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Governor says state faces “alarming trend” in new cases
Nevadans have to push past “COVID fatigue,” and keep wearing their masks, in order to keep the state’s economy running, Gov. Steve Sisolak told reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Sisolak, who earlier this month loosened a statewide cap on large gatherings, said officials expected to see some increase in cases after allowing get-togethers of up to 250 people.
But he warned the Silver State now faces an “alarming trend” in new cases and hospitalizations that he fears could put hospitals under strain during flu season.
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The first-term Democrat said in many cases, people are simply sick of being cooped up at home.
“COVID wasn’t supposed to last this long,” Sisolak added. “We all feel COVID fatigue, and it results in riskier behavior and complacency. We can’t let that happen.
“Unfortunately, this virus doesn’t get fatigued. It’s alive and well. We can’t get tired, because the virus isn’t tired.”
Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 in the former Assembly chambers inside the Capital in Carson City. (Photo: PROVIDED/Pool Photo by David Calvert/Nevada Independent)
The governor later said he “hoped to never get” to a point where he might have to reimplement strict COVID-prevention measures imposed earlier in the pandemic. He also confirmed the state had submitted its plan for distributing a coronavirus vaccine to federal officials last week.
Nevada’s rate of coronavirus infections has steadily risen in the month since the state eased restrictions on the size of public gatherings, though health officials have cautioned against blaming the increase on bigger get-togethers.
“We are seeing a number of factors that could be contributing to this. I wouldn’t necessarily tie it directly” to the easing of restrictions, Nevada COVID-19 Task Force Director Caleb Cage said Monday. “We are seeing the same climb happen around the country and in fact around the world as well.”
The state’s 14-day rolling average for the positivity rate — which measures community transmission of the virus — began this week at 9.1% for the third consecutive day.
It hadn’t been as high as 9% since Sept. 4 when the state was in the midst of a two-month downward trend that saw the positivity rate drop from 14.3% on Aug. 1 to less than half that by mid-September — hovering below 7% most of the last two weeks of of September before inching up to 7.1% on Sept. 30.
The uptick has been especially pronounced in Washoe County, which now sits at the top of the list when it comes to the rate for new COVID-19 cases.
Washoe ended last week with 561 cases per 100,000