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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

April 23, 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: https://www.mcdonaldcarano.com/coronavirus.

State and Local News

NFL Draft Goes Virtual – The annual NFL Draft, an event that normally marks one of the biggest marquee events in sports television, is being conducted virtually this year as the nation continues to adjust to COVID-19.  Las Vegas was tapped last year to host the 2020 Draft, setting the stage for what was expected to be one of the most glamorous and elaborate productions of any draft to date with the Las Vegas Raiders playing a prominent role in the event in their new home state.  Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak has put a hold on many milestone moments for Las Vegas and the state of Nevada.  The NFL Draft will begin Thursday night with Round 1, followed by Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday.  The Las Vegas Raiders will have the 12th pick in Round 1.

Board of Examiners Approves $5.1M for DETR – Members of the Nevada State Board of Examiners (BOE) met on Thursday and unanimously approved two contracts aimed at helping the state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) handle the unprecedented growth in unemployment claims and call volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The contracts will be paid for through federal dollars.  The first $5-million contract was granted to Alorica for an expanded call center for unemployment insurance questions. The contract is set to run for 265 days expiring at the end of 2020.  The Board also approved a $101,000 contract with a technology company to manage the existing software used to handle unemployment claims.  More than 349,000 initial claims for unemployment have been filed in Nevada since mid-March when Governor Steve Sisolak ordered nonessential businesses to close.

Nevada Delegation Defends Extended Closure – After Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman publicly called for the reopening of Nevada businesses on a national news outlet, Nevada elected officials on the local, state and national level defended the extension of the state’s current policies. Governor Sisolak appeared on a national news organization Wednesday night to clarify the state’s position and reaffirm that while the reopening of businesses is a priority, the safety of residents is his first concern.  Nevada Congresswomen Dina Titus and Susie Lee also criticized Mayor Goodman’s comments that suggested Las Vegas could operate as a “control group” by easing social distancing requirements.  Additionally, Las Vegas City Council members Brian Knudsen, Olivia Diaz and Cedric Crear co-authored an op-ed in the Nevada Independent respectfully disagreeing with Mayor Goodman’s position.

Las Vegas Native Chris Angel Announces Draft Donation – Renown magician and Las Vegas resident Chris Angel is participating in the NFL Draft in a unique way this year, pledging to match Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock’s donation of $1,000 for each NFL Draft pick the Las Vegas Raiders make for the upcoming season.  The money will go to Clark County’s “Delivering with Dignity” program which provides high-quality meals to vulnerable populations affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  Since launching in March, Delivering with Dignity has delivered over 18,000 meals to residents in Clark County.

National Guard Deployment – The Nevada National Guard deployed a record number of soldiers and airmen and women across the state as a part of the COVID-19 emergency response. In total, 1,100 Guardsmen were called up for state activation, performing essential duties that include providing testing support and hospital shelter assistance. In addition to general support, the Nevada National Guard has facilitated the donation of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to health care facilities, providers and essential workers.  On Thursday alone, the National Guard delivered 3,000 masks to West Hills Behavior Health Hospital in Reno.

Washoe Cases by Zip Code – New data from the Regional Information Center that represents Washoe County, City of Reno and City of Sparks displays where COVID-19 cases are distributed throughout the county. The majority of the cases are centralized around the urban Reno-Sparks area. The full map can be found here: Washoe County by Zip Code.

Clark County’s numbers by zip code, released by the Southern Nevada Health District last week, can be found here: Clark County by Zip Code.

Federal Government Developments

Stimulus Package 3.5 – Following nearly four hours of debate, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 388 to5 to pass the more than $480-billion COVID-19 aid bill, also known as stimulus package 3.5.  The approval marks the end of a two-week partisan battle on how the money should be allocated.  The final version of the bill allocates money to the burned-through Paycheck Protection Program, while also sending more money to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, smaller lenders, hospitals, and to broaden testing capabilities.  The bill’s passage follows a disappointing jobless report released Thursday, when the U.S. Labor Department announced that an additional 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment, bringing the total to more than 26 million people.  The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump who has indicated he will sign it.

Select Coronavirus Subcommittee – The House of Representatives voted Thursday to establish the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis within the House Oversight and Reform Committee, by a partisan vote of 212 to 182.  The purpose is to review and investigate issues relating to keeping the country safe, including the following:

  • The use of taxpayer funds for relief and stimulus spending
  • Allegations of price gouging and profiteering
  • Federal programs to expand virus testing and develop vaccines
  • Disparate effects of the virus on communities in the United States

The panel also has the authority to issue subpoenas.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of the panel on April 2, but the move required an in-person vote of the House in order to bring the subcommittee into existence.  Republicans opposed the new panel, stating that existing congressional oversight mechanisms in place were adequate.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

  • There are 4,208 positive cases in Nevada.
    • Clark County has 3,314 confirmed cases. Of those, 860 have recovered.
    • Washoe County has 736 confirmed cases. Of those, 42 are hospitalized and 224 have recovered.
    • Humboldt County has 34 confirmed cases. Of those, four (4) are hospitalized and five (5) have recovered.
    • Nye County has 29 confirmed cases. Of those, two (2) have recovered.
    • Carson City has 31 confirmed cases. Of those, 13 have recovered.
    • Lyon County has 20 confirmed cases. Of those, five (5) have recovered.
    • Douglas County has 17 confirmed cases. Of those, seven (7) have recovered.
    • Elko County has 12 confirmed cases. Of those, six (6) have recovered.
    • White Pine County has three (3) confirmed cases.
    • Churchill County has three (3) confirmed cases.
    • Mineral County has two (2) confirmed cases.
    • Lander County has one (1) confirmed case.
  • Nevada has reported 189 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 163 were in Clark County, 22 were in Washoe County, two (2) were in Humboldt County, one (1) was in Elko County and one (1) was in Carson City.
  • Over 33,800 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

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