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Pahrump Intersections Not Likely to Get Four-Way Stops

Just days after two serious crashes earlier this month, Nye County Commissioners asked Director of Public Works Tim Dahl to take a closer look at those intersections -- and consider converting them to four-way stops. We're talking about the intersections of Homestead and Thousandaire and Charleston Park and Barney. Tuesday, Dahl told commissioners that based on available data, that is unlikely to happen. But he is considering other changes to improve safety at those intersections.

 

 

Voters Have Plenty of Time to Return Mail-In Ballots

As we told you last night, mail-in ballots have already been sent out to Nevada voters. That's caught some candidates by surprise -- concerned now that ballots may be returned before they have time to campaign for votes. But as Nye County Clerk Sandra Merlino explains, just because you get your ballot early doesn't mean you have to send it back right away.

 

 

Inside Look: USAF Thunderbirds Las Vegas Flyover

The famous Air Force Thunderbirds are giving us a fantastic look at their recent flyover of Las Vegas. The video -- released by the Air Force -- takes us inside the cockpits of the F-16 Fighting Falcons.

 

 

Woman with MS Overcomes COVID-19 at Home

COVID-19 has everyone on edge. Especially people with chronic medical conditions. Meet a mother from Ohio, with multiple sclerosis, who expected the worst after testing positive for the virus. Erica Foreman has her story of hope and survival.

 

 

Meet The Candidates: Jim Marchant, Candidate for Nevada's Fourth Congressional District

Jim Marchant is a candidate for Nevada's Fourth Congressional District, which includes a large portion of central Nevada, plus all of Nye County and the northern area of Clark County. Today, Steven Horsford represents that district. But Marchant says he's picked up some key endorsements, and hopes to soon be able to represent the people of Nevada's Fourth District in Washington.

 

 

CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

Commission will comprehensively examine best practices in responding to COVID-19 in nursing homes

 

As a part of President Trump’s Opening Up America Again effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Commission will provide independent recommendations to the contractor to review and report to CMS to help inform immediate and future responses to COVID-19 in nursing homes. This unprecedented effort builds upon the agency’s five-part plan unveiled last April to ensure safety and quality in America’s nursing homes, as well as recent CMS efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 within these facilities. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Older Americans Month and, as we take this time to honor seniors, CMS remains committed to enacting policies that benefit our Nation’s seniors.

 

“Safeguarding the health and, promoting the wellbeing and quality of life, of the most vulnerable and fragile citizens is a top priority for CMS,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS has repeatedly taken early unprecedented, aggressive and decisive action to protect nursing home residents during this pandemic. And today, we are taking it one step further by asking that an independent Commission provide recommendations to further enhance efforts at the federal, state and local level, and help strengthen the Nation’s response to Coronavirus and keeping residents safe in nursing homes.”

 

Building on the Trump Administration’s actions to protect seniors, the Commission will help inform efforts to safeguard the health and quality of life of vulnerable Americans as CMS continues to battle COVID-19 as well as preparing for future threats to resident safety and public health. The Commission will include leading industry experts, family members, clinicians, resident/patient advocates, medical ethicists, administrators, academicians, infection control and prevention professionals, state and local authorities, and other selected experts. It is expected to convene in late May and develop recommendations on three key tasks:

 

• Putting nursing home residents first by ensuring they are protected from COVID-19 and improving the responsiveness of care delivery to maximize the quality of life for residents.

 

• Strengthening efforts to enable rapid and effective identification and mitigation of COVID-19 transmission (and other infectious disease) in nursing homes; and

 

• Enhancing strategies to improve compliance with infection control policies in response to COVID-19.

 

Additionally, the Commission will focus on identifying potentially innovative approaches to using nursing home data to allow for better coordination between federal surveyors, state and local entities, and nursing homes to address the current spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. The Commission will also use data to assess efforts across the country to stop or contain the virus within these facilities. Additional information related to the Commission will be available soon.

 

“As we get ready to celebrate Older Americans Month, it is a reminder of how important the work we do at CMS is to ensuring seniors have access to quality care, not only during times like this, but at all times,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect the beneficiaries we serve.”

 

The new Commission is the most recent action in the Trump Administration’s rapid and aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full list of CMS Public Health Action for Nursing Homes on COVID-19 to date is in the chart below.

 

CMS Public Health Action for Nursing Homes on COVID-19 as of April 30, 2020

February 6, 2020 CMS took action to prepare the nation’s healthcare facilities for the COVID-19 threat.

March 4, 2020 CMS issued new guidance related to the screening of entrants into nursing homes.

March 10, 2020 CMS issued guidance related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

March 13, 2020 CMS issued guidance for a nationwide restriction on nonessential medical staff and all visitors.

March 20, 2020 CMS announced a suspension of routine inspections, and an exclusive focus on immediate jeopardy situations and infection control inspections.

March 30, 2020 CMS announced that hospitals, laboratories, and other entities can perform tests for COVID-19 on people at home and in other community-based settings outside of the hospital – including nursing homes.

April 2, 2020 CMS issued a call to action for nursing homes and state and local governments reinforcing infection control responsibilities and urging leaders to work closely with nursing homes on access to testing and PPE.

April 15, 2020 CMS announced the agency will nearly double payment for certain lab tests that use high-throughput technologies to rapidly diagnose large numbers of COVID-19 cases.

April 19, 2020 CMS announced it will require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 to all residents and their families, as well as directly to the CDC. On April 30, 2020, CMS codified this guidance.

April 30, 2020 CMS awarded a contract which includes a new Commission to advise the contractor for reporting to CMS on addressing patient safety in safety and quality in nursing homes.

 

For more information on the Commission, visit: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/coronavirus-commission-safety-and-quality-nursing-homes.pdf

 

CMS also released guidance to State Survey Agencies for the award and administration of supplemental funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136). For information on the CARES Act grants to State Survey Agencies, visit:

 

https://www.cms.gov/files/document/cares-act-financial-guidance-state-survey-agencies.pdf

 

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

Economic Impact Payments continue to be sent, check IRS.gov for answers to common questions

WASHINGTON – As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that IRS.gov includes answers to many common questions, including help to use two recently launched Economic Impact Payment tools.

