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Clark County and the Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Boulder City have declared emergencies in their jurisdictions today to better manage the coronavirus situation and its associated impacts to hospital emergency rooms, local government agencies, local businesses, residents and visitors.

Officials said the declaration would assist Southern Nevada local governments as they seek to stabilize and more efficiently respond to emerging conditions related to COVID-19 and manage response and recovery efforts.

The current situation involving the coronavirus requires some administrative leniency in the enforcement of ordinances, rules, regulations, purchasing and other government functions, officials said.

They added that they may need flexibility in staffing levels and assignments normally addressed in collective bargaining agreements and merit personnel systems.