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COVID-19 Task Force releases results of weekly meeting

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 18:00:27-04

The COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, chaired by Nevada COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and created via Directive 030, met with seven counties flagged last week for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19.

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Based on data provided this morning by the Department of Health and Human Services, six of the seven counties are still meeting at least two of the three criteria, signaling a sustained elevated risk of transmission.

Based on this week’s data, Humboldt County is no longer meeting two of the three criteria. Since this is the first week Humboldt has dropped off the list, county and State officials will continue to monitor the county’s data to ensure this is a sustained trend in the right direction.

This week marks the second week in a row that Churchill County is showing an elevated risk of transmission. This week, Churchill County submitted an assessment and action plan to State officials.

Based on the latest data, Lyon County has now been flagged for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19. This week, state officials will work with Lyon County to develop an assessment and action plan to implement if the county continues to show an elevated risk of transmission next week.

A total of seven Nevada counties are now showing an elevated risk.

This week, action plans were presented by Churchill County and Elko County. Last week, the Task Force voted to approve Elko County’s request to consider an action plan this week to provide the county more time.

More information about the task force can be found online on the Nevada Health Response page, under “News and Information” and “COVID Task Force Assessment.”


Summary of updates:

  • Clark continues to maintain high test positivity (13%), however it has experienced a decrease for the last two weeks in a row.
  • Clark County announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of Nevada to administer up to 60,000 additional drive-through coronavirus tests over 14 days at three separate locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley at no cost to individuals receiving tests. The additional testing will run from August 31 through September 18.
  • Clark County continues to enhance robust community response efforts.
  • Last week, the Task Force approved an action plan that continues the current restrictions for bar, pubs, taverns, breweries, distilleries and wineries.