Governor’s Press Conference this week
At the Governor’s 3 pm press conference held yesterday, the Governor made a plea for all to remain in isolation as much as possible this Labor Day Weekend for, as he stated, the COVID-19 cases increase after holiday weekends putting us all at risk not only personally, but if numbers rise because of not following the guidelines, there is an increased risk of a longer economic recovery period.
The hope of the Governor is to allow the state to “get back to normal.”
He is feeling the pressure from county officials, and while the numbers are trending in the “right direction,” Nevada remains one of 11 states in the U.S. with over a 10% positivity rate with the most cases still confirmed in Clark, Elko, and Washoe Counties. He is aware of all his critics, but feels responsible to do what is best for the state as a whole stating, “If we don’t get this right, we can suffer worse economic damage.”
As a Las Vegas resident, he is fully aware of the impact Nevada’s largest employer – hospitality – makes on the state; however, if we remain on the list of states with the highest positivity rates, other governor’s can mandate this state as a “no visit zone” and that would shut down most of Las Vegas (the economic engine of the state). He lamented the lack of a national strategy to battle the virus.
He announced his continued communication with the neighboring governors in the Western Alliance and is considering allowing higher numbers to congregate if done so safely.