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Coronavirus | State Government

Sisolak: More PPE, tests needed to combat COVID-19, state may need stricter enforcement of social distancing

April 6th, 2020 - 6:23pm
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.

Coronavirus | Environment | State Government

Close quarters, limited resources: Officials see coronavirus as new threat in fighting fires

April 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.


Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

Executive order addresses fear of eviction, but tenants remain vulnerable to predatory landlords

April 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.


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Coronavirus | State Government

Sisolak summons Nevada National Guard, retired health care workers into COVID-19 response

April 1st, 2020 - 7:04pm
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.



Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

Sisolak announces statewide moratorium on residential, commercial evictions during COVID-19 crisis

March 29th, 2020 - 4:18pm
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.

Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

State’s ‘piecemeal’ approach to evictions during pandemic worries tenants and landlords alike

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.

Coronavirus | State Government

Indy Q&A: Sisolak weighs in on private sector donations, plans for makeshift hospitals, stopping evictions and releasing prisoners

March 27th, 2020 - 4:38pm
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.




Coronavirus | Economy & Business | State Government

Sisolak issues guidance on 'non-essential' business shutdown amid questions, confusion from local governments and industry

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.


Coronavirus | Legislature | State Government

Nevada’s newly flush Rainy Day Fund closely eyed as coronavirus fears squeeze economy

March 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

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