Daily Update- August 26, 2020 New CDC Guidelines, Governor Addresses LWA

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changing their COVID-19 testing guidance earlier this week to say that some individuals without symptoms may not need to be tested, State of Nevada health officials confirm that they will not be adopting the new guidance and will continue to strongly recommend testing for all individuals – symptomatic or asymptomatic – who have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  

Prior to the change made this week, the CDC guidelines recommended testing “close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection” so that “contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested.” The State of Nevada will continue with this guidance. The full press release can be found HERE.

Yesterday, Governor Sisolak issued the following statement after granting authorization to the State Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to start the application process for the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA) created by President Donald Trump. 

“I want to do everything I can to ensure Nevadans get much needed help with unemployment benefits during this historically difficult time, which is why I authorized DETR to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program – the only option for additional federal assistance that is currently available. However, just because it’s the only option does not mean it’s the best option. “ His full comments can be found HERE.

Federal Updates

Virtual Nevada Tour 2020: Cortez Masto Visits Carson, Douglas and Lyon Counties as Part of Her Virtual Nevada Tour

Cortez Masto Requests Information from State and Local Election Officials on the Impact of Delays on Election Mail and Other Postal Service Changes

On Day Four of Statewide Virtual Outreach, Rosen Tours Walker River State Recreation Area, Hawthorne Army Depot, Esmeralda School Restoration Project, Meets with Walker River Paiute Tribe

Rosen Applauds Over $5.1 Million FTA Grant Awarded to Tahoe Transportation District for COVID-19 Relief

Local Government and Agency Updates

Attorney General Ford announces more than $85 million multistate settlement with Honda


Renown Health & University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine announce intent to affiliate

Clark County- Federal government to partner with local, state officials to offer thousands of free drive-thru tests starting Aug. 31

August 26, 2020 Reno City Council Highlights

Articles of Interest

Nevada continues to encourage close contacts of people with COVID-19 to get tested, despite new federal guidelines (NV Indy)

In rural Nevada, bridging the education ‘digital divide’ largely means improving internet access (NV Indy)

Nevada to apply for $300-per-week federal unemployment bonus paid by FEMA, but can’t afford state match (NV Indy)

Sisolak rejects Cegavske’s request for ‘ballot harvesting’ regulations, says it echoes ‘voter suppression rhetoric’ (NV Indy)

Ahern Hotel sues Nevada over coronavirus rules (LVRJ)

Nevada, Clark County report fewest new COVID-19 cases since mid-June (LVRJ)

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