Full-contact sports under NIAA governance allowed to resume playing; Nevadans 65+ to be eligible for vaccinations starting next week

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The State of Nevada has taken another step toward getting students back in the classrooms and back on the field. On Wednesday, Governor Steve Sisolak announced updates to the current directives keeping students at home.

Gov. Sisolak announced that full-contact sports under the governance of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) will be allowed to resume, after the NIAA puts a plan in place to regulate the sports, including a COVID-19 testing and mitigation plan.

Under the new guidelines, the NIAA will be required to test all coaches, staff and athletes weekly for COVID-19.

If positive tests and found within a program, the entire team will be required to quarantine for 10 days. There are further guidelines for the instance of someone near the team (family member, friend, etc.) testing postive.

You can read the full breakdown of guidance for Nevada adult and youth sports below:

Governor Sisolak also released updated guidelines and signed a new emergency directive, aimed at getting students back in the classroom.

The directive allows schools that have been offering in-person instruction for at least 20 days to plan to increase occupancy to 75 percent of the maximum fire code capacity or 250 people, which ever is less.

For a look at the new guidance released by Governor Sisolak’s office about getting students back in the classroom, click below:

Outside of major updates to the current education structure in Nevada, Governor Sisolak also made a few announcements related to vaccines in the state.

Starting next week, all Nevadans age 65 and over will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but for those in Clark County, this is only through pharmacies in the federal pharmacy partnership program. As of now, this includes only Walmart, according to the CDC website.

Nevadans in this category can CLICK HERE for more information about making an appointment.

Vaccinations will be in short supply through the next few weeks, however.

Due to the winter storms impacting large portions of the country, Nevada did not receive its allocated shipment of Moderna doses this week. As a result, Health District officials say they will be canceling and rescheduling second dose appointments for those who were scheduled to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine this week.

People who were scheduled to receive their second dose of Moderna on Thursday, February 18 through Saturday, February 20, are being contacted to reschedule their appointments by staff at a new call center that will be active Thursday, according to SNHD.

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