Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19

Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 1, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed of pertinent information as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will be providing daily updates on the matter over the course of the next few weeks.

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State and Local News

Moments ago, Governor Sisolak held a press conference and announced the following:

  • $6.25-million has been approved by the Nevada Board of Examiners to help combat COVID-19.
  • The Battle Born Medical Corps has been established to expand the state’s health care workforce. This directive will allow certain doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical students and retired medical professional to work immediately to help with the COVID-19 effort.
  • 6-20 percent of people with COVID-19 require hospitalization.
  • Of those, 74 percent of patients are submitted to the Intensive Care Unit and 44 percent require a ventilator.
  • The National Guard has been activated to help the state with logistics and delivering meals, at this time.

 

New Stay-at-Home Directive Issued – While Governor Sisolak has been asking residents to “Stay Home for Nevada’’ for weeks, the newest directive from his office formally issues a stay at home order and mandates extended closures of all nonessential businesses, gaming and schools until April 30. Under Wednesday’s directive, all Nevadans are ordered to stay in their residences and individuals are prohibited from gathering in groups beyond their household members. The order does not prohibit individuals from engaging in outdoor activity such as walking, running and hiking, but requires social distancing guidelines be maintained. It also does not apply to employees and patrons of essential businesses and services, and residents are still encouraged to patron establishments that offer services such as food pick-up. This is the tenth emergency directive from Governor Sisolak. The full directive can be found here: Sisolak Directive-010

Nevada Travel Advisory – Governor Steve Sisolak announced a travel advisory late Tuesday afternoon, urging travelers to the Silver State to self-quarantine for 14-days and monitor their health while doing so. Although the advisory does not prohibit people from coming into the state, the request does ask for visitors to postpone their trips and for Nevada residents to avoid nonessential travel, especially to places in which the CDC has issued travel advisories. The advisory does not apply to healthcare, public health, public safety, transportation, or food supply essential employees. While the advisory is not a mandate banning travel, this may be a first step for the Governor taking a more stringent stance on travel in the near future. The full press release can be found here: Sisolak Travel Advisory

Extended Legal Deadlines – Governor Sisolak signed a directive late Tuesday extending certain legal deadlines and licensing requirements. The directive states that time limits for commencement, filing, or service of process of any legal action, notice, motion or other process will be extended for 30 days from the date the state of emergency ends. Additionally, licenses and permits set to expire during the state of emergency will be extended for a period of either 90 days past the original expiration date or 90 days from the date the state of emergency ends, whichever is later. This provision only applies if reduced government operations makes timely renewal of licenses and permits impracticable. The directive also states that businesses whose annual license renewal fees are due during the state of emergency are entitled to an additional 60 days past the day the state of emergency ends to pay without consequence or penalty. This is the ninth emergency directive from Governor Sisolak’s office. The full directive can be found here: Sisolak Directive-009

Sisolak Requests Major Disaster Declaration from Trump – Governor Sisolak submitted a request to President Donald Trump for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Nevada. The formal declaration frees additional federal assistance and emergency protective measures that are provided under a nationwide emergency. If approved by President Trump, Nevada will join several other states, including those most afflicted such as New York, New Jersey and California, in receiving further critical aid from the federal government. Sisolak’s signed letter to Trump can be found here: Major Disaster Declaration Request

Safety Stand Down – Construction organizations across the state are joining together this Friday to conduct a Safety Stand Down, a movement aimed to educate work crews about the critical role safety and health has during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning 10:00 a.m. Friday, construction groups will be holding meetings to stress the importance of the issue and will continue to educate on the procedures that should be followed while continuing to work as an essential business.

Private Sector Task Force Fundraising – Since it began fundraising on March 27, the Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, led by former MGM CEO Jim Murren, has received $5.3 million in donations. More information on the Task Force can be found on their website: www.nvc19.org

 


Federal Government Developments

Paycheck Protection Program – During a press conference Tuesday night, President Trump shared details regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. As a major component of the CARES Act passed by Congress last week, this system is aimed at providing small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. The funds are provided in the form of loans and will be fully forgiven when used for approved costs, 75 percent of which must be used for payroll. Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees (including non-profits, self-employed individuals and independent contractors) are eligible to apply, and businesses with over 500 employees are eligible in certain industries. Starting this Friday, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply, and independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10.

White House Press Briefing – Vice President Pence additionally announced during the press briefing Tuesday that more than 11.6 million N-95 masks have been distributed across the country, along with more than 8,100 ventilators, millions of face shields, surgical masks and gloves. More than 1.1 million tests have been conducted nationwide, and the FDA is poised to grant approval for a new test that can deliver results in as little as five minutes. They will be producing 50,000 tests a day to be distributed across the country. There are currently 10 therapeutic agents in active trials to find a life-saving treatment, with 15 in planning stages. Additionally, the surge in demand for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine continues to increase, and the FDA has been working with manufacturers to ramp up production. Nevada remains one of the only states to have a ban on the pharmaceuticals in place.

Nurses’ Union Plan Protest – National Nurses United announced Wednesday that registered nurses at 15 HCA Healthcare hospitals across seven states – including a hospital in Las Vegas – plan to protest in response to the lack of preparedness from the hospital chain in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The formal statement from National Nurses United calls upon the hospital corporation to take steps to provide its nurses with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and institute the necessary measures to keep staff healthy. Many of the reports coming from the HCA hospitals correlates to reports nationwide on shortages of PPE for doctors, nurses and staff.

Masks Under Review – New statements from CDC officials suggest that health experts are reconsidering the effectiveness of face masks for the general public. While this is under review, CDC advises the public to reserve N-95 masks and hospital approved respiratory masks for health care workers and instead opt to use household items such as a scarf or bandana.

 


COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.

  • There are 1,279 positive cases in Nevada.
    • Clark County has 961 confirmed cases. Of those, 198 are hospitalized.
    • Washoe County has 143 confirmed cases. Of those, 20 are hospitalized.
    • Carson City has five (5) confirmed cases.
    • Douglas County has six (6) confirmed cases.
    • Elko County has five (5) confirmed cases. Two (2) are reported to have recovered.
    • Lyon County has one (1) confirmed case.
    • Humboldt County has five (5) confirmed case.
    • White Pine County has one (1) confirmed case.
    • Nye County has two (2) confirmed case. One (1) is reported to have recovered.
  • Nevada has reported 32 fatalities from the coronavirus, 28 of which occurred in Clark County and four (4) occurred in Washoe County.
  • Over 12,700 people have been tested.

Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada


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