contact the County Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or (775) 887-2087. Effective March 21, 2020, the Marriage Bureau will be closed on Saturdays and will not be facilitating wedding ceremonies until further notice.
Carson City Public Works administration building, located at 3505 Butti Way, will be closed to walk – in services. For new water/sewer service, applications can be submitted online at carson.org/utilities, residents can also call (775) 887-2355, or email Utilitybilling@carson.org. Those without a scanner can take a picture of the application and send it. There is a drop-off mail slot on the front door, at 3505 Butti Way. Residents can pay online at https://payments.carson.org/Click2GovCX/index.html.
Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space Administration Office and Lone Mountain Cemetery will still be open for business, but the City strongly encourages the public to try and conduct most business by phone or email where possible. Decisions on canceling Camp Carson Spring Break, Underwater Egg Hunt, sports tournaments and other activities beyond April 6 will be made at a later date and in compliance with direction from the Governor, Carson City Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space facilities and programs will be closed/cancelled and full refunds will be given for all participants impacted by these cancellations/closures for the duration of March 17-April 6:
• Carson Aquatic Facility: All aquatics programs and classes, including Carson Tiger Sharks Swim Team and scheduled swim meets
• Carson City Community Center and Fuji Park (all programs and classes)
• Adaptive Programs: Movers and Doers
• Capital Kids Before and After School Program
• Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC)
• Youth and adult sports (MAC and Carson Middle School)
• All organized and permitted sports activities at Pete Livermore Sports Complex, Governor’s Field and Centennial Park. Includes all Youth Sports Association Activities and sports tournaments.
• Interpretive hikes
• Parks and Recreation Commission April 2 meeting
Carson City Community Development, located at 108 E. Proctor Street, will be closed to the general public, March 17 through April 6, or until further notice. The public will continue to be able to apply for a building permit, business license, or zoning permit through the online permit portal at permitcenter.carson.org. Permits will continue to be processed while the offices are closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Those who need assistance can contact the applicable division by phone or email as follows:
• Building Permits: 887-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Business License: 887-2105 or email@example.com
• Planning & Zoning: 887-2180 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Code Enforcement: 887-2599 or email@example.com
• Development Engineering: 887-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carson City Senior Center is closing the Senior Center to the public March 17 through April 6. All activities, programs and meeting areas are closed to the public and will resume after April 6 or when the State Medical Officer evaluates the public health risk and determines it is safe to resume normal operations.
• Congregate (on-site) lunch will be available by drive-thru, Monday – Friday, 11-12 p.m., for seniors age 60 and over at the Senior Center main entrance, 911 Beverly Drive.
• Meals on Wheels will operate as normal.
• Case Management will be available by phone appointments.
• If you are a senior in need of services, please contact with the Senior Center at (775) 883-0703.
The Carson City Library is taking steps to ensure a smooth closure of the library to the public should it become necessary. At this time, public computers and meeting rooms are unavailable. Although operating hours are reduced to 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, the library remains open to the public for the time being.
Department of Carson City Arts and Culture is canceling the following:
• Carson City Cultural Commission Meeting, March 17, 2020
• All Randy Cohen ‘Art and Economic Impact’ presentations March 17 and March 18 at various locations.
• ‘First Lady Presents…Ronnie Rector’ Art Reception March 27, 2020 at the Governor’s Mansion.
The following public meetings will still take place as regularly scheduled:
• Board of Supervisors
• Planning Commission
• Regional Transportation Commission
• Carson City is actively working to provide alternative options for calling in or commenting on-line to reduce in person public contact.
For health information and updates visit GetHealthyCarsonCity.org. Carson City Health and Human Services developed a public hotline, (775) 283-4789, devoted to keeping the community up-to-date and informed on COVID-19. The hotline will service Douglas, Lyon and Storey County as well as Carson City residents. The line will be staffed Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions and concerns.
Pre-Caucus Coffee with Congressional Candidate Patricia Ackerman.
It’s a big day! Patricia will be at Comma Coffee in Carson City Saturday, March 21st, 312 South Carson Street at 4th, from 9-10 am to answer questions about the caucus or just come meet the woman fighting to be your next congresswoman to help Nevadans live better!
