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Mayor of Las Vegas hopes extreme warmth will kill coronavirus, defends CNN interview

Goodman still wants Nevada to reopen soon
Posted at 3:01 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 01:01:49-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, went viral earlier this week after a surprising interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Since then, she has been relatively quiet despite the fact that she has been blasted online and publicly by many people, including representatives of the Clark County and the state of Nevada.

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During the interview with Cooper, she told Cooper that it would be up to the casinos to figure out how to make sure its patrons were able to practice social distancing and she suggested that Las Vegas could be a "control group" for the virus.

On Friday afternoon, a letter was posted on her Twitter account that makes it appear that she believes the extreme warmth may "deter its ferocity."

The letter also appears to be a defense of her appearance on CNN.

The letter explains that is her responsibility to extol the virtues of the city that she serves and loves. She also says that, on rare occasions, she finds herself obligated to express its perils.

The letter goes on to talk about the unique economic crisis that is facing Las Vegas because it is the "world's most beloved vacation and convention destination."


Goodman says in the letter that she needed to explain to Americans from the other forty-nine states just how perilous and unique our situation is if our hospitality industry doesn't reopen soon.

Additionally, the letter states "Our hot summer coupled with our unique economy compel us to be at the forefront of America's reopening."

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It goes on to say that "Las Vegans are smart and courageous. We need to act first... and we will."

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Las Vegas is expected to hit 100 degrees next week, which is much earlier than normal for Southern Nevada.

The White House unveiled a preliminary study on Thursday that suggests heat, humidity and ultraviolet light can slow its spread.