Nevada - COVID-19 Covered

Nevada

Total Cases: 327,579 (June 14)
Tests Administered: 1,427,948 (March 6)
Fatalities: 5,626 (June 14)
Testing:
  • You can find a Nevada testing location close to you using this site 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • According to Governor Sisolak’s March 20 executive order, essential businesses include healthcare providers, veterinary services, grocery stores, pharmacies, financial institutions, hardware stores, convenience stores, security services, and gas stations. (March 20)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Nevada released guidance for businesses on how to keep employees and customers safe. Details can be found here. 
  • Governor Sisolak signed legislation expanding workplace safety protections for hotel and casino employees and shielding businesses that follow health directives from coronavirus-related lawsuits. (August 13) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Sisolak announced an extension to the state’s eviction moratorium. (March 30) 
  • Nevada will receive a grant up to $100,000 to improve employment outcomes in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, connecting job seekers to training, education, job opportunities and essential support services. (March 10) 
  • Nevada hospitals and other medical services have received $809 million in federal assistance to date to cope with the challenges of the pandemic and providers have until November 6 to apply for additional funds. (November 5)  
  • Governor Sisolak, the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office, and the Governor’s Office of Economic of Development announced an additional infusion of $20 million into the Pandemic Emergency Technical Support grant program, which opened for applicants on Monday. (October 21)  
  • Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation is the recipient of a $13 million federal grant to support short-term job training programs to help prepare unemployed and underemployed individuals for in-demand occupations in Nevada. (September 25) 
  • Governor Sisolak signed a law giving state officials more flexibility to attack a backlog of jobless claims and extend benefits for additional Nevadans out of work in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. (August 6) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Sisolak signed legislation authorizing a governmental entity that licenses and regulates emergency response employees to contract with a nonprofit organization to establish a program to provide peer support counseling for these employees who are experiencing mental health issues as a result of the nature of their work. (May 25) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced an additional $50 million in assistance to small businesses. (January 19) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced the Pandemic Emergency Technical Support grant program—an initiative to help Nevada small businesses recover. (October 14) 
  • Governor Sisolak signed Senate Bill 4, which would give Nevada-based hospitality businesses immunities from COVID-19-related lawsuits in certain cases. (August 12) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Sisolak announced fully vaccinated individuals would not be required to wear masks, with few exceptions, following CDC guidance. (May 14) 
  • All Nevada residents 12 years of age and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (May 13 
  • All of Nevada’s 17 counties now have local authority over COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. (May 3) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced the launch of the Nevada Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, which will connect employers to resources and provide guidance and support from program ambassadors as they implement recovery-oriented practices within the workplace, including free and customized staff training and resources to support employees. (April 27) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced that he expects every county in the state to be able to fully reopen by June 1. (April 13) 
  • All Nevadans 16 years of age or older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine (April 5) 
  • Nevada residents 65 years of age and older, those 16 years of age and older with certain preexisting medical conditions, and front-line essential workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (March 24) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced places of worship may conduct services and gatherings up to 50 percent of listed fire code capacity. (February 14) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced a new Equity and Fairness Initiative aimed at ensuring that equity is a cornerstone of all vaccination efforts. (February 5 
  • Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada’s gaming floors, bars, and restaurants must keep in place the 25 percent occupancy limit for another 30 days. (January 12) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced that the current statewide pause would be extended 30 days. Businesses would continue to operate at 25% capacity and/or the protocols that had been laid out for their industry. (January 11) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada received its first shipment of Modernas COVID-19 vaccine. (December 21) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced increased restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Under the new measures, restaurants, bars, gaming operations, gyms, fitness facilities, and other businesses would be limited to 25 percent of applicable fire code capacityRetail stores – including grocery stores – would remain at 50 percent of capacity, with strict social distancing and additional monitoring requirements. Public gatherings would also be limited to no more than 50 people or 25 percent capacity, whichever is less. (November 23) 
  • Governor Sisolak issued an Emergency Directive lifting restrictions on youth and adult sports. (October 2) 
  • Governor Sisolak increased the attendance cap for most public gatherings to 250 people, with bigger crowds allowed if spread out at large venues like stadiums or convention centers. (September 29) 
  • The Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force approved lifting previous restrictions on bars, pubs, breweries, distilleries, wineries, taverns and bar areas within restaurants in Clark County and Elko County – effective September 20 at 11:59PM. (September 17) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced his latest plan to help reduce COVID-19 in each county. The strategy would take a more granular, ZIP code-level look at virus data so that officials can address specific hotspots without shutting down whole industries or counties. (August 3) 

SCHOOL PLANNING:

K-12:

  • Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) will receive a one-time refund for the cost of school lunches that were missed this spring due to COVID-19-related school closures. The money is coming from the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program offered to states through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (September 8) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced baseline guidelines for schools to follow when deciding how to reopen. (July 30) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Nevada universities and colleges that planned to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Nevada’s higher education system will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students coming to campuses for fall semester, with “some limited exceptions.” (May 6) 

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