Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

April 28, 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:

State and Local News

New Department Head for DETR – Tiffany Tyler-Garner, the head of the Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) which is responsible for the unemployment insurance system, announced her departure from the agency Tuesday. Tyler-Garner led the Department since early 2019. In a statement from Governor Steve Sisolak, he thanked her for her service and wish her the best as “she pursues new opportunities.” Replacing Tyler-Garner will be Heather Korbulic, the Executive Director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, who will continue to serve in an advisory role for the organization. Korbulic takes the helm of a department inundated with new unemployment claims due to the coronavirus pandemic. DETR has come under criticism for not being able to accommodate the nearly 343,000 new claims since March, including a large backlog and long wait lines. Recently the agency announced the opening of a 100-person call center to help answer claimant’s questions, but the system has shown it is not equipped to handle the unprecedented number of claims being submitted.

Nevada Recovery Announcement Thursday – Governor Sisolak announced in a Tweet Tuesday that his Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan will be unveiled Thursday, the same day many in the state anticipated the Governor would lift the stay-at-home order. Additionally, Sisolak suggested “big announcements” will be made every day this week. Our team will provide in-depth details in our daily updates.

Shocking Student Disconnect – During the week of April 14-17, nearly one-third of the Clark County School District’s 325,081 students were marked absent from distance learning after being unable to be reached by their teachers through phone calls or e-mails. In new figures submitted to the Nevada Department of Education, 31-percent of students or 102,192 students total had not been in contact with educators and had made no progress on learning activities. Teachers are required to contact students during school closures once per week and those who cannot be reached are marked absent. To help reach absent students, the school district recently implemented a new initiative to conduct door to door wellness checks, as well as update contact information in Infinite Campus after teachers reported incorrect data being a major reason students were unreachable. While the high number of missed students is concerning, officials remain optimistic as they continue to reach to do distance education.

More Money for Education – Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara joined 62 big-city superintendents in signing a letter to Congress requesting funding for public schools in the next COVID-19 relief package:

• $175-billion in Education Stabilization Funds
• $13-billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
• $12-billion in additional Title I funding
• 2-billion for the E-Rate program, which provides discounts to help schools obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access
• Additional emergency infrastructure funds

$13.5-billion was originally allocated for schools in the CARES Act, but the additional substantial funding request is said to help offset unexpected costs of providing meals to students and transferring to a distance-learning model. It is estimated that a 20-percent loss in combined state and local revenues could lead to approximately 275,000 teachers being laid off in urban districts nationwide.

Stimulus Payouts – Data released Tuesday by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) showed more than $160-million in stimulus payments was distributed to nearly 89.5 million Americans, including 892,000 Nevadans. In total, Nevadans received $1.5-billion over the past three weeks, placing the state 32nd in the nation for payments issued and 34th in total amount. While 29-percent of Nevadans have received stimulus checks so far, the number falls short of the 80-percent of eligible residents estimated to qualify for a relief check.

Federal Government Developments

Congress Halts Returning to Work – The U.S. House of Representatives reversed course Tuesday, announcing they will not return to Washington next week as previously planned. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made the statement Tuesday morning, stating that Capitol attending physician Brian Monahan “forcefully” emphasized that with the number of growing cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, there was too much risk to members of Congress. He did indicate that when the CARES 2 piece of legislation is ready to be voted on, they will call members back to Washington. The Senate is still anticipated to resume work on May 4, with a modified routine.

Expanded COVID-19 Symptoms – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the list of possible symptoms of the coronavirus Monday, signaling the broad variation and unpredictability of the way the illness can affect individuals. The CDC’s website previously only listed a fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of the virus. It has now expanded to add the following:

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

  • There are 4,807 positive cases in Nevada.
    • Clark County has 3,793 confirmed cases. Of those, 2,414 have recovered.
    • Washoe County has 834 confirmed cases. Of those, 37 are hospitalized and 297 have recovered.
    • Humboldt County has 37 confirmed cases. Of those, two (2) are hospitalized and five (5) have recovered.
    • Nye County has 35 confirmed cases. Of those, 14 have recovered.
    • Carson City has 39 confirmed cases. Of those, 16 have recovered.
    • Lyon County has 26 confirmed cases. Of those, five (5) have recovered.
    • Douglas County has 19 confirmed cases. Of those, 10 have recovered.
    • Elko County has 15 confirmed cases. Of those, 10 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 219 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 186 were in Clark County, 29 were in Washoe County, two (2) were in Humboldt County, one (1) was in Elko County and one (1) was in Carson City.
  • Over 40,000 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

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