Amid a surge in positive cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Steve Sisolak is urging Nevadans to shake off “COVID fatigue” and fight off trends that indicate a resurgence of the disease.
“We are in the Red Zone for cases and we have the 24th highest rate in the country,” Sisolak said, adding that cases statewide are currently projected to grow at .8 percent, or about 666 a day — twice as many as in early September.
Nevada has 91,499 positive cases and 1,727 deaths.
“This pandemic has been exhausting and overwhelming, but our mission must remain unchanged,” Sisolak said, adding the actions of Nevadans in the coming days will determine the fate of the current surge.
Sisolak noted that although treatment has improved nationally, a number of states are seeing “concerning increases in cases and hospitalizations” that could have hospitals “teetering on the edge of having to turn patients away. We have to avoid that.”
The governor said flu shots are more important than ever because a combination of COVID and influenza “could place an enormous burden on our hospitals.”
Sisolak asked Nevadans to protect their health and honor the service of first responders, who “never had stay at home orders.”
“COVID wasn’t supposed to last this long,” Sisolak said, adding COVID fatigue “results in riskier behavior and complacency.”
“I know the behavior of certain officials at the highest level of our government runs contrary” to the recommendations of experts, Sisolak said, referencing President Donald Trump’s contention America is “rounding the corner.”
“The enemy is the disease, not each other,” Sisolak said. “The most important weapon in fighting this disease is you.”
Sisolak urged Nevadans to pursue a return to normalcy by wearing face coverings, social distancing, practicing good hygiene, avoiding crowds, staying home when sick and getting tested when necessary. He added that tests are free and provide a “quick turnaround.”
The governor also reported the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation has begun processing and paying additional benefits after sorting out claims that didn’t meet criteria.
He said the state has submitted its “game plan” to the Centers for Disease Control for vaccine distribution, adding no date has been identified and initial supplies will be “extremely limited.”
Sisolak said Clark County is the only school district that does not have “some attendance in classrooms” and said school boards are working with health districts.
Asked whether he plans to revisit previous restrictions, given the surge in positive cases, Sisolak said “I hope we never get to that point.”