Covid-19 is still having its way with Nevada – virus growth is on the move everywhere in the state just as predicted several weeks ago. A lot of the spread is coming from people who congregate too close and don’t wear anti-viral masks. In urban areas especially. Everywhere you look you see rising infection rates. Many observers contend that too many Nevadans did not take the dire infection forecasts seriously which means hospitals and nursing homes are filling up with victims. And some infection rates are enormous. It stems from lax regulations in food processing facilities, group living facilities, prisons, friends inviting friends over and standing too close and/or not wearing anti-viral masks.
Governor Sisolak says it’s critical that everyone wears a mask. In fact the Governor signed a directive that everyone in crowded indoors or outdoors MUST wear a mask. Casinos are being strict following the Governor’s order. The Governor says that the Oregon Health Authority is predicting very fast growth of the virus over the next few weeks. People are getting sick – people are dying. Infection rates are headed through the roof.
Those who don’t necessarily wear a mask are usually kids 9 years of age and YOUNGER. Any workplace situations that create dangerous problems, services that requires a mask-wearer to take their’s off, restaurant customers (must sit 6-feet apart), anyone “working out” via outdoor workouts, recreation activities, swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling and running. Wearing a mask protects the wearer and stops the spread of the virus. In Las Vegas, those who don’t wear a mask gets “booted to the street,” whether customers or casino/hotel workers.
Governor Sisolak reports that Nevada’s government budgets have taken a 25% hit. Meanwhile, Nevada’s unemployment checks have been extremely slow to get to desperate Nevada families because of the strict criteria during an applican’s request for benefits. Meanwhile, those renting homes or apartments technically have only 2 more days (expires June 30) to gather up their rent/mortgage money and “pay the bank or landlord.” Thousands of renters are hoping an extension of rent relief can be re-newed but the state’s budget is stretched to where you can just about see through it. Governor Sisolak said he’ll announce in a day or so what his plan is to prevent wholesale dumping of thousands of families out onto the street. A lot is at stake here.
Meanwhile, many schools around Nevada are planning staggered student schedules. Lots of home-schooling and virtual (computer) learning. But as parents start going back to work many have little savings left causing a lot of nail-biting over the costs of child-care. One alternative is to ask the federal government to fire up their money printing presses to make up for over-the-top strains on America’s economy and the country’s ability to feed its citizens. This is NOT your typical recession. It’s very “structural,” requiring massive amounts of new monetary liquidity to rescue the country from an economic abyss – regulated by price controls so inflation doesn’t blow up in our faces.
In short, we’re in unchartered territory. We’ll see just how much our elected leaders are committed to a solution that works for everyone.