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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

May 8, 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

Local Governments Take Action on Reopening Plans – One day after Governor Sisolak laid out details for the first phase of his plan to reopen Nevada and awarded local governments the authority to implement stricter policies, some jurisdictions have begun to consider individual strategies. On Friday, the Clark County Commission voted unanimously not to adopt any additional COVID-19 regulations beyond those at the state level. Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks also announced Friday they will follow Governor Sisolak’s plan to reopen as well, allowing many businesses to resume operations on Saturday, May 9. Washoe County released a comprehensive 19-page document outlining requirements for certain businesses to begin operating within Phase 1 and providing industry-specific guidance. The full document can be found here. Additionally, Lyon County Commissioners announced their plan to hold a special meeting next Wednesday to discuss their plan, though noted that employees are still encouraged to telework if possible and county buildings will remain open by appointment only.

Nevada Health Centers Receive Funding – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave $2.4-million to eight health centers in Nevada to expand COVID-19 testing. Nationally, HHS awarded $583-million to 1,385 health care centers with funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Recipients of the funds in Nevada include Nevada Health Centers, Community Health Alliance, the Northern Nevada HIV Outpatient Program, the Southern Nevada Health District, FirstMed Health and Wellness Center, First Person Care Clinic, Hope Christian Health Center and Silver State Health Services. According to HHS, health centers across the country are conducting more than 100,000 coronavirus tests each week.

Recovered Patients Called Upon to Donate Plasma – The University of Nevada, Reno Medical School is asking anyone between the ages 18-60 who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma to a study the school is participating in to develop a new treatment for the disease. Researchers are hoping that plasma will help them understand how the immune system responds to COVID-19 by studying the antibodies in the blood. These antibodies have the potential to be used to treat current COVID-19 patients, given that there is no current treatment. Those interested in participating should contact the Renown research office via e-mail at covidplasmascreening@renown.org.

Northern Nevada Event Cancelations – The 2020 Reno Rodeo is officially canceled in order to keep volunteers, sponsors, vendors competitors, and fans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, originally scheduled to take place June 18-27, is offering for tickets to be refunded, rolled over until the 2021 Reno Rodeo, or donating the monetary amount to the Reno Rodeo Legacy Project, the campaign to raise funding for a new arena. The only time in the last 100 years that the Reno Rodeo was canceled was in 1962 when the grandstands burned down. Another famous northern Nevada event, Moms on the Run, has also been postponed to an unannounced date later this year. The event, scheduled to take place this Sunday, would have been the 20th anniversary of the organization that raises money for women in northern Nevada fighting breast or gynecological cancer.

Las Vegas Raiders Plan on 2020 – In non-COVID-19 related news, the Las Vegas Raiders football schedule for 2020 has been released. The team is scheduled to play the New Orleans Saints during the first regular season home game at Allegiant Stadium on Monday, September 21. According to reports, the Raiders have sold every single home game ticket for their inaugural season in Las Vegas.

Federal Government Developments

House Democrats Plan for New Bill – Weeks after the historic $2.2-trillion economic stimulus package passed through Congress, House Democrats are working on another measure aimed at curbing economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed bill is expected to focus significantly on additional funding for state and local governments, as well as increasing nationwide testing capabilities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also stated that the public sector such as law enforcement, firefighters, transit workers and public school teachers will receive priority funding this go-around, breaking away from the emphasis on small businesses seen in previous legislation. While House members have not returned to Washington D.C., the bill is expected to come out in the next few days as logistics for virtual voting are being discussed as a potential avenue for passing the legislation.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 8.

• There are 5,855 positive cases in Nevada.

• Clark County has 4,573 confirmed cases. Of those, 3,768 have recovered.
• Washoe County has 1,030 confirmed cases. Of those, 47 are hospitalized and 431 have recovered.
• Carson City has 51 confirmed cases. Of those, 30 have recovered.
• Humboldt County has 58 confirmed cases. Of those, three (3) are hospitalized and 11 have recovered.
• Nye County has 44 confirmed cases. Of those, 18 have recovered.
• Lyon County has 37 confirmed cases. Of those, 16 have recovered.
• Douglas County has 22 confirmed cases. Of those, 19 have recovered.
• Elko County has 15 confirmed cases. Of those, 10 have recovered.
• Lander County has 14 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 three (3) confirmed cases.
• Lincoln County has one (1) confirmed case.

  • Nevada has reported 293 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 245 were in Clark County, 38 were in Washoe County, three (3) were in Humboldt County, one (1) was in Elko County and one (1) was in Carson City.
  • Over 49,600 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

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