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Monday, June 24, 2024 at 4:44 PM

Sisolak Announces Plan Aligning Nevada’s COVID-19 Response to President Biden

  • Source: State of Nevada Press Room
Sisolak Announces Plan Aligning Nevada’s COVID-19 Response to President Biden
Governor Sisolak

Candice McDaniel, Deputy Director of Programs for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Ellie Graeden of Talus Analytics provided information on Nevada’s ongoing COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts during a call with members of the media on September 16.

As the Governor announced, his team has been reviewing the President’s Path Out of The Pandemic. The State is working with federal and local partners to prepare to implement the plan. In some cases, the State is waiting on more federal guidance or for federal regulations to be put in place. Overall, the President’s plan aligns with many of the plans and initiatives already in place in Nevada.

VACCINATION: This week, Nevada surpassed a COVID-19 vaccine milestone - more than 3 million doses have been administered to individuals who provided a Nevada address when being vaccinated. Additionally, Nevada has administered more than 3.1 million doses total. Nevada’s goal is to ensure the vaccine is available and accessible to all those who want to vaccinate, whether they live here or are just visiting.

CASES: As of Monday, statewide COVID-19 cases decreased by 4% over the past two weeks. In Clark County cases have declined over the past month from 1,013 per 100,000 to 720 per 100,000, however cases in 10 other counties in Nevada have increased and are above 1,000 cases per 100,000. Nevada’s test positivity declined to 11.5% statewide last week.

BIDEN PLAN: The State is continuing conversations around the plan President Biden announced last week, and, in some cases, the State is waiting for more federal guidance or regulations.

Updates will be provided as many of these policies develop and are put into place.

Last week President Biden announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing policy that will apply to all staff members at private sector businesses with 100 or more employees - about 70% of U.S. workers. This will have an impact on approximately 1,500 Nevada businesses, according to estimates from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. This new rule is expected to be issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the next few weeks.

This testing requirement will not apply to employees who are vaccinated and all Nevadans are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

The State is continuing to work with local partners in efforts to ramp up testing capacity and lab turnaround time. The President also mandated that all people working in the federal government, federal contractors, health care providers that accept Medicare and Medicaid, and/or workers in the federal Head Start program must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Unlike private-sector employees, these employees will not be allowed to submit to weekly testing in lieu of vaccination.

HOSPITALS: Nevada Hospital Association issued a press release encouraging vaccination and adherence to mitigation measures. There is currently an increase in hospitalizations in Washoe County and the rural areas of the state that is causing significant concern.

HOSPITALIZATION: As continually shown in new studies being released, fully vaccinated people are significantly less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. Approximately 90% of hospitalized patients in Nevada are unvaccinated compared to upwards of 86% nationally. Over the past two months, unvaccinated people were about four and a half times more likely to get COVID-19 nationally and 11 times more likely to die from the disease.

FLU: As fall arrives, flu cases are expected to rise across the U.S., and all Nevadans 6 months and older are strongly encouraged to get their flu shot.

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all Nevadans aged 12 and older can safely get the COVID-19 and flu vaccine at the same time this fall, with no wait between shots.

MASKS: In addition to getting vaccinated, new data continues to show that masks are a very effective way to help limit spread. According to a study from Stanford and Yale, wearing a surgical mask has been shown to reduce COVID-19 infection by 11% across all age groups and by 35% for those over 60 years old. While cloth masks reduce the risk of becoming infected, surgical masks are even more effective due to better filtration. Masks are currently required in all Nevada counties, and the most important thing to remember when choosing a mask is that it fits properly, covering both nose and mouth without leaving any gaps and that you wear it.

 

 


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CDE 10/03/2021 08:58 PM
So can someone tell me why 62500 fully vaccined people in the United States have died from Covid19 if this vaccine is so effective? I wear a mask and wash my hands maybe more people should do the same. This data from the state department of health is heavily skewed in favor of big pharma and the death jab.

Sk 09/19/2021 02:41 PM
Recall Sisolak

XOXO 09/18/2021 04:18 PM
Cover that nose with a mask, definitely the entry point, and be more of a hermit right now because Washoe County has no prediction of a peak date for this current surge. You don’t want to contract Covid-19 because research now suggests a person’s type I interferon, a genetic issue, may be why some people have severe outcomes, including death. If genetics could affect your outcome, you can’t just trust being in good health. You have to mitigate with masks and physical distancing.

Susan Gordon 09/18/2021 01:52 PM
Screw Americans, screw the economy, screw the US Constitution, and bury our nation with the liberal agenda.

X 09/18/2021 07:53 AM
Sack Sisoslack please! He does no good for Nevada!

Someone with some God given common sense !!!! 09/17/2021 09:57 PM
Masks Do Not !!!! Especially the cheap ones provided to employees!!!! They were sooo effective the first time they were mandated that’s why we r still in the same situation!!!! Stop following the money !!!! Start using some common sense !!!!! U can’t buy that !!!!!!!!

Fallon Christian 09/20/2021 07:07 AM
And everyone who does not want to get this vaccine, but is now having it mandated on them, can thank people like you for being placed in this position. One of the four actions we needed to improve upon to bring cases down (and we only needed to do better at one of the actions to make a difference) was non-pharmaceutical measures (wearing masks). So, now we are being forced into a vaccine we find questionable because you know better than the Health Department about masks. By the way, I believe in God, too, and the Bible says to obey the government.

Anonymous 09/20/2021 08:43 AM
Masks do work if: 1) you actually wear one; 2) you wear the mask over your nose too; and 3) you wear masks all of the time, instead of just to gain access to places where required. Masks have never been given an actual chance to work in Fallon.

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don_deberry 09/22/2021 08:47 AM
I am not a big fan of Sislolak, but the reason why we are in the same situation (or worse) now, is that after the vaccines came out the mask mandates were removed and the virus mutated to a more contagious one. The problem is that not enough people got the vaccine and/or are not willing to wear a mask. From what I read in the paper yesterday, Churchill County has the worst per capita rate in the state. One way or another, people have got to wake up on this or this virus will never end, and likely get worse..

Brenda 09/17/2021 01:24 PM
It is unacceptable to force people to get an emergency use only approved vaccine. What happened to my body, my choice? I know the risks and the recovery rate which is 99.6%. Start honoring your duty to serve the people and start pushing medical provider to treat with the numerous therapeutics available to decrease the severity of the illness. We all know it will be like the flu and will never go away. So, instead of being dictators start acting like you care and use treatments that are available!

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