There is no light at the end of the COVID tunnel just yet –
From: Ronni Hannaman, Carson City Chamber of Commerce
According to the Governor’s press conference, it will be a while until we can get the economy up and running once again.
The Governor outlined four phases of reopening the economy – IF – we get past the O-pening phase. So, in essence, there are five steps we must take to be able to enter the new world awaiting us. Phase O is based on the state epidemiologist’s determination of whether we are out of the woods. After that, we will enter Phase 1 based on federal guidelines.
Governor Sisolak is being advised by nine professionals who maintain that we need to continue our social distancing, wear PPE, stay at home if possible, and keep sanitizing. The Governor says it is because the people of Nevada are complying with the social distancing rules – 6 feet of space – that we have experienced far less deaths than other states.
This is our take on what we heard and what we take-away from the Power Point:
The prediction is that if we shelter in place until at least May 26th, we will see a drastic decline in COVID-19 cases. In late March, the professionals predicted the death toll would be in the tens of thousands. As it stands today, there have been 172 deaths statewide with none recorded in our quad-county region. However, the emergency is not over. We’re just entering a new phase. School buildings will remain closed until the end of the year. In the meantime students will be “distance-learning” from home.
If social distancing measures are relaxed too soon and without a layered approach, resurgence is eminent, according to the state epidemiologist. She pointed out that if it’s just “business as usual,” one person could infect as many as 406 persons in 30 days. Social distancing reduces exposure to a fraction of that.
Economy may resume later than sooner
- The outbreak “must sufficiently decline” before different “types” of facilities/industries can be opened.
- In the interim, we must avoid socializing in groups of 10 or more, vulnerable persons should stay at home, non-essential travel should be curbed, and wearing of masks in public is strongly encouraged.
- For the employer: Opening Guidelines will be set by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development using science-based protocols.
- Under Phase 1:
- Bars are to remain closed.
- If all strict protocols are met:
- Gyms might be able to open
- Elective surgeries can resume
- Large venues – including restaurants – may reopen
- NO DATE ANNOUNCED – all is based on “health metrics.”
- Under Phase 1:
The remainder of the openings will be determined after the guidance for Phase 1 is implemented.
Major take-away from the conference!
“Lifting social distancing measures too soon and without a strategy can be compared to a parachute which slows the rate of descent – but if removed too early – still ends in tragedy,”