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WEAR YOUR FACEMASK WHEN YOU’RE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME!!!!

Governor Sisolak
WEAR…YOUR…FACEMASK!

Gov. Sisolak is not pleased.  And neither are those Oregonians who are following the rules to prevent needless death and sorrow…

From Governor Sisolak:  “To the businesses who require facemasks for employees and customers, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all Nevada. You’re protecting our businesses, our health, our jobs, our economy and your industry.

To those businesses operating in violation of the directive by not implementing safe social distancing and face covering protocols, you’re not only jeopardizing people’s health but you’re also jeopardizing your fellow businesses, your industry, and our overall economy.

I am grateful for the strong partnerships state and local governments who will be taking aggressive, broad-based and swift enforcement actions throughout this holiday weekend.

As I have expressed before, I have growing concerns with our current COVID-19 data trends. If these troubling reports on noncompliance continue, I will not hesitate to take swift and decisive actions next week directed at targeted industries or areas that are experiencing COVID-19 trends and non-compliance.”

Complaints can be filed with Nevada OSHA by calling (775) 688-3700 in northern Nevada or by visiting the complainant form on OSHA.gov.

Quad County Scorecard: 11 New Cases of Covid-19 and 2 Recoveries

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Eleven New Cases and Two Recoveries

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eleven new positive cases and two additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 372, with 260 recoveries and seven deaths, 105 cases remain active.

The new cases are:
A male Lyon County resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Lyon County resident in her 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 30’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Lyon County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

In observance of Independence Day, the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline will be closed Saturday July 4th. It will reopen Monday July 6th at 8 a.m. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

Stay informed. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.

 

 

Gov. Sisolak to launch special legislative session on Wednesday, July 8th

Governor Sisolak
Special Legislative Session coming up July 8th

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced this week that he will launch a special legislative session in Carson City to assemble the State’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget on Wednesday, July 8.

“I look forward to joining Nevada’s lawmakers to undertake this difficult budget process and finalize necessary reductions while prioritizing the resources necessary to protect the health and safety of Nevada’s residents,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak.

The formal proclamation to convene a special session of the Nevada State Legislature will be issued by the Governor’s Office at a later date. The Governor and legislative leadership are working to assess potential additional items to be included in any special session proclamation, including policy proposals related to criminal and social justice reform.

Since declaring a State of Emergency and issuing a subsequent Stay-At-Home directive more than 90 days ago, the Governor and executive branch have been working around-the-clock to prepare a balanced budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 that incorporates up-to-date revenue and projections to responsibly address the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

While the Governor is hopeful that the special session will commence on July 8, due to the unprecedented nature of the State’s current situation, he will remain flexible and provide any updates on the timing of the session as needed, based on public health conditions.

Lots going on down at City Hall – Money is still rolling in from Washington DC!

Carson City City Hall

It looks like the Carson City Airport is about to get a re-do on both their runways.  It’s been a while since the runways and aprons were repaired and/or upgraded.  Carson City Supervisors flashed the green light for the city to close runways 9 and 27 for a face-lift and a fog seal. No specific date yet set. The runways are expected to be closed between 6 and 8 hours.  There will be plenty of notice to the aircraft community.  It’s all made possible by a couple of Federal Aviation Administration grants totalling around $1.5 Million.

The Supervisors also got several reports from city health workers that Carson City is handling it’s own burden of putting up with the Covid-19 virus which has infected just about every country in the world.

Supervisors also agreed to slap a 5% fuel tax on diesel fuel sold inside the Carson City city limits.  Some of the funds raised will go to truckers being able to pull off the road and enjoy a quick nap or eat lunch or dinner while enroute to places far and wide.  Supervisors have long lamented the lack of parking for truckers on long haul trips – and that they’ve been forced to park where they think they can get by with it.  Hopefully those days are fading way.

And the Supervisors got a comprehensive update on Carson City’s continued march forward with more commercial and residential construction.  City planners told the Supervisors that tight land use planning, coupled keeping their eyes on new construction’s demand for water, the future looks pretty good.  The city’s been pretty busy lately figuring out how to generate more water through smart planning and enhanced engineering.

With the upcoming State Legislative session getting caught up on everything from the Covid-19 to resuscitating the state’s economy, a flurry of legislative actions will be flying around the Capitol very soon. A major review process will greet lawmakers arriving back in Carson City for a short-term session.  And from what we hear, there will be testing for exposure to the Covid-19 among all lawmakers.  Those testing positive no doubt will have a difficult time taking part in the short session.  Carson City is creeping along with a rather low incident rate for the disease and city mothers and fathers want to keep it that way.  But all it takes is a group of asymptomatic (no symptom) Covid-19 carriers to circulate among the community and infect many others even though they don’t realize that they’re carrying the disease themselves.  That’s why testing is so vitally important to ascertain whether you’re part of the problem or part of the solution.

Nothing Good on TV? Try the BAC and their Big Screen!

The Brewery Arts Center and longtime partner Carson City Classic Cinema Club are joining hands to bring us all a summer of drive-in movies – total fun for the whole family.

