Nevada’s Record New COVID-19 Cases Puts State in ‘Red Zone’

Welcome to Las Vegas SignAccording to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, which cites an unpublicized document made ready for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Nevada is now among the nation’s “red zone” states for its number of COVID-19 cases.

The 18 states listed in the red zone in the document are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

The 11 states that are in the red zone for test positivity are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington.

What qualifies a state for “red zone” designation? It’s when a state shows over 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week. When compared to the national average of 119 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, Nevada reached 173 new cases per their population of over 100,000.

According to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard, Nevada’s cumulative test positivity rate increased to 8.6 percent from 7.6 percent. The daily positivity rate also jumped, going from 11.6 percent up to 17.7 percent.

The Center for Public Integrity report advises that the state has seen stability in its COVID-19 trends most recently, but state data show a contradiction.

Nevada’s Clark County, which includes the famous Las Vegas Strip, has effectively put the state into the red zone.

Other, less populated counties, including Washoe, Elko, Nye, and Lyon, remain in the yellow zone, which means there were only 10 to 100 cases per 100,000 people in the last week.

What Actions Should ‘Red Zone’ States Be Taking?

According to the White House document, there are currently 18 states categorized in the coronavirus “red zone.”

The unpublicized documents recommend that these states return to more stringent coronavirus protective measures, which includes, but is not limited to, limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people, shutting down bars and gyms, and asking that all residents wear masks at all times.

Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, believes that there’s no reason as to why this document hasn’t been made available to the public. As a public health matter, he says that the White House document should be published and updated daily, to where all citizens can be informed and keep track of it.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader in the task force, says the task force is closely monitoring Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, but that the series of other states also in the red zone should seriously considering limiting social gatherings of all kind.

But while the task force has made their safety recommendations clear, some states are simply not following or going against their advice.

In their document, it states that Georgia, a red zone state for both cases and test positivity, has mandated mask use statewide whenever an individual is outside of their home. But the Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia recently signed an order on Wednesday banning localities from mandating mask use. This hasn’t been going over well with Georgia Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

According to Jessica Malaty Rivera, science communication lead at the COVID Tracking Project, she explains that if the test positivity rate is above 10 percent, that a state or county is not doing an effective job at mitigating the outbreak.

Rivera says that in an ideal world, we want test positivity levels to be at or below three percent. That rate shows the suppression of COVID-19.

How Nevada is Responding to Surge in COVID-19 Cases

With the surge in cases in the Silver State, it makes Nevada the latest state to roll back its phased reopening plan.

We saw this at Gov. Steve Sisolak’s state address last Thursday, where he mandated that all bars in several Nevada counties return to their phase one reopening restrictions. What that means is that any bar that does not serve food must shut down. Bars in restaurants and on casino floors must also remain closed and not allow anyone to sit in the bar area.

The rolled back restrictions also called for no more than a party of six at a restaurant.

On Thursday, Nevada Health Response officials announced that they have begun working with Nevada Association of Counties, Nevada League of Cities, and municipalities across the state in an effort to share their reports with local governments.

Late last month, Gov. Sisolak also mandated mask use in all casinos and nearly all public spaces in Nevada, outside of eating or drinking.

Under the Gov. Sisolak’s emergency directives, Nevada’s local governments have the power to enact more restrictive COVID-19 regulations than those issued by the governor.

While the governor has been doing his due diligence to try to stop the surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates, the recent bar closure mandate has not gone over well with many bars in Clark County.

In fact, 37 bars in the county are suing over the recent mandate, stating that they were in compliance with specific the COVID-19 protocols and safety measures when they reopened to the public and that their specific hospitality sector feels singled out by the order.

The governor’s directive has also rolled back on its number of people allowed at public gatherings. The current directive states that public and private gatherings must be restricted to 50 people or fewer.

Current Coronavirus Cases in Nevada

According to recent state health data, close to 123 people visiting the state, namely Las Vegas in recent weeks reported testing positive for coronavirus after returning home.

The cases have increased since casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4, but it’s hard to tell whether the casinos reopening are a result of the rise in cases or the fact that cases are surging nationwide.

So far, the biggest wave of cases was seen between June 22 and June 28, when a total of 31 visitors reported that they tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Eight of those 31 visitors were from Arizona, 13 from California, two visitors each from Florida, Texas, and Utah, and one resident each from Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, and Brazil.

