Sisolak Bans Gatherings Of More Than 10 In Effort To Slow Coronavirus Spread

Also Bars Use Of Malaria Drugs For Coronavirus Treatment

Associated Press
March 24, 2020 - 4:42 pm
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference on the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on March 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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CARSON CITY, NV (AP) - Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak continued to act to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Tuesday

Nevada’s governor has signed emergency order barring more than 10 people from gathering in locations indoor and out

Sisolak said the order does not apply to private homes or the homeless, but includes places like social clubs, parks, libraries and sports fields.

In another move, Sisolak also has barred the use in Nevada of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus.

Sisolak’s order restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine comes after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment for the virus.

Sisolak said in a statement that there’s no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19. His order also limits a prescription to a 30-day supply so that people cannot find a way to stockpile the drug and ensure it’s available for “legitimate medical purposes.”

The governor’s rule comes a day after a Phoenix-area man died and his wife was in critical condition after they took an additive used to clean fish tanks known as chloroquine phosphate, similar to the drug used to treat malaria.