Sisolak provided an update on the state’s health care capacity, saying that 282 COVID-19 positive patients were currently occupying a hospital bed, with 74 percent of intensive care unit beds occupied, 61 percent of all hospital beds occupied and 44 percent of ventilators currently being used — 372 of the 838 total ventilators.
For firefighters, efforts to contain the coronavirus — advisories against travel, social distancing, business closures — present a unique set of potential challenges heading into fire season. In some cases, the same first responders, charged with fighting fire, are being enlisted to respond to coronavirus cases or organize regional efforts in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor's order suspended all evictions and foreclosures statewide and halted late fees for as long as Nevada remains in a "state of emergency." It also stipulated that property owners can work with their lenders and receive flexibility regarding mortgage payments during the crisis, presumably allowing owners to give tenants more leniency in turn.
Nevada’s request for a major disaster declaration, opening up additional paths for federal assistance under the national emergency proclamation, has been approved, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Saturday afternoon.
The Governor’s Finance Office will begin working with the executive branch agencies, Sisolak wrote in a letter sent Friday, noting they will be “surgical and thoughtful” in their approach. The governor promised that no cuts will be made to agencies providing resources to people on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.
The announcements came the same day Sisolak issued an emergency directive extending by two weeks the school and nonessential business closures through April 30, and another directing residents to shelter in place — something that the governor said “merely reinforces” previous guidance to stay at home. During a news conference Wednesday evening, the governor explained why the directive doesn’t carry any penalties for people not staying at home.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has extended all of the state’s emergency actions to mitigate spread of COVID-19 — including closure of public and private schools, a nonessential business shutdown and ban on large gatherings — until the end of April, while urging state residents to shelter in place.
The announcement, which came in a press conference on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, comes after a coalition of legal aid providers and other advocacy groups called on elected officials to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions. Prior to the announcement, a patchwork of orders from some 40 courts in the state led to confusion about who was eligible for what, if any, relief or postponement of an eviction.
More than 20 organizations signed on to a letter last week calling on Sisolak to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions to provide peace of mind to renters, who comprise 45 percent of Nevada households, and replace a confusing patchwork of orders from individual local courts offering varied levels of relief to tenants.
Sisolak did not make commitments on requests lodged this week that he release prisoners earlier or enact a moratorium on evictions. He did say he has consulted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explore how hotels, dorms and warehouses could be repurposed as hospitals if circumstances became dire.
Nevada regulators are warning the state’s construction industry to follow social distancing guidelines at active construction sites, stating that it is “visibly obvious” many employees are working together in close proximity.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued a broad emergency directive ordering, not asking, all non-essential businesses in the state to close effective midnight on Friday — the latest drastic step taken by the state to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Businesses of all stripes began to grapple with Sisolak’s unprecedented announcement last night asking most businesses in the state to close, with some beginning to shut their doors around noon while others either continued operating in an unclear environment — workers at the Tesla Gigafactory outside of Reno reported to work on Wednesday, while construction at Allegiant Stadium continues to go forward and several marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas said they would remain open for the time being.
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday ordered a sweeping shutdown of nonessential businesses, including casinos and retail stores, for 30 days, a move that would have been unthinkable weeks ago before the novel coronavirus wreaked its havoc around the world.
Empty casinos and shrinking hotel occupancy rates caused by fears of the spreading novel coronavirus will have ripple effects beyond mass layoffs and plummeting stock prices — the pandemic also threatens to kneecap state tax revenue and threaten funding levels for education, health care and a host of other government services.