Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – March 24, 2020
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State and Local News
Nevada Primary by Mail – Nevada’s primary election, scheduled to take place June 9, is expected to shift to a mail-in ballot only system amid growing concern for the large crowds that polling locations attract. According to reporting, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office is anticipated to announce the change today. Nevada law already permits any voter to request a ballot by mail, but the request must be made no later than 14 days prior to election day. In shifting the state’s election system, Nevada follows the lead of several other states with upcoming primaries that have made adjustments to adhere to necessary COVID-19 safety measures.
Nevada Given New Authority for COVID-19 Testing – Federal officials have granted authority to the state of Nevada to give final approval on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 testing materials, rather than requiring the state to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nevada is one of four entities who have chosen to utilize this method, joining Maryland, New York Department of Health Wadsworth Center and Washington State Department of Health.
UNLV Medicine Does Curbside COVID-19 Testing – Beginning Tuesday, UNLV Medicine is conducting curbside COVID-19 testing for people whose symptoms meet the CDC guidelines for testing. Per a press release from the UNLV School of Medicine, appointments can be made over the phone and all callers will be asked a series of questions by medical professionals to determine if they qualify.
Nevada Governors Create PSA – Nevada governors Bob List, Bob Miller, Richard Bryan, Brian Sandoval and Steve Sisolak teamed up to create a video PSA for the citizens of Nevada urging them to stay home amidst the coronavirus outbreak. The full video can be viewed here: Governors PSA
Distance Learning Developments – 16 of Nevada’s 17 School Districts have submitted plans to the Nevada Department of Education for their distance learning protocols. Officials are still waiting for the Clark County Board of Education to submit their policies. As the fifth largest school district in the nation and with up to 40 percent of students without access to electronic devices (iPhones, tablets, etc.), Clark County faces significant hurdles to ensure its students are adequately covered under a distance learning plan. All district plans have yet to be publicly released.
Elected Officials Take on Initiatives – A task force formed by the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus is requesting that Governor Sisolak establish a coronavirus-related health program for undocumented Nevadans that limits the barriers for receiving health care and provides information in Spanish about where to receive resources such as food assistance during this time.
Delivery with Dignity – Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and several community partners launched a program Monday called Delivery with Dignity to deliver fresh meals to struggling families in the Las Vegas Valley.
Federal Government Developments
Today marks day nine of the White House’s 15-day plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Negotiations Near an End on Stimulus Bill – Congress appears to be inching closer to a deal on an estimated $2-trillion stimulus bill intended to mitigate the economic calamity caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer addressed the Senate Tuesday morning, saying they are “on the 2-yard line” in reference to reaching an agreement with Senate Republicans and White House officials.
Executive Order to Prevent Price Gouging – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at preventing price gouging and the hoarding of critical medical supplies. The order is aimed at prohibiting people from accumulating critical supplies in an effort to make a profit off of them. The President called up the Department of Health and Human Services to designate what resources might be harmed due to hoarding, which will be enforced by the Department of Justice.
Stock Market – The Stock Market soared today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging by over 2,100 points, the fifth best percentage gain in history and largest point gain ever. After weeks of falling prices, trader optimism was focused on the pending $2-trillion stimulus bill.
COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada
These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
- There are 278 positive cases in Nevada.
- Clark County has 212 confirmed cases. Of those, 44 are hospitalized.
- Washoe County has 44 confirmed cases. Two (2) are hospitalized and three (3) have recovered.
- Carson City has two (2) confirmed cases.
- Elko County has two (2) confirmed cases.
- Douglas County has two (2) confirmed cases.
- Nye County had one (1) confirmed case. The patient has recovered and been cleared from self-isolation by state health officials.
- Nevada has reported four (4) fatalities from the coronavirus, all located in Southern Nevada.
- Over 4,200 people have been tested.
Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada
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