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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 8, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 8, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.

Additionally, we will keep you informed of Nevada primary election results and updates through this platform.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to Reopen – The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced Monday that offices will begin reopening June 15 on a limit basis. For the first 30-days, the DMV will only accommodate customers with the most pressing needs and those who scheduled an appointment before the shutdown closed the department. For issues such as obtaining a Real ID or specialized license plates, staff asks that those cases wait a month. As the DMV begins to reopen, social distancing requirements will be in place, such as opening at 50-percent capacity based on fire code, staff will be required to wear face masks, and non-customers will not be allowed in the waiting rooms. The DMV anticipates being back to full service around mid-July.

COVID-19 Strain in Nevada – Early findings in the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) research of the coronavirus indicate that the genetic makeup of the strain circling in Nevada has a mutation different from the original strain out of Wuhan, China, which may make it more contagious. The mutation originated in Europe and is the same strain that is now predominant globally, including in Europe, North America, Russia, and most of Africa. Three-quarters of the cases studied so far in Nevada have been of the strain with the mutation, which appears to have migrated from Europe to New York. The new strain, which is now dominant around the world and has been since mid-March, is said to spread faster and may make people more vulnerable to a second infection after the first bout with the disease.

Nevada COVID-19 Statistics – Over the weekend, Nevada surpassed 200,000 tests conducted statewide, bringing the total number of performed tests to 206,514 as of Monday. Of the 9,786 confirmed cases, 52-percent are female while 48-percent are male. Additionally, 39-percent are Caucasian, 36-percent are Hispanic, 13-percent are African American, and 11-percent are Asian. Nevada continues to remain on a downward trajectory of test positivity rate, going on 28-days of below the 10-percent positivity rate that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends before moving to further reopening phases.

Funding for COVID-19 Crisis Counselors – The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Monday the receipt of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that will provide crisis counselors through community programs to support Nevadans coping with the effects of COVID-19. The state was awarded $654,640 to place crisis counselors through partnership with DHHS in local health departments and human service agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN). The first aid provided by counselors is designed to reduce stress caused by traumatic experiences and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functions and coping mechanisms. In addition to direct services, the funding will also assist in providing information on access to resources in communities and offer public awareness campaigns on healthy ways of coping and managing the stressors of COVID-19.

Free Hotel Stay for First Responders – Wynn Resorts Las Vegas is offering a complimentary one-night stay to all first responders from June 8 through June 30. Based on availability and with a company-issued ID, hospital and medical workers, police and fire fighters are invited to take advantage of the five-star resort with a free night Monday-Thursday. Wynn Resorts was one of a dozen hotel-casinos to open on the Strip last week, reopening all amenities available under Phase Two of the state’s “Roadmap to Recovery” plan, including a variety of table games and slot machines, the sports book, a full list of restaurants and lounges, swimming pools, retails shops, salons, spaces, and even Wynn’s 18-hole championship golf course.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 8.

  • There are 9,808 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 506 cases from Friday
  • Nevada has reported 442 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up six (6) cases from Friday
  • 206,514 people have been tested
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

National COVID-19 Developments

COVID-19 Numbers Hit Worldwide High – The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 worldwide hit a new high on Sunday, as more than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days. Reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) Monday, three-quarters of the new cases came from just 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia. The WHO also warned that the pandemic appears to be worsening, and urged those countries posting high numbers to remain vigilant. The announcement comes as New York City, one of the worst hit spots in the United States, began to reopen Monday after months of remaining shuttered, with as many as 400,000 people returning to work. Considered the center of the pandemic in the U.S., more than 205,000 people in New York City were infected with 22,000 deaths.

Congress Unveils Police Reform Bill – Nearly two weeks after the death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice, congressional Democrats revealed a bill that would overhaul federal regulations on policing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was joined by top congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Black Caucus Chairwoman Representative Karen Bass, to provide details on the content of the bill and answer questions regarding the negotiation stage and intended timeline for passage. The legislation aims to make sweeping reforms to both deter the use of police force and allow officers to be held more accountable. Specifically, the bill includes language that provides state attorneys general with grants to carry out pattern and practice probes and create a process for independent investigations into uses of force, reforms “qualified immunity” for officers, making it easier for people whose constitutional rights were violated to recover damages, and starts a federal registry of police misconduct and require states to report use of force to the U.S. Justice Department. It additionally bans the use of chokeholds and “no-knock” search warrants, requires training on racial bias, and curbs the transfer of military grade weapons to state and local police forces. There are more than 200 co-sponsors of the bill from both Congressional chambers.

Epidemiologists Shed Light on Daily Activities – In a survey conducted by the New York Times, a group of 511 epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists gave their personal opinions on when they expect to resume 20 activities in their daily lives amidst COVID-19. While their answers are not guidelines for the public, the opinions shed a light on how experts plan to maneuver their daily routines as the country continues to reopen. The majority of participants say that they plan to see a doctor with non-urgent appointments, vacation within driving distance, and get a haircut at a salon or barber shop this Summer. In a matter of three to 12 months, the majority of respondents indicated they will feel comfortable attending a small dinner party, sending kids to school, camps or play dates, and working in a shared office. Finally, the majority of respondents believe that they will only be comfortable attending a wedding or funeral, hugging or shaking hands with a friend, and attending a live sporting event, concert or play in more than a years’ time. You can find the full article with results here.

Nevada Primary Election Updates

  • Nevada Primary Numbers – 343,000 ballots have been cast in Nevada for the primary election, or 21.5-percent. Turnout in rural counties continues to post exceedingly high numbers, as 29-percent of ballots for registered voters have been returned. 2020 primary turnout numbers continue to soar higher than expected, and have the potential to be the highest of the last few primaries:
  • 2018: 23-percent
  • 2016: 19-percent
  • 2014: 19-percent
  • 2012: 19-percent

Nevada Primary: Tuesday – Amidst COVID-19, Nevada’s primary election will take place tomorrow, with the option to vote via mail-in or in person at limited locations. Any ballots that are postmarked by Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. will be counted, but official results will not be available until June 19. Some counties, including Clark County and Washoe County, began tabulating results over the weekend, and will continue to do so for the following 10 days. After polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, initial results are expected to become available at 8:30 p.m. Results will continue to be published through midnight. Starting Thursday, results are expected to be published each morning at 9:00 a.m.

Our McDonald Carano Government Affairs & Advocacy team will be tracking all primary races in the state beginning Tuesday night, and will be providing links to our website in which a full list of results can be accessed.


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