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Commission Chair John Koenig on the importance of Staying Home For Nye

Commissioner John Koenig discusses how all Nye County residents must work together, care for one another, and act with compassion during this challenging time. By staying home, we can protect our loved ones and neighbors. As people of Nye County, and residents of this great state, we are in this together. Stay Home For Nevada, Stay Home For Nye.

 

 

Trump Administration Issues Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes, State and Local Governments

Frontline data informs new CMS/CDC guidance to help fight against COVID-19


Today, at the direction of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued critical recommendations to state and local governments, as well as nursing homes, to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in nursing homes. The recommendations build on and strengthen recent guidance from CMS and CDC related to effective implementation of longstanding infection control procedures.


Nursing homes (also known as “skilled nursing facilities” under the Medicare program and “nursing facilities” under Medicaid; or “long-term care facilities”) have become an accelerator for the virus because residents, who are generally vulnerable to complications from the virus, are even more so in an enclosed environment like a nursing home. In one Maryland nursing home, COVID-19 cases grew from one confirmed case one day to 64 confirmed cases the next. Hundreds of facilities across the country are experiencing increased numbers of cases among residents. To address this spread, CMS, which inspects Medicare-participating facilities to ensure compliance with Federal safety rules, has worked hand-in-hand with CDC to provide nursing homes with clear guidance on how they can keep their residents safe.

 

Most recently, on March 13, CMS issued guidance that advised nursing homes to restrict visitors, helping prevent introduction of the virus into these facilities.


Additionally, on March 23, CMS announced new, focused infection control surveys intended to assess facilities’ compliance with infection control requirements to ensure they are prepared to address the COVID-19 threat. In the initial wave of surveys during the week of March 30, CMS found that 36 percent of facilities inspected in recent days did not follow proper hand washing guidelines and 25 percent failed to demonstrate proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Both of these are longstanding infection control measures that all nursing homes are expected to follow per Federal regulation. CMS is continuing to conduct targeted infection control inspections to ensure nursing homes are prepared to confront COVID-19 and keep their residents safe. Finally, Medicare is now covering COVID-19 testing when furnished to eligible beneficiaries by certified laboratories. These laboratories may also choose to enter facilities to conduct COVID-19 testing.


The recommendations announced today include:

 

 

  • Nursing homes should immediately ensure that they are complying with all CMS and CDC guidance related to infection control.
  • As nursing homes are a critical part of the healthcare system, and because of the ease of spread in long term care facilities and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, CMS/CDC urges State and local leaders to consider the needs of long term care facilities with respect to supplies of PPE and COVID-19 tests.
  • Nursing homes should immediately implement symptom screening for all staff, residents, and visitors – including temperature checks.
  • Nursing homes should ensure all staff are using appropriate PPE when they are interacting with patients and residents, to the extent PPE is available and per CDC guidance on conservation of PPE.
  • To avoid transmission within nursing homes, facilities should use separate staffing teams for residents to the best of their ability, and, as President Trump announced at the White House today, the administration urges nursing homes to work with State and local leaders to designate separate facilities or units within a facility to separate COVID-19 negative residents from COVID-19 positive residents and individuals with unknown COVID-19 status.
  • “The Trump Administration is calling on the nursing home industry and state and local leaders to join us by taking action now to ensure the safety of their residents, who are among our most vulnerable citizens. The Administration urges them to carefully review our recommendations, and implement them immediately,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.


Today’s recommendations will help State and local governments, and nursing homes, as they consider creative ways to stop the spread of the virus, such as designating units within facilities – or entire facilities – solely for residents with confirmed COVID-19. An example of such an arrangement is in Wilmington, Massachusetts, in which a 142-bed facility has been designated as a solely COVID-19-positive facility. Residents across the region who are infected with COVID-19 can be moved to this facility to receive appropriate care and avoid transmitting the virus within their facilities. This approach also eases the challenges of preventing transmission, like extensive PPE usage and isolation practices, for individual facilities. The Massachusetts arrangement, developed in coordination with the state’s government, is a prime example of the arrangements envisioned in the recommendations announced today.


The recommendations also speak to enhanced screening and transmission prevention practices. Previous CMS guidance, developed with CDC and issued in mid-March, advised nursing homes to restrict all but the most urgent visitors and staff. Today’s guidance builds on this by recommending temperature screenings for all visitors and that all staff utilize adequate PPE when interacting with patients, to the extent PPE is available.