Carson City School District Details Steps to Host At-home Lessons, Breakfast and Lunches During School Closures
Carson City, Nev. (March 16, 2020) — The Carson City School District (CCSD) recognizes the situation regarding COVID-19 is very fluid, with conditions changing rapidly. Therefore, the following actions are being taken to best meet Governor Sisolak’s expectations in unprecedented circumstances.
- Tuesday, March 17, all school employees should continue to work as directed by their site administrator or school principal.
- Certified employees who can work from home should do so, under the coordination of their site administrator or school principal.
- As stated by Governor Sisolak, social distancing is not a one-size-fits-all – people should manage communication and meetings based on individual discretion.
- Deep cleaning and sanitizing of all the buildings will continue.
- Ill employees should stay home – coordinate with site administrator or school principal.
- Older people with underlying health conditions should stay home – coordinate with site administrator or school principal.
- Nutrition Services will provide free lunch and breakfast for all Carson City School District students and siblings ages 18 and under beginning Tuesday, March 17, with the first pick-up containing lunch for that day as well as breakfast for the following morning.
- Meal pick-up hours of service will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Locations will include the following (please view maps and drive-thru directions here):
- Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive
- Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King Street
- Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road
- Seeliger Elementary School, 2800 S. Saliman Road
- Meals will include lunch for that day as well as breakfast for the following morning
- Meals will be served in bags in a “grab ‘n go” style either in a drive-thru or walk-up method
- In order to receive a meal, ALL CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT (in the vehicle or with their parent).
- We will be working with the city to implement traffic speed reductions during these peak hours around the locations.
- Students should not consider the school closure as an extended Spring Break.
- Teachers will have all Third Quarter grades finalized and entered by the end of the day Wednesday, March 18.
- Beginning Thursday, March 19, teachers will be building lesson plans and materials for students to work on remotely each week.
- Beginning Monday, March 23, students will begin remote learning via distance teaching methods available through weekly materials provided on each school’s website homepage or printed packets available for pick-up from the school’s office.
- Student engagement and participation will be documented.
- Students will be able to retrieve any items or materials left at the school prior to the closure. Visits to the school should be coordinated with site administrator or school principal.
- No community events will be allowed at any building site or school.
- Please be aware that conditions associated with the school closure may change at any time.
- More guidance will be provided if details change.
The Carson City School District encourage parents to assist in the effort to contain the potential spread of COVID-19 by keeping their children at home, by avoiding large private gatherings (more than 10 people), reinforcing proper hygiene techniques and maintaining social distancing. CCSD will react to all changing conditions associated with the virus or guidance from governmental agencies.
Please continue checking the Carson City School District website carsoncityschools.com and our social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for further updates.
9:45pm: 9-1-1 got a call that a vehicle headed southbound on I-580 went out of control on slick pavement at the 5th Street overcrossing. The vehicle crashed in the southbound lanes. Law enforcement is enroute.
10:00pm: After 15 minutes of racing up and down I-580 from Highway 50 clear down to South Carson Street, Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper or two…couldn’t find any sign of a crash. Sounds like if there was a solo accident, the driver managed to get the vehicle back-on-and-down the road.
7:55pm Traffic crash at Roop and William. Air bags deployed. Unknown if there are any serious injuries.
8:02pm No serious injuries. Fire-Rescue returning to base.
Carson City Library
Limited Services TFN
Monday March 16, 2020
In response to health concerns from COVID-19 and recommendations from the governor’s office, the Carson City Library is canceling all programs until April 6 or until the State Medical Officer evaluates the public health risk and determines it is safe to resume normal operations. At this time public computers and meeting rooms are unavailable.
Patrons are encouraged to keep items at home with them for the time being, and checkout times will be extended. As always, the Carson City Library does not charge overdue fines, and any replacement charges for long overdue items will be waived when the items are returned.
Ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, streaming movies, educational videos and more are available 24/7 through our website and via the Libby and OverDrive apps.
For email updates on the library’s status, sign up for the All Library News & Events Newsletter
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12:49pm: Traffic crash at Highway 50E and College Parkway. Two vehicle rear-ender. Moderate damage. Fire-Rescue is checking for injuries.
