Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 23, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 23, 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.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Extension of Teacher Licenses – Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency regulation that went in effect Monday which extends the expiration date of a teacher’s license for up to a year. More than 4,700 educator licenses were set to expire over the next four months, according to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the emergency regulation will allow school districts to hire teachers who would otherwise have been unable to renew the licenses due to COVID-19 restrictions. The regulation also provides certain exceptions for mandatory exams for alternative teacher licenses, as well as other issues related to educators, such as the delay in fingerprinting and the processing of background checks.

Nevada Reports Highest Number of Cases – Nevada reported a record breaking one-day case jump Tuesday as new cases rose to 462, with the majority in Clark County. Previously, the record one-day jump in new cases was 445 posted last Friday. New cases in Clark County jumped by 412, a county high, while Washoe County reported 24 new cases, the second highest in the county. Nevada reported record highs for three days in the past week, including hospitalization increases, indicating that COVID-19 may be gaining steam in the state.

Teachers Want Enhanced Safety Before Returning – The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) is calling for numerous safety measures to be put in place before Las Vegas schools reopen and Clark County School District (CCSD) employees are required to return to work. To ensure compliance with all Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the Association is calling for the following:

  • Adequate testing for every CCSD employee before they return to work, with follow-up testing during the school year
  • Special attention to employees who are most at risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to be made available for employees and students
  • Social distancing practices available and in place, including on school buses
  • Sanitizing procedures for schools and classrooms to help stop the spread of COVID-19

A plan to reopen Clark County schools emerged Tuesday ahead of Thursday’s CCSD Board of Trustees meeting that details students attending face-to-face instruction two days a week, with distance learning via online instruction scheduled for the other three days. The CCSD Board of Trustees has scheduled just one meeting on Thursday to publicly discuss options, with a final vote anticipated to take place at the July 9 meeting. The plan will then go to the state for final approval.

Travelers Still Weary – A nationwide analysis conducted by San Francisco-based Destination Analysts surveyed 1,200 prospective travelers revealing outlook on travel safety is low. This is a cause for concern to Nevada tourism officials given the state’s large dependence on tourism. When asked the question, “In the next month, how (if at all) do you expect the severity of the coronavirus situation in the United States to change?,” 47.7-percent of those surveyed said they expected conditions to worsen, up from 34.7-percent when asked the same question a week ago. While the survey was not state specific, the majority of people reported that they feel unsafe participating in the following activities which help boost Nevada tourism:

  • Dining in a restaurant – 45.5-percent feel unsafe
  • Visiting a museum, aquarium or other indoor attraction – 53-percent feel unsafe
  • Using Uber, Lyft or a taxi – 57.4-percent feel unsafe
  • Traveling on a commercial airliner – 61.1-percent feel unsafe
  • Going to a casino – 66.9-percent feel unsafe
  • Attending a conference or convention – 68.7-percent feel unsafe

Governor Press Conference Wednesday – Governor Steve Sisolak will hold a press conference Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. to update Nevadans on the state’s COVID-19 response. No press conference details are available at this time.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23

  • There are 14,051 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 492 cases from Monday
  • Nevada has reported 492 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up two (2) cases from Monday
  • 285,790 people have been tested in Nevada
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

Health Experts Testify Before House Committee on COVID-19 Response – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, White House officials, and other public health experts testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday during a hearing to address oversight of the Trump Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee members presented questions regarding the rise in positive cases throughout several southern states and President Trump’s claims to slow down testing. Dr. Fauci , who assured the committee of a continued emphasis on increased testing nationwide, was joined by Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield, who highlighted the need for enhanced investment in healthcare infrastructure and telemedicine on both the federal and state level. Additionally, Dr. Brett Giroir from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dr. Stephen Hahn from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided testimony. The four witnesses spent over five hours testifying before the committee to provide context as coronavirus cases are rising in coordination with the reopening of states nationwide.

EU Nations Consider Travel Ban on Americans – European Union (EU) nations are considering a recommendation to block American visitors from entering their countries due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and less restrictive social distancing and face covering policies in the United States. The proposed travel ban would additionally include visitors from Russia and Brazil, while the list of acceptable visitors includes those from China. The decision to exclude American travelers would have significant economic ramifications in the countries, as summer tourism is expected to play a role in the revitalization of their economies. Diplomats are expected to finalize a list of approved countries and present it as a recommendation to representatives of the 27 EU nations early next week. There is no requirement that EU nations adopt the recommendation.

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