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Nevada political leaders comment on COVID-19 coronavirus

Posted at 11:44 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 14:46:22-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada's elected officials have been issuing statements in regards to COVID-19 coronavirus and the recent positive case in Clark County.

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with the patient and his family at this time. The State of Nevada and our local health authorities are taking this situation very seriously and have been preparing for weeks in anticipation of a presumptive case. I’ve spoken with members of our federal delegation and we will continue coordinating to ensure Nevada’s local health authorities and partners have all the support they need. I urge all Nevadans and visitors to remain calm and follow all available guidelines on how to prevent the spread. We must all do our part to prepare and prevent – not panic.”
Governor Sisolak


“We have been expecting cases of coronavirus in Nevada, so this news is not surprising. According to the CDC, the general public is unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time and the immediate health risk remains low. People in communities where coronavirus has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.

“Fortunately, there are many steps Nevadans can take to help stop the spread of coronavirus. That includes washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, staying home when you are sick, and regularly disinfecting your countertops and cell phones. If you suspect that you may have coronavirus, call your doctor before entering a medical facility.
“I am working hard in our nation’s capital to ensure that every level of government has the resources needed to keep the public safe – and the $8.3 billion funding bill we just passed in the House helps accomplish exactly that. I believe strongly that health care treatment must be affordable and available to all. For the latest information and resources, I encourage Nevadans to visit www.cdc.gov.”
Congresswoman Titus (NV-1)


“I am grateful to our Nevada health officials who have been working diligently to care for and protect our community. My office has been briefed on the most recent developments regarding the first reported presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Nevada. At this time, my office is actively monitoring the situation and is working with Governor Sisolak and Nevada’s Federal Delegation to ensure our state has all of the resources they need. My office continues to receive updates from public health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Administration officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Drug Administration. My thoughts are with the patient and his family, and I will continue working in Congress and with our state government officials to ensure that the health and safety of all Nevadans is protected.”
U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)


“America must act quickly to address the spread of coronavirus and protect those most vulnerable to the disease. I’m pleased that Congress was able to pass this emergency response package with bipartisan support and far above the funding levels requested by the Trump Administration. This package ensures all Americans’ access to treatment and vaccines, supports state and local government efforts to keep communities safe, and protects small businesses from the economic impact of this outbreak. As Nevada health authorities respond to the state’s first presumptive case of coronavirus, I’ll continue exercising strong oversight over this Administration’s response and fighting to prioritize public health funding in the Senate.”
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)