Nevada will reintroduce an indoor Mask requirement, as well as investigate vaccination requirements for university students and anyone who work with vulnerable populations. Governor Steve Sisolak indicated Thursday at a press conference that the restoration of the face covering requirement will ideally prevent further restrictions, such as capacity limitations and closures, from being reinstated.
He said, “The last thing I wanted to do was require Nevadans to put their Mask back on,” especially those who “did the right thing” and got vaccinated.” When Nevada’s statewide Mask law was repealed in May, the Delta strain accounted for fewer than 1% of cases; now, it accounts for more than 90% of illnesses, according to the Democratic governor.
The governor also said he has requested the state’s medical advisory team to look at a vaccination recommendation for people who interact with vulnerable people, such as healthcare workers, people who work with the homeless, or people who work in psychiatric facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada has recorded about 7,400 coronavirus infections in the last week, putting it in the top half of state caseloads.Nevada has recorded roughly 34 new cases per 100,000 persons per day over the past week, the 12th highest incidence in the US when adjusted for population. The state has fully vaccinated 44.8 percent of its people, ranking 33rd in the US and 5 percentage points below the national average.