The State of Nevada will stay under its current “statewide pause” for another 30 days, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday while providing residents an update on mitigation and vaccination efforts.
The governor cited prediction trends from the Department of Health and Human Services, which estimates the state won’t see the full impact of holiday gatherings for another two weeks or longer.
Additional restrictions originally placed before Thanksgiving were placed in midst of pre-holiday peak that had the nation’s medical experts worried about overwhelming hospital systems.
Still, the governor noted that he remained “flexible,” should the situation significantly change over the next month.
Previously, Sisolak said that a full economic shutdown was unrealistic without additional economic support from the federal government.
CHANGES TO THE VACCINATION PLAYBOOK
Gov. Sisolak also highlighted the progress made to begin immunizing Nevada’s most vulnerable population, frontline health care workers and those in long term care facilities.
As of Jan. 10, more than 61,000 doses have been administered, according to data reported to NV WebIZ, including 8,700 second-doses.
State health officials also noted that since the allocation of doses are only known one week in advance, it was difficult to determine exactly when certain populations would get vaccinated.
Among the changes, Nevada will no longer operate under a tiered approach, instead it will operate as if there are two concurrent lanes, one for first responders and frontline workers, and another targeting vulnerable populations.
Several states across the country have started or are preparing to conduct mass vaccination, with sites running 24 hours per day in an effort to keep the economy open and reduce the number of hospitalization.
In Arizona, for example, the State Farm Stadium is being used to provide vulnerable populations access to the vaccine through appointment slots that run every few minutes.
Finally, Gov. Sisolak concluded that he remained hopeful that they will be able to get through difficult times soon, as “Battle Born Nevadans.”