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On Monday, Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference to provide an update on Nevada’s COVID-19 response efforts. He first addressed the next Special Session for the state Legislature, which he said he hopes to have begun by Thursday, July 30. Sisolak also updated the public on the state’s COVID-19 infection rate, which back in June was the highest in the nation. He said it is now .98, meaning that the virus is not spreading as quickly. As for bars, he said that those in Clark, Elko, Nye and Washoe counties will remain closed for at least one more week. All other counties will be allowed to open their bars.

The governor said that the state is also rolling out a new long-term COVID-19 mitigation plan, which is scheduled to be released next week. This plan, he said, will not include phases, which he essentially called obsolete with the latest data. Sisolak also says that the state will be focusing even more on increased enforcement of the mask mandate and social distancing directives. “Time for education is over,” Sisolak said, “No more excuses.” The increased enforcement includes a measure that could close businesses that have a pattern of noncompliance. Also, Sisolak says that the new long-term plan will include increased targeting to mitigation efforts, pinpointing communities and focusing efforts on particular areas. Also, a new advisory board has been formed to further analyze and track the state’s COVID-19 response and advise the governor on future mitigation efforts. Governor Sisolak says that a new directive is expected shortly to extend the current restrictions and provisions.