“Do your part" - Gov. Sisolak appeals to Nevadans to mitigate spread of COVID-19

Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 12:30 PM PDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 4:30 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak addressed the state’s COVID-19 response from Las Vegas on Tuesday, urging Nevadans to continue efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Governor Sisolak said the state is seeing an alarming trend in new cases and hospitalizations.

“As of today, for the most recent 7-day period, cases are growing at a rate of .8% or 666 new cases per day,” the Governor said. “For comparison, the growth rate for the 7-day period at the beginning of September was .5% or 332 new cases per day.”

The Governor appealed to Nevadans to help change this trajectory, and said wearing a mask is key.

He also encouraged people to continue to wash their hands, social distance, avoid crowds, and stay home if they are sick. “Do your part,” he said.

He added that flu shots are more important this year than ever before.

“What we do in the coming days and weeks will make a difference,” he said.

“I know that the behavior of certain officials at the highest levels of our government run contrary to the public health experts -- creates a sense that the pandemic is over or questions on whether masks work. It creates division. But we must be united: The enemy is the disease – not each other," he said.

The Governor also said DETR has begun processing and paying the additional unemployment insurance money through the federal lost wages program. He said payments are being made for claimants who are eligible for this program.

The Governor also said he plans to provide an update next week on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

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