CARSON CITY, NEVADA (KLAS) — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference at 5 p.m. in Reno to discuss the latest updates regarding steps the State of Nevada is taking to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Sisolak announced the activation of the Nevada National Guard to help manage during this critical time, delivering critical resources to “protect the homeland”.

Approximately 100 Nevada National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will join the National Guard’s COVID-19 response effort this week,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak.

The Soldiers and Airmen will be placed on state active duty and work under the direction of the governor but the compensation for the Guardsmen will come from federal funds. These are the first Nevada Guardsmen called upon to contribute to the response effort.

The military occupations of the Soldiers and Airmen have not been finalized, but it is likely the governor will call upon Guardsmen trained for medical, security, transportation, logistical and food services.

Today, Gov. Sisolak also signed an emergency directive to expand the healthcare workforce. He calls this initiative the Battle Born Medical Corp.

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“PPE is desperately needed for our first responders,” said Gov. Sisolak.

“One more nurse or one more doctor will make a big difference…if they are willing to step up and help we will remove barricades to make this happen,” said Gov. Sisolak.

The COVID-19 tests the state has now, through the health districts, are being allocated to patients who need it most.

To win this war against the virus, Governor Sisolak asked Nevadans to, “Step up and stay home for Nevada.”

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