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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announces negative COVID-19 test result

Governor expects to return to office on Thursday
Posted at 6:58 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 03:51:18-04

NEVADA (KTNV)  — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced his COVID-19 swab test came back negative.

The governor was tested Tuesday evening and learned of his results Wednesday, according to his office.

Late last week Gov. Sisolak visited the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR) in Carson City where an employee has since reported testing positive for COVID-19.

The governor's office said it learned of the positive test result on Tuesday.

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The governor made a brief visit to DETR -- while wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing -- to thank the employees for their tireless work connecting Nevadans to their unemployment benefits during this time.

His office said the individual who tested positive was not in the DETR building at the time of the governor's visit. The employee was asymptomatic during the times when the employee was in the DETR building.

Upon notification of the positive test result, DETR leadership followed the protocols recommended by Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS), the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, including notifying staff and cleaning all workspaces as recommended.

DETR will continue to coordinate with CCHHS and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) to ensure protocols continued to be followed, according to the governor's office.

His office also said upon learning of the exposure on Tuesday, the governor's team took immediate and responsible actions to limit his exposure to other individuals and state employees.

Gov. Sisolak then returned to the governor's mansion in Carson City out of an abundance of caution and has continued to work from there, including announcing plans for Phase 2 reopening of Nevada.

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The governor's office in Carson City underwent cleaning under the same guidelines, and the governor expects to return to work in the office on Thursday, according to a spokesperson from the governor's office.