 

The IRS is regularly updating the Economic Impact Payment and the Get My Payment tool frequently asked questions pages on IRS.gov as more information becomes available.

 

Get My Payment shows the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled. Information is updated once daily, usually overnight, so people only need to enter information once a day. Those who did not use direct deposit on their 2018 or 2019 tax return can use the tool to input information to receive the payment by direct deposit into their bank account, so that they can get their money faster.

 

The Non-Filers Enter Payment Info tool is helping millions of taxpayers successfully submit basic information to receive Economic Impact Payments quickly to their bank accounts. This tool is designed only for people who are not required to submit a tax return. It is available in English through Free File Fillable Forms and in Spanish through ezTaxReturn.

 

Frequently asked questions continually updated on IRS.gov

 

Taxpayers should check the FAQs often for the latest additions; many common questions are answered on IRS.gov already, and more are being developed. Here are answers to some of the top questions people are asking.

 

Get My Payment says that my Economic Impact Payment was sent to an account I don’t recognize. Why is that, and how do I get my payment?

When some taxpayers file their tax return, they may choose an option available from their tax preparer or software provider to help them pay their fees, get their refund more immediately or even load the refund onto a direct debit card. This group of different products is referred to as refund settlement products. In these situations, taxpayers may:

 

• Use a banking product to help them complete the tax filing transaction, sometimes referred to as a Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) or a Refund Anticipation Check (RAC).

• Choose to have their tax refund loaded onto a debit card provided by a variety of groups in the tax and financial communities.

 

When you filed your tax return, if you chose a refund settlement product for direct deposit purposes, you may have received a prepaid debit card. In some cases, your Economic Impact Payment may have been directed to the bank account associated with the refund settlement product or prepaid debit card.

 

If the refund settlement product or the associated account is closed or no longer active, the bank is required to reject the deposit and return it to the IRS. Once the returned payment to the IRS is processed, the “Get My Payment” app will be updated.

 

Once the returned payment is processed by the IRS, the payment will automatically be mailed to the address on the 2019 or 2018 tax return, or the address on file with the U.S. Postal Service – whichever is more current. The status in Get My Payment will update accordingly. Timing of this process depends on several variables, including when and how the payments are rejected and returned to the IRS, when “Get My Payment” updates, and when taxpayers check the tool.

 

The IRS also noted that it has resolved a reporting error that some taxpayers may have experienced, which inaccurately indicated rejected payments were being sent back to the same taxpayer account a second time. They are actually being mailed to the taxpayers. The IRS has quickly taken steps to correct this reporting error. “Get My Payment” was updated starting Tuesday, April 21 to reflect that the taxpayer’s payment has actually been mailed, and not rerouted to a closed bank account.

 

Why am I receiving an error message when entering my personal information or tax information?

 

To ensure the information is entered correctly, please use the help tips provided when entering the information requested to verify your identity. If the information you enter does not match our records, you will receive an error message. Check the information requested to ensure you entered it accurately.

 

You may want to check your most recent tax return or consider if there is a different way to enter your street address (for example, 123 N Main St vs 123 North Main St). You may also verify how your address is formatted with the US Postal Service (USPS) by entering your address in the USPS ZIP Lookup tool, and then enter your address into Get My Payment exactly as it appears on file with USPS.

 

If you receive an error when entering your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), refund amount, or amount you owed, make sure you are entering the numbers exactly as they appear on your Form 1040 or tax transcript. If the numbers from your 2019 tax return are not accepted, try the numbers from your 2018 tax return instead.

 

If the information you enter does not match our records three times within 24 hours, you will be locked out of Get My Payment for 24 hours for security reasons. You will be able to access the application again after 24 hours. There is no need to contact the IRS.

 

I think the amount of my Economic Impact Payment is incorrect. What can I do?

 

If you did not receive the full amount to which you believe you are entitled, you will be able to claim the additional amount when you file your 2020 tax return. This is particularly important for individuals who may be entitled to the additional $500 per qualifying child dependent payments.

For VA and SSI recipients who don’t have a filing requirement and have a child, they need to use the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov by May 5 in order to have the $500 added automatically to their $1,200 Economic Impact payment. We encourage people to review our “How do I calculate my EIP Payment” question and answer.

 

Quick links to the Frequently Asked Questions on IRS.gov:

Economic Impact Payments: www.irs.gov/eipfaq

Get My Payment tool: www.irs.gov/getmypaymentfaq

 

No action needed by most taxpayers

 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. Starting this week, automatic payments are going to those receiving Social Security retirement, or disability (SSDI), and Railroad Retirement benefits, and recipients of SSI and Veterans Affairs or survivor benefits should receive their payments by mid-May.

 

Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments

 

The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. To use the new app or get information, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov. People should watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information. Remember, go directly and solely to IRS.gov for official information.

 

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic

At President Trump’s direction, and building on its recent historic efforts to help the U.S. healthcare system manage the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care to the nation’s seniors and provide flexibility to the healthcare system as America reopens. These changes include making it easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to get tested for COVID-19 and continuing CMS’s efforts to further expand beneficiaries’ access to telehealth services.

 

CMS is taking action to ensure states and localities have the flexibilities they need to ramp up diagnostic testing and access to medical care, key precursors to ensuring a phased, safe, and gradual reopening of America.

 

Today’s actions are informed by requests from healthcare providers as well as by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. CMS’s goals during the pandemic are to 1) expand the healthcare workforce by removing barriers for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians to be readily hired from the local community or other states; 2) ensure that local hospitals and health systems have the capacity to handle COVID-19 patients through temporary expansion sites (also known as the CMS Hospital Without Walls initiative); 3) increase access to telehealth for Medicare patients so they can get care from their physicians and other clinicians while staying safely at home; 4) expand at-home and community-based testing to minimize transmission of COVID-19 among Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries; and 5) put patients over paperwork by giving providers, healthcare facilities, Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, and states temporary relief from many reporting and audit requirements so they can focus on patient care.

