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Clark County Commission declares COVID misinformation a public health crisis

Posted at 5:26 AM, Sep 21, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — COVID misinformation and disinformation has become the target of Clark County Commissioners as the pandemic continues to impact Southern Nevada.

The commission heard a resolution during Tuesday's meeting that would declare health misinformation a public health crisis.

The resolution doesn't define what misinformation means but would dedicate the commission to fighting and limiting the spread of misinformation.

The resolution passed and it was drafted by commissioners who said the pandemic has had a great impact on the health, safety, and economy of southern Nevada as 397,788 people have been infected and 6,604 people have died due to the virus as of Sept. 1.

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The resolution doesn't have the same effect as an ordinance, as it's not legally binding, but it could clear the way for commissioners to take more concrete actions in later meetings.

Tuesday's agenda can be seen here along with the resolution about misinformation here.

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