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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

April 24, 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

Additional Guidance for Landlords and Tenants – The Governor’s Office issued clarifying guidance on Wednesday for landlords and tenants to reference as the Governor’s Emergency Directive 008 prohibiting evictions continues. The guidance focused heavily on administering standards for landlords and detailing actions that are deemed coercive. Notably, the guidance states landlords may not coerce, duress or intimidate tenants into paying rent using an economic stimulus check or any other source of income. It additionally clarifies that while evictions for nonpayment are prohibited for the duration of the directive, other contractual obligations on both the tenant and the landlord remain intact, i.e. adhering to landlord policies and performing essential maintenance or repairs.

NFL Draft Gets Another Shot in Las Vegas – During last night’s virtual NFL Draft, which was originally slated to take place in Las Vegas prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that Las Vegas will have another opportunity to host the draft in 2022. The announcement was made as the Raiders were about to make their first pick of the night and the 19th pick overall. Public events for the 2020 NFL Draft were canceled on March 16, three days after Governor Sisolak declared a State of Emergency in Nevada. The news comes as Las Vegas continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and offers a distant light at the end of the tunnel for both Raiders fans and Las Vegas residents.

Eldorado Resorts/Caesars Entertainment Merger – Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced plans Friday that will clear a path toward their merger by the end of June. With the state of the economy, however, both companies have indicated they will sell properties to aid in the $17.3-billion merger, which was initially expected to occur by the end of March. Before the deal can be finalized, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Nevada Gaming Commission and other regulators must sign off on approval.

Small Casino Loans Decision Reversed – In a move by the White House Friday, small casinos will now have the ability to access the Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency loan program, a change celebrated by the entire Nevada delegation. Prior to the announcement, the program precluded businesses that receive more than half of their revenue from gambling to apply, singling out small casinos and tavern establishments. Nevada’s delegates quickly took to Twitter to applaud the reversal, including Representative Mark Amodei (R) who thanked the White House and others, stating “your individual efforts, as well as those of your staffs, are greatly appreciated.”

Stimulus Payments – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released state-by-state figures for Economic Impact Payments Friday. In total, 88 million individuals received payments worth nearly $158-billion during the program’s first three weeks. In Nevada, 892,115 individuals received payments, totaling a little over $1.5-billion. You can find the full list of state payouts here.

Nevada’s Neighboring States – As Governor Steve Sisolak begins to map out Nevada’s road ahead, neighboring states are also configuring state-specific reopening plans that give insight into what we can expect in the coming weeks and months. Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert unveiled his Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan, a 28-page document that details the state’s economic recovery plan, includes guidelines for employers and provides steps for local governments to follow. The report represents a coordinated, statewide approach to COVID-19 health and economic recovery, serving as a blueprint for similarly impacted states. Additionally, California, Washington and Oregon announced the Western State Pact a few weeks ago. The Pact will allow the three west coast states to coordinate their state-specific plans to work in cohesion with each other and provide a coordinated re-opening of the region. Utah’s guide to recovery can be found here: Utah Leads Together 2.0.

Federal Government Developments

“Phase 3.5” Signed into Law – President Donald Trump signed the $484-billion “Phase 3.5” emergency coronavirus relief package into law Friday, after Congress passed the final legislation yesterday. The bill adds additional aid to funding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as for hospitals and testing. As of Friday, nearly 870,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus nationwide, with nearly 50,000 deaths. House Democrats are already calling for a “Phase 4” bill, with priorities including funding for state and local governments, rental assistance, election integrity, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Say No to Drugs – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers Friday against taking anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside of a hospital unless for approved reasons, after deaths and poisonings were reported. The agency cited reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients who were treating the virus with the malaria drugs, especially with those who combine it with a Z-Pak. The agency did, however, say that patients taking the drugs for approved reasons, such as malaria treatment or for autoimmune conditions like lupus, should continue with their drugs regimen as prescribed.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 24.

  • There are 4,398 positive cases in Nevada.

• Clark County has 3,443 confirmed cases. Of those, 881 are hospitalized and 2,144 have recovered.
• Washoe County has 755 confirmed cases. Of those, 42 are hospitalized and 241 have recovered.
• Humboldt County has 34 confirmed cases. Of those, four (4) are hospitalized and five (5) have recovered.
• Nye County has 31 confirmed cases. Of those, two (2) have recovered.
• Carson City has 33 confirmed cases. Of those, 13 have recovered.
• Lyon County has 22 confirmed cases. Of those, five (5) have recovered.
• Douglas County has 17 confirmed cases. Of those, six (6) 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 197 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 168 were in Clark County, 24 were in Washoe County, two (2) were in Humboldt County and one (1) was in Elko County.
  • Over 36,000 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

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