 

“I’m very encouraged that the sacrifices of the American people during the pandemic are working. The war is far from over, but in various areas of the country the tide is turning in our favor,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Building on what was already extraordinary, unprecedented relief for the American healthcare system, CMS is seeking to capitalize on our gains by helping to safely reopen the American healthcare system in accord with President Trump's guidelines.”

 

Made possible by President Trump’s recent emergency declaration and emergency rule making, many of CMS’s temporary changes will apply immediately for the duration of the Public Health Emergency declaration. They build on an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules CMS announced March 30 and April 10. Providers and states do not need to apply for the blanket waivers announced today and can begin using the flexibilities immediately. CMS also is requiring nursing homes to inform residents, their families, and representatives of COVID-19 outbreaks in their facilities.

 

New rules to support and expand COVID-19 diagnostic testing for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries

 

“Testing is vital, and CMS’s changes will make getting tested easier and more accessible for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries,” Verma said.

Under the new waivers and rule changes, Medicare will no longer require an order from the treating physician or other practitioner for beneficiaries to get COVID-19 tests and certain laboratory tests required as part of a COVID-19 diagnosis. During the Public Health Emergency, COVID-19 tests may be covered when ordered by any healthcare professional authorized to do so under state law. To help ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have broad access to testing related to COVID-19, a written practitioner’s order is no longer required for the COVID-19 test for Medicare payment purposes.

 

Pharmacists can work with a physician or other practitioner to provide assessment and specimen collection services, and the physician or other practitioner can bill Medicare for the services. Pharmacists also can perform certain COVID-19 tests if they are enrolled in Medicare as a laboratory, in accordance with a pharmacist’s scope of practice and state law. With these changes, beneficiaries can get tested at “parking lot” test sites operated by pharmacies and other entities consistent with state requirements. Such point-of-care sites are a key component in expanding COVID-19 testing capacity.

 

CMS will pay hospitals and practitioners to assess beneficiaries and collect laboratory samples for COVID-19 testing, and make separate payment when that is the only service the patient receives. This builds on previous action to pay laboratories for technicians to collect samples for COVID-19 testing from homebound beneficiaries and those in certain non-hospital settings, and encourages broader testing by hospitals and physician practices.

 

To help facilitate expanded testing and reopen the country, CMS is announcing that Medicare and Medicaid are covering certain serology (antibody) tests, which may aid in determining whether a person may have developed an immune response and may not be at immediate risk for COVID-19 reinfection. Medicare and Medicaid will cover laboratory processing of certain FDA-authorized tests that beneficiaries self-collect at home.

 

Additional highlights of the waivers and rule changes announced today:

 

Increase Hospital Capacity - CMS Hospitals Without Walls

 

Under its Hospitals Without Walls initiative. CMS has taken multiple steps to allow hospitals to provide services in other healthcare facilities and sites that aren’t part of the existing hospital, and to set up temporary expansion sites to help address patient needs. Previously, hospitals were required to provide services within their existing departments.

 

• CMS is giving providers flexibility during the pandemic to increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients while receiving stable, predictable Medicare payments. For example, teaching hospitals can increase the number of temporary beds without facing reduced payments for indirect medical education. In addition, inpatient psychiatric facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities can admit more patients to alleviate pressure on acute-care hospital bed capacity without facing reduced teaching status payments. Similarly, hospital systems that include rural health clinics can increase their bed capacity without affecting the rural health clinic’s payments.

 

• CMS is excepting certain requirements to enable freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities to accept patients from acute-care hospitals experiencing a surge, even if the patients do not require rehabilitation care. This makes use of available beds in freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities and helps acute-care hospitals to make room for COVID-19 patients.

 

• CMS is highlighting flexibilities that allow payment for outpatient hospital services -- such as wound care, drug administration, and behavioral health services -- that are delivered in temporary expansion locations, including parking lot tents, converted hotels, or patients’ homes (when they’re temporarily designated as part of a hospital).

 

• Under current law, most provider-based hospital outpatient departments that relocate off-campus are paid at lower rates under the Physician Fee Schedule, rather than the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). CMS will allow certain provider-based hospital outpatient departments that relocate off-campus to obtain a temporary exception and continue to be paid under the OPPS. Importantly, hospitals may also relocate outpatient departments to more than one off-campus location, or partially relocate off-campus while still furnishing care at the original site.

• Long-term acute-care hospitals can now accept any acute-care hospital patients and be paid at a higher Medicare payment rate, as mandated by the CARES Act. This will make better use during the pandemic of available beds and staffing in long-term acute-care hospitals.

Healthcare Workforce Augmentation:

 

To bolster the U.S. healthcare workforce amid the pandemic, CMS continues to remove barriers for hiring and retaining physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to keep staffing levels high at hospitals, health clinics, and other facilities. CMS also is cutting red tape so that health professionals can concentrate on the highest-level work they’re licensed for.

 

• Since beneficiaries may need in-home services during the COVID-19 pandemic, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants can now provide home health services, as mandated by the CARES Act. These practitioners can now (1) order home health services; (2) establish and periodically review a plan of care for home health patients; and (3) certify and re-certify that the patient is eligible for home health services. Previously, Medicare and Medicaid home health beneficiaries could only receive home health services with the certification of a physician. These changes are effective for both Medicare and Medicaid.

 

• CMS will not reduce Medicare payments for teaching hospitals that shift their residents to other hospitals to meet COVID-related needs, or penalize hospitals without teaching programs that accept these residents. This change removes barriers so teaching hospitals can lend available medical staff support to other hospitals.

 

• CMS is allowing physical and occupational therapists to delegate maintenance therapy services to physical and occupational therapy assistants in outpatient settings. This frees up physical and occupational therapists to perform other important services and improve beneficiary access.

• Consistent with a change made for hospitals, CMS is waiving a requirement for ambulatory surgery centers to periodically reappraise medical staff privileges during the COVID-19 emergency declaration. This will allow physicians and other practitioners whose privileges are expiring to continue taking care of patients.

