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Southern Nevada Health District approves new COVID-19 annex at Las Vegas headquarters

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 18:21:37-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Southern Nevada Health District passed a motion approving the construction of a COVID-19 annex at their headquarters in Las Vegas unanimously on Tuesday morning.

The Health District held an emergency meeting for approval for the alternate care facility amid the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The new facility will contain 40 beds for patients who test positive for the coronavirus and don't have anywhere to self-isolate like the homeless, visitors, or elderly people who can't return to their nursing homes.

"This isolation will be offered to them based on the need," said Dr. Fermin Leguen with SNHD.

Ernest Blazzard, SNHD chief financial officer, said the building would cost the district $3,000,000, and they expect FEMA would reimburse 75% of that cost through funds made available by President Trump's National Emergency Declaration and the recently passed two trillion dollar stimulus package.

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Leguen said the new facility should be complete in seven to 10 days.

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