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Please use these links to help you when you need to find informaiton on COVID-19.

4/21/2020 – Governor Sisolak Announces Nevada School Buildings will not Re-Open During the 2019-20 School Year

http://www.doe.nv.gov/News__Media/Press_Releases/2020/Governor_Sisolak_Announces_Nevada_School_Buildings_will_not_Re-Open_During_the_2019-20_School_Year/


Note on test results: This data changes rapidly as labs conduct tests and discover new cases. The numbers may not always match the most recent reports released by local health jurisdictions since statewide cases will be updated as lab data are available. Additionally, these are laboratory-based data which may reflect some results on patients that live outside of Nevada. Those cases will be removed once the epidemiological investigation is performed. Click here for information on facilities in Nevada with COVID-19 cases

Schools & Families

The links below provide guidance to schools, students, and their families on how to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19.

Consumers

The information below provides COVID-19-related guidance to Nevada consumers.

Patient Privacy Laws

In order to protect public health and safety, there are state and federal laws in place regarding patient privacy. Though we are all concerned about our own health, we need to recognize that these laws are in place to protect private citizens and we should respect their personal information.

What Laws Govern a Patient’s Private Health Information?

NRS 441A.220 prohibits disclosing personal health information without the consent of the individual except in limited circumstances. This information cannot be disclosed even with a search warrant, subpoena or discovery proceeding in a lawsuit. The health authority can only disclose the information necessary to assist the public in controlling or preventing communicable disease without violating the rights of any individual to their own personal health information. Regulations and policies of local health districts further implement this law.

Additional federal laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), may also apply. The HIPAA Privacy Rule is a national standard to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information. Entities that must follow the HIPAA regulations include health insurance companies, government programs that pay for health care (Medicare and Medicaid), and health care providers (doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.). Some local health districts and public health authorities provide direct health care services, so they also comply with HIPAA.

What Information Can the Health Authority Disclose About a Case or Suspected Case of COVID-19?

The public health authority can publicly provide statistical information as long as the information does not identify any person who has or has been exposed to COVID-19. [NRS 441A.220(2)]

The public health authority can disclose specific, limited personal health information to the following:

  • Any person who has been exposed to COVID-19 [NAC 441A.300(1)(a)];
  • The parent, guardian or caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has a person exposed to COVID-19 [NAC 441A.300(1)(b)];
  • Health care providers treating an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or a person who has been exposed to COVID-19 [NAC 441A.300(1)(c)];
  • Employers of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if that person is employed in a sensitive occupation and the health authority determines that the potential for transmission of the disease is enhanced by his or her employment [NAC 441A.300(1)(d)]; and
  • Any person who has a medical need to know the information for their own protection or well-being as determined by the health authority. [NRS 441A.220(6)]

If an exception allows disclosure, it is limited. The health authority may only disclose information to those who have been exposed or are likely to be exposed sufficiently to acquire COVID-19. Only information which is necessary to protect another person’s health may be disclosed. [NAC 441A.300(2-3)]

The protection of first responders, including emergency medical service personnel, police officers, and firefighters, is critical to the protection of the community. Due to the recent spread of the disease, COVID-19 is not specifically listed as a communicable disease in the regulation which directly authorizes disclosure to first responders upon an exposure likely to cause transmission. [NAC 441A.305(1)(b) and (2)] First responders who have been exposed, however, fall under the exception as a person who has a medical need to know the information for their own protection or well-being. Whether someone has a medical need to know another person’s health information is determined by the relevant health authority and may be subject to federal privacy laws. [NRS 441A.220(6)NAC 441A.300(1)(a)]

Why do Public Health Authorities Protect the Personal Information of Individuals Who Have or May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19?

They must do so under the law. The public health authority must comply with the law to maintain the confidentiality of personal information.

It is critical that people are honest and accurate about where they have been and what they have done so that the public health authorities can identify all persons who may be exposed. Individuals would be less likely to cooperate with public health officials and provide personal information if they fear their personal information will be released to the public.

What is the Penalty for Unauthorized Disclosure of Personal Health Information?

Violating Nevada’s patient privacy laws is a crime punishable as a misdemeanor. [NRS 441A.910]

Home Care

The following documents provide guidance for individuals deemed close contacts, people under monitoring, or confirmed cases.

Travelers & Visitors

Visitors Traveling to Nevada and Nevadans Traveling Outside Nevada

On March 30, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak issued a travel advisory for the State of Nevada, urging visitors or returning Nevadans to self-quarantine and
monitor their health for 14 days after arriving or returning to Nevada to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada.

Travelers are urged to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Nevada, whichever is shorter. Travelers and returning Nevadans should not visit any public place or come into contact with those who are not members of their household unit.

The Governor is also strongly urging Nevadans to avoid non-essential travel during this time period, especially to places where the CDC has issued travel advisories. For Nevada residents who live in communities that border other states, please practice aggressive social distancing if you must cross state lines for essential daily matters. This advisory does not apply to healthcare, public health, public safety, transportation,and food supply essential employees. For more information, click on the links above.

CDC Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in specific destinations. For updated CDC guidance on current travel advisories, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.

For additional resources and travel advisories, and to inform your personal travel decisions, please visit:

Nevada Department of Transportation

When driving to, from, and throughout Nevada you can find updated Nevada highway conditions – including any potential weather-related closures – by logging onto www.nvroads.com or dialing 511 before driving. Also, you can download the NVRoads app on your mobile device for state highway updates. For additional information about the Nevada Department of Transportation you can visit their main site, here.

Healthcare Facilities and Laboratories

The following documents provide guidance to healthcare facilities, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, acute care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as medical laboratories.

Healthcare Facilities

Hospitals

Acute Care Facilities

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Long Term Care Facilities

Hospice Agencies

Medical Laboratories

Healthcare Providers and First Responders

The following documents provide guidance to healthcare providers—including home health care providers—and first responders.

Healthcare Workers

Home Healthcare Providers

Behavioral Health Providers

First Responders

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Local Public Health Care Authorities & Tribes

The following documents and links provide identification, monitoring, and containment guidance to local public health authorities and tribal governments.