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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

April 17, 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

Governor Sisolak on Re-Opening the State – Thursday night, Governor Sisolak held a press conference to update Nevadans on the state’s path to re-opening the economy. While details were limited, the Governor assured his constituents that plans will become public once they are finalized by his administration, which he projected will be next week. He acknowledged the universal desire to return the state’s economy to its pre-pandemic levels of normalcy but emphasized that plans to do so will be dependent on health risk assessment and the assured safety of Nevadans. Governor Sisolak’s address came hours after President Trump announced that state governors will be the ultimate decisionmakers when it comes to lifting stay-at-home orders and re-opening non-essential businesses in individual states.

LVMPD Reduces Inmate Population – A request from Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was granted by a Clark County judge on Thursday, allowing Lombardo the authority to reduce his jail population by 10-percent. The order dictates that Lombardo may release people who are serving for technical violations of probation, those who have served more than 75-percent of their sentence and those who are high-risk for contracting COVID-19, excluding violent crime offenders. After four inmates of Clark County jails and six staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, the reduction in population is expected to curb the spread and ensure the safety of inmates and staff.

Clark County School Board Denies Emergency Powers – In a Clark County School Board Meeting Thursday night, Trustees unanimously voted down a resolution that would have expanded the emergency powers of Superintendent Jesus Jara during the pandemic. The proposed resolution drew criticism from the Board for being too broad in nature and including a provision that would allow Jara to negotiate employment contracts. Despite rejecting the resolution, the School Board Trustees left open the possibility for other policy changes to come forward as school closures continue.

Tesla Gigafactory Reopens May 4 – The Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada is set to re-open May 4 with strict new guidelines that adhere to public health recommendations. Employees in several workstations will be required to wear masks and asked to work within social distancing protocol. Additionally, the Gigafactory will enforce policies that will allow workforce to be staggered, including providing additional breaks to its employees, and will take employees’ temperatures upon arriving to work as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The opening of the Gigafactory signals a proactive step in returning Nevada’s economy to normal and offers helpful guidance as more businesses and factories throughout the state consider re-opening.

Federal Government Developments

House Democrats Propose $2,000 Per Month for Americans – Democratic Representatives Tim Ryan (OH) and Ro Khanna (CA) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would provide certain Americans with an additional $2,000 per month on top of the initial one-time $1,200 stimulus check. The legislation, named the Emergency Money for the People Act (EMP Act), ensures any American who is 16 years of age or older and makes less than $130,000 annually is eligible to receive the payments. Married couples making less than $260,000 annually would qualify for $4,000 payments, plus an additional $500 per child up to three children. Unlike the CARES Act that provided the initial $1,200 payments, the EMP Act expands the qualifications for individuals to be eligible to include populations such as college students and adult dependents with disabilities to qualify to receive the checks. If passed, this legislation would be Phase Four of the federal government’s proactive steps to mitigate damage brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The provisions of the bill provide that the checks would continue until employment-to-population ratio for people ages 16 and older is greater than 60-percent. The full text of the bill can be found here: Emergency Money for the People Act

Additional Aid for Small Businesses – In the days since the Small Business Administration announced funds have been drained from the Paycheck Protection Program, congressional leaders are seeking additional funding to ensure widespread relief for small businesses. A bill that would have provided an additional $250-billion to the program failed to pass last week as partisan disagreements on including funding for hospital and state and local governments stalled negotiations. The Senate is scheduled to hold a brief session on Monday while the House of Representatives is scheduled to hold one the following day. A vote on the added funding could be held if members of Congress and the White House reach a deal over the weekend.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 17.

  • There are 3,524 positive cases in Nevada.
  • Clark County has 2,738 confirmed cases. Of those, 1,515 have recovered.
  • Washoe County has 588 confirmed cases. Of those, 40 are hospitalized and 119 have recovered.
  • Carson City has 27 confirmed cases. Of those, six (6) have recovered.
  • Douglas County has 14 confirmed cases. Of those four (4) have recovered.
  • Elko County has 11 confirmed cases. Of those, three (3) have recovered.
  • Lyon County has 11 confirmed case. Of those, one (1) has recovered.
  • Humboldt County has 26 confirmed case. Of those, four (4) are hospitalized.
  • White Pine County has three (3) confirmed cases.
  • Nye County has 19 confirmed case. Of those, two (2) have recovered.
  • Churchill County has three (3) confirmed case.
  • Lander County has one (1) confirmed case.
  • Mineral County has one (1) confirmed case.
  • Nevada has reported 142 fatalities from the coronavirus.
  • Over 29,000 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

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