COVID-19 Vaccine to be provided at Comstock History Center

Nevada State Historic Preservation Office partners with Storey County to provide COVID-19 vaccine at Comstock History Center

The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office and Storey County announced today that the Comstock Historic District Commission meeting room in Virginia City will serve as an official COVID-19 vaccine clinic site. Vaccination services will be available to quad county residents (Storey, Douglas, Carson City, and Lyon counties) in accordance with the eligibility criteria and timelines per Governor Sisolak’s COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook for Statewide Operations. Appointments are required. Those who qualify to receive the vaccine, including individuals over 70 years old, can schedule an appointment by calling 775-847-0957 or 775-847-9311. To help protect public health and safety, those who access the vaccine clinic must follow social distancing protocols, wear face coverings, and comply with building capacity limits.

“Storey County appreciates the opportunity to work with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (NSHPO) to make the meeting room of the Commission available for the administering of COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Joe Curtis, Director of Storey County Emergency Management.  “It has been difficult finding an appropriate and effective location for the vaccination process in Virginia City and the space made available by NSHPO will allow us to provide vaccinations to our public in a comfortable indoor environment. Storey County has a long and effective working relationship with NSHPO working to preserve the historical fabric of our community and our treasured National Historical Landmark.”

“The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office is looking forward to working with Storey County to provide safe and convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccines for community residents,” said Rebecca Palmer, Administrator of the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comstock History Center has remained temporarily closed to the public since May 2020. Prior to the pandemic, the Comstock History Center helped to support the vibrant tourism economy in Virginia City as a popular tourist attraction that saw thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. With tourism being such an integral part of Virginia City’s economy, averaging over 2 million visitors per year, the city has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic-driven economic crisis. As the vaccine becomes more widely available and we gradually emerge from the pandemic, we look forward to welcoming area residents, visitors, and families to experience this treasured piece of Nevada history while simultaneously supporting economic recovery efforts in the local community.”

The Comstock History Center is temporarily closed to visitors, and will be open for the vaccination clinic only. However, plans are underway to reopen the Comstock History Center on a limited basis, in accordance with all COVID-19 health restrictions and requirements, as early as summer 2021. To learn more about the Comstock History Center, visit Virginia City Museum’s website. For questions regarding the vaccine or COVID-19 testing, please call Nevada’s COVID-19 Hotline at 775-434-1988.