Nye County announces first positive case of COVID-19, declaration of local emergency signed

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BEATTY, Nev. (KLAS) — Nye County now has its first positive case of COVID-19. Nye County Emergency Management made the announcement Wednesday night on their Facebook page.

The patient is a man in his 60s, who lives in Beatty. The patient is self-quarantined in his home.

Prior to that notice, Nye County Manager Tim Sutton, along with County Commission Chairman John Koenig, Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis, and Sheriff Sharon Wehrly had already signed a “Declaration of Existence of Local Emergency”, according to County Manager Tim Sutton who provided the attached declaration documentation to 8 News Now.

Below is a statement from County Manager Tim Sutton:

“In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to better protect the citizens of Nye County, I am issuing the attached Emergency Declaration. This is being done in an abundance of caution and is similar to the Declaration issued during the recent Storm Area 51 event. The Board of County Commissioners is unable to meet at this time due to restrictions on public gatherings but the Board will have the opportunity to review and ratify this Declaration at a future meeting. Several other Nevada counties have taken this precautionary step, which allows for quicker response in times of emergencies. The Declaration is also necessary to qualify for state and federal grant funding so we can hopefully offset some of the costs associated with fighting, treating, and containing the virus. Thank you all for your patience during this challenging time, and please know that we are doing all we can to reopen our offices and provide full county services.” 

Tim Sutton, County Manager Tim Sutton

Nye County Emergency Management is now investigating the source of the infection and is working to retrace the man’s movements over the past few weeks. They say more information will be released as it becomes available.

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