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Nevada governor 'walking a tightrope' as coronavirus cases increase

Gov. Steve Sisolak held a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 to discuss relaxed restrictions related to the state's COVID-19 response
Posted at 10:42 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 09:13:26-05

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak updated the state's response to COVID-19 during a Tuesday press conference, calling on residents to help keep the economy open while lowering the recent uptick in cases.

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The governor spoke from Carson City as Nevada is seeing a rise in recent coronavirus cases. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported the daily positivity rate was up to 13.7% with hospitalizations also generally seeing an uptick overall.

Gov. Sisolak addressed these numbers by saying the country and the state are currently on a rough course with the new cases, hospitalizations and fatalities on the rise.

Nevada's governor gave residents two weeks' notice saying that if the state is unable to contain the spread of coronavirus within that time period, he'll be forced to reimplement stricter measures to contain the virus.

Gov. Sisolak asked residents to commit to a “Stay-at-Home 2.0” to help the state's hospitals and health care systems not become overwhelmed.

The governor said he continues to walk a tightrope between maintaining the economy as well as Nevadans' health. And to preserve the economy, Gov. Sisolak said Nevadans must refocus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and said the state is going back to the basics.

Gov. Sisolak said his tightrope walk continues in keeping everyone safe while also keeping the economy open with the current limits on retail, casino-resorts and restaurants.

The governor urged everyone to properly wear a mask if have to go out and to follow the coronavirus guidelines already in place. He also said the first stay-at-home measures worked to “flatten the curve” but it also led to detrimental economic impacts and this time around Nevadans can avoid a nightmare scenario when working together.

Gov. Sisolak ended Tuesday's conference to remind everyone to do their part and then Nevadans can get to the other side in the fight against coronavirus.