Nevada - COVID-19 Covered

Nevada

Total Cases: 58,650 (August 14)
Tests Administered: 533,144 (August 13)
Fatalities: 1,030 (August 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) 
  • The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation announced the state 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) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • 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:

  • The Nevada State Legislature passed a bill that ensures COVID-19 protections for hospitality workers. The bill also protects businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits. (August 6) 
  • On March 18, Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada received statewide approval for US 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

Reopening:

  • 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 Emergency Directive 029, which 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 bars in certain Nevada counties must close as of 11:59 PM on July 10, to help stem the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada. (July 9) 
  • Governor Sisolak has promised “swift and decisive” action this week against industries that are not following reopening guidelines. (July 6) 
  • Governor Sisolak signed an emergency directive extending the length of Phase 2 through the end of July. (July 29) 
  • 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:

  • 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. 
  • Nevada System of Higher Education said they plan to resume limited in-person summer classes after July 1 and in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester. (May 4)  

Produced by Marathon Strategies, an independent PR firm that delivers intelligent communications and research solutions. For information, email Phil Singer at COVID-19@marathonstrategies.com