Daily Update- October 9, 2020 State Health Meeting, New Testing Lab

 This week, the Governor, members of his staff, and state leaders from the Gaming Control Board, Nevada Department of Business and Industry, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services had a productive meeting and conversation with local health officials representing the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and the Washoe County Health District (WCHD), and local elected leaders from Clark County and Washoe County. The goal of the meeting was to review large group gathering guidelines from the last emergency directive. From the press release:

“I want to thank the local health authorities and local leaders for joining me to discuss how we can strengthen our partnership going forward,” said Governor Sisolak. “I am confident they understand that emergency directives have been guided by state health officials and regulatory experts. Going forward, our communication and partnership will only grow stronger and Nevadans will benefit as a result. Just like the public servants at the state level, the health officials at the local level have dedicated themselves to doing all they can for Nevada over the past seven months, and we will continue to navigate this crisis under our shared goals.” 

You can learn more about the meeting HERE.

Today, the Nevada Health Response reported an unusually large number of COVID-19 tests reported to the State system. A total of 17,916 labs were reported today. According to Nevada Department of Health and Human Services officials, 17,916 tests were reported to the system today, with 766 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  State officials have identified a new laboratory – called SANDS Inc – that is now reporting into the State system. That new lab accounts for a large percentage of the labs reported today. Today’s numbers also include a number of results reported related to testing within the NFL.  

Federal Updates

Biden tells Nevadans to ‘vote early’ during drive-in Las Vegas campaign event (NV Indy)

Attendees at Boulder City Pence event weigh in on Trump’s COVID diagnosis, taxes (NV Indy)

Rosen and Peters Lead Colleagues in Letter to Postmaster General DeJoy Requesting Immediate Action to Address Impacts to Election Mail Delivery Caused by USPS Failure to Update Voter Address Changes

Rep. Lee Helps Secure Federal Grant to Improve Distance Learning for Rural Nevadans

Agency and Local Government Updates

Jenny Casselman named as DETR’s New Deputy Director

DMV to Expand New Resident Services


Articles of Interest

Nevada’s COVID-19 response director, after testing positive: ‘This virus is real’ (NV Indy)

State leaders: Eviction aid could evaporate before worst of housing crisis hits Nevada (NV Indy)

Amid COVID surge on campus, UNR to go fully remote after Thanksgiving break, cancel spring break (NV Indy)

Allegiant, Tao Nightclub, others give state notice of layoffs (LVRJ)

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