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Nevada governor details new county-by-county virus response

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Nevada governor details new county-by-county virus response

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada will shift this week from broad restrictions in response to the coronavirus to an ongoing, county-by-county review where officials hope to target hot spots and specific businesses where the virus is spreading.

Gov. Steve Sisolak and the state’s COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage said at a news conference Monday night that the state would evaluate Nevada’s 17 counties every Thursday on how they are faring on new reported cases of COVID-19, rates of positive tests and tests per day.

Nevada is forming a new task force of state agency officials who will meet weekly and review the data from the counties. If counties do not meet at least two of the criteria for at least two weeks in a row, then the task force will work with county officials to come up with a response plan for the following week.

The response plans could vary depending on what information officials have about where the spread is occurring but the plans could include increased enforcement, stricter limits on gathering sizes or reduced capacity in particular businesses.

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“We can protect the health and safety of Nevadans by mitigating the spread of the disease at the root of where it is occurring, all while keeping our economy open and avoiding hurting the businesses that are doing their part to help us,” the Democratic governor said.

If there’s not enough data to do a targeted approach or the county is not cooperating, the state and governor could impose broader restrictions, Sisolak said.

When asked if he would ever broadly shut down all the state’s casinos again, as he did in March, the governor said […]

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