LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak held a Thursday press conference in Las Vegas to update the state's COVID-19 response.
He said COVID-19 case numbers in Nevada are trending in the right direction but there is still a long way to go. And the state will continue to operate under current COVID-19 restrictions.
The governor thanked fellow Nevadans for following the proper pandemic protocols of social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing while saying he understands how tiresome this can all feel.
But Nevada remains a state with an overall high positive rate. The Silver State is one of 11 states showing a positivity rate above 10% and certain restrictions cannot yet be lifted as cases spiked in the state's prior reopening.
Gov. Sisolak said his primary focus is on improving numbers and reducing restrictions with a goal of all businesses open - back to normal.
He continued to say he wants to make sure that the rest of the country takes Nevada seriously, keeping workers safe and making sure visitors feel safe coming into the state.
"I want to make sure the rest of this country takes #Nevada seriously and keep our workers safe and make sure visitors feel safe coming here." -@GovSisolakhttps://t.co/5PzWVcFsqt pic.twitter.com/foZxRLJtMc— KTNV 13 Action News (@KTNV) September 3, 2020
Saturday will mark six months since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Nevada and the governor said to remember when lifting restrictions the state must do so responsibly, as the future economic recovery depends on it.
Gov. Sisolak concluded Thursday's press conference urging everyone to stay cautious over Labor Day weekend, saying we need to focus on long term benefits to get this recovery right.
He also said if any state is going to come back stronger it’s going to be Nevada.
"We all have to meet this moment together and I’m proud of the state," Gov. Sisolak said.
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