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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

May 26, 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: https://www.mcdonaldcarano.com/coronavirus.

State and Local News

Governor Sisolak Tuesday Press Conference Canceled – A press conference scheduled Tuesday to address possible Phase 2 reopening plans for Nevada was canceled last minute, after Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he had been potentially exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a tweet by the Governor, the cancelation was “out of an abundance of caution.” Governor Sisolak is scheduled to take a COVID-19 test on Wednesday and shows no coronavirus symptoms. At this time, the press conference has not been rescheduled.

Nevada Potentially Violating Worship Rights? – A letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) states that Governor Steve Sisolak’s ban of in-person worship services of 10 or more people may defy the First Amendment, which allows free exercise religion. the DOJ’s concern is whether the limitation of ten or more persons, regardless of whether social distancing is maintained, does not treat religious organizations as equal to nonreligious organizations, which have been allowed to open with broader perimeters, such as restaurants and retail establishments. The letter encourages Governor Sisolak to amend his previous orders that address places of worship. Nationwide, President Donald Trump deemed houses of worship as “essential” and encouraged governors to reopen religious establishments in their respective states. Many states have done so, including California which has allowed churches to reopen at 25-percent capacity, or with a maximum of 100 people.

Hockey Aims to Resume Play – Las Vegas is one of ten cities under consideration to be one of two hub cities to host games when the National Hockey League (NHL) season resumes. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement Tuesday, revealing that the league will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight to the playoffs for the Stanley Cup. While the players and the NHL have agreed on a format, the NHL Players’ Association has not formally approved any actual return to finish the season. As proposed, the games will be held inside empty arenas at two hub cities, where players, staff and others would be housed during the season restart. The hubs will have secure arenas, hotels and practice facilities, and COVID-19 testing and protocols will be observed at each site. The season was put on hold March 12 due to COVID-19. The Stanley Cup has been awarded every year since 1893, except for in 1919 because of the Spanish flu outbreak and 2005 when a lockout led to cancellation.

Federal Government Developments

New York Stock Exchange Reopens In-Person Trading – The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for in-person trading Tuesday after being closed for over two months, as COVID-19 concerns had moved trading remotely. The disruption was one of the most significant in the exchange’s history, with the longest period in 1914 when the floor closed for almost four months due to the beginning of World War I. Brokers returning to the floor must comply with several new restrictions, such as avoiding public transportation, submitting to temperature checks upon entry, and wearing a face mask at all times. Hand shaking is also not allowed. It has been a turbulent period for the stock market, with the S&P 500 swinging back and forth from gains to losses. There was hope Tuesday for a sign of better things to come when the S&P rose about 2-percent, with shares from companies most likely to benefit from the lifting of restrictions on travel, such as airline carriers and large hotel chains.

Nationwide Numbers – The United States is poised to exceed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths sometime in the next few days, however experts estimate that the true count is probably closer to 130,000 at this point in the pandemic. In 2019, on average 7,500 Americans died during a typical day in the summer, while about 8,000 died during the winter. In the last two months of COVID-19, deaths across the country surged, peaking to more than 10,000 per day. The death toll is greater than the combined death county from every war the U.S. has fought in over the past 60 years, such as the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars.

California Moves to Phase 3 – California moved into Phase 3 of its reopening Tuesday, allowing additional businesses to open in 47 of the state’s 58 counties. According to Governor Gavin Newsom, the 47 counties have attested to having plans of action relating to personal protective equipment (PPE) and an adequate number of testing. Barbershops, hair salons and retail stores are some of the businesses that can reopen, and guidelines for childcare and summer camps are expected to be released on Wednesday. Plans for the television and film industry are expected to be announced within a week. More than 3,800 Californians have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26.

  • There are 8,055 positive cases in Nevada.
    • Clark County has 6,226 confirmed cases. Of those, 1,227 are hospitalized and 4,853 have recovered.
    • Washoe County has 1,459 confirmed cases. Of those, 184 are hospitalized and 801 have recovered.
    • Carson City has 90 confirmed cases. Of those, 56 have recovered.
    • Humboldt County has 78 confirmed cases. Of those, 13 have recovered.
    • Nye County has 59 confirmed cases. Of those, 33 have recovered.
    • Lyon County has 55 confirmed cases. Of those, 43 have recovered.
    • Douglas County has 28 confirmed cases. Of those, 25 have recovered.
    • Elko County has 22 confirmed cases. Of those, 13 have recovered.
    • Lander County has 20 confirmed cases.
    • Churchill County has seven (7) confirmed cases. Of those, six (6) have recovered.
    • Mineral County has four (4) confirmed cases. Of those, two (2) have recovered.
    • White Pine County has four (4) confirmed cases. Of those, three (3) have recovered.
    • Lincoln County has two (2) confirmed cases.
    • Storey County has one (1) confirmed case. That person has recovered.
  • Nevada has reported 393 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 329 were in Clark County, 54 were in Washoe County, four (4) were in Humboldt County, four (4) were in Carson City, one (1) was in Elko County, one (1) was in Nye County, and one (1) was in Churchill County.
  • Over 100,000 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

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