CCI’s Reopening Plan

May 18th — Early Childhood Education Center reopens with 50% capacity

Notes on precautions: All parents will drop off their children outside the west door immediately entering the ECE room; all program elements and chairs will be at least six feet apart; staff will wear masks; more frequent cleanings will occur; and more.

June 1st – Nevada Health Centers Health Clinic reopens

All patients will be asked to wait in their cars until their appointed time. When entering the building, they will be met by an NHC employee who will screen for respiratory symptoms. The entrance for the health clinic will be the door that exits/enters the staff break room. We are waiting for confirmation that the face-to-face day is Monday.

June 8th – Summer Youth Programs

This will be a radically different program design than previously administered with students assigned to groups of ten that will remain unchanged throughout the summer (to limit possible contagion from other students). All staff will wear masks. Their entrance will be the “Main Entrance” of the Hub. To sign-up for our Summer Program Click Here:

June 8th – Nevada Families First

This, too, will be offered in a different format. Instead of working within homes, NFF workers will endeavor to meet parents in parks, backyards, and through virtual platforms to limit possible exposure to COVID-19. As well, home visitors will utilize mats and toys that they bring to ensure safety.

June 8th – Domestic Violence Advocacy

All DV Advocates will wear masks and practice social distancing when meeting with clients face-to-face. As needed, DV Advocates will continue to utilize virtual methods of working with clients.

June 15th – Counseling and Case Management (OSY, Adult, and Assistance)

All clients who agree to wear masks will be seen face-to-face by appointment only; otherwise, clients may opt to be seen virtually through telehealth; counselors to will wear masks for face-to-face appointments. Walk-ups will be directed to call the emergency counseling number to be screened and triaged. The goal is to have a counselor / case manager physically on-site at both the VC and Fernley buildings each day of the week (with the exception of Mondays in VC which will hopefully be health clinic days). When not seeing clients and/or not physically on-site, it is expected that counselors and case managers will be engaged in telehealth.

Open Digitally Through the Summer – Library

In part because the space in the library is needed by the Summer Youth programs, and in part to keep the number of people within the facility at a manageable level, the library will remain physically closed through the summer. It will continue to have all services available digitally as it does now.

Open in the Fall – COW Bus

The plan is to reopen the COW Bus to classes in the Fall. Current COW Bus staff will assist with the Summer Youth Programs in Virginia City.

Closed to the Public – Pink House

As direct services are not offered out of the Pink House – and as a way to keep administrative staff sequestered from programmatic staff to the degree possible – the Pink House will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Caveat: The above is assuming best-case scenario with no COVID-19 infections. Assuming we have a COVID-19 infection, any and all programs may close to face-to-face contact on a “rolling” basis.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Community Chest’s Weekly COVID-19 Community Resiliency Forums

All Storey County residents are invited to join Community Chest’s weekly COVID-19 Community Resiliency forums. These are NOT political forums, or places from which to receive answers regarding health questions or available resources (although we can definitely receive questions and follow-up with folks individually).
What these forums ARE for is to be a place to get and stay connected with others in the community, a place to learn what others are doing to set and maintain routines, a place to discover other ways of connecting and things to do to fill the hours in meaningful ways, a place to share both the challenges and even perhaps the benefits/gratitudes that come with social distancing/isolation, a place to meeet new people and find common ground as we feel and think together about what is still possible, a place to be able to vent (a bit) and learn/practice mindfulness strategies for helping us reduce stress and face each new day.
Our first forums will held on Monday, March 30 at two different timeframes to accommodate different schedules. The first will be from 12:30 to 1 (meeting connection link:, and the second will be from 4:30 to 5 (meeting connection link:
We look forward to “seeing” you there.
Erik Schoen and Deborah Loesch-Griffin, cofacilitators


Saturday, March 21

Dear Ones –

The good news is that we have made it through Week 1 since shutting down all of our youth programs, COW bus stops, and library. The bad news is that there remains a lot of uncertainty regarding just how long this “temporary new normal” will continue. The most optimistic projections indicate just a couple of weeks while the least are suggesting several weeks.

As indicated in last week’s COVID-19 post, Community Chest continues to offer the following programs during this very difficult time:

  • Continuation of all case management and counseling services through tele-health. We can not emphasize this enough. This is a very stressful and trying time. If you need to speak with someone and/or need assistance, please call our emergency counseling line at 775-297-1267. We will do the very best that we can to help you directly and/or refer you to the resources you may need.
  • We will have a skeleton crew available to help provide food boxes through our food pantry at our Community Center at 175 Carson Street in Virginia City. During business hours, please call our main number 775-847-9311, extension 105.
  • The healthcare clinic will remain open all day Wednesdays. In order to reduce the possibility of exposure, the Monday afternoon telehealth sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

As new developments occur, we will keep folks posted.

Thank you for your understanding.


The Entire Community Chest Team