Between the end of June through the fourth of July weekend, 24 visitors tested positive, with half of that number being visitors from California. As of early June, 46 percent of visitors who have tested positive for the virus hail from California.

As of today, Nevada has reported almost 32,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 626 COVID-related deaths.

Take a look at what’s reopening in Las Vegas at the current moment, and what’s closing down.

Stay Tuned

As we continue to monitor the situation, it’s unsure whether casinos will be impacted by the increase in COVID-19 cases.

We hope that they won’t be forced to shut down again, but we know that the safety and health of visitors and residents are paramount during this time of uncertainty that we are all faced with.

We might see that the recent bar closures will help the state’s numbers to restabilize, or that’s what we hope for at least.

Be sure to check back for more coronavirus updates in Las Vegas, and be sure to stay safe, masked up, and hands washed wherever you go!

Governor Sisolak Announces New Coronavirus Measures

More cases of Covid-19 are beginning to appear in Clark County. As a result, the state lawmakers are beginning to introduce some heavy new regulations in the state. This week, Governor Sisolak announced a new set of measures that will significantly impact Las Vegas.Las Vegas Street View

Today, we’re going to talk about what exactly is changing here. We’ll also take a look at some of the recent cases in and around Clark County.

Let’s get into it!

Seven New Coronavirus Cases Emerge in Clark County

As Covid-19 began spreading around the US, many felt it was just a matter of time until Las Vegas was hit. It’s one of the most-visited cities in the country and draws in a huge number of individuals into fairly small areas. By early March, the first reports of the new virus in Clark County were beginning to emerge.

It was concerning, yet not entirely surprising news. As the weeks progressed, this area seemed to avoid any major outbreaks. Now, however, it looks like things are beginning to change.

Seven new cases of the coronavirus have just emerged in Clark County. The Southern Nevada Health District has officially recorded 35 new cases on Monday. One man in his 60s died due to complications from the coronavirus.

Jennifer Sizemore, a spokesperson for the SNHD, released a statement asking for help from laboratories.

“We are asking health care providers to send their specimens to private laboratories for testing,” she said. “Our laboratory is testing specimens related to contact investigations and for health care providers to assist with patient discharge.”

Things are just getting started here, as well. It’s likely that many more cases will emerge here over the next few months.

Governor Sisolak Announces Major Regulations for Nevada

The city of Las Vegas is having a tough time right now. Many of the biggest casino-resorts have closed here. Interestingly, many restaurants and hotels have still been able to stay open here.

That is now changing. This week, Governor Sisolak officially announced that all restaurants and casinos were being forced to close. He announced the measures in a news conference to the media.

“Today it’s clear additional steps must be taken immediately in order to slow the spread of this deadly virus in our state,” he said. “We absolutely must take this step for every Nevadan’s health and safety. Please, please take this seriously. “Please stay home for Nevada.”

It seemed like just a matter of time until these measures were announced. Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, expressed her concerns in an official statement.

“My hope is that private industry rises to the top, that they’re allowed to stay open and take care of these families that are paycheck to paycheck,” Goodman said. 

After the announcement from Governor Sisolak, all casinos in Las Vegas are being forced to shut down.

The Las Vegas Gambling Industry is in Trouble

Las Vegas is known as the gambling hub of the United States. Here, a huge number of world-class hotels and casinos are operating. Unfortunately, these are all now being forced to close their doors to the public.

MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts already announced they were shutting down all of their properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Not every casino planned to take these measures, though. Treasure Island announced it was remaining open to the public.

With all casinos now closing down, the state will see a major reduction in revenue. Gambling is known to bring the state millions of dollars every single month. The inability to gamble will also lead to an even bigger decrease in tourism here.

Because all land-based casinos are closing, many are now choosing to play at Nevada casino sites. There are many of these websites now available, most of which provide a huge number of fantastic casino gambling options. Most offer quick, safe payment options, as well.

It’s still unclear when Nevada’s land-based casinos will be able to open again. It will likely depend on how long infection rates continue to increase for.

After the announcement from Governor Sisolak, Nevada is shutting down many of its properties. Hopefully, the state’s major gambling operators are able to get past this tough situation.