 

Put Patients Over Paperwork/Decrease Administrative Burden

 

CMS continues to ease federal rules and institute new flexibilities to ensure that states and localities can focus on caring for patients during the pandemic and that care is not delayed due to administrative red tape.

 

• CMS is allowing payment for certain partial hospitalization services – that is, individual psychotherapy, patient education, and group psychotherapy – that are delivered in temporary expansion locations, including patients’ homes.

 

• CMS is temporarily allowing Community Mental Health Centers to offer partial hospitalization and other mental health services to clients in the safety of their homes. Previously, clients had to travel to a clinic to get these intensive services. Now, Community Mental Health Centers can furnish certain therapy and counseling services in a client’s home to ensure access to necessary services and maintain continuity of care.

 

• CMS will not enforce certain clinical criteria in local coverage determinations that limit access to therapeutic continuous glucose monitors for beneficiaries with diabetes. As a result, clinicians will have greater flexibility to allow more of their diabetic patients to monitor their glucose and adjust insulin doses at home.

Further Expand Telehealth in Medicare:

CMS directed a historic expansion of telehealth services so that doctors and other providers can deliver a wider range of care to Medicare beneficiaries in their homes. Beneficiaries thus don’t have to travel to a healthcare facility and risk exposure to COVID-19.

 

• For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, CMS is waiving limitations on the types of clinical practitioners that can furnish Medicare telehealth services. Prior to this change, only doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certain others could deliver telehealth services. Now, other practitioners are able to provide telehealth services, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.

• Hospitals may bill for services furnished remotely by hospital-based practitioners to Medicare patients registered as hospital outpatients, including when the patient is at home when the home is serving as a temporary provider based department of the hospital. Examples of such services include counseling and educational service as well as therapy services. This change expands the types of healthcare providers that can provide using telehealth technology.

 

• Hospitals may bill as the originating site for telehealth services furnished by hospital-based practitioners to Medicare patients registered as hospital outpatients, including when the patient is located at home.

 

• CMS previously announced that Medicare would pay for certain services conducted by audio-only telephone between beneficiaries and their doctors and other clinicians. Now, CMS is broadening that list to include many behavioral health and patient education services. CMS is also increasing payments for these telephone visits to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This would increase payments for these services from a range of about $14-$41 to about $46-$110. The payments are retroactive to March 1, 2020.

 

• Until now, CMS only added new services to the list of Medicare services that may be furnished via telehealth using its rulemaking process. CMS is changing its process during the emergency, and will add new telehealth services on a sub-regulatory basis, considering requests by practitioners now learning to use telehealth as broadly as possible. This will speed up the process of adding services.

 

• As mandated by the CARES Act, CMS is paying for Medicare telehealth services provided by rural health clinics and federally qualified health clinics. Previously, these clinics could not be paid to provide telehealth expertise as “distant sites.” Now, Medicare beneficiaries located in rural and other medically underserved areas will have more options to access care from their home without having to travel.

 

• Since some Medicare beneficiaries don’t have access to interactive audio-video technology that is required for Medicare telehealth services, or choose not to use it even if offered by their practitioner, CMS is waiving the video requirement for certain telephone evaluation and management services, and adding them to the list of Medicare telehealth services. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to use an audio-only telephone to get these services.

In addition, CMS is making changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program to give the 517 accountable care organizations (ACOs) serving more than 11 million beneficiaries greater financial stability and predictability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers, that come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and spending healthcare dollars more wisely, it may share in any savings it achieves for the Medicare program.

 

Because the impact of the pandemic varies across the country, CMS is making adjustments to the financial methodology to account for COVID-19 costs so that ACOs will be treated equitably regardless of the extent to which their patient populations are affected by the pandemic. CMS is also forgoing the annual application cycle for 2021 and giving ACOs whose participation is set to end this year the option to extend for another year. ACOs that are required to increase their financial risk over the course of their current agreement period in the program will have the option to maintain their current risk level for next year, instead of being advanced automatically to the next risk level.

 

CMS is permitting states operating a Basic Health Program to submit revised BHP Blueprints for temporary changes tied to the COVID-19 public health emergency that are not restrictive and could be effective retroactive to the first day of the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration. Previously, revised BHP Blueprints could only be submitted prospectively.

 

CMS sets and enforces essential quality and safety standards for the nation’s healthcare system. It is also the nation’s largest health insurer, serving more than 140 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and federal Health Insurance Exchanges.

For additional background information on the waivers and rule changes, go to: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/additional-backgroundsweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19-patient

 

For more information on the COVID-19 waivers and guidance, and the Interim Final Rule, please go to the CMS COVID-19 flexibilities webpage:

https://www.cms.gov/about-cms/emergency-preparedness-response-operations/current-emergencies/coronavirus-waivers

 

 

Nevada DoE Releases Path Forward Plan

April 29, 2020

 

CARSON CITY Nev. - The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) today released its Path Forward Plan – Responding to COVID-19 to support schools and districts in continuing to provide educational opportunities to all students. The Path Forward Plan outlines work that has been done to shift policies and practices to date, as well as next steps to navigate the remainder of this school year and to prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
In addition, Governor Steve Sisolak signed a directive confirming the previous announcement that school building closures and emergency programs of distance education would continue through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

NDE’s Path Forward Plan includes the establishment of a Re-Opening of Schools Committee. This Committee will support NDE in developing guidance for districts and charter schools to create and implement safe, efficient, and equitable plans for returning to school buildings. The Committee will be comprised of State health officials, district superintendents and staff, charter school leaders, school safety experts, and others. The Committee will begin meeting in May 2020 and will create opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback throughout its work.
  
“I am proud of the ways our educators, staff, families, and students have stepped up to continue teaching and learning during this difficult time,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak. “Along with our economic recovery plans, the Path Forward Plan will rely on the advice of experts to provide support to each district and charter school in developing and implementing a safe approach to re-opening our school buildings.”

