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Unemployment help found below…

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) is still seeing record number of initial claims for unemployment insurance each week. As the agency continues to experience high volume of claims entering the system, the agency’s number one priority is supporting Nevadans’ unemployment needs.

DETR continues to actively monitor systems and is vigorously taking measures to address the challenges related to the UI claims process during this extraordinary time. Some recent UI developments include:

Of initial claims, 96 percent have been successfully filed online and 4 percent over the phone.— Online filing for Nevadans at: http://ui.nv.gov/css.html

DETR has nearly tripled staff in support of the UI program, going from nearly 75 employees in UI to more than 200. The agency continues to look at options for additional hires to support the program in the coming weeks.

The State of Nevada is working through preliminary steps to implement the federal stimulus noted in the CARE Act. These include:

— Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation for an additional $600 per week through July 2020.

— Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation for an additional 13 weeks of benefits.

— Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and other workers not covered by standard Unemployment Insurance.

Specifics related to these programs will be announced for filers through our website here.

DETR has developed a CARES Act Program flyer explaining the UI process as related to the Act. View the flyer here.

— DETR has developed additional amenities for those needing PIN and password support. UI Security Helpdesk expanded hours from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and now with new Saturday hours, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Southern (702) 486-3293, or Northern (775) 687-6838.

DETR continues to work on additional technology solutions to support added:
— Remote work for staff in support social distancing and quarantine
— Expanded internet access and traffic
— Expanded service delivery in Spanish
— Added services for resetting Pin and Password
— Additional service deliveries for implementation of the CARES Act

In collaboration with the Governor’s Office, DETR launched a password reset tool for claimants who cannot use the password recovery feature on the website. The form has been widely used by claimants. In the first week of usage, DETR processed more than 10,000 requests. If the claimant sill has issues, we encourage them to use the online tool: http://gov.nv.gov/Forms/Unemployment/

Tips for starting to file:
— Everyone can continue to file online 24/7
— Nevadans are encouraged to avoid the peak hours of 8a.m. to 8 p.m. and file during non-peak hours, later in the evening, earlier in the morning and weekend.
— All filers whether new or returning, are encouraged to record their log-in information in a safe location for later reference.
— It is also encouraged that filers have their employer history (including the corporate name for all past employers) before undertaking the online filing process.

Claimants who believe they have been a victim of UI identity theft may file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General at http://ag.nv.gov/Complaints/File_Complaint/ or call the AG hotline toll free at (888) 434-9989.

UI call centers continue to provide service under expanded hours from 8-8. Saturday hours have been added for PIN and password resets only from 8a.m. to noon.

— Phone call volumes to the UI call centers for support are up to 90 times higher than normal when compared to calls before 3/15/2020.

Due to the high volume we ask that calling the call center be reserved for only items that cannot be accomplished through our online portal at ttp://ui.nv.gov/css.html

— Call center numbers: Northern UI Call Center: (775) 684-0350; Southern UI Call Center: (702) 486-0350; and Rural areas & Out-of-State: (888) 890-8211.

DETR has tripled dedicated resources to support UI claim filing, PIN and password resets, as well as recruit new staff for expected job seeking services that will be expected after businesses begin to reopen for store front operations in Nevada.

Other resources for claimants include a NV Unemployment Insurance (UI) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) document and other helpful information located at http://ui.nv.gov/css.html and on the agency’s COVID-19 UI webpage. Additionally, online tutorial videos are also available in both English and Spanish and can be viewed on the Nevada Unemployment Insurance YouTube page by going here.

Nevada Prison Inmates producing hard to find santizer for Nevada physicians and techs

State Prison Inmates producing hand sanitizer for medical professionals to use in Nevada.

Silver State Industries Produces Hand Sanitizer for Medical Personnel, Law Enforcement                                     

Silver State Industries, the industrial arm of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) has launched a hand sanitizer manufacturing program to dramatically increase the supply available to medical personnel, corrections, and other law enforcement throughout Nevada.

“NDOC saw a need for additional protective measures for their staff, and for others in Nevada who are serving on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19,” said Charles Daniels, Director of NDOC. “Offenders at Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) are now producing thousands of bottles a day to meet this urgent demand for personal protective equipment.”

Hand sanitizer is a valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19 and an effective hygiene option when soap and water are not available. Providing hand sanitizer to protect Nevada’s essential workers like corrections, law enforcement and medical providers is one way NDOC is supporting the state during the COVID-19 response.

Corona Virus

Researchers have helped to strengthen the theory that air pollution gives a free ride to aggressive viruses.  The more pollution, including fine carbon and other particles, the greater number of free rides for viruses.  What follows may be one of the most illuminating illness distribution tactics ever to surface in scientific journals – and further insight in to additional threats from global warming.  Click here.