Nv Dept. of Agriculture implements two-tier response to address school meal interruptions caused by school closures
All food distribution programs approved for reduced-contact delivery
In light of Governor Sisolak’s announcement to close all K-12 schools in Nevada, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is implementing the first of a two-tier strategy to mitigate National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program interruptions. Programs used to serve school children during the summer months will be used to provide food while schools are closed in response to the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The food, which will still meet federal nutrition standards, will be served in a grab-and-go style to minimize contamination potential and avoid delays.
“We understand the importance of preventative closures to protect students, faculty and members of the community, and we are doing everything we can to help minimize the impact to students and families that rely on school meals and ensure they have access to nutritious meals,” NDA Director Jennifer Ott said. “We are strongly urging all meal site sponsors to practice social distancing by using drive-thru service where possible and by requiring six feet of space between all individuals, should lines start to form.”
If widespread school closures result in reduced capacity of school central kitchens to provide grab-and-go meals, the second-tier strategy uses USDA Foods through the Emergency Food Assistance program (TEFAP). TEFAP resources can supply household food, not prepared meals.
NDA has received waivers from USDA that will allow more flexibility to provide emergency food response to affected communities with reduced risk through temporarily eliminating signature requirements and reducing and contact.
Food distribution sites and times confirmed so far
Douglas County meal sites expected to start Tuesday, March 17
C.C Meneley Elementary School
Aspire Academy High School
*** Carson City School District: Scheduled food distribution sites/times to be announced later Monday afternoon
Delivering meals via the bus route from 9 to 10 a.m. starting today, Monday, March 16
Governor Steve Sisolak
Public Schools are closed through April 3rd. Might be longer.
Gov. Steve Sisolak Sunday afternoon ordered temporary closures for public and charter schools across the state to limit the spread of the Corona Virus, aka Covid-19.
Govr. Sisolak said the closure will be in effect until at least April 3rd. He told a gathering in Las Vegas, “I realize this will cause hardships for our families, our students, and our school staff. I assure you we did not reach this decision lightly.”
The move comes amid many requests from teacher unions, public health officials and others to temporarily close schools to slow down the spread of the virus. But obviously it will have a huge impact on Nevada’s half million students enrolled up and down the state. Washoe County schools started a two-week spring break on Friday.
Coming from the Department of “Too Good to be True”…Israel has announced that they will have a vaccine against the Corona Virus in a few weeks with distribution possible within two to three months. The Israelis have always been vigilant in protecting their people from rather unfriendly neighbors and so they have always been ahead of the curve on defending themselves – especially in the department of “germ warfare.”
Here’s more from SFG in the SFO Bay Area...click here.
More news making it into the U.S….Here’s more versions of the story – click here. And here.
Carson Proud Update for March 16 – 20
South Carson Street Construction Details:
5th Street to 10th: SNC will be performing waterline work; one lane in each direction will be open, the cone zone will remain in place around-the-clock.
10th to Fairview: SNC will be performing storm drain work; one lane in each direction will be open, the cone zone will remain in place around-the-clock.
Fairview to Appion: one lane in each direction will be open, the cones will be removed nightly. As work is being conducted at intersections, side streets may have reduced turn lanes – no closures.
Frontage Road is reduced to one lane leaving a one – way lane open, northbound traffic commuters will be directed to enter Frontage Road at the north end, near the Best Value Inn, this detour will be signed for both Carson Street southbound and northbound traffic. Please follow the detour signage. The cone zone will remain in place around-the-clock.
The Construction Map has been updated to reflect March 16-20 cone zone.
Construction is subject to weather conditions.
Businesses are open and accessible throughout.
CCSO Motorcycle Unit
The Carson City Sheriffs Office will be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies statewide focusing on speeding violations from March 20th to March 30th.
It’s actually quite simple; the posted speed limit on the white sign with the black letters is the actual speed limit. If you go faster you could get stopped and you could be issued a citation.
Other points to remember:
Speeding in school zones and construction zones carries a higher penalty as does speeding at a rate that is considered aggressive or reckless. Drivers are required to decrease speed under some circumstances such as bad weather, when approaching hills and curves and when approaching a traffic scene of some sort. Also, except when necessary to comply with the rules of speed, a person shall not drive at a speed so slow as to impede other traffic.
If you do happen to get pulled over, simply pull to the right hand side of the roadway as safely as possible and stop.
