Gov. Steve Sisolak at a news conference Friday said it’s not clear whether the recent Stage 1 reopening of Nevada’s businesses will do enough good to get a jump on the second phase of re-opening the state.
Governor Sisolak said he’s encouraged that the trend of new infections is headed downward as it has for the past 20 days and that Nevada’s hospitals are doing fine. No big explosions of cases. Governor Sisolak said “While we’re hopeful looking at the trends, it’s too early to tell whether we’re on our way to a prolonged recovery.”
Hair and nail salons, as well as some dine-in restaurants, are also allowed to reopen but are directed to follow safety precautions. Sisolak said that it’s too early to draw firm conclusions but time will bear out where we’re going and whether it’s in the right direction.
Anxious news reporters peppered the Governor with questions surrounding the eventual start up of Phase 2. Sisolak said he needs to see at least a half-a-month of health care data before he can make any adjustments to the roll-out of Phase 2. Sisolak reminded everyone, “It’s still about the data trends.”
Sisolak was asked about how to accommodate religious services; he said “It’s hard to keep worshipers six feet apart and there is a raised risk to older church-goers. He suggested drive-in church services for the time being.
Nor was there concrete guidance on when schools would be allowed to reopen, especially as evidence emerges of an illness among children called multisystem inflammatory syndrome that appears to have a connection to the coronavirus.
Sisolak was heartened to learn that Covid-19 testing is up and running – 17,000 tests performed just last week. Sisolak acknowledged the nation’s basic failure to adequately test coast-to-coast but he’s hopeful the country will catch up in time for cooler weather which is expected to arrive in late September. Sisolak said testing is reaching about 2,500 people a day but it could hit 4,000 if more people would come down and get tested. The state is not knocking door-to-door. People must go to the official testing stations.
The state averaged about 2,500 people tested per day in the last week, and he added that the state probably already has the capacity to test 4,000 people a day — if not now, then by next week. But he acknowledged the fear of people physically going to a testing site and actually getting 4,000 people a day to submit to the testing, “That’s a real chore.”
Sisolak added that all Nevadans should wear face masks when they’re out-and-about. He says face masks slow the spread of the virus WAY DOWN – so WEAR YOUR FACE MASK!! The Governor added, “Wear a face mask for someone you love, for someone you care about and the payoff will be that we’ll all be able to get into Phase 2 quicker.”
Sisolak says Nevada is several weeks away from flirting with Phase 2.