White House Labels Nevada A COVID-19 "Red Zone"

Recent Surge In New Cases The Reason

Mitch Kelly
July 17, 2020 - 9:42 am
An aerial view shows hotel-casinos and other venues downtown (foreground) and on the Las Vegas Strip

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Coming off a day of record numbers of new COVID-19 cases comes word that that White House has put Nevada and 10 other states in a so-called “red zone” because it had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week and had more than 10 percent of its diagnostic test results come back positive.

Recommendations for “red zone” state include the closing of bars and gyms, limiting gathering to no more than 10 and mandatory face covering usage.

Information from White House regarding recommendations for Nevada regarding the coronavirus outbreak
White House NV Report

Last week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak closed down bars in 7 counties, including Clark, due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases. The bars closed are the type that don't serve food. Though the closure allows for curbside service, bar owners say that because a majoritiy of their revenue is derived from gaming, it wouldn't make financial sense to stay open.

Earlier this week, more than three-dozen Clark County bar owners filed a lawsuit against the state, saying the closure unfairly targets them while large-scale casinos continue to be allowed to operate.