Submitted Editorial – Lack of affordable medical insurance for low income people – perpetual nightmare…

Corona Virus

March 30 was National Doctors’ Day. Unfortunately, on that day and every day since, doctors have been writing their wills at work, fearing illness and death alongside nurses and healthcare professionals, all while helping patients afflicted with COVID-19. Day by day, the situation becomes more dire, and we are still in the early days. Thousands have died, hundreds of thousands are infected, and millions are losing their jobs. As more and more Nevadans lose their jobs, they will also lose their healthcare.

How bad can the situation get? 

Disasters like this prove that it’s time to end medical insurance being tied to employment, and we need to keep fighting for universal healthcare. Shame on this administration for trying to replace the ACA rather than improve upon it. Shame on Representative Mark Amodei for voting against the ACA dozens of times, just as he voted against protections for pre-existing conditions. This administration has also proposed huge cuts in the next budget for the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid. Is this the America we want, where Trump and Amodei have their health insurance and we have none?

If there ever was a time to lead, it is now. As your future congressional representative for Northern Nevada, my priorities will be fixing healthcare, reviving our economy, and building an America for everyone. Will you join us?

Take care,

Cling Kobel, candidate, U.S. Congress

Baby-steps toward affordable housing in Nevada

Attorney General Ford Announces $2 Million in Funding affordable housing.

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced $2 million in settlement funding for emergency rental assistance transferred to United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. This funding will go directly to Nevada families in need of emergency assistance. Additionally, the Attorney General’s Office created an informational flyer on the Governor’s Directive halting evictions to help renters and landlords understand their rights.

“One of the most important things we can do as state leaders and as human beings is to keep Nevada families in their homes and prevent further suffering,” said AG Ford. “Every minute, another Nevada family calls my office for help so they won’t end up homeless. I am immensely proud that my office is able to prevent wrongful evictions, as well as provide emergency rental assistance funding to our trusted community partners at United Way.”

The funding is part of the previously announced settlement agreement with Wells Fargo. The transfer of the funding received approval from the Nevada State Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee this morning.

United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra are the state’s administering agencies for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program established by Congress in 1983. This additional funding from the Office of the Attorney General will supplement that program until the next set federal appropriation is released next fall. The funding will help thousands of Nevada families stay in stable housing and prevent a further crisis of homeless families in the state.

The Office of the Attorney General has received an unprecedented number of calls from constituents seeking help and information relating to eviction and rental issues. The attached informational flyer on the Governor’s Directive is intended to help renters and landlords understand their rights and obligations during the State of Emergency and answer frequently asked questions.

Progress for affordable housing moving ahead in Nevada

AG Aaron Ford
Help landing $2 million for local affordable housing.

Attorney General Ford Announces $2 Million in Funding affordable housing.

Carson City, NVToday, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced $2 million in settlement funding for emergency rental assistance transferred to United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. This funding will go directly to Nevada families in need of emergency assistance. Additionally, the Attorney General’s Office created an informational flyer on the Governor’s Directive halting evictions to help renters and landlords understand their rights.

“One of the most important things we can do as state leaders and as human beings is to keep Nevada families in their homes and prevent further suffering,” said AG Ford. “Every minute, another Nevada family calls my office for help so they won’t end up homeless. I am immensely proud that my office is able to prevent wrongful evictions, as well as provide emergency rental assistance funding to our trusted community partners at United Way.”

The funding is part of the previously announced settlement agreement with Wells Fargo. The transfer of the funding received approval from the Nevada State Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee this morning.

United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra are the state’s administering agencies for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program established by Congress in 1983. This additional funding from the Office of the Attorney General will supplement that program until the next set federal appropriation is released next fall. The funding will help thousands of Nevada families stay in stable housing and prevent a further crisis of homeless families in the state.

The Office of the Attorney General has received an unprecedented number of calls from constituents seeking help and information relating to eviction and rental issues. The attached informational flyer on the Governor’s Directive is intended to help renters and landlords understand their rights and obligations during the State of Emergency and answer frequently asked questions.

Corona Virus

Quad-County Emergency Operations Center (Quad EOC) is reporting three new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Quad County region. This brings the total number of cases to 25, with 8 recoveries, 17 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

A female Carson City resident in her 40’s
A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s
A male Carson City resident in his 20’s

The cases are self-isolating in their homes and are in stable conditions. Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths
Carson City       13       9        4             0
Douglas County  8       4        4             0
Lyon County        4       4        0             0
Storey County      0      0        0             0
TOTAL                25    17       8              0

Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

The Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline is staffed 7 days a week 8 am to 5 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-478

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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