Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – April 3, 2020
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State and Local News
Governor’s Finance Office Examining State Budgets – In a letter sent to all Nevada state agency directors and administrators Friday afternoon, Governor Sisolak is asking officials to identify the potential of areas for reduction in their budgets as the state continues to face the financial realities of the COVID-19 crisis. The letter clarified that across the board cuts will not be made at this time, and budgets of agencies providing the necessary resources for essential personnel will not be slashed. The Governor indicated that his Finance Office will work jointly with each agency to review their respective budgets and make recommendations.
Task Force Raises Impressive Total in Week One – The new COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force announced Friday it has raised more than $10-million in its first week. In addition to the cash raised, a large amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) has also been donated directly to medical professionals and first responders. Much of the fundraising efforts were made possible through several major donations coming in from large foundations in the state, including from Las Vegas Raiders owner, Mark Davis. The Task Force, led by former MGM CEO Jim Murren, was formed with the goal of working to ensure that medical providers have access to PPE. The funds will be used to purchase necessary supplies as they become available in today’s competitive market.
Clarification of Emergency Directive 009 – After signing the ninth emergency directive earlier this week, Governor Sisolak amended the same for further clarification. The declaration, as it related to court filings, was amended to make clear that the declaration was intended to toll the statute of limitations for the commencement of new state court actions – but does not impact deadlines for current pending matters. As initially written, the directive extended the time to file legal complaints concerning claims with statute of limitations that expired during the state of emergency. The revised directive also clarified the tolling of the statutes of limitations applies only to actions initiated in state courts and was not applicable to federal cases. The directive was aimed to ease the burden on courts and preserve the legal rights of Nevadans during this time of crisis.
Additionally, all licenses and permits issued by the state or local jurisdictions that are set to expire during the state of emergency have been extended 90-days from either their current expiration date or 90 days after the state of emergency is life, whichever is later. Finally, any person whose annual business license renewal fee is due during the declaration of emergency will have a 60-day grace period after the end of the state of emergency to file, renew and pay their dues. Penalties on the licenses will not accrue for late payment.
The Evolution of Emergency Directives – As we wrap up another week monitoring the progress of COVID-19 and the efforts to combat the crisis, here is a look back at the twelve directives Governor Sisolak has issued thus far:
Emergency Directive 1 – March 15, 2020
- Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of schools until at least April 6.
Emergency Directive 2 – March 18, 2020
- Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of all gaming establishments through April 16.
Emergency Directive 3 – March 20, 2020
- Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of all “non-essential” businesses through April 16.
Emergency Directive 4 -March 20, 2020
- Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of all DMV locations through April 16.
Emergency Directive 5 – March 20, 2020
- Governor Sisolak extended his previous closure of schools through April 16.
Emergency Directive 6 – March 22, 2020
- Governor Sisolak suspended certain public meeting requirements for governments through April 16.
Emergency Directive 7 – March 24, 2020
- Governor Sisolak prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people and empowered local governments to enforce the order.
Emergency Directive 8 – March 29, 2020
- Governor Sisolak prohibited residential and commercial evictions through the duration of the emergency.
Emergency Directive 9 – March 31, 2020
- Governor Sisolak ordered deadline extensions for professional licenses and business licenses and tolled deadlines to commence legal actions.
Emergency Directive 10 – April 1, 2020
- Governor Sisolak issued a formal “Stay at Home” order and extended his Declaration of Emergency through April 30, prolonging all previous closures and orders through that time.
Emergency Directive 11 – April 1, 2020
- Governor Sisolak waived certain licensing requirements for health care professionals to help bolster the state’s health care workforce.
Emergency Directive 12 – April 1, 2020
- Governor Sisolak activated the Nevada National Guard to help coordinate logistical and transportation components of the state’s response to COVID-19.
Federal Government Developments
CDC Advises General Public to Wear Masks – During Friday’s White House Press Briefing, President Trump announced the new recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advising Americans to wear some form of face coverage, such as a scarf or cloth mask, when entering public spaces. This policy shift contradicts previous recommendations from public health authorities. Health officials stated that as the pandemic has evolved in the United States, so has their knowledge on transmission and best practice for prevention. President Trump emphasized that while this is a formal recommendation from the CDC, the decision to wear masks in public remains voluntary.
Speaker Pelosi Announces New Committee – House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday afternoon the proposed creation of a new bipartisan House committee to provide additional oversight on the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina has been appointed to head the committee. Its primary task will be ensuring the historic $2.2 trillion allocated in the Phase Three stimulus package is efficiently and accurately being utilized.
FDA Approves Additional Type of Mask for Hospitals – On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) backtracked a previous policy preventing the use of KN95 masks by health care workers, saying they are now deemed an acceptable substitute to the N-95 respirators. The new approval of the masks, which are made and shipped from China, is expected to alleviate the widespread shortage of N-95 masks in hospitals nationwide by unlocking a nearly untapped inventory.
COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada
These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 3.
- There are 1,514 positive cases in Nevada.
- Clark County has 1,279 confirmed cases. Of those, 331 are hospitalized and the number recovered is unknown.
- Washoe County has 184 confirmed cases. Of those, 26 have recovered.
- Carson City has nine (9) confirmed cases. Of those, one (1) has recovered.
- Douglas County has seven (7) confirmed cases.
- Elko County has five (5) confirmed cases. Of those, two (2) have recovered
- Lyon County has two (2) confirmed case.
- Humboldt County has seven (7) confirmed case.
- White Pine County has one (1) confirmed case.
- Nye County has five (5) confirmed case. Of those, one (1) has recovered.
- Nevada has reported 43 fatalities from the coronavirus, 39 of which occurred in Clark County and four (4) occurred in Washoe County.
- Over 17,000 people have been tested.
Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada
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