Daily Update- June 29, 2020 COVID-19 Updates, Phase 2 Continues

Today was the first of a daily call scheduled for the media with Caleb Cage, the State of Nevada COVID-19 Response Director and Julia Peek, Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services to provide updates and context regarding COVID-19 information in Nevada. Mr. Cage noted that part of the recent uptick in positive numbers is due to testing as well as increased contact tracing. The third component is the reduced restrictions on public interaction. 31% of ventilators in the state are in use for all types of patients. There was a spike in numbers this weekend which was attributed to a lag in laboratory reporting. Ms. Peek spoke about a new plan that is being developed for outreach and education to help slow the spread in minority communities.

Also today, Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada will remain in Phase 2 of the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan, consistent with public remarks made late last week. In addition to extending Phase 2 until the end of July, the directive provides that DMV documents that expired between March 12 and July 15 will be valid through September 13, 2020. Directive 26 allows courts to move towards normal operations as they reopen to the public by allowing some collections actions to resume and lifting the freeze on statutes of limitations.  Businesses that have not paid license renewal fees since the beginning of the State of Emergency will have a grace period through September 30, 2020 to pay without penalties. This directive also allows public bodies to continue to conduct business safely by extending the Open Meeting Law provisions of Directive 6 providing alternative ways for boards, commissions, and agencies to allow public participation. 

The directive and press release can be found here:

Gov. Sisolak announces emergency directive extending Phase 2 reopening plans

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Federal Updates

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Nevada Chambers of Commerce to Discuss Ways to Continue Supporting Nevada Businesses During COVID-19

Cortez Masto Calls for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Funding in Next COVID-19 Response Package

Cortez Masto, Klobuchar, Colleagues Call for Additional Funding for Tourism, Economic Development Projects

Rosen, Cortez Masto Announce Over $1.1 Million in FEMA Grant Funding for PPE to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Rep. Titus Statement on Reported Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops

Congressman Steven Horsford Votes to Lower Health Care Costs and Protect Care for Nevadans

Congressman Steven Horsford Investigates Trump Lafayette Square Photo-Op

Congressman Steven Horsford Statement in Support of Reproductive Rights Supreme Court Decision

Agency Updates

Attorney General Ford Continues Fight to Recognize Equal Rights Amendment as Part of U.S. Constitution

Gaming Commission- Addendum 2 to April 21, 2020 Policy Memorandum

Safe & Sane’ Fireworks Only Allowed June 28-July 4

RTC opens community comment period for feedback on upcoming transit service changes


Articles of Interest

Culinary Union begins court battle over COVID-19 protections for Las Vegas Strip workers (NV Indy)

School districts see soaring costs for face masks and extra cleaning supplies as new year approaches (NV Indy)

Contact tracing, a public health tool challenged by coronavirus, faces new test in Nevada and its casinos (NV Indy)

Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy protection, terminates 3,500 (LVRJ)

Mount Charleston wildfire reduced to 3,040 acres, Forest Service says (LVRJ)

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