Governor Steve Sisolak and his staff have begun what they hope will be an overall return to social and economic normalcy throughout the Silver State. But Governor Sisolak is also making no promises as to progress toward those ends because there are so many unknowns – like is the latest decline in the rates of infections and recovery be trusted to endure – or is it just a blip on the screen? Will the state be given enough Covid-19 testing kits and will a vaccine emerge quickly?
Governor Sisolak said he realizes Nevadans are more than anxious to go back to their work and their homes knowing that things will work out eventually. They just hope it’s sooner than later.
Governor Sisolak says he’s hoping to see a sustained recovery around the state with declines in hospital stays. And, of course, fewer deaths from the virus. Governor Sisolak wants to see at least a consistent drop in viral cases over the next two weeks along with continuing social distancing at work and while shopping. And if everything goes well he will also call for re-opening film and live theater productions, sporting events, church services and other group activities but only with a consistent reduction in Covid-19 cases. But he also added that bars and taverns will remain closed and there will be no visits, family or otherwise, to senior living facilities or hospitals. The Governor said the proof will be in whether the Covid-19 infection rate stays on a downward slope. He said we all need to be ready for unanticipated spikes in new cases and be ready to smother them when they pop up. He added, “It’s all data driven.” He went on to admit that these are tough times – but we must try to not be overwhelmed by it.
The Nevada Hospital Association has recorded a steady decline in viral cases for the past two weeks as well as the use of ventilators and intensive care units, sometimes called ICU’s. Governor Sisolak says only a dramatic increase in virus testing will give Nevada a better sense of what’s really happening on the streets of the Silver State along with contact tracking so others who show no symptoms, though exposed, can be interviewed.
Depending on how all this plays out Governor Sisolak there could be consideration to re-opening some of the state’s casinos and other attractions. But not schools. Schools are closed until next fall. Meanwhile students will finish the current year with distance learning from home or other facilities which will require nothing short of spectacular outreach from administrators, teachers and staff.
Governor Sisolak was asked whether he thinks that regular school operations could start up again in the fall, he said it’s too early to guess – but he hopes it can happen.
On another matter – unemployment checks not arriving on time – Governor Sisolak said there are problems with paycheck distribution. But that’s to be expected because of a surge claims that came in all at once back in March. Governor Sisolak promised out-of-work Nevadans that “You will be paid – and soon!” He also said Nevada is considering joining California, Oregon and Washington State in pooling their resources to speed up the west coast’s recovery from the Corona Virus invasion.
And so it goes from this point in time. Time will tell what’ll happen next. Let’s all hope for the best.