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Governor Sisolak Ends COVID-19 State of Emergency in Nevada
On Friday, May 20, 2022, the Declaration of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic ended. The State of Emergency declaration had been in place since March 2020 and has allowed the state to respond to challenges brought forward by the unprecedented pandemic. Ending the State of Emergency ends certain flexibilities that were in place to help the state reaction to changing and unknown circumstances.
Mask Directive Rescinded
On Feb. 10, 2022, Governor Steve Sisolak lifted the mask mandate. While the state will no longer require masks in public places, there are locations where Nevadans and visitors may still be asked to wear a mask. Employers and organizations, including school districts, may set their own policies.
Masks and protective equipment requirements in facilities serving vulnerable populations - like hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities - will be overseen at the direction of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. The safety of healthcare staff and patients are our top priority. Teachers and schools will no longer be required to wear masks but school districts will need to work with their local health authorities to have plans in place to deal with outbreaks.
Federally, masks are still mandated in airports as well as on planes, public buses and school buses.
View additional guidance.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Every home in the United States is eligible to order four (4) at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order tests.
Learn more about the program through the United States government.
Additional Testing Available
More testing locations have been added and others have expanded their hours to help accommodate the increased need for testing as the positivity rate continues to increase. Visit SNHD's website to find a testing location.
If you are taking a rapid at home test, here are three things to keep in mind:
- It is best to use a rapid at-home test when you are experiencing symptoms.
- It is best to use a rapid at-home test one to five days after you develop symptoms.
- If your rapid test is negative but you are still experiencing symptoms, you will need to go get a PCR test.
CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
On Dec. 27, the CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others. Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19. Read more about the changes.
The Health District is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, and those who are not yet fully vaccinated to get their second doses as soon as possible. The vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death.
For more information on the vaccine and where to get a vaccine near you, visit our website.
All Nevadans aged 5 and older are eligible to schedule vaccination appointments statewide.
To schedule an appointment in Southern Nevada:
- Visit vax4nv.nv.gov/patient/s/
- Call 800-401-0946
Homebound vaccination appointments are also available. Call 855-635-0235 or email email@example.com.
If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit https://www.immunizenevada.org/nv-covid-fighter for statewide information and https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/ for southern Nevada information. You can also call 800-401-0946.
Statewide locations: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/find-covid-19-testing-in-nevada/
Southern Nevada locations: http://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/testing/
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office has created a template Lease Addendum and Promissory Note to assist and encourage landlords to work with tenants on a repayment plan to keep people in their residences and to avoid overwhelming the courts. This voluntary document is intended to help landlords receive delinquent rental amounts while helping keep tenants in their homes or places of business under a payment plan for back due rents that they can afford.
Have You Been Exposed?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, persistent cough and shortness of breath. Please click here if you think you have been exposed to or are developing potential symptoms.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Employment Security Division encourages claimants to visit http://ui.nv.gov/css.html and detr.nv.gov/coronavirus to view important announcements and access essential resources.
To file for unemployment in the State of Nevada, please use the online application at http://ui.nv.gov/css.html. People unable to file online may file via telephone by calling a UI Claims Call Center between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Northern UI Call Center: 775-684-0350; Southern UI Call Center: 702-486-0350; Rural areas & Out-of-State: 888-890-8211.
You may refer to the resources listed on ui.nv.gov and frequently asked questions at https://detr.nv.gov/Page/COVID-19_(Coronavirus)_Information_for_Claimants_and_Employers.
Keeping The Homeless Safe
The city of Las Vegas is coordinating with Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District to address health risks posed by the pandemic. Standard precautions already in place at the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center include frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, making hand-washing stations available and providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Anyone who needs help can visit lasvegasnevda.gov/homeless.
Is Our Water Safe?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, like the flu, which is spread person to person—there is no indication that transmission can occur via drinking water supplies.
Southern Nevada’s drinking water is treated using a combination of ozonation, filtration and chlorination, which are on the leading edge of water treatment processes and effective at removing contaminants from water. To ensure your water meets or surpasses drinking water standards, we also monitor water quality around the valley 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For a full list from FEMA, visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.
Is 5G Cell Phone Technology Linked To The Cause Of Coronavirus?
A worldwide online conspiracy theory has attempted to link 5G cell phone technology as being one of the causes of the coronavirus. Many cell towers outside of the U.S. have been set on fire as a result; 5G technology does NOT cause coronavirus.
I Got A Call, Text, Or Email Saying I Could Get Financial Help. Is It Legitimate?
There have been reports that scammers are pretending to be the government, contacting people by robocall, text message, email and other outreach. These scammers say they can get people financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then ask for money or personal information, like your Social Security, bank account or credit card number. This is a SCAM.
Don’t trust anyone who offers financial help and then asks for money or personal information. Federal and local disaster workers do not solicit or accept money. The Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, U.S. Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control staff never charge for disaster assistance. The Federal Trade Commission scams page has tips to help you avoid scams online, on the phone, by text and through email. If you see a scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission: ftc.gov/complaint.
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If you have been victimized by any crime related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please report your experience to the Attorney General’s Office (ag.nv.gov/Complaints/File_Complaint/) and the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please provide the following information:
- Your full name and contact information;
- The dates on which you were victimized;
- The location of the incident (including city and state);
- A brief description of the crime; and
- The name(s) and contact information of the perpetrator(s) (if known).