The movies, shown from July 8th to August 13 are sponsored by Garrett Lepire, Battle Born Tree Service, Carson Tahoe Hospital and KD Sound.  And what’s really cool is that there are showings two nights a week – every movie will debut every Wednesday with a repeat on Thursday.  The movies will be featured on a very large movie screen with the sound coming in on your vehicle’s FM radio

Movies will begin at dusk between 8:30pm and 8:45pm. Gate opens at 7:30 p.m. and it’s all right there in the BAC parking lot, 449 W. King.

The BAC says the movies are free but space is limited so please RSVP on the events page at breweryarts.org and remember only 1 RSVP per carload. That’s all you need.  The BAC will not be selling refreshments so feel free to bring your own snacks.  Guests will be required to wear a mask outside your vehicles and for restroom use.

For more information please, contact the Brewery Arts Center at gina@breweryarts.org

Still waiting for a vaccine and effective therapies…

Corona Virus

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eight new positive cases and twelve additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 354, with 255 recoveries and seven deaths, 92 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

  • A male Carson City resident in his 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Lyon County resident in his 30’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident in his 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident in his 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Douglas County resident in his 60’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths Hospitalized
Carson City 161 44 112 5 10
Douglas County 70 20 50 0
Lyon County 121 27 92 2
Storey County 2 1 1 0
TOTAL 354 92 255 7

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website: nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

Stay informed. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.

Patricia Ackerman for Congress District 2

In May, Rep. Mark Amodei ignored the objections of Nevada’s Native American tribes, and introduced a bill to massively expand a Navy bombing range.
His bill threatened 200,000 acres of sacred Native American cultural and burial sites, and the biodiversity of wild public lands.
Amodei’s idea was so offensive, even Senate Republicans couldn’t stomach it, deleting it from an upcoming defense authorization bill.

I’m running to defeat Amodei, and to protect our public and Native American lands. Can you chip in before the end of quarter fundraising deadline tonight?

As a retired mountaineer, I’m running to conserve wild lands, and promote careful, controlled development.
I will fight alongside Nevada’s Native American tribes against attacks on their lands. I will fight to respect tribal sovereignty and uphold treaty obligations.
But to fight back against special interests like oil and gas producers, and big developers, I need your help to DEFEAT Rep. Mark Amodei.

We have a critical fundraising deadline at midnight tonight. Can you chip in to protect Native American & public lands?

 
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— Ackerman for Congress

 

 

Looks like a little “tension” between CC Schools and Governor Sisolak

Letter from the Superintendent of Schools in Carson City to Governor Sisolak and a few others…

June 30, 2020

Dear Carson City School District Students, Families, Staff, and Friends:

The changes in our lives due to the COVID-19 Pandemic are many. Unfortunately, the impact of the virus continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school, which is the purpose of this letter. Due to the emergency directives from the Office of the Governor, I must announce that at this time, schools within the District cannot reopen in normal fashion to begin the 2020-2021 school year.

Emergency Directive 022 from Governor Steve Sisolak and subsequent guidance from the Nevada Department of Education require schools to employ a variety of pandemic- related restrictions, in accordance with Phase 2 of his Reopening Plan. Once developed, each district’s plan is to be communicated to parents, staff, and school communities and presented to the district’s Trustees for approval at least 20 days prior to the first day of school. For Carson City School District, a draft of the proposed plan will be presented at the July 14 School Board Meeting and the final plan will be

presented at the School Board Meeting scheduled for July 28, 2020. Please be advised that the starting date of school in the Fall could be delayed. Please watch for updates.

To develop a specialized educational plan, a committee of staff, parents, trustees, and community partners was organized to study the restrictions, survey responses, district resources and then recommend a proposed plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Because schools must operate within the requirements of social-distancing and the limitations of having less than 50% occupancy in the buildings, the Committee is looking to create a hybrid system of on-campus and at-home learning for the start of the 2020- 2021 school year. Other options like full remote learning with teacher-led support will also be available for families who desire to keep their children at home. While the specific details of the plan are still being developed, the Committee recognizes the need to reduce the burden on families as much as possible while providing the best educational opportunities for students.

We wish to thank those who participated in taking the School District’s Survey regarding the opening of the next school year. To see the Survey results, please press Ctrl + click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-36998QJ37/. To view the Survey results from the families who took the Survey in Spanish, please use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-WXKS6QJ37/. You will notice from the Survey results, the majority of participating families preferred to return to school in the fall without restrictions. Unfortunately, what citizens and school officials desire is somewhat different from what is being required by State officials. If you have on opinion on school operations due to COVID-19, we encourage you to exercise your civic freedoms by contacting the Governor’s Office to share your thoughts regarding the expected restrictions to reopen schools.

