Gov. Sisolak urges Nevadans to “change the trajectory” as COVID cases rise

Gov. Steve Sisolak updates Nevadans on what he calls an alarming trend of COVID-19 cases at a...
Gov. Steve Sisolak updates Nevadans on what he calls an alarming trend of COVID-19 cases at a press briefing in Carson City on October 28, 2020.(KOLO)
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM PDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 3:44 PM PDT
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak on Wednesday urged Nevadans to change the trajectory of what he called an alarming trend in our state in regards to rising COVID-19 cases.

At a news conference in Carson City, the Governor was joined by Nevada’s COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and NV Dept. of Health and Human Services Deputy Director Julia Peek.

Cage provided both national and state-wide data. Nationally, he said the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases exceeded 70,000 for the first time. And citing a White House situation report, Cage said Nevada was again in the red zone with 71 percent of the state’s counties having moderate or high levels of community transmission.

The data, Cage said, reflected what Governor Sisolak referred to in his last briefing as “COVID fatigue," and warned that the spread will continue unless there are changes in our behavior.

Despite the rising cases in Nevada, Cage said Nevada is not actively implementing crisis standards of care at hospitals which would include hospitals rationing resources, gurneys in hallways, zero visitors, and nurses struggling to find enough PPE. “We want to ensure that it stays that way,” Cage said.

Other concerns discussed at the briefing included Washoe County being flagged for having an elevated risk of transmission for five weeks now.

An emergency task force meeting is planned for Thursday, October 28, 2020 to discuss the Washoe County concerns. The Governor said he expects a plan to be finalized to help mitigate the spread in Washoe County, which may include tougher mitigation measures.

The Governor said he has met with education and health professionals to discuss in-person learning and said he will be providing more updates on getting all students back into class soon.

“Here’s my call to action to each and everyone of you today,” the Governor said. “We must remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.”

“Wear your mask properly, practice social distancing, wash your hands, use disinfectant, avoid large crowds, be mindful of interactions with others, get a test if you’ve been exposed, and get your flu shot.”

When asked about Vice President Mike Pence’s rally scheduled at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Thursday, October 29, the Governor said he hoped that as a guest, Pence would follow the rules, wear a mask and abide by Nevada’s guidelines.

On Monday, Nevada’s OSHA announced citations following President Trump’s Minden rally in September in which the crowd size exceeded the 50-person limit put in place by Governor Sisolak at that time.

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