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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

April 10, 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.
Please continue to refer to our Firm website for resources and information:
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State and Local News

Nevada Gets High Marks for Social Distancing – Nevada is one of two states to receive an overall “A” letter grade from Unacast’s Social Distancing Scoreboard, alongside Vermont. The scoreboard breaks Nevada’s grade down county by county, showing Douglas as the highest performing county in the state and Lyon County as the lowest with a “D+”. Nevada’s most populated counties, Clark and Washoe, both received a “B” grade. The scoreboard notes an “A” letter grade represents reduction in non-essential travel by more than 70-percent.

Thunderbirds Flyover – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron known as the “Thunderbirds” will flyover Las Vegas in honor of health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel battling the coronavirus pandemic across the valley. The special air show will feature 16 American flags for the 16 major hospitals in southern Nevada. The Thunderbirds flyover at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, April 11, starting at Nellis Air Force Base and traveling over Centennial Hills, Summerlin, Spring Valley, along the Strip and then down to Henderson. The path is designed to ensure residents will be able to view safely from their own home.

First Round of Nevada Money for Healthcare – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)announced how the Provider Relief Fund will be distributed amongst states, totaling $100-billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers. Effective Friday, the first $30-billion will be distributed, with more than $240-million of this initial allocation coming to Nevada. Providers will be distributed a portion of this initial allocated based on their share of total Medicare FFS reimbursements in 2019. Nevada has 2,581 Providers and Systems paid through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, a vast majority who will receive payments into their accounts today, for a total of $241,471,841. As Nevada approaches the surge date estimated for next Friday, April 17, this is welcome news for the state’s healthcare providers, medical professionals, and first responders.

LVCVA Weighing Options– Much like other organizations, state agencies and businesses in the state, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is anticipating significant drops in revenue for Fiscal Year 2020 linked to the long string of convention cancellations. The coronavirus pandemic has unquestionably affected the tourism-fueled Las Vegas economy and the LVCVA estimates an approximate $79-million revenue loss. The Board of Directors will meet next week to discuss the organization’s budget and potential strategy to mitigate damage. LVCVA’s President and CEO Steve Hill identified potential responses that include, but are not limited to, a hiring freeze, temporary and on-call staff furloughs, professional service contract reductions or terminations, departmental budget cuts and deferral of capital projects.

New Directive from Washoe County Health District – Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick announced Friday that the department will be issuing a new directive requiring individuals from out-of-state who are staying in short-term rentals to self-isolate for at least 14 days and not leave their residences unless there is an emergency. While the details of the directive are not available yet, the Health District continues to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of Washoe County residents.

Nevada to Produce Additional Ventilators – Reno-based company Hamilton Medical received a five-month contract valued at $552-million to produce ventilators, as part of the White House’s plan to get 100,000 ventilators over the next 100 days for the Strategic National Stockpile. The Nevada and family-owned company has spent the last few weeks processing only COVID-19 orders and working 24/7 to produce ventilators, including already delivering hundreds to countries most affected.

Clarification for Reno Residents – In response to yesterday’s Daily Update mention of alcohol delivery in various jurisdictions, we would like to clarify that the City of Reno allows the sale of curbside packaged alcohol by properly licensed restaurants only with the purchase of meals. Cheers!

Federal Government Developments

Presidential Press Conference – During Friday’s daily press conference, President Donald Trump announced the economy will not reopen “until we know this country is going to be healthy,” despite rumors that economic advisors were suggesting he open the country after just 30-days. While states like New York are beginning to see the number of hospital admissions decrease, suggesting the peak has been reached, and Detroit and New Orleans appear to be stabilizing, the President acknowledged that the time to pull back restrictions is not now. However, President Trump announced that the time for hospitals to resume elective surgeries in some states is on the horizon. Insiders have hinted the President was preparing to announce a second coronavirus task force to focus solely on reopening the nation and restart the wounded economy, but his remarks today indicate that announcement may not be imminent.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada
These numbers are accurate as of 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 10.

  • There are 2,602 positive cases in Nevada.
  • Clark County has 2,144 confirmed cases. Of those, 583 are hospitalized and the number recovered is 815.
  • Washoe County has 389 confirmed cases. Of those, 30 are hospitalized and 41 have recovered.
  • Carson City has 16 confirmed cases. Of those, five (5) have recovered.
  • Douglas County has nine (9) confirmed cases. Of those four (4) have recovered.
  • Elko County has 11 confirmed cases. Of those, three (3) have recovered.
  • Lyon County has six (6) confirmed case. Of those, one (1) has recovered.
  • Humboldt County has 16 confirmed case. Of those, four (4) are hospitalized.
  • White Pine County has one (1) confirmed case.
  • Nye County has ten confirmed case. Of those, two (2) have recovered.
  • Nevada has reported 86 fatalities from the coronavirus.
  • Over 22,700 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

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