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Phone numbers created to report noncompliant businesses in Nevada

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 16:09:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Health Response has announced two phone numbers for people to use to report businesses who are not complying with the state’s emergency directives.

The phone number for Southern Nevada is 702-486-9020 and the phone number for Northern Nevada is 775-688-3700.

EARLIER STORY: 111 establishments found in possible noncompliance by Nevada Gaming Control Board

The State says it anticipated an increase in positive COVID-19 cases as businesses reopened. Because of that, it has expanded its plan on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic in Nevada and has released a new Nevada COVID-19 Re-Opening Response Plan.

“This expanded plan utilizes traditional public health outreach and targeted interventions with strong enforcement strategies to ensure compliance,” said Julia Peek, Deputy Administrator, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Community Health Services. “It is intended to build on Governor Sisolak’s directive requiring face coverings. As the trend in cases continues to grow, we will continue to use every tool available to implement a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to protect the health of Nevadans and our visitors.”
A newly-created COVID-19 Prevention Ambassador Program will support local and state workforce programs and provide outreach and resources for residents. This initiative will focus on communities most impacted by COVID-19 and Ambassadors will be trained to educate and encourage individuals to take the precautions necessary to protect themselves from this virus.

Additionally, the State of Nevada will implement a targeted strategy of outreach and enforcement to support the counties most impacted by COVID-19. This plan includes a partnership with the Division of Industrial Relations in the Department of Business and Industry which has established a phone line to take complaints regarding noncompliant businesses, increase unannounced business surveillance and coordinate with chambers of commerce to promote messaging for Nevada industries.

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“The collaboration between State agencies illustrates Nevada’s resiliency, and drive to work together to support each other when protecting our communities,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak. “We know that if we stay safe, we can stay open, and I’m grateful that the State continues to take a concerted approach in our efforts to mitigate the spread.”

These strategies support Nevada’s three public health goals of testing at least 2 percent of Nevada’s population each month, having a contact tracer reach out to every Nevadan who tests positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours of the confirmatory lab report being received by the health authority, and reaching out to close contacts of those testing positive within 24 hours of identification.

More information on Nevada’s COVID-19 response can be found at NVHealthResponse.nv.gov.