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Las Vegas residents still split on mask mandate

Posted at 7:46 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 23:52:22-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — This the third consecutive day that we registered more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in Nevada.

Today, there were 1,182 new cases and 9 deaths reported.

While more people in the state are recognizing the dangers of COVID-19 and adhering to practices of social distancing, others are still not getting on board with the mask mandate.

This contrast was very clear this morning,

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In Henderson, dozens gathered to show their support of “No mask Nevada”. Carrying signs that made it clear they are not planning on complying with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mask mandate, even though health officials have constantly told the community that this is an important step to mitigate the rise of COVID-19 cases.

At the same time, a different situation was happening at Monaco Middle School in northeast Las Vegas.

For hours, the school became a testing site for the second day in a row. Everyone that arrived to get their test done was using a mask.

Joe Geeb, mobility branch strike team director, said that this is an area that has a high population of high risk.

“There has been such a need in this part of town and such an outcry of necessity obviously that the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has recognized that as well and allocated us an additional several hundreds of tests. Yesterday, we did almost 600. My anticipation for today is that we will do almost close to 900 tests in a single day over the course of 6 hours," said Geeb, who is also a captain at the Clark County Fire Department.

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In this area, a lot of Hispanics live. According to SNHD, this is the minority group that has been mostly affected by COVID-19 cases in our valley.

While the tests are free, health officials do ask for an ID.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing sites in Clark County and find the best location for you, go to southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.