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Gov. Sisolak unveils Nevada’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 12:18 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 5:41 PM PDT
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak unveiled new details during his address, Monday, August 3, 2020, into what he called Nevada’s long-term strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The strategy includes a targeted approach to maximize consistency and accountability.

“Shutting down economic activity is not sustainable,” the governor said, referencing recent job losses, and the negative impacts felt throughout Nevada due to the pandemic. He said switching to a targeted approach will allow the state to keep the economy open.

Under the new plan, the COVID-19 response task force will review data to determine which counties are seeing an increase or decrease in risk. They will then determine the root cause of the spread and come up with an action plan to address it. Some of the metrics the governor said will be used include:

  • Hospital capacity
  • Access to personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Testing capacity
  • Case investigation
  • Contact tracing
  • Protection of vulnerable populations
  • Enforcement actions

The governor urged collaboration between counties and the state.

He said that until the first assessment takes place, current restrictions for bars, clubs and taverns will remain in place.

“If Nevadans continue to wear face coverings, and practice aggressive social distancing, this targeted approach should work,” he said.

“We are in a precarious position,” he said. “I promise you, I will give you all I have: my energy, resources, focus & my best efforts, to walk this tightrope between your personal health and financial sustainability, but to get this done, we all need to be in it together.”

The governor also spoke about schools, and said all of the state’s school districts have submitted reopening plans. He said his primary concern is protecting the health of students and administrators.

You can watch the governor’s address below.

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