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.
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.
The Nevada Hospital Association reports a continued upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases. Monday marked the highest recorded number of hospitalizations since mid-August, effectively erasing the progress made over the past 3 months.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 11, 2020
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.
As a result, for the next two weeks, Nevadans need to operate in a "Stay at Home 2.0" mentality to get things under control so our public health response infrastructure can catch up. We need that time to bring testing timelines down and catch up on contact tracing.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 11, 2020
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.
But - and this is very important - in the next two weeks, we MUST see a significant reversal of the current trends, which are deeply concerning.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 11, 2020
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.
I want to make every effort - I want us - to make every effort to keep people on their jobs and to keep our economy moving forward. Additionally, those businesses are under constant scrutiny from OSHA, local authorities, gaming regulators and others.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 11, 2020
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.
Yes, there may be a perception of a double standard here, but, managing through this pandemic protecting your jobs and your health is a daily challenge. And the only way we can get to the other side is for all of us to fight this horrible virus together.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 11, 2020
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.