Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Background Information

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Nevada is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) corona-virus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “corona-virus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern external icon”. Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19 characterized as a pandemic. 


The complete clinical picture in regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (many people have include no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in possible death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, reports suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Meaning it mainly affects older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. 

COVID-19 Now a Pandemic

A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people substantially. Because there is little to no preexisting immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries.

Situation in the United States

Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

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CoVID-19 Healthcare Hotlines:

White Pine County Live Healthcare Hotline: (775) 777-2507

White Pine County Hotline: 1 (866) 800-1262

Nevada Hotline: 1 (702) 759-4636

Utah Hotline: 1 (800)456-7707