The shift to distance education highlighted challenges including access to technology, professional learning for educators, and high-quality instructional materials. In response, NDE created the Nevada Distance Learning Collaborative (DLC) to support educators and families in providing and participating in distance education across the State. The Path Forward Plan will build on the work of the DLC as well as leverage resources anticipated through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to increase our capacity to successfully teach and learn at a distance.

“This moment in time has created an opportunity to transform our approach to an equitable education for all learners. In addition to planning for the re-opening of school buildings, we must continue to strengthen our capacity – both in resources and talent – to address the needs of every student, regardless of their access to technology, at-home support, ability, or means,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert. “We are working in close coordination with district and school leaders to ensure that students can continue to learn through the end of the school year and that every senior receives the diploma they have earned.”

 

source: http://www.doe.nv.gov/News__Media/Press_Releases/2020/Nevada_Department_of_Education_Releases_Path_Forward_Plan_-_Responding_to_COVID-19

 

Nye County Clerk Sandra Merlino Says Ballots Are On Their Way

Candidates in this year's June 9th primary election are surprised to learn that ballots are already in the mail. Nye County Clerk Sandra Merlino says that means some Nevadans may cast their votes before candidates even have a chance to hit the campaign trail.

 

 

Drive-Up COVID Testing

There will be drive-up COVID-19 testing in Pahrump. on Thursday, April 30th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

NOTE: You must pre-register. Do not attend without prior registration. (SEE FLYER BELOW)

 

Clark County Launches 'In It Together SNV' Initiative

Clark County is bringing socially-distanced dance parties to the streets of Las Vegas. This week the county unveiled a new initiative called 'In It Together SNV.' Part of that effort includes a dance-mobile -- a van outfitted to visit local neighborhoods to encourage socially-distanced driveway dance parties. For more information about the initiative visit InItTogetherSNVcom. The dance-mobile is booked solid, with the county receiving more than one-hundred requests for a mobile dance party visit. They hope to add a second vehicle soon so that they can accept additional requests.

 

 

Save A Pet - Jamie

In today's Save A Pet segment we meet Jamie -- an all-black cat in need of her forever home. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

Economic Impact Payment Money For Children

Who can get more Economic Impact Payment money for children?

 

Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments as the IRS continues to automatically send payments to more individuals. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive their payment. The IRS will calculate the amount based on the income, filing status and dependent information on their most recently filed tax return.

 

While people who receive Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Affairs disability compensation and pension benefits will receive up to $1,200 automatically, some people in this group with children under 17 can receive up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child and need to act by May 5 to get it.

 

People in this group who have qualifying children under age 17 can claim the additional $500 per qualifying child and will need to provide their child’s information to the IRS using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool before May 5. Individuals who are married must also provide additional information using the Non-Filer tool to claim the full $2,400 payment if their spouse didn’t receive SSA, SSDI, RRB, SSI or VA benefits in 2019 and didn’t have to file a tax return in the last two years.

 

A qualifying child is someone who:

 

• Is the child, stepchild, eligible foster child, sibling, half sibling, step sibling or a descendant of the individual. A descendant includes children like a grandchild, niece or nephew.

 

• Can be claimed as a dependent on the taxpayer’s tax return. For those who don’t usually file a tax return, include the child’s information in the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here tool before May 5.

 

• Was younger than 17 at the end of the 2019 tax year.

 

• Is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien.

 

• Has a valid Social Security number or an adoption taxpayer identification number.

 

Some people have older dependents. This includes people like an individual’s parent or a college student. Here are a couple things to know about dependents 17 or older:

 

• Individuals with dependents 17 and older won’t get more money for those dependents.

 

• The person claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return isn’t eligible for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

 

In addition to those receiving SSI and VA recipients who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit, payments are also automatic for people who don’t normally file a tax return but receive certain payments. These payments are:

 

• Social Security benefits for retirement,

• Social Security Disability insurance

• Survivor benefits

• Railroad Retirement benefits

 

More information:

 

Economic Impact Payments Information Center

Whom May I Claim as a Dependent?

Share this tip on social media -- #IRSTaxTip: Who can get more Economic Impact Payment money for children. https://go.usa.gov/xvEwq

Projects Will Improve Safety, Efficiency on Pahrump Roadways

Nye County wants to improve pedestrian safety by installing crosswalks near two local parks. And some work at two major Pahrump intersections should move traffic more efficiently. Director of Public Works Tim Dahl outlined the projects at today's Board of County Commissioners meeting.

 

 

Coronavirus Forces Changes at Nellis Air Force Base

The coronavirus outbreak has forced some changes at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. But the base and its personnel remain at the ready. The commander of the 57th wing at Nellis explains how the base is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

COVID-19: People Becoming Less Engaged, Experts Say

As the coronavirus shutdown continues, we're learning to cope with our new normal. But some are coping better than others. Shelly Poerio, of Living Free Health, says it appears a growing number of people are becoming less engaged and less interested in learning how to deal with the situation.

 

 

Nevada Business Recovery iChallange - 2020

Explore Nevada's Small Business Support Ecosystem

 

Do you own or operate a Nevada small business impacted by the pandemic? Do you need help preparing for business recovery?

There are business support groups and services available to assist you! Take the Nevada Business Recovery iChallenge to learn more.

The pandemic has created great uncertainty for small business owners and the economy. To help Nevada businesses navigate these difficult times and prepare for recovery, the Nevada District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, and other business resource partners have joined together to promote the Nevada Business Recovery iChallenge.

The challenge is simple. Use the options below to learn more about Nevada’s small business support ecosystem. Explore the system’s many resource partners and services. Identify an entity or program that offers help in your area of need. Then contact them to see what they can do for you.

 

THREE WAYS TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE

 

1. Go online to www.sba.gov. Click the “Learn More” button under “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources.” On the resulting page, explore the links to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and other items. On the SBA website, you can also explore SBA’s Business Guide, Funding Programs, Federal Contracting, and Learning Center links. Use the site’s Local Assistance link to find a local SBA partner who can help you with information, counseling, mentoring and training (or go directly to the SBA Nevada District Office website at www.sba.gov/nv)

 

2. Go online to www.business.nv.gov. Click on the Business Resource Center and explore the Resource Directory, Access to Capital Directory, Nevada Business Startup Guide, Nevada Ecosystem Chart, and Learning Center. Use links in the directories or Startup Guide to go right to provider websites and contact information.

