Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 30, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 30, 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

Clark County Announces Safety Campaign – Officials in Clark County updated the public Tuesday on the latest efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, including a new campaign to fight the growing number of cases amongst the Hispanic community. The new educational initiative, called “Esta En Tus Manos,” or “It’s In Your Hands,” targets the Latin community with the goal of sharing information on testing, health care and other resources, while stressing the importance of safety. Clark County health officials report that 4,801 of the 15,095 confirmed COVID-19 cases are in the Hispanic community, giving the group the highest rate of COVID-19 infections of any racial or ethnic community in the county. Additionally Tuesday, Clark County Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick made a plea to the public to take all possible safety precautions including wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Kirkpatrick vowed that the county, the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and others will be out in force to ensure that businesses and individuals do their part to keep the community safe.

Casino Win Numbers Remain Low – Nevada casino win numbers for the month of May were down 99.4-percent from May 2019, according to a report from the Gaming Control Board released Tuesday. For calendar year 2020, the state is down 45.2-percent and the Strip is down 44.8-percent, in large part due to the shuttering of casinos from mid-March to early June. Since casinos were closed during May, the vast majority of the win amount came from mobile sports wagering and interactive poker. May numbers did not come as a surprise to analysts given that it was the second full month of Nevada’s closure of casinos, after April brought in only $3.6-million. Casinos were given the green light to reopen June 4, giving officials hope that June numbers will look a bit brighter.

Tri-States Require Nevadans to Quarantine – Nevada has been added to a list compiled by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut of 16 states where travelers must voluntarily quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the Tri-State area. The list of states now includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Under the new travel advisory, visitors from these states must self-quarantine, whether they arrive by airplane, train, bus, car, or any other form of transportation. The 14-day quarantine advisory applies to states that have a positive COVID-19 test rate that is higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or who have a seven-day 10-percent of higher test positivity rate. While travel is not restricted, the self-quarantine compliance is expected to be followed. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been three of the hardest hit states due to COVID-19.

Minor League Baseball Canceled – Minor League Baseball’s board of trustees announced Tuesday that the 2020 baseball season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision follows Major League baseball’s decision, after recently announcing a return to play that includes a 60-game schedule to begin in late July. Minor league at the top three levels includes more than a dozen leagues with 150 teams. Tuesday’s decision means that Reno Aces baseball will not hold games until next season, as well as the Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, who now look forward to 2021.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 30

  • There are 18,456 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 672 cases from Monday
  • Nevada has reported 507 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up three (3) cases from Monday
  • 322,944 individuals have been tested for the virus
    • This number is up 8,556 cases from Monday
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

Daily Case Count Could Potentially Double – Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Congress Tuesday that the number of new infections in the United States could double to more than 100,000 per day if the country fails to contain the COVID-19 surge underway in numerous states. The U.S. currently experiences more than 40,000-plus daily cases, but given the recent increases, largely in the south and the west, that number has the potential to more than double. Additionally, the midwest is beginning to see the beginnings of a COVID-19 resurgence, after many of the states showed case reductions in early June. The United States has gone up 80-percent in new cases in the past two weeks, as some cities face dire situations, including the shrinking number of hospital beds. Some states have been forced to walk back reopening plans, including Florida and Texas which recently forced bars to close once again in their respective states.

U.S. Citizens Barred from Europe – As of July 1, all members of the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein plan to begin opening their borders to all travelers from 18 countries and cities but not to travelers from the United States. Americans are only allowed to fly to Ireland or Great Britain and must undergo a 14-day quarantine. The travel restrictions do not apply to health care workers, seasonal farm workers, diplomats, humanitarian workers, transit passengers, asylum seeks, students and “passengers traveling for imperative family reasons,” as well as additional exceptions.

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