Nursing homes are unique in the healthcare system because, unlike other healthcare facilities, they are full-time homes as well as settings of care. Importantly, nursing home residents, given their advanced age and corresponding health issues, are at particular risk of complications arising from COVID-19. Because they are large concentrations of particularly vulnerable individuals, nursing homes have been a major focus for the Trump Administration in its aggressive efforts to combat the virus.


This action, and earlier CMS actions in response to COVID-19, are part of the ongoing White House Coronavirus Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov. For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, and other information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

Local Non-Profit Offering Free, Handmade Coronavirus Masks

More and more people are wearing masks to protect themselves from coronavirus. And a local non-profit organization has hundreds of seamstress volunteers making masks available free of charge for anyone in need. Julie Perry, who lives right here in Pahrump, is the founder of One Mask at a Time. You can learn more about One Mask at a Time and request masks by visiting them on Facebook. Perry says they're also launching a new website, which will be live by Monday. The address is onemaskatatime.org.

 

 

Health: Man Leaves Special 'Thank You' After Fighting COVID-19

Thousands of people are hospitalized with COVID-19. After ten days in intensive care, one man from rural Ohio is heading home.

 

Erica Foreman has more on the special 'thank you' he left for the team that saved his life. Nic's care team kept their promise -- they got him home. He's currently recovering with his family and doing well. Doctor Mireles encourages people to continue working together by practicing social distancing and staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

Save A Pet - Annie

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Annie -- a nine-year old calico cat who ended up at Desert Haven Animal Society after her owner died. Darbie O'Donnell tells us more.

 

 

Police Close Off Portion Of Healthcare Partners Building

Police have closed off a portion of the parking lot at Healthcare Partners for a deceased individual located next to a vehicle off Loop Road. It appears at this time that the individual may have died as a result of a self inflicted gun shot wound. The investigation is underway.

 

University Medical Center Ready for COVID-19 Patients

Agencies throughout Clark County are working together to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, including government, first responder and health care professionals. Hospitals are playing a critical role in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. And the CEO of the region's largest hospital, University Medical Center, says his facility is well-positioned to help those needing critical care.

 

 

NCSO Warns Residents of COVID-19 Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing out the best in people. It's also bringing out the scammers. In a video posted to social media, the Nye County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of the tactics the scammers are using -- and how to protect yourself.

 

 

Health: Busting Common COVID-19 Myths

Have you heard that eating garlic prevents COVID-19 infection? Or, that taking a hot bath will protect you from the novel coronavirus? These are myths -- and they're running rampant. Erica Foreman helps us separate virus fact from fiction.

 

You've heard it over and over again. But until we've stopped the spread of the coronavirus, we'll keep repeating it. Doctor Esper says the best way to prevent COVID-19 infection is by frequently washing your hands, using hand sanitizer and distancing yourself from others.

 

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

It's important to keep your PC secure, which helps protect your data and personal information. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne explains the steps you can take to protect yourself from the top 3 enemies of your computer.

 

 

One Killed in Crash Near Lakeside Casino

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly two-car crash in Pahrump. One person was killed and two others seriously hurt when two cars collided at the intersection of Homestead Road and Thousandaire Boulevard. The person transported to Desert View Hospital was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. The other two victims were flown to a trauma center in Las Vegas. Troopers say it appears one vehicle was traveling north on Homestead when the driver tried to turn left onto Thousandaire and was struck by the other vehicle which was traveling south on Homestead.

 

 

Car Catches Fire, Driver Escapes Serious Injury

One man escaped serious injury when he crashed his car late Wednesday night on Highway 160 near Harris Farm Road. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis tells us what happened.

 

 

Agreement Leads Way for Federal Guidance on Implementing the CARES Act

LAS VEGAS, NV – With support from the Governor, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Employment Security Division entered into agreement over the weekend to take steps to implement the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law by the President Friday evening that will expand Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

 

The Employment Security Division is in frequent communications with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and expects federal guidance on the implementation of CARES in the coming days. The guidance provided by the DOL will strongly influence the implementation and launch of the CARES initiative in the Silver State. Additionally, the Department is working with its vendors and other state agencies to determine the swiftest method to implementation.

 

“I am pleased to see that we are one step closer to being able to address the needs of independent contractors and others who historically have not been covered under our traditional unemployment system. The signed agreement was the first essential step in getting the required funding and administering the programs. We expect to face new complexities that come with launching a new program, but are encouraged by the forthcoming DOL guidance and the Governor’s commitment to Nevadans,” said DETR director Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner.

