Nevada - COVID-19 Covered

Nevada

Total Cases: 8,059 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 123,367 (May 26)
Fatalities: 396 (May 27)
Testing:
  • Las Vegas gaming businesses will partner with University Medical Center (UMC), the Culinary Health Fund, and the Las Vegas Convention Center to provide COVID-19 testing for gaming employees prior to their return to work. Testing will be conducted at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (May 20)
  • Nevada will receive $89 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to assist with enhancing the state’s testing capacities. (May 19)
  • Ten Nevada Walmart stores will open drive-thru testing facilities in their parking lots on Monday, May 18. Seven of the sites will be in Clark County, two in the unincorporated county, two in Las Vegas, and three in North Las Vegas. Others will be in Reno and Elko Counties. (May 15)
  • The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory announced that it will begin antibody studies at some point in the month of May to better understand what portion of the population has been infected by the new coronavirus and may have developed some immunity. (May 11)
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services announced that Nevada would receive a $2.4 million grant to expand the state’s COVID-19 testing capabilities. Funding for the grant will come from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (May 7)

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Sisolak activated the National Guard to lead Nevada’s fight against the coronavirus. (April 2)
  • Governor Sisolak announced that the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Nevada Department of Health and Human Services will align with the Nevada Office of the Military for the duration of the COVID-19 public health crisis. (March 30)
  • 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:

  • On March 20, Governor Sisolak signed an executive order closing all “nonessential” businesses until April 16. (March 20)
  • Under the Executive order, all restaurants and food establishments can continue serving customers but were ordered to halt on-site dining. (March 20)

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation announced that the has officially implemented the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) which provides up to 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to claimants who have exhausted their regular state unemployment claim. (May 12)
  • Governor Sisolak announced a state of fiscal emergency due to economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Financial analysts project a loss between $741 million and $911 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. (May 12)
  • Governor Sisolak announced that the state will enter Phase 1 of its reopening plan on May 9. (May 8)
  • Governor Sisolak revealed the state’s “Roadmap to Recovery” plan, stating some business will begin to reopen on or before May 15. The plan allows for smaller businesses to reopen with restrictions in place. However, bars, nightclubs, malls, large sporting events, casinos, and large places of worship will remain closed during the first phase. The plan does dictate how many phases will be involved to complete the reopening process and is based upon testing numbers within the state. (May 4)
  • Governor Sisolak has not yet joined other governors in easing business restrictions in order to stimulate the post Coronavirus economy. (April 14)
  • Governor Sisolak submitted a formal request to President Trump for a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Nevada. (March 31)
  • Governor Sisolak announced an emergency directive placing a moratorium on the vast majority of residential and commercial evictions. (March 29)
  • Nevada Treasurer Zach Connie announced an agreement with many lenders for a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments and late fees. (March 29)
  • Nevada’s Attorney General joined 32 other states in asking online retailers Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Walmart, and Craigslist to prevent price gouging on coronavirus-related products. (March 25)

Business Support & Resources:

  • On March 18, Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada received statewide approval for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest federal loans, allowing small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives, and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 to apply for loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses. (March 18)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • No records found as of May
  • Governor Sisolak announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended. The length of the extension was not indicated at the time of reporting. (April 29)
  • Governor Sisolak announced Nevada would join California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington in the Western States Pact, to create a broad framework for when the states decide to lift restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 27)
  • Governor Sisolak issued a state-wide stay-at-home order; it does not include any penalties for people who violate the order. (April 1)

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Sisolak signed a directive to close recreational facilities, including golf courses, basketball courts, tennis courts, and pools in order to slow the spread of COVID 19. (April 9)
  • Governor Sisolak issued a directive mandating the state’s non-essential businesses stay closed until April 30. (April 1)
  • Governor Sisolak issued a travel advisory urging Nevadans and visitors to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days after arriving in or returning to Nevada. (March 31)
  • Governor Sisolak signed a directive limiting mass gathering to ten or less individuals (minus family members) in any indoor or outdoor public area. (March 24)

Delivery Services:

  • On March 20, Governor Sisolak issued an executive order mandating that food establishments serve customers through take-out, drive-thru, curbside pickup, or delivery. (March 20)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Sisolak announced the closure of all K-12 schools for will be extended to April 30. (April 1)
  • On March 23, Governor Sisolak announced that sixteen of Nevada’s seventeen school districts and all of Nevada’s charter schools submitted plans to the Nevada Department of Education and are approved to continue or start distance education as of Monday, March 23. (March 23)

State Higher Education:

  • On March 17, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) announced all NSHE institutions has already transitioned to remote instruction and that all non-essential employees at NSHE institutions and System Administration will also transitioned to a home-based work schedule. (March 17)

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