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UPDATE: Nevada shifts from statewide approach to hyper local battle against COVID-19

Posted at 4:09 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 16:25:51-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Health Response team unveiled a new long-term mitigation approach today for the State of Nevada to help provide predictability and stability moving forward.

"I want to be clear, in no way are we relaxing our mitigation efforts," said Gov. Sisolak.

"We are taking a more strategic, aggressive approach that will target this disease where it is spreading and take action when necessary to stop it," he added.


The governor's office says the plan was developed recognizing the State of Nevada and the nation are still in response mode to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be for the foreseeable future.

"Just as before this plan or any other will not work if we do not have full participation from all Nevadans," explained Gov. Sisolak.

The focus will shift from a statewide approach to a more county level, even specific business targeted approach.

"This approach allows us to work collaboratively with the counties to make sure they are identifying what they see is the cause of community spread or outbreaks within their communities and identifying ways to address those," said Caleb Cage, the Nevada statewide COVID-19 response director.

Counties will now report to state authorities every Thursday to address six key areas for the coronavirus response efforts, which include:

  • Hospital capacity
  • Personal Protective Equipment stockpiles
  • Enforcement action by local authorities
  • Testing capacity
  • Contact Tracing
  • Efforts to protect vulnerable populations

“This is a natural evolution in the State’s response and one that recognizes the need for a deliberate and predictable response to the protracted crisis of a global pandemic,” said Gov. Sisolak.

The State developed a sustainable, targeted response model, one that will allow Nevada to utilize all available state and county assets in this response and recovery effort, maximize consistency and accountability, and prioritize the communication of the state’s most accurate data to the public and to decision-makers.

You can read the full plan here: ROAD TO RECOVERY: Moving to a New Normal

Watch the Gov. Sisolak's press conference here: