LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 25: Entertainer Emilie Condamine (C) participates in a fashion show in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip to kick off the pro-mask wearing campaign "Mask Up for Nevada" put on by Experience Strategy Associates amid the spread of the coronavirus on June 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Wednesday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive requiring people to wear face coverings in public places throughout the state beginning on June 26 in response to a four-week upward trend of new daily COVID-19 cases. The governor also cited an increase in confirmed and suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations since the state entered Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan on May 29 as a reason for the mandate. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Nevada plans to expand its contact tracing capabilities as part of a new reopening plan that targets high-risk businesses rather than entire industries. The state has traced the origin of about 15% of the state’s 44,936 confirmed coronavirus cases and plans to hire additional staff and expand the list of questions asked during case investigations to better understand where the virus spreads. Meanwhile, unemployment continues to plague Nevada and its tourism-dependent economy. Casino giant MGM Resorts International has alerted thousands of furloughed employees that they’ll lose their jobs because entertainment, concerts and sports events are not scheduled due to the ongoing pandemic.