Undercurrent

Governor: Hole up for 2 weeks, if you can

By: - November 11, 2020 5:53 am
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A casino company’s sign displays “Stay Home for Nevada” along Ogden Avenue in March after the industry closed. (Nevada Current file photo)

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A casino’s sign displays “Stay Home for Nevada” along Ogden Avenue in March, when Nevada first began issuing coronavirus restrictions. (Nevada Current file photo)

With the coronavirus surging in Nevada and nearly every state in the nation, Gov. Steve Sisolak urged people Tuesday to “to operate in a ‘Stay at Home 2.0’ mentality to get things under control so our public health response infrastructure can catch up.”

Citing more than 1,300 cases a day in Nevada over the most recent seven day period and hospitalization rates not seen since August, Sisolak urged Nevadans to stay home as much as possible.

Sisolak did not announce any new restrictions Tuesday, saying the spread of covid can be reduced without closing businesses or industries.

The awkwardness of telling Nevadans to stay home while keeping the resort industry open was not lost on reporters during Sisolak’s remarks, which were made from Carson City.

As the virus surges nationwide, multiple states, have reinstated or added new restrictions to try to contain the spread. Tuesday, for instance, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Walz announced bars and restaurants will have to end in-person service from 10 p.m., and Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a mask mandate.

The seven-day average for new cases in the U.S. is nearly 119,000. Covid hospitalization cases reported in the nation hit a record of 60,000 Tuesday. Public health officials warn December and January will be the worst months of the pandemic so far, and experts predict new cases will exceed 200,000 a day in the U.S. in the coming weeks.

While the nation grapples with the spiking pandemic, President Donald Trump has had little to say about the subject, focusing instead on claiming, falsely and with no evidence, that he won the election.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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