 

3. Write or call directly. Provide your contact information, tell us what you need help with, and we’ll work to connect you with information or a resource partner that can assist you.

 

Regular Mail: Nevada Dept. of Business and Industry 3300 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 425 Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 Email/Phone: biinfo@business.nv.gov / 702-486-8196

 

SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities. SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.

 

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Health: Practice Mindfulness -- Stay Planned, Not Panicked

The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling stressed and anxious. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Susan Albers says in times like these, we tend to reach for comfort foods to boost our serotonin and dopamine -- the feel-good chemicals of the brain. But, she suggests looking for ways to soothe and comfort our nerves that don't involve food.

 

 

Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program

Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) has announced its COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, which provides one-time funding to rural Nevada residents experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides financial assistance to qualifying individuals who are falling behind on their rent, mortgage or utilities. The Program also gives financial aid to individuals having trouble paying for groceries and household supplies that are necessary to maintain safety and well-being.

 

NRHA is one of 52 organizations in 27 states that received grant dollars from the National Low Income Housing Coalition to help support people who are homeless or unstably housed. The grant will help alleviate financial burdens many Nevadans are experiencing due to the crisis.

 

“Nevadans are in urgent need of emergency assistance and the Program will provide them with the help they need to start to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bill Brewer, NRHA executive director. “Sheltering in place is extremely difficult if a person is in a position to have to choose between paying for food or rent. NRHA is looking forward to using this grant to alleviate some of the financial burdens and difficult choices many low-income Nevadans are currently facing.”

 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, NRHA has also temporarily suspended the requirement to provide proof of eviction, disconnection and foreclosure for all of its Emergency Assistance Programs. Applicants will need to provide proof of delinquency on housing related payments to qualify for assistance.

 

NRHA’s Emergency Assistance Programs applicants must reside in a NRHA jurisdiction, which is all Nevada counties except for Clark and Washoe Counties. For more information about NRHA’s Emergency Assistance Programs, including the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, please go here.

 

About the Nevada Rural Housing Authority

 

Nevada Rural Housing Authority’s mission is to promote, provide and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans. NRHA does this through homeownership programs, rental services, community development initiatives and an exclusive Weatherization program. The Authority serves Nevada’s 15 rural counties and the rural portions of Clark and Washoe Counties – a coverage area of 110,000 square miles and home to more than 1.3 million Nevadans. For more information, visit www.NVRural.org.

Will the Virtual Classroom Become our New Normal?

With schools closed nationwide due to COVID-19, many have been scrambling to meet the needs of their students. While some schools are finding that difficult, others have succeeded well beyond what anyone might have expected. As Kim Martinez explains, that success might just lead to a new way of thinking on how to best educate children.

 

 

Car Hits Wall at Pahrump Home, Suspects Flee

Witnesses say three people ran from a car after it struck and destroyed a section of block wall at a home off Leslie Street. All three people were found and detained by deputies.

 

 

Nevada Joins Western States Pact

Today, Nevada is joining California, Colorado, Oregon & Washington in the Western States Pact. I believe sharing information & best practices on how to mitigate the spread, protect the health & safety of our residents,& reopen responsibly will be invaluable.

 

We share three major principles in this agreement. No 1: The health & safety of residents comes first. No. 2: Health outcomes & science - not politics - will guide decision making. And No. 3: Our states will only be effective when working together against #COVID19

With that in mind, there are four main goals. No. 1: Protect the vulnerable. No. 2: Ensure care for the sick. No. 3: Mitigate the non-direct impacts on our communities. No. 4: Protect the public by ensuring an lifting of restrictions include a system to test, track and isolate.

 

Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to NV every year & this partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery & long-term economic comeback. I look forward to continued conversations with California Governor, Governor Kate Brown, Governor Jay Inslee,

& Governor Jared Polis.

NCSO Remembers Deputy Ian Deutch on 10th Anniversary

It's been ten years since Nye County Deputy Ian Deutch was killed in the line of duty -- shot while responding to a domestic violence call. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly offered a tribute to the fallen officer Sunday in a video posted to the sheriff's office Facebook page.

 

 

Tele-Town Hall 'Ask the Medical Experts'

Take Part in Tele-Town Hall ‘Ask the Medical Experts’ on Tuesday, April 28

 

The public is invited to take part in an “Ask the Medical Experts” Tele-town Hall meeting about the coronavirus on Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Community members may submit questions in advance via email at CCTV@ClarkCountyNV.gov or via Clark County’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter social media sites.

 

Members of the public may also watch or listen to the event live and pose questions in real time via the WebEx Meetings app. The public may view the event on the app at

 

Follow >> this link << or listen in with audio only at 1-408-418-9388.

 

 

The tele-town hall will feature Dr. Shadaba Asad, UMC Medical Director of Infectious Disease, and Dr. Luis Medina-Garcia, UMC Infectious Disease Physician. UMC Chief Experience Officer Danita Cohen will host the event.

 

“UMC’s world-class infectious disease experts look forward to sharing valuable information that will help community members protect their health and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Cohen. “UMC remains committed to serving as a trusted leader in our community’s response to this unprecedented public health crisis.”

 

It also may be viewed on Clark County Television (CCTV), on the County’s Facebook and YouTube pages @ClarkCountyNV, and on the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. It also will be played numerous times afterward on Clark County Television, which is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

Two Cars Collide at Highway 372 and West Street

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car crash Monday at Highway 372 and West Street. No injuries are reported and the vehicles sustained only minor damage.

 

 

Local Business Offering Special to High School Seniors

UPDATE ON GRADUATION SIGNS!

 

They have been approved to be placed around the Calvada Eye so that you can see all of the graduates names and faces as you drive by.

