Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

May 12, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed of pertinent information as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will be providing daily updates on the matter over the course of the next few weeks.  Please continue to refer to our Firm website for resources and information:

State and Local News

Updates from Nevada – New COVID-19 cases in Nevada rose significantly from Sunday to Monday after testing capacity had its biggest jump over the last two months. The cumulative test positivity rate reached 12.2-percent on April 24, but has since decreased to 9.8-percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than a 10-percent positivity rate before a state reopens. Almost all of Nevada is reporting green levels for hospital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), although some smaller jurisdictions are reporting yellow levels due to the difficulty placing orders as a result of volume purchasing limitations. Green levels indicate that hospitals are in a normal range of on-hand supplies, while yellow levels mean that supply is only sufficient for the next week or two.

The Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) is reporting general compliance with Phase 1 rules. A few reports of restaurants not complying with social distancing and gyms reopening are being handled by the proper authorities. Construction sites also remained compliant with very few non-compliance incidents reported across the state.

Washoe County Proposed Budget – The Washoe County Commission received a report Tuesday on the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2021. The County Manager’s office recommended the budget will total $714.6-million, a projected shortfall of $40.5-million. While purchasing and hiring freezes will continue, the following measures will also go into place to address a projected General Fund shortfall:

  • Deferral of over $8-million in capital projects
  • Reallocation of $5-million of contingency budget
  • Reduction of $2.5-million in pre-funded Other Post-Employment Benefits contribution
  • Use of $505,000 of Marijuana Fund revenue
  • Other personnel cost savings totaling $5-million
  • Use of General Fund balance (cash reserves) of $15.7-million

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to adopt the final budget on May 19.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority– The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) board of directors were told Tuesday that the Authority can survive for two years on reserve funds. LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill along with Chief Financial Officer Ed Finger proposed the organization’s 2020-2021 $160.6-million budget, a 36-percent decrease from the 2019-2020 budget. Advertising, a large portion of the budget, is also down 36-percent to $65-million. Under the proposed budget, salaries and benefits will be cut by 60-percent, with 482 funded jobs reduced to 314.

Tribal Money to be Distributed – The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will be distributing money from the CARES Act over the course of the year to enrolled tribal members. Members will receive $6,000 total in three scheduled increments as part of an economic support program approved by their Council on Monday. The first round of distribution begins at the end of May, with rounds two and three scheduled for August 24 and December 1. The CARES Act designated $8-billion in financial assistance to tribal governments.

Federal Government Developments

Fourth Proposed Stimulus Package – House Democrats released a stimulus package Tuesday, known as the Heroes Act, which includes money for state and local governments, tribal nations, and testing. The $3-trillion piece of legislation allocates money as follows:

  • $875 billion for state and local governments
  •  $20 billion each for tribal nations and for U.S. territories
  • $75 billion to ramp up coronavirus testing and contact tracing
  • $75 billion for mortgage relief
  • $100 billion in assistance for renters
  • $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service
  • $3.6 billion to shore up elections
  • $10 billion to small businesses that have not received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The bill goes further to include another round of $1,200 checks for adults making up to $75,000. Republicans have already dismissed the bill, calling it a “Democratic Wishlist”. Despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) indicating the bill will go nowhere in the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats plan to move ahead with a vote Friday.

Many Counties Have No COVID-19 Cases – As of May 4, fifty-two percent, or 1,639 of all U.S. counties have not had a COVID-19 related death. Five states account for 54-percent of all COVID-19 cases and 61-percent of COVID-19 related deaths: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, and California. The county with the highest cases, however, is in Yakima County, Washington, where the rate of cases is 455 per 100,000 residents.

California State University Schools Remain Remote for the Fall – The Chancellor of the California State University system announced Tuesday that in-person instruction will be canceled for the Fall semester, with instruction taking place almost exclusively online. The nation’s largest four-year public university system is comprised of 23 campuses, all of which will move to online platforms to keep students and professors safe from COVID-19. The announcement is the first cancellation of classes in the Fall for universities across the country while most of the nation’s other colleges and universities have gone out of their way to announce the intention to reopen with in-person classes next semester.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

  • There are 6,311 positive cases in Nevada.
    • Clark County has 4,869 confirmed cases. Of those, 4,133 have recovered.
    • Washoe County has 1,116 confirmed cases. Of those, 44 are hospitalized and 539 have recovered.
    • Carson City has 56 confirmed cases. Of those, 42 have recovered.
    • Humboldt County has 69 confirmed cases. Of those, one (1) is hospitalized and 13 have recovered.
    • Nye County has 48 confirmed cases. Of those, 19 have recovered.
    • Lyon County has 44 confirmed cases. Of those, 21 have recovered.
    • Douglas County has 24 confirmed cases. Of those, 19 have recovered.
    • Elko County has 18 confirmed cases. Of those, 12 have recovered.
    • Lander County has 19 confirmed cases.
    • Mineral County has four (4) confirmed cases. All four (4) have recovered.
    • White Pine County has three (3) confirmed cases. All three (3) have recovered.
    • Churchill County has five (5) confirmed cases.
    • Lincoln County has two (2) confirmed cases.
  • Nevada has reported 314 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 267 were in Clark County, 40 were in Washoe County, three (3) were in Humboldt County, two (2) were in Carson City and one (1) was in Elko County.
  • Over 64,000 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

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