Gov. Sisolak expresses concern over COVID-19 transmission rates in the state, emergency meeting planned for Washoe County

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak held a news conference today at 3 p.m. to give an update on Nevada’s current COVID-19 situation. He was joined by COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and Julia Peek, Deputy Administrator in the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. 

The Nevada COVID-19 Task Force shared that Clark county is among 8 of 17 counties that have an elevated risk of new cases. Sisolak says he is doing everything he can to avoid another shutdown. He continued the conference by taking a deeper look at COVID-19 cases and trends.

“I don’t want businesses to go under. I don’t want people to lose their jobs. And I want to mitigate COVID-19 as much as we can to help people keep safe and stay healthy,” said Gov. Sisolak.

Sisolak reminded Nevada residents to remain vigilant in the fight against Covid-19 by wearing masks properly, social-distancing, and washing their hands. He also emphasized the importance of using hand sanitizer when a person is unable to wash their hands, and to avoid large crowds when possible.

“Be mindful of interaction with others,” said Gov. Sisolak, reminding Nevadans to get tested for COVID-19 and to get a flu shot.

Officials say a month ago Nevada was doing well, but that COVID-19 fatigue may be contributing to an increase in cases at smaller family gatherings, where Nevadans may be letting their guard down and not taking measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

Director Caleb Cage shared that Nevada is in “the red zone” for COVID-19 cases, indicating 101 new cases per 100,000 people. “We are trending upward,” added Cage.

The Nevada COVID-19 Task Force’s Julia Peek also reminded Nevadans to download the COVID Trace App to help prevent the spread of the virus by keeping its users informed of possible exposure.

Today, Nevada reported a 10.1% test positivity rate and 10 additional deaths. Clark County remains in the red on Nevada Health Response’s “county criteria tracker.” The county was flagged again this week for elevated disease transmission after meeting the criteria of high case rates and high test positivity.

The governor announced that the Nevada Resilience Project (NRP) is working with communities to provide stress management and a new website has been launched.

On Monday, Sisolak and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provided more details about Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination plan and discussed concerns about the rising COVID-19 numbers.

The Nevada COVID-19 Task Force is set to have an emergency meeting with leaders of Washoe County, as the area has seen an upward trend of cases for the last 5 weeks.

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