Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 18, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 18, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.

Additionally, we will keep you informed of Nevada primary election results and updates as they become available on our website and through additional e-mail correspondence. Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

Nevada Primary Election Updates

Nevada’s Latest Primary Numbers – More than a week after the June 9 primary election, final results are expected to be made official tomorrow – Friday. Over 480,000 ballots were cast during the 2020 primary, or around 29.5-percent of registered voters. Nearly all precincts in the state have reported totals, but a few in the smaller counties, such as Elko County, Mineral County, and White Pine County, have yet to report.

For more election results as of Thursday, visit the McDonald Carano election page.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Mask Requirement at Casinos – The Nevada Gaming Control Board ordered all Nevada casinos to enforce players and spectators at casino tables and card games to wear face coverings after board agents observed a sharp decline of mask usage in casinos. According to the new guidance, “licensees must require patrons to wear face coverings at table and card games if there is no barrier, partition or shield between the dealer and each player. The requirement applies to table and card game players, spectators and any other person within six feet of any table or card game.” All casino employees are also required to continue wearing facial covering, a rule that has been in place since casinos reopened June 4. Despite the many safety precautions casinos are taking to keep employees and patrons safe. On Wednesday, a kitchen worker at the Mayfair Supper Club located inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the business to close for the foreseeable future.

Nevada COVID-19 Case Count – The number of known COVID-19 cases in Nevada surpassed 12,000 Thursday, increasing by 234 new cases since Wednesday. Currently, Nevada’s case county stands at 12,076. The number of people in hospital ICU’s with COVID-19 symptoms decreased for the first time in over a week to 93 people from 96, while ventilator use crept up, now being used by 55 individuals. A total of 475 people have died of COVID-19 in Nevada as of Thursday.

Nevada Unemployment Numbers – Nevada unemployment numbers decreased slightly in May from 28.2-percent to 25.3-percent, remaining the highest in the country. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) released the new numbers Wednesday, showing the small improvement while still highlighting the heavily hit labor market due to COVID-19. The unemployment rate in Nevada is far higher than the national average, which is seasonally adjusted to a rate of 13.3-percent. In good news for Nevada, however, the state is adding jobs back at a rate of 2.9-percent, which is faster than the national average of 1.9-percent. DETR’s report comes on the heels of 107 straight months of jobs growth in the Silver State, or nearly nine years.

Free Asymptomatic Testing in Northern Nevada – Asymptomatic individuals in northern Nevada can receive free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, June 23 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drive-thru testing will be open to the public for individuals over 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Reed High School Parking lot in Sparks. Testing asymptomatic patients enables public health officials and epidemiologists to collect more accurate data about COVID-19, including how widespread and deadly the virus actually is, as well as helping to improve recommendations for how people can best protect themselves against the disease.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18

  • There are 12,076 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 224 cases from Wednesday
  • Nevada has reported 475 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up two (2) cases from Wednesday
  • 264,568 people have been tested
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National & World COVID-19 Developments

PPP Loans Available for Individuals with Criminal Convictions – The Trump administration has revised rules for individuals with criminal convictions to receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, allowing those with a conviction over a year old to participate, as long as the conviction was unrelated to money. For those with convictions related to fraud, bribery, embezzlement or making a false statement on an application for a loan or federal financial assistance, eligibility will only apply to those who have convictions for felonies five or more years old. The new ruling also eliminates participation in a diversion program as a barrier to receive the loans. Roughly one in three American adults have criminal records.

Malaria Drug Again Proves Ineffective – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday that it is halting its major trial of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for COVID-19. According to the organization, there has been no evidence that the drug was effective against COVID-19 and that it “does not result in the reduction of the morality of those patients.” The decision comes two days after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine and related drug chloroquine after determining that both were ineffective. The abrupt decision by the FDA has left 66 million doses of the drugs sitting in the federal stockpile, with no plan of what to do with them.

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