Gov. Steve Sisolak
Nevada, Washington and Oregon have joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup which will independently review the safety and efficacy of any vaccine approved by the FDA for distribution. Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the panel made up of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health.
“Once again, I am thrilled to work with other states in the Western States Pact to ensure we take care of all our residents by bringing together the best and brightest scientific minds across states borders. We know we are stronger together,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “When the time comes, Nevadans will be able to feel confident in the safety of the vaccine knowing that an independent review by experts across the West gave it their seal of approval.”
This Western States Pact verification process will be happening in lockstep with the federal approval process. The goal is to not have this independent review cause any delay in getting a safe vaccine to the residents in these Western states.
“We appreciate the opportunity to join with other western states to help build confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Richard Whitley, Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. “We have worked hard to develop a plan for distribution in our state and when there is an approved vaccine we want Nevadans to know it has been reviewed and deemed safe and effective.”
The review panel is a key component to the state’s initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan which prioritizes those most at risk and is based on the principles of safety, equity and transparency. Nevada will join the Governors of Washington and Oregon, to identify experts to join California’s workgroup to guide the review of any vaccine approved by the FDA.
“As COVID-19 does not stop at state lines, our response to it must similarly cross borders,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Along with our western state partners, California will let science and facts guide our decision making to ensure the safety of our communities.”
“We believe in science, public health and safety. That is why I am pleased that Washington is joining California and other western states in this effort,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said. “Any COVID vaccine must be guided by the expertise of scientists and medical professionals and that’s just what this workgroup will do. The Western States Pact will continue working together to ensure the best health outcomes for everyone in our states.”
“The vaccines currently in development, once approved, are what Americans have been waiting for to protect their families, their children, and their loved ones in long-term care facilities,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “The independent review conducted by this panel of doctors, scientists, and health experts will ensure that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone, especially communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this disease.”
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When President Trump and his supporters were run out of Reno after they were caught planning an large campaign event, somebody suggested moving it to the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Douglas County obliged the group and invited them to hold the rally at an airplane hanger there.
But state officials quickly learned about the “slide south” – that the Trump organization had set up the Trump rally at the Minden Airport – at ABS Aviation. The state found out about it and fined them for breaking a state law against overcrowding an event during a pandemic – and what’s more, they had not created a state-mandated safety plan.
The final result was that ABS Aviation was fined by the state $2,603 and another fine of $2,950 against Douglas County for giving Trump permission to hold the rally despite a ban on such events during a pandemic.
It’ll be interesting to see if either fine gets paid.
1:53pm Report of a bad accident on westbound Highway 50 half-way up Spooner. A vehicle has gone off the highway. However, reports from witnesses indicate that all the people in vehicle have crawled out of the car and appear to be okay.
2:01pm The story is migrating. Two people in a car have gotten out. But the female is complaining of back pain and some lacerations.
2:05pm Vehicle is no longer smoking but it is still leaking fluids.
Covid-19 Virus update
Carson City has been currently flagged for a higher disease outbreak, according to a report Monday by Nevada health officials. Adjacent Lyon and Washoe counties also remain flagged.
— Carson City, Humboldt and Nye counties been newly flagged. Carson City and Humboldt are for high case rates per 100,000 over the last 30 days (Sept. 26-Oct. 25) and high test positivity over a 14 day period with a seven day lag (Oct. 5-Oct. 18) Nye County is for not meeting the criteria for average number of tests per day and test positivity over the last 14 days.
Carson City has been newly flagged for elevated disease transmission, according to a report Monday by Nevada health officials. Adjacent Lyon and Washoe counties also remain flagged.
Nevada COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services Julia Peek provided updates on Nevada’s ongoing COVID-19 response, testing and reporting during a media teleconference.
Covid-19 Virus update
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has joined experts from the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services to provide an update on Nevada’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Playbook for Statewide Operations that was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Oct. 16.
The playbook was put together by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The Playbook is a draft, working document that the Nevada State Immunization Program will use and update as more information becomes available from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to the release of a COVID-19 vaccine. While a vaccine is not currently approved for use, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services anticipates only receiving a small amount of vaccine when it is distributed and through the plan has developed priorities for immunization.“The Nevada Playbook is a living document, meaning we will adapt and adjust as the overall vaccine response develops and up until a vaccine is deemed safe and effective,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.“I am proud of the DHHS team for working diligently to ensure that upon approval, Nevada has a system in place for the distribution and administration of a safe vaccine as supply becomes available.”The CDC will provide feedback on the draft playbook and Nevada will review and update in order to ensure there is a complete, comprehensive plan when a vaccine becomes available.
“To develop Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccine plan we had to consider a variety of factors to be prepared for the different vaccines when they becomes available. Some criteria may change, but, from what we know, there will be new challenges related to storing, handling and distributing this vaccine,” said Shannon Bennett, Immunization Program Manager. “The COVID-19 vaccine distribution will involve challenges such as ultra-cold storage and handling requirements, 2 doses that are not interchangeable between products, plus safely vaccinating Nevadans during an ongoing pandemic.”
Governor Steve Sisolak
“We’ve all got to pull together and that means the public as well…”
Governor Sisolak laid it out Monday in plain English – government can do a lot to fight the Covid-19 virus, which is on the rise in Nevada. But government needs the full support of its citizens so that the progress the state makes in fighting the virus carries a full punch. Governor Sisolak says we’ve got to cooperate by wearing masks in public, frequent hand washings, maintaining social distancing of 6 feet and limit the number of people “get togethers” in each other’s homes, club houses, theaters, restaurants or other venues. Gatherings are believed to be the #1 way for the Covid-19 virus to infect a lot of people in a short amount of time. And right now, many state’s infection rates are skyrocketing – including Nevada.
Governor Sisolak said Nevada is planning to partially re-open the state this coming January – but only if it’s safe to do so. He reminded everyone that efforts to develop a vaccine against the Covid-19 is making good progress and that when a valid vaccine is created the first couple of months of vaccine distribution will be given to medical personnel as well as to elderly citizens who are very vulnerable to the virus.
Governor Sisolak did not speculate as to when the vaccine will be available to the general public. National news networks have been saying that it’s likely to be in April, May or June – and that’s being optimistic. Others say it could be mid-summer to early fall.