Las Vegas Convention Vendors Face Scarce Business due to Coronavirus Concerns

Las Vegas Convention CenterThe effects of the coronavirus in Las Vegas are starting to be seen more and more in recent weeks. With several of the Strip’s buffets temporarily closing, to industry workers being fearful of job security, as COVID-19 continues to expand, it continues to make its mark on the city.

Those who work for major conventions in Las Vegas are particularly feeling the impact.

Jesse Jenkins, an audio and video engineer in Las Vegas that sets up displays for big conventions, says work in the valley hasn’t been this scarce since the Great Recession.

Jenkins, who finishes up his work at the ConExpo-Con/Ag construction equipment show on March 17, which is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, says he has no further work to take on after his current job ends.

This is unusual for Jenkins, who says he is used to having work scheduled up to six weeks in advance.

And he’s not the only one. He’s noticed other convention workers in the field struggle to find work amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

As the coronavirus continues to grow, and the cases of those affected in Clark County go up (there are now four confirmed cases in the valley) more conventions are either canceling or postponing their scheduled events.

 

“Our work is looking pretty bleak the next two months,” Jenkins emphasized. “It’s scary.”

IATSE Local 720 Takes a Hit

IATSE Local 720 is the 1,700-member union who performs various behind-the-scenes work at various trade shows in Las Vegas. Their important work includes managing audio and visual effects, putting up monitors, LED walls, and whatever else is needed for the shows to run without a hitch.

Jenkins said the union started feeling the effects of the coronavirus impact about two weeks ago.

This dip in steady work comes from conventions pulling or altering plans, but not only that, for conventions that are still scheduled to take place, such as ConExpo, many exhibitors are abandoning ship.

When exhibitors pull out the last minute, it leaves a lot of the on-call union members with days without work.

“We’ve had 100-by-100-foot booths load in the show and then decide to cancel and leave,” Jenkins said. “The next couple of months, my membership will be hurting.”

Recent Convention Cancellations and Changes

National Association of Broadcasters 2020 trade show, Las Vegas Convention Center April 18 – 22 – The software firm, Adobe, joined five others who recently backed out of the upcoming trade show. The show is still scheduled to take place until further notice.

IWCE (International Wireless Communications Expo) 2020, scheduled to take place March 30-April 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center – CURRENTLY POSTPONED.

SuiteWorld20, now scheduled to take place August 10 – 13 at The Venetian Resort and the Sands Expo Convention Center – Oracle NetSuite postponed the conference four months past their original planned date, which was April 20 – 23.

2020 Veterans Stand Down, scheduled to take place March 25 – CURRENTLY POSTPONED.

Channel Partners Conference & Expo, TBD, at The Venetian and Sands Expo – According to a recent statement made on Sunday, the event has been postponed “with the intention to announce a new date shortly.” It was originally scheduled to take place March 9- 12.

NXT Global Summit, the inaugural conference featuring the latest trends in technology and media, has been officially canceled. It planned to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on July 14-15.

Aruba Networks, an engineering company that planned to host an upcoming conference on March 23-27, has swapped its in-person event over to a digital, video event. According to the show’s website, their conference will be done via video, streaming and smaller local events “rather than an in-person event in Las Vegas.”

Atlassian Summit 2020 has also turned their in-person conference, scheduled to start March 31, into a remote event that will take place April 1-2.

Entire Industry is Hurting in Las Vegas

Noelle Haddad-McCann, president of TNG Models, a local modeling and talent agency that books models for a variety of shoots, events, and trade shows in the valley, says they’ve also been feeling the impact from the outbreak.

They’ve lost three bookings for events in the past week, and continue to see jobs being canceled.

The agency, who can get up to 15 inquiries on a typical Monday morning, says phone calls have slowed down this week.

“It seems like everything is just on pause,” Haddad-McCann said. “Companies are hesitant to contract new deals because nobody knows how this virus will affect our city over the next 4-12 weeks. … We’ve already seen a large decrease in new booking inquiries over the last week. It feels like nobody’s coming to Vegas.”

On-site massage service providers are also being affected since their business involved skin-on-skin contact. Las Vegas-based Professional Massage Inc. says March is typically their busiest time of the year, but that hasn’t been the case.

