Nevada - COVID-19 Covered

Nevada

Total Cases: 94,812 (October 25)
Fatalities: 1,739 (October 25)
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, 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 Sisolak announces Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) grant program—a new initiative to help Nevada small businesses recover. (October 14) 
  • 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) 
  • Governor Sisolak issued an emergency directive canceling the moratorium on evictions in Nevada. The measure will affect residential and business tenants and will take effect on July 1. (June 26) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Sisolak signed Senate Bill 4, which would give Nevada-based hospitality business immunities from COVID-19-related lawsuits in certain cases. (August 12) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Sisolak announced that he will be issuing an Emergency Directive lifting restrictions on youth and adult sports and adjusting the COVID-19 statewide guidance on sports. (October 2) 
  • Governor Sisolak raised 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 extended Nevada’s eviction moratorium by 45 days, easing some of the concerns of the almost 250,000 people estimated to be at risk of eviction in Clark County alone. (August 31) 
  • Governor Sisolak and the Governors of Colorado, Oregonand Washington announced their states will be working together on telehealth issues. (August 17) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced his latest plan to help reduce COVID-19 in each countyThe strategy will 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) 
  • Governor Sisolak signed an emergency directive that extends previously issued directives that were set to expire on July 31. (July 31) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced Nevada will soon unveil a long-term strategy for determining what and how businesses can operate amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (July 27) 
  • Governor Sisolak announced that the state would begin requiring all citizens to wear a mask when out in public beginning June 26. (June 25) 
  • 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) 

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) 
  • Governor Sisolak issued an emergency directive allowing schools to reopen while meeting social-distancing protocols for the 2020-2021 school year. Summer learning opportunities could be provided through distance education, in-person learning, or a combination of both. (June 10) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Nevada universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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