Gov. Sisolak condemns Pres. Trump for retweet calling Renown alternate care site “fake”

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 11:25 AM PST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2020 at 1:28 PM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is calling on leaders across Nevada to join him in condemning President Donald Trump after he retweeted a photo calling Renown’s alternate care site “fake.”

The photo claimed there are no COVID patients being treated in the converted parking structure.

In a statement, Gov. Sisolak said it is “unconscionable” for the president to spread lies and called the staff at Renown heroes.

The alternate care site was created within the Mill Street parking structure in April 2020 to serve additional hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are clinically stable or improving.

According to Renown, there are currently 42 patients being treated in the alternate care site. All of the patients have mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 and do not require intensive care. A Renown spokesperson told KOLO 8 News Now, as of Tuesday, December 1, there are 206 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 at Renown hospitals.

In his statement, Gov. Sisolak went on to say in part:

“Renown Hospital has served as a pillar of strength for the Northern Nevada community throughout this pandemic, and especially during this current surge. Every day, their health care workers mask up, go to work, and care for Nevadans most in need. They too live with the fear of becoming infected and bringing this virus back home to their families, yet they have sat at bedsides holding the hands of patients so they wouldn’t have to be alone. They aren’t liars, as the President implied -- they are heroes.”

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve issued the following statement:

“I stand with Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak in condemning the President’s attacks on the integrity of our healthcare workers. The hardworking men and women of our medical community are giving everything they can to keep our neighbors alive.

It is abhorrent to me that anyone, let alone a president, spout lies that mock and demean patients fighting for their lives. The exceptional leaders at Renown have been forced into this unbelievable situation and I commend them for this heroic work.

This is an attack on our community as we face this unprecedented challenge. This is exactly the inhumane and cavalier attitude that has cost thousands of Americans their lives.

My heart breaks for our families and friends who have lost loved ones. I stand with the front-line workers who have given their bodies and souls to fight COVID-19.

There are hundreds of patients fighting for their lives in Reno right now. That’s the very sad reality.

Perhaps he should put the phone down, get off the golf cart, and come down to our hospitals and see for himself the reality which he blatantly chooses to not face.”

Several other Nevada leaders responded on Twitter with their support for state health workers:

Click below to read page 1 of the governor’s letter.

Click below to read page 2 of the governor’s letter.

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