The company president, Tori Sadiki, says the massage therapists are noticing the dip in business.

“We’ve seen a small decrease over what we’d typically have this time a year,” Sadiki said. “It’s hard to tell because it’s a busy time for us anyway.” “We’re trying to be positive,” Sadiki continued. “It’s one of the busiest months for the city, so we’re hoping that carries us through.”

While industry professionals generally don’t expect that business will be impacted very long, convention members and other affected industry members are being encouraged to save in the meantime to help navigate current losses amid the current coronavirus scare.

Coronavirus in Clark County is Already Raising Concern

Covid-19, the coronavirus you’ve been hearing about in the news, may have finally hit Nevada. New reports indicate that a man tested positive near Las Vegas. Obviously, the coronavirus in Clark County is causing major concerns for people and businesses here.Nevada Sign On Highway

The coronavirus has now been confirmed in 17 states around the country. Infections in Las Vegas would raise concerns due to the huge number of tourists that visit this city. Today, we’re going to look at the impact this coronavirus is already having on Nevada.

Let’s get into it!

New Cases of Coronavirus in the US Are Recorded

It’s no surprise to see the coronavirus continue to spread around the country. It’s now spread to a huge number of nations across nearly every continent. Iran, South Korea, and Italy are working hard to contain their rising infection rates yet these efforts don’t appear to be working.

The virus has already spread to 17 US states, as well. Washington remains the worst-hit state. Hundreds of people have been confirmed infected here and more than 10 have been killed by the virus. Oregon recently recorded a case inside one of the state’s casinos.

California is also being affected. Many new cases are popping up here every single day. This is also the first state outside of Washington to record a death from the coronavirus. Many analysts predict that the real number of people infected in the US is far higher than what’s being recorded.

There have been real fears of this virus spread into Las Vegas. It’s one of the most-visited cities in the country and packs a huge number of people into very small areas like casinos. A major outbreak here could result in significant spreading around the country.

Unfortunately, it appears this scenario may soon become a reality. One man in Clark County appears to have tested positive for Covin-19. Here’s what we know about the situation.

The Coronavirus in Clark County is Now a Reality

Health officials in Nevada have been testing hundreds of individuals they fear could be infected with the coronavirus. According to new reports, one man in Clark County has just tested presumptively positive for the virus. This man said to be in his 50s, is now in isolation within a Nevada hospital.

Steven Horsford, a Nevada state representative, spoke with the Nevada Independent about this new case.

“Obviously we want to understand who else may have been exposed, any medical professionals, any other family members,” he said. “Anyone else that may have been under care at the VA, so we’ll continue to follow that throughout the day.”

The man was said to have recently traveled to Washington, where he likely got exposed to Covid-19. Unfortunately, he also visited Texas, which just recently recorded its first case of the virus. Officials are now attempting to locate those who may have been in contact with him.

It’s troubling news for several reasons. Las Vegas is an easy place for a respiratory virus to spread. As of now, it’s important to note that he’s only “presumptively positive,” meaning the results have yet to be formally confirmed by different labs.

The coronavirus is already having an effect on Las Vegas businesses. The gambling industry, in particular, is taking a hit.

Las Vegas Casino Companies Experience Stock Price Drop

The city of Las Vegas relies heavily on its gambling industry. It’s the gambling hub of the United States and is home to many of the biggest casino-resorts of the world. If the coronavirus begins to spread here, there’s fear that visitation to the city will drop dramatically and the casinos will start losing serious revenue.

If that happens, things could go bad quickly. Due to new reports of the coronavirus in Clark County, several major Las Vegas casino companies saw their stock prices fall dramatically.

This morning, Red Rock shares fell by 11.3% to $17.03. MGM Resorts International saw its stock prices drop by 8.7% to $21.28. Las Vegas Sands’ fell by 2.8% to $55.64 and Caesars Entertainment saw its stock prices fall by 3.9% to $11.48.

Many have been speculating how this coronavirus could affect Las Vegas. In recent months, this city has experienced significant revenue increases. If this virus spreads, that trend may change.

As of now, only one case has been recorded in Nevada. It’s reasonable to assume there are probably more that simply haven’t been found. How this will affect the city is not yet known.

It’s an unusual time for the US casino industry. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!