Sincerely,

Richard Stokes, Superintendent and the Board of Trustees

From the Carson City Chamber of Commerce…

IT’S OFFICIAL!
We are to remain in Phase 2
Due to the uptick in Coronavirus cases, the Governor announced on Monday that we will remain in Phase 2 until at least the end of July in the fight to combat this pandemic.  The hope was to move to Phase 3 today. Link All around us and within this state, the pandemic continues to grow and disrupt.  Let’s hope Governor Sisolak does not follow in the steps of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R)  who announced last evening bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters, and water parks will close for 30 days due to the state’s spike in COVID-19 cases. 
 
It is our hope we will not move even one step backwards as Texas has done by closing bars.   Wearing masks is now mandated in public places in an attempt to curb the spread.  
 
History repeats itself- 102 years later
 
We may not have been around in 1918 for the Spanish Flu pandemic or were even aware of it’s existence.  History is certainly repeating itself as shown in this two part article written by Bob Stoldal in The Nevada Independent.   If you didn’t know better, you would think you were reading about today’s pandemic in Nevada
 
Do take a moment to read part 1and part 2 Here’s an excerpt:
 
“Indeed, after infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people, with about 675,000 in the United States, the worldwide Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 had arrived in Las Vegas.”
 
The Las Vegas Doctor at that time instructed the population to:

  • Avoid and assist in preventing gatherings and crowds.
  • Do not stand close to or directly in front of one while talking.
  • Insist on isolation of people with symptoms of Influenza.
  • Wear a mask as required by the order of the City Commissioners.
  • Clean out, clean up and keep clean inside and out, personally and otherwise.
  • Brush your teeth, gargle your throat and spray your nose with antiseptic solution.
  • Remember that people can carry influenza for several days after they think they are well.
  • Beware of “sure cures.”

Dr. Martin ended by saying, “Fear only when you have not done your duty to yourself and fellow man.  You will have but little to fear, if instructions are properly observed.”

How is Nevada faring today?
 
Today’s Nevada numbers can be found by clicking here.
National numbers can be found by clicking here.

The Quad-County Region continues to add cases, though not in the numbers seen elsewhere. Link

Legislature projected to be in special session next week
 
Facing huge shortfalls due to COVID-19, the Governor will be calling in the legislators to discuss how to deal with FY19-20 shortfall of $812 million along with the projected $1.27 BILLION shortfall expected for this coming fiscal year.  The prediction is that new taxes will be on the agenda; however, it is not known how new taxes will be imposed or what segments will be affected.  The public will not be allowed within the building due to health concerns, thus results of deliberations will come from the various news outlets..
 
PPP ends today – new round being proposed
EIDL loans restarted

The Payroll Protection Plan ends today.  Yesterday, in a phone call with NV Chamber directors, Senator Cortez-Masto stated she is working on a second round of PPP funding to further assist businesses.  This new round is being called P4 (Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program).  Click here for a deeper look. 
 
EIDL loans were shut down on April 15th providing loan interest loans and emergency grants  to small businesses.  Up to $10,000 per business is available in relief funding that need not be reimbursed (or $1,000 per employee).  Every little bit helps.  Click here for the application.

Remember to wear your mask – ask your customers to wear masks
 
The wearing of masks is mandatory.  If the wearing of the masks proves to stop the spread, we can go back to normal sooner rather than later.  If we have to wear masks, why not be safe and have a little fun with this new standard of dress?  The Chamber is hoping to be able to sell some affordable and interesting masks soon.   For the truly unusual, try Purple Avocado (904 N. Curry St.)
 
Love to travel?  Enjoy Rick Steves on PBS!
 
Looks as though many will not be traveling for pleasure soon.  New York has cancelled Broadway shows until after January 2nd – that means all those wonderful Christmas shows won’t be a part of the New York holiday culture enjoyed by so many travelers to this wonderful city at the “most wonderful time of the year.”    Europe really doesn’t want us diseased Americans anywhere near them, but we think that is because we imposed the travel ban on them first.   And, from first-hand experience, travel isn’t much fun these days with all the regulations/restrictions placed on hospitality businesses who can’t be very hospitable right now.
 
Fourth of July 2020 cancelled in most of Northern Nevada
 
It sure doesn’t seem as though we are approaching the most favorite holiday of the summer. Fourth of July BBQ’s are traditional as is the watching of the fireworks to remind us of our independence from English domination and declaring us “the land of the free.”  We don’t expect any major “rallies” to protest this, however.
 
RSVP (the organization helping our seniors) has had to cancel the Carson City celebration this year because of the pandemic.   No spectacle at Mills Park this year. All that pre-planning for naught.  And, nothing in Reno.  Or, Lake Tahoe – the most spectacular show of them all.   If you are a 4th of July fireworks junkie, maybe Virginia City could be your go to location – but must stay in car.  Be sure to check the VC website, however.  That, too, might be cancelled. 

REMINDER: City offers grant for businesses having to retrofit to comply with COVID-19 directives
 
If you have had to put in plastic shields or in any way had to alter your place of business as a result of dealing with COVID-19 regulations, you are eligible to apply for a grant from the City. The funds have to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020. Flyer.  Please read the guidelinesAll applications must be submitted by July 13.