By staying aware and driving within the limits, we can all help reduce the possibility of causing or being involved in a traffic collision.
Please drive safely and within the speed limit.
Your Carson City Sheriff’s Office
Governor Steve Sisolak
“Nevada State of Emergency”
Governor Sisolak announced Thursday, that due to the Covid-19 virus emerging in Nevada, he has declared a State of Emergency which includes activating a State of Emergency Operation Center to loosen regulations for government agencies to buy food and other supplies, create of a website with the latest information and reinforce the Attorney General’s office’s ability to enforce consumer protection laws.
Here’s the story in The Nevada Independent: Click here.
The Carson City School District has closed all public schools in Carson City today, Friday, March 13 and Monday March 16th.
Friday morning: Three runaway teens from Carson City have been located south of San Francisco, near Santa Cruz. They’ve been detained by the Capitola police department. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their assistance in locating these juveniles.
Earlier news story: The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for assistance in locating runaway juveniles.
On March 12th at approximately 0900 hours, Connor Trease (17), Trinity Annas (17) and Natalie Taylor (16) were reported as runaway juveniles. On March 12th all three juveniles left messages with their parents advising they were running away. They are believed to be together. Their destination(s) are unknown at this time. The juveniles are described as:
Connor Trease, white male adult, 17 years old, 5’07”, 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Trinity Annas, white female adult, 17 years old, 5’05”, 126 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Natalie Taylor, white female adult, 16 years old, 5’06”, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
An associated vehicle with this runaway report is a white 2014 Honda Ridgeline (pickup). This vehicle has Nevada plates 428C64.
Description: Description: G:\Detectives\2020\20-1585\Honda.jfif
2014 Honda Ridgeline, Stock Photo, Not suspected Vehicle.
All three subjects have been entered into the National Database as Run-Away Juveniles.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Detective Christopher Rivera (775) 283-7855, Captain Brian Humphrey (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900. Case # 2020-1585, 2020-1586, 2020-1587
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Attorney General Ford Warns Nevadans of Coronavirus Scams
Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is warning consumers to be alert of scammers looking to take advantage of fear surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) to sell fake products or steal your money or personal information. Fraudsters may use text messages, social media and emails to promote these scams.
Consumers should be cautious of fraudsters using these platforms as a means to raise awareness, asking for victim donations, offering advice on unproven treatments, or sending harmful attachments and links. Scammers may also use crowdfunding websites to promote their false information in an effort to look more legitimate. Consumers should also be on the lookout for bogus products claiming to cure or prevent the virus.
“Nevadans should be assured that your leaders and healthcare providers are working hard every day to keep you safe and healthy,” said AG Ford. “In addition to the hygiene precautions Nevadans are encouraged to take, my office reminds you to be cautious of scammers trying to capitalize on your uncertainty. Learn how to protect yourself with these tips and look to my office as a resource.”
As with other phishing scams, AG Ford and his Bureau of Consumer Protection offer the following tips to protect your personal information and pockets:
- Avoid clicking on links in emails or messages from people you don’t know. These links might download a virus, or redirect to a site that was created to steal your personal information. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date;
- Be wary of emails and posts claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other experts. Up to date information will be provided on the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) websites;
- Be cautious of online promotions for vaccines, treatments, or cures for coronavirus. If there were a medical breakthrough, it would not be advertised for the first time through a sales pitch; and
- Conduct research before donating to charities or crowdfunding websites. Do not be rushed into making a donation. Be particularly on guard for those asking for donations through wire transfer, gift card or exclusively cash.
- Relatedly, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned investors to be aware of fraudsters offering an investment opportunity with alleged publicly traded companies that promote services or products claiming to prevent, detect or cure coronavirus. The promotions may take the form of a “research report” and make predictions that the stocks will increase in value as a result. These stocks may take the form of microcap stocks, which are typically only used by small companies. Before investing in any company or sending money, the SEC cautions you to do your research.
- For information on the status of coronavirus as well as resources, visit the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services website and the Federal Trade Commission website. If you believe you have been a victim related to these or any other scams, you may file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General here, or with the Federal Trade Commission on its website. Nevada consumers are also encouraged to call the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection hotline toll free at (888) 434-9989 for assistance and information.