We will be ordering a mass quantity of signs that have a blank area so each graduate can customize and personalize their sign however they like. (I.E. a printed photo, their name, etc....)

 

The signs will be placed around the Calvada Eye by

 

Quality Signs

to ensure they will be uniform.If you want to donate to the graduation signs contact

 

Darbie O'Donnell

or Josh Westerman at 775-537-5575, or email them at Sales@QualitySignsNV.com

 

The donation deadline is Wednesday April 29th.

 

We are trying to raise enough funds to pay for the entire graduating class to have sign!

 

We will let you know when you can pick your sign to customize it.

 

 

Health: COVID-19 -- Finding Ways to Connect with Others

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have become our new buzz words. But the safety measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have left many of us feeling a bit isolated. Cleveland Clinic Psychologist Scott Bea says despite the need to avoid social outings, we should still reach out to friends and family other ways.

 

 

Save A Pet - Isabelle

It's Monday. Time for another featured pet available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Isabelle.

 

 

Rollover Crashes Send Three People to Las Vegas Trauma Centers

Thursday was a busy day for Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue. They were called out to an unusually high number of incidents, including two accidents involving vehicle rollovers. Fire Chief Scott Lewis says three people were flown to trauma centers in Las Vegas as a result of those crashes.

 

 

COVID-19 in Nye County: More Than 40 Confirmed Cases

At last report, two Nye County residents remain on ventilators in Las Vegas hospitals, as they fight the effects of COVID-19. They're among more than 40 people confirmed to have COVID-19. Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis says his agency continues to monitor all active cases in the county.

 

 

NHP Seeks Witnesses to Fatal Accident on Summerlin Parkway

Nevada Highway Patrol is seeking witnesses to a deadly crash in Summerlin Thursday afternoon. Two men were ejected from their vehicle when it went off the roadway and overturned. Both died at the scene.

 

 

We Care Community Roundtable Addresses Viewer Questions

There's been a lot of talk lately about COVID-19 antibody tests. Those tests can indicate whether a person has already had COVID-19, by detecting changes in a person's immune system. During last night's We Care community roundtable, seen right here on KPVM, Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis talked about the value of those tests... their availability... and what comes next.

 

 

Health: Seek Care for Heart Emergencies During COVID-19

According to a recent study, since COVID-19 emerged, emergency rooms across the country are seeing fewer patients. Experts believe people are delaying care due to fears of coming into contact with the coronavirus. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Samir Kapadia says delaying heart care, in particular, can have devastating consequences.

 

 

USDA Opportunites for Immediate Relief

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF
Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing
Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.
Guaranteed Loan Program:
• Guaranteed Loan borrowers who are in default or facing imminent default due to a documented hardship can have payments reduced or suspended by their lender for a period not to exceed 12 months delinquency. Once the hardship is resolved, the lender can modify the loan to cure the delinquency or make up the missed payments based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.
• Guaranteed Loan servicing questions should be directed to: sfhgld.program@usda.gov .
Direct Loan Program:
• USDA has waived or relaxed certain parts of the application process for Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, including site assessments, and has extended the time period that certificates of eligibility are valid.
• A Direct Loan borrower who is experiencing a reduction of income by more than 10 percent can request a Payment Assistance package to see if he/she is eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than currently received.
• Moratorium Assistance is available for Direct Loan borrowers experiencing medical bill expenses (not covered by insurance) or job loss because of COVID-19. Qualifying borrowers can receive a moratorium on house payments for a period of time, repaid at a later date.
• Direct Loan questions should be directed to USDA’s Customer Service Center at 800-414-1226 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday) or https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/loan-servicing. Call volume and wait times are high at this time.
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Multi-Family Housing
Multi-Family Housing is taking several steps to help owners, management agents and tenants maintain quality housing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, three immediate steps are effective for Section 515 Multi-Family properties:
• Tenant certifications due March 31, April 30 and May 31 for Multi-Family properties have been extended to June 30 with no late fees or overage charges, as allowed in Multi-Family guidance (HB-3-3560, Chapter 4, Section 4.11). This extension will allow for additional time to complete needed certifications while avoiding face-to-face meetings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• Late fees on Section 515 mortgages will be waived, subject to waiver authority in 7 CFR 3560.403 (c)(3).
• Section 515 Annual Financial Statements due March 31 will be extended 30 days, as per Multi-Family guidance (HB-2-3560 Chapter 4, Section 4.16-H). USDA is exploring whether a longer extension is appropriate and will provide further guidance. 
• Current policy states that owners must process an interim recertification at the tenant’s request if there is a change in income of $50 or more per month. The owner should already have this policy in writing and apply it consistently. To the maximum extent possible, we encourage all owners to work with all tenants with impacted income to adjust rent payments.
USDA encourages all owners to work with impacted residents and families to adjust rent payments, enter into forbearance agreements, and lessen the impact on affected residents. At this time, no additional subsidy funding has been made available. If borrowers are temporarily unable to make loan payments, the Agency may waive late fees and enter into an official workout plan.
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Rural Utilities Service
• On March 20, 2020, USDA extended for 60 days the deadline for Telecommunications and Electric Program borrowers and grantees to submit their annual CPA audit. In most cases, such audits are due to the agency by April 30, 2020.
• USDA is waiving borrower covenant requirements for loan agreement financial ratios for the period from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. Additionally, USDA is waiving all financial reporting requirements associated with existing Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan and grant covenants beginning Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.
• The RUS Administrator has delegated authority to the RUS Telecommunications, Electric, and Water and Environmental Programs to consider requests to waive certain site inspection requirements during the current COVID-19 National Emergency.
• Applicants will be able to use alternative methods to notify the public, such as through videoconferences, teleconferences and public notices on websites and in local newspapers, as a substitute for the public meeting notification requirement for water and waste projects.
• On a case-by-case basis, USDA will help Electric Program borrowers gain access to obligated funds more quickly at current low interest rates by considering extensions of loan terms (within statutory limits); considering requests to move obligated funds between the Electric Program’s six budget purposes where the new purpose has cleared environmental review; and by considering Temporary Normal Inventory (TNI) requests.
For assistance, please contact:
• Electric Program:
Christopher McLean, Christopher.mclean@usda.gov, 202-407-2986
• Telecommunications Program:
Laurel Leverrier, laurel.leverrier@usda.gov, 202-495-9142
• Water and Environmental Programs:
Edna Primrose, edna.primrose@usda.gov, 202-494-5610
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Rural Business-Cooperative Service
• Beginning immediately, through July 31, 2020, USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed lenders may assist borrowers experiencing temporary cash flow issues by deferring payments for a period no longer than 120 days. The lender must notify The Agency in writing of any payment deferments. Written notification to the Agency will meet the standard for concurrence until July 31, 2020. A response from the Agency is not required. This guidance applies to ALL borrowers that had a current repayment status as of March 1, 2020.
• If the guaranteed loan has been sold on the secondary market, the secondary market holder and lender must agree to the deferment actions being taken. The Agency will expect a written agreement from both parties in these instances. 
• RBCS intermediary borrowers continue to have authority to service loan portfolios independent of USDA. Intermediary borrowers participating in these programs may approve loan payment deferrals may to their borrowers without USDA approval.
These programs are: 
o Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
o Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)
o Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL and REDG)
o Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
• For existing Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and Rural Economic Development Loan (REDL) borrowers, the Agency is committed to maintaining well-capitalized intermediary lenders and will work with you on loan servicing requests on a case-by-case basis to make sure you remain a pillar in our rural business communities.
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EXTENSION OF APPLICATION DEADLINES
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
• USDA extended the application deadline for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program to April 15, 2020. For more information in Nevada, contact the state office https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices/nv  USDA announced the extension in an Unnumbered Letter posted March 19, 2020.
USDA extended the application deadline for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to April 15, 2020. For additional information, see page 16925 of the March 25, 2020, Federal Register.

