Nevada joins Western States Pact

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Gov. Steve Sisolak removes his mask before making remarks on YouTube April 6.
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Gov. Steve Sisolak removes his mask before making remarks on YouTube April 6.

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday he is joining the Western States Pact, which consists of governors pledging to collaborate and coordinate on efforts to reopen states.

Announced by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington April 13, governors signing on to the pact have a “shared vision for modifying state-at-home orders and fighting COVID-19” and are guided by principles such as relying on health outcomes and science rather than politics in decisions as well as valuing the health of residents. 

Colorado also joined the pact Monday. 

“Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to Nevada every year as a premier tourism destination, and this partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery and long-term economic comeback,” Sisolak said in a statement.  

Sisolak was asked during an April 21 press conference about joining the pact, but didn’t specify either way. “(Those governors) all have great plans and I support what they’re doing,” he responded.

The pact has four goals: 

  • Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. 
  • Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment. 
  • Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities. 
  • Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.
Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.