 

The Department of Labor is expected to release program guidelines in the near future. Only then can DETR begin the implementation of the various programs, including the $600 UI supplement and expanding benefits to independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and other workers covered under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) stimulus.

 

Please note that these programs are not yet available. Self-employed and 1099 workers are advised to monitor updated information at https://detr.nv.gov/Page/COVID-19_(Coronavirus)_Information_for_Claimants_and_Employers for information regarding filing for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

 

The agency will issue a news release and additional online announcements as guidance is received from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Nevada Census 2020 Celebrates

National Census Day on April 1


All Nevadans are encouraged to complete Census forms.

 

Response rates listed reflect U.S. Census Bureau data as of Tuesday, March 31.

 

• Tweet It: Today, April 1st is #NationalCensusDay! All Nevadans will have the opportunity to help their community by participating in the #NVCensus2020. Complete your Census form TODAY @ https://census.nv.gov/. #NevadaMatters #BeCounted #NationalCensusDay


WHO: Nevada Census 2020


Phone/Zoom interviews with Kerry Durmick, Nevada Census 2020 Statewide Coordinator, are available upon request.

 

WHAT: Today, April 1 is National Census Day, a date observed nationwide in which all individuals are to be counted in the Census. Nevada Census 2020 encourages every Nevadan to participate and count every person living in their home on April 1 on their Census forms.

Nevada’s response rate is 36%, compared to the U.S. response rate, which currently sits at 36.2%. The top three performing statewide cities based on response rate include:

 

  • • Boulder City: 44.6%
  • • Fallon: 43.4%
  • • Mesquite: 43.4%
  • Additional statewide response rates include:
  • • Caliente: 1.9%
  • • Carlin: 3.5%
  • • Carson City: 40.9 %
  • • Elko: 29.9%
  • • Fernley: 40.6%
  • • Henderson: 43.3%
  • • Las Vegas: 38%
  • • Lovelock: 12.3%
  • • North Las Vegas: 36.5%
  • • Reno: 37.8%
  • • Sparks: 39.3%
  • • Wells: 2%
  • • West Wendover: 18.6%
  • • Winnemucca: 36.1%
  • • Yerington: 42.8%


The top performing Congressional District based on response rates is Congressional District 3 (occupying south of Las Vegas, including Henderson Boulder City and much of unincorporated Clark County) with 39.7%. Other Congressional District response rates include:

 

  • • CD1: 30.7%
  • • CD2: 36.9%
  • • CD4: 35.8%

** Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau reflect data as of Tuesday, March 31.

 

In light of public health concerns, it’s important Nevadans know they can be counted without leaving home. Now easier than ever, Nevadans can complete the Census through one of three safe, confidential and quick ways from the comfort of their own homes: online (www.census.nv.gov), via phone (844-330-2020; for Spanish 844-468-2020), or mail in the hard copy questionnaire. Census forms take less than 10 minutes to complete and helps ensure Nevada gets its fair share of federal funding.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

 

WHY: For every person counted, Nevada stands to receive $2,000 each year for ten years that goes directly to help fund communities to stay healthy, safe and educated – that’s over $67 billion in federal funding over ten years if everyone is counted. Funding programs include, but not limited to:

 

  • • Medicaid
  • • Health Care Centers
  • • Nutrition Services for Senior Citizens
  • • School breakfast programs
  • • Head Start
  • • Pell Grants
  • • Career and Technical Education Grants
  • • Highway Planning and Construction
  • • Water & Waste Disposal Systems for Rural Communities
  • CONTACT: Latoya Bembry, The Ferraro Group: 702-278-1000, latoya@theferrarogroup.com


Provided by the 2020 Nevada Statewide Census Complete Count Committee

https://census.nv.gov/

Nevada Gov. Sisolak Issues Statewide Stay At Home Order Until April 30

Today, I formally issued a Stay at Home order and extended all other directives under the State of Emergency Declaration, including the school, nonessential business, and gaming closures, until April 30th. I’ve been strongly urging Nevadans to please #StayHomeForNevada since March 17th, and I am now reinforcing that imperative with this emergency order.

 

We have taken a number of critical and unprecedented steps since the State of Emergency Declaration as part of our #StayHomeForNevada effort to help flatten the curve. This directive builds on those efforts and ensures everyone fully understands our statewide goal: STAY HOME for our State.

 

This order still allows essential functions like grocery shopping, going to the doctor's office, and driving to an essential business. It also allows outdoor activity like walking, jogging, biking, and hiking. But you must continue adhering to the other emergency directives and protocols like limiting groups to less than 10 and keeping 6 feet of social distance between yourself and others.