LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada governor Steve Sisolak provided a coronavirus update for Nevadans as statewide COVID-19 cases increase to 109. The conference was streamed from his Facebook page Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Sisolak said the number of positive cases in our state has skyrocketed, increasing by 70% in just three days. He noted the numbers are not slowing down, and we have not yet reached out apex.
The governor said due to the fact Nevada does not have enough test kits, we don’t know the full scope of the virus.
Sisolak revealed the Nevada Division of Behavioral and Public Health received a notice that all of our state’s requests for testing kits are on an indefinite backlog.
“This virus is going to get worse before it gets better,” he said. He said our state’s health system is not equipped to handle an influx of patients, which could put a strain on resources and put our healthcare workers at risk.
Watch the full news conference below:
“If you are not an essential business, I am using my power to order you to close,” said Gov. Sisolak.
Local governments will be able to fine or revoke licenses from non-essential businesses that remain open. This order goes in effect at midnight tonight until April 16. Penalties could be civil or criminal.
“Stay home for Nevada and close your doors now,” said Gov. Sisolak following his declaration.
Sisolak says we have 5,000 acute care beds in Nevada, fewer than 700 are intensive care unit beds. More than 80% of those beds are occupied right now, with a mix of COVID-19 and other patients. That leaves only 20% remaining.
He also acknowledged the strain COVID-19 is putting on our economy, “I know that gaming and hospitality is the lifeblood of our state. I see and I feel the damage this is causing.”
Sisolak said only working together can flatten the curve.
“We can only do this together. Stay home for Nevada and close your doors for now so we can get them open for business sooner,” said Sisolak.
Due to technical issues, some viewers weren’t able to follow the news conference. Read the following Twitter thread posted by Governor Sisolak’s office for more details.