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Clark County Commission calls Tuesday meeting to discuss COVID-19 mitigation

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jul 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 19:38:55-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County Commission is set to meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the increasing positivity rates of COVID-19 in the county and the recent recommendations from the Southern Nevada Health District.

Taking possible action in implementing measures to mitigate the infection rate is also on the agenda for the meeting.

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Dr. Daliah Wachs says she isn’t surprised to see the county try to take some form of action, especially if it involves masks.

Los Angeles County has brought back an indoor mask mandate and the Southern Nevada Health District began recommending masks for everyone inside last Friday.

“To protect a health system that could get overwhelmed, they’re going to suggest that people try and avoid spreading the virus whether they’re vaccinated or not,” she said.

Wachs says she believes if there is a potential mask mandate, it will focus on whatever the root cause of the COVID-19 spike in cases may be.

“If they’re going to think that the root cause is we now have thousands of people at an event, they might address that. If they think the root cause is masks started coming off, then they’re going to address that," Wachs said.

She doesn’t, however, think the discussion will escalate to talking about limiting capacity.

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“Since California hasn’t talked about that and we parallel California, we hopefully will be just talking about the masks and obviously that’s an appropriate step to discuss," Wachs said.

13 Action News did reach out to the commissioners for comment but did not hear back by Monday's deadline.

The commission agenda may be found online at clark.legistar.com.

The meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.