Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 19, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 19, 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

Final Primary Results – Results of Nevada’s Primary Election were finalized Friday morning with 100-percent of precincts reporting statewide. With 480,855 ballots cast, voter turnout throughout the state was 29.49-percent. Clark County saw 26.96-percent voter turnout while Washoe County saw 32.88-percent, the highest voter turnout for a primary election in the county since 2000. The highest voter turnout among Nevada’s 17 counties was in Humboldt County, with 48.49-percent.
For final election results, please visit the McDonald Carano Primary Election page.


Juneteenth Celebrations Statewide – Celebrations are planned statewide in celebration of Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates the liberation of black individuals in the United States. On the heels of an invigorated Black Lives Matter movement, this year’s celebration has garnered increased attention and participation. Reno based black women’s empowerment group Shades of Queening is hosting a Juneteenth event called Freedom Friday. The group aims to enhance awareness of the holiday and allow the community to creatively express support through chalk art in Reno’s City Plaza. In Las Vegas, Save Our Sons, a nonprofit that supports at-risk youth, has an event planned in Lorenzi Park that will feature guest speakers Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and chair of the Nevada Democratic Party William McCurdy II. Nevada Congressional members Dina Titus and Steven Horsford announced Friday their support for the federal observance of the holiday and have requested additional legislation to address racial injustice nationwide.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Sisolak Looks into Face Covering Requirements – Friday morning Governor Sisolak asked his COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team to research and review “enhanced face covering policies” after the state reported its highest single day increase in coronavirus cases. California Governor Gavin Newsom instituted a policy Thursday requiring individuals to wear face coverings in most public settings, breaking from his previous policy of deferring to local governments. Governor Sisolak also asked the Medical Advisory Team to provide any recommendations for consideration that may strengthen the state’s overall response to the pandemic. If Governor Sisolak implements a similar policy, Nevada will join California, Michigan, New York, Maine, Delaware and Maryland with statewide face covering requirements.

Nevada Cases with a Caveat – Nevada reported a spike of 410 new cases on Friday. However, the substantial jump is due to Washoe County experiencing lab equipment issues that delayed the accurate reporting of new cases, resulting in two days’ worth of backlogged positive tests being reported Thursday night. As a result, Nevada experienced a 315 single-day increase in cases between Thursday morning and Friday morning.

DETR Program for Independent Workers Makes Progress in Payments – To date, 147,460 people have applied for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program within the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). In a briefing Friday morning, DETR Director Heather Korbulic said 78,734 people have received payments, up 47,582 from the week prior. Korbulic addressed struggles that the department and its vendors have faced in handling phone lines since the program’s launch but noted its progress in moving forward with payments to qualifying individuals. The number of continued unemployment claims in the state is down by over 22,000 according to DETR’s weekly report, likely the result of many returning to work with Nevada job growth up 2.9 percent.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 19

  • There are 12,486 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 410 cases from Thursday morning
  • Nevada has reported 478 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up three (3) cases from Thursday morning
  • 269,097 people have been tested in Nevada
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National & World COVID-19 Developments

Trump to Host Campaign Rally Despite COVID-19 Concerns – President Donald Trump plans to host his first campaign rally since the COVID-19 caused shutdown in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. The event has garnered thousands of early ticket reservations, despite concerns over the safety of large public gatherings. The venue can host up to 19,000 attendees, however the Trump campaign has said it may expand the event into an overflow venue due to widespread interest. The campaign is requiring all ticketholders to sign a waiver to attend the rally as local, state and federal officials warn increased exposure could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The waiver provides campaign and event organizers liability protection in the event attendees are exposed to COVID-19 during the rally. President Trump’s most viable opponent, Joe Biden, continues to hold virtual events.

COVID-19 World Update – The number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow rapidly across the world, as two of the highest daily tallies were recorded this week, driven by outbreaks in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the United States. More than 140,000 new cases were reported Tuesday, with another 166,000 on Wednesday. In total, 77 nations have seen a growth in new cases over the past two weeks, while only 43 have seen declines. Brazil and the United States reported the highest number of new cases this week, with Brazil posting 32,000 on Wednesday and the U.S. reporting the second most cases of more than 25,000. Around the world, further risks lie ahead as nations continue to reopen their economies, with the eradication of COVID-19 hinging on a vaccine that is still under development.

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