Las Vegas City and Most of Nevada Under Forced Mask Order Beginning Friday

If you have plans of visiting the Las Vegas casino later this week, you better have something other than Dame Fortune with you. Go with your facial covering. 

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Tuesday re-imposed the wearing of masks by everyone in public beginning Friday, including the gamblers inside Las Vegas Strip casinos. That is due to the rise of Covid-19 cases across the United States. 

In an announcement, Nevada Health Response said Sisolak instated a 3-days grace period to give people and businesses time to prepare.

In his statement, he said,

“Businesses and residents in counties with substantial or high transmission are strongly urged to adopt the change as soon as possible.”

However, the order did not apply other restrictions such as reduced capacity, social distancing, and business closures.

Face Masks Back After Two Months

Sisolak’s directive responded to the Centers for Disease Control guidelines revision of who should wear a face mask. The CDC made its statement quoting new evidence concerning the COVID-19 delta variant. The health experts say the variant transmission rate is twice the original COVID-19 that stroked the world around 17 months ago.

The new directive comes virtually two months to the day COVID-19 obligations concerning masks, with some exceptions and social distancing faded in Clark County. On June 1, county executives recommended that the unvaccinated individual wear masks until they are fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, with no imposition, the unvaccinated and vaccinated intermixed without masks. As a result, the number of local cases soon started to increase. To stronger contain the virus, last week, the Clark County Commission balloted with one accord to call employees, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear masks anytime they are in massive, public indoor places.

Sisolak Order Impacts More Than 11 Counties, Including Clark County

CDC states that counties are considered hot spots if per 100,000 people there are more than 100 new cases or a positivity rate is more than 10% within one week. Counties with significant transmission rates have 50 or more new cases in 100,000 individuals within seven days and a positivity rate of about 8%.

Currently, twelve of the 17 jurisdictions have reached the threshold. These include:

  • Churchill County
  • Douglas County
  • Carson County
  • Esmerelda County
  • Clark County
  • White Pine County
  • Mineral County
  • Nye County
  • Lincoln County
  • Washoe County
  • Lyon County
  • Elko County

Everyone entering an indoor space in one of these counties must wear a facial covering.

The most densely populated county, Clark County, has the highest positive cases, currently standing at 235 cases in 100,000 people over the last one week, a 16.2% rise. Hospital admissions have risen by 17.2% over the same timeframe in the county, and the CDC says that COVID-19 patients occupy a significant share of intensive-care beds and hospital beds. 

According to the Southern Nevada Health District majority of the new cases account for adults between the age of 18 to 49. 

Like it did to assignees in Clark County following the commissioner’s directive last week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board noticed all permittees after Sisolak Tuesday’s order.

CDC Emphasizes Facts Concerning COVID-19 Vaccines

In its new statement, the CDC reiterates that the vaccines currently available in the United States are the most effective ways to controlling coronavirus. However, 57.6 of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated, and two-thirds of Americans aged 12 years and above have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Health experts and scientists report that the coronavirus vaccines prevent hospitalizations, severe illness, and death occurrences. However, that does guarantee that vaccinated individuals will not contract the virus. Several so-called breakthrough cases have been announced, and in the majority of those cases, people have shown minor symptoms or were asymptomatic. Nevertheless, the CDC stated that those would continue to be a likelihood while the virus remains transmissible.  

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