Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – March 30, 2020
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State and Local News
Sisolak Orders Moratorium on Evictions – In a press conference Sunday afternoon, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a statewide moratorium on evictions for both residential and commercial tenants for the duration of the state of emergency. Specific provisions of the directive ensure that other contractual obligations between landlords and tenants remain intact and evictions are still allowed if a tenant poses a danger to other tenants or the public. Nevada Treasurer Zach Conine discussed aid available to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages, referencing a 90-day grace period on payments and full waivers of late fees. Sisolak said this directive is intended to keep people at home and provide relief to those facing hardship as a byproduct of the coronavirus. His full statement is here: Sisolak on Eviction Moratorium
COVID-19 Task Force Update – Monday morning, Jim Murren, the head of Governor Sisolak’s COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, held a virtual press conference on Zoom to provide further information regarding the Task Force, its composition and its activities to date. Murren announced the Task Force has raised over $4-million in the last 48 hours and called upon private businesses who are temporarily closed to redirect their resources to helping mitigate the damage caused by COVID-19. Murren also detailed the Task Force’s purpose, citing its ability to bypass much of the red tape that states and local governments encounter when trying to acquire funding and resources. The Task Force’s website provides further detail and offers ways to get involved: www.nvc19.org
Nevada Office of the Military Leading Nevada’s Response to COVID-19 – Governor Sisolak announced on Monday that the Nevada Office of the Military will be temporarily aligned with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services in order to effectively lead the statewide response to COVID-19. Sisolak emphasized in a tweet that while the effort will be coordinated with the Nevada National Guard, they have not formally been activated at this time. This new operational structure will allow Nevada to act swiftly and effectively utilize the extent of its resources. Sisolak’s full statement is here: Sisolak Press Releases
What Are Other States Doing? – With the possibility of a special session on the horizon, this link from the National Conference of State Legislatures provides thorough insight into what other states are doing in terms of legislation to fight COVID-19: NSCL State Action
Federal Government Developments
Trump Signs Relief Package – President Donald Trump signed the $2.2-trillion coronavirus relief package Friday afternoon after weeks of negotiations between his administration and members of Congress. This bill is Phase 3 of the federal government’s rollout of relief packages, following the $8-billion in emergency aid to hospitals and the bill providing paid sick leave for American workers.
Extended Social Distancing Guidelines – President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the federal government’s social distancing guidelines are extended through the end of April – a sharp change from his earlier push to reopen the country by Easter. The original 15-day advisory from his administration was set to expire Monday, March 30.
United States Claim Most COVID-19 Cases – The United States surpassed China in having the most known cases of the coronavirus, now tallying more than 100,000. As the new epicenter for the pandemic, America is enacting unprecedented measures to fight the spread.
Defense Production Act Invoked – President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act on Friday to require General Motors to produce more ventilators, eliminating the ability for the auto company to delay negotiations. The Korean War-era act enhances government power during emergencies to direct industrial production. Trump’s decision to enact the legislation came after weeks of states urging him to do so. This move will allow the federal government to control the supply chain and eliminates the need for states to compete against one another for supplies and resources.
COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada
These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 30th.
- There are 1,008 positive cases in Nevada.
- Clark County has 753 confirmed cases. Of those, 100 are hospitalized.
- Washoe County has 121 confirmed cases. Two (2) are hospitalized and eight (8) have recovered.
- Carson City has five (5) confirmed cases.
- Douglas County has five (5) confirmed cases.
- Elko County has five (5) confirmed cases.
- Lyon County has one (1) confirmed case.
- Humboldt County has one (1) confirmed case.
- White Pine County has one (1) confirmed case.
- Nye County had one (1) confirmed case. The patient has recovered and been cleared from self-isolation by state health officials.
- Nevada has reported 17 fatalities from the coronavirus, 15 of which occurred in Clark County and two (2) occurred in Washoe County.
- Over 11,000 people have been tested.
· Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada
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