Feds Approve Major Disaster Declaration Status For NV

State Declared Emergency Over COVID-19 On March 12

Paul Ihander
April 04, 2020 - 3:00 pm
A helper of local doctor Volker Eissing assists and register a swab sample for coronavirus testing at Eissing's temporary office located in a container on March 23, 2020

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The U.S. government has approved Nevada's request to declare a major disaster declaration for the state, a move that will unlock additional federal assistance for residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  Governor Steve Sisolak made the announcement via social media Saturday.  Sisolak said he was grateful to President Trump and other federal officials “for their help, which will aid Nevada in responding and recovering effectively and efficiently from this disaster."

The governor's announcement said the Federal Emergency Management Agency notified him of the approval of the request he submitted Tuesday.  On March 12, Sisolak signed a state declaration of emergency, which is a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration.  Sisolak's request asked for help under a variety of programs, including assistance for unemployment, legal services, crisis counseling and mass care and emergency assistance.  Federal help is needed because the public health crisis “is beyond the capabilities of the state, local and tribal governments," Sisolak said.