Governor Sisolak will address the state on Tuesday to reveal what he’s been thinking about and planning for Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. It’s the same day the Nevada Gaming Control Board consults with state and local health officials about allowing (inadvertently) COVID-19 through the resort-casinos’ front doors all up and down the state. Sisolak has consistently stated that Covid-19 infections must be trending downward if the state is to be opened up to “partial business.” As a benchmark, Nevada casinos have been dark since mid-March.
And in that time Governor Sisolak observed, “The Gaming Control Board remains resolute in ensuring that gaming operations in this state do not compromise the health and safety of Nevadans…” which is a very tall order. Sisolak strongly urges Nevadans to wear face masks and practice social distancing in order to stay safe over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
So we shall see what we shall see. Despite a moderation in Corona Virus infections, infection rates can, and frequently do, skyrocket within a 24 to 36 hour time period. Many medical experts consider premature business openings as playing with matches and gasoline. Few gaming winners with lots of medical losers.
Medical experts prefer another blast of cash from the Federal Reserve that would buy the country very valuable time to trigger more testing and tracing for still-infected Americans, many of whom don’t even know that they’re carrying the virus. Until that’s accomplished we very well could be THROWING A LOT OF GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD. Your average economist knows that until we get ahead of the virus spread, all the money in the world won’t fix things. They’ll just run up medical and funeral bills.
There’s no substitute for doing the right thing at the right time, regardless of what wishful-thinking public opinion demands. First we need to kill, or at least mortally wound the Covid-19 beast through testing, tracking and home and/or hospital stays. Then follow up with more effective treatments and vaccines. THEN our investment in recovery will be effective without “flare ups” – “flare ups” that always demand more and more money and time. The federal reserve can provide the “wait-in-place money” WHILE WE GET THE JOB DONE.
Just how smart and how logical are we??