Local Business Offering Special to High School Seniors

Many small business owners are struggling to survive the COVID-19 shutdown. Others are working from home to do what they can to stay afloat. Quality Signs and Designs is doing just that. And they're extending a special offer to high school seniors who may be looking for a unique way to celebrate their accomplishments.

 

 

Save A Pet - Leslie

In today's Save A Pet segment we meet Leslie. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with her story.

 

 

Accident at Charleston Park & Hwy 372 (preliminary)

 

Two people are injured in a vehicle crash involving a rollover on Highway 372 and Charleston park. Traffic is diverted around the crash while Mercy Air lands on scene. KPVM will have more information on tomorrow night's 5 o'clock news.

 

Pharmacists Cleared to Administer COVID-19 Tests

On April 8th, the U-S Department of Health Services authorized pharmacists to test for COVID-19. As the demand for more testing grows, pharmacists will be able to offer some relief to the overwhelmed healthcare system. And the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging immediate action to remove additonal restrictions on pharmacies to help meet the increasing demands of the crisis.

 

 

UMC Ramping Up Testing Capabilities

UMC will significantly increase the number of coronavirus tests it can process during the coming weeks, helping fill a critical need that is considered key to reopening our community and containing future outbreaks of the virus.

 

“Increased testing will show us what is really going on in our community,” Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. “Testing will eventually allow us to reopen local businesses carefully and show us when we need to adjust what we are doing.”

 

“UMC continues to lead the way in increasing testing capabilities in Southern Nevada,” Commission Vice Chairman and UMC Board of Trustees Chairman Lawrence Weekly said. “We have no way of seeing the true extent of the problem in our community until we have a robust testing program in place.”

 

Today, UMC’s lab can process 500 tests per day. That number is expected to increase to 1,500 tests per day on Saturday, April 25, and then reach 4,000 tests per day on May 1. By June 1, the UMC lab is expected to be able to process 10,000 tests per day. These tests are polymerase chain reaction tests, better known as PCR tests, and they show whether someone currently has the coronavirus. The tests usually take about 24 hours to complete.

 

In addition, UMC’s lab will launch coronavirus anti-body testing on May 30. The anti-body tests can show whether someone is currently infected, and whether they have been infected in the past. Officials are still determining how many anti-body tests the hospital will be able to process.

 

An internal working group including UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling, County Fire Chief John Steinbeck, Southern Nevada Health District Acting Chief Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen is working on recommendations to guide who will be tested, and when and where the expanded testing will occur.

 

Currently, tests are only provided to individuals who have symptoms of the coronavirus and a doctor’s order to get tested. UMC is able to boost testing capabilities thanks to an expansion of the hospital’s lab, and the purchase of new testing equipment and the materials needed to process the tests. More details about the expanded testing capabilities will be released with the next week.

 

Pahrump Senior Center Still Serving Meals via Drive-Through

The Pahrump Senior Center remains closed. But that's not stopping the kitchen crew. They continue to offer meals to seniors with drive-up service. And, the closure is giving the center a chance to make some improvements to the building and grounds.

 

 

COVID-19: Noted Expert Says Reopening Too Soon is Risky

Many governments are beginning to make plans for reopening their cities, states and countries. But many health experts are concerned about returning to a more normal life too soon -- fearing we could see a resurgence of the coronavirus. Marc Lipsitch is a professor of epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. He told JAMA Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner he believes lifting restrictions too soon is risky.

 

 

Health: Cooking at Home, With What You Have

Staying at home and limiting trips to the store can help slow the spread of COVID-19. But when we're looking to cook -- and the pantry is a little bare -- it can be challenging to whip up a healthy meal. Cleveland Clinic's Kristin Kirkpatrick says -- believe it or not -- you can make a healthy meal with as little as two ingredients.

 

 

Sgt. Jenkins Family Statement

Sgt. Benjamin Jenkins was killed in the line of duty on March 27, 2020. The following is a statement released on behalf of the Jenkins family. #NeverForgotten

 

 

 

Nevada Census 2020

All Nevadans are encouraged to complete Census forms online at www.Census.NV.Gov

 

WHO: Nevada Census 2020

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

WHAT: The Nevada Census 2020 outreach team is providing weekly statewide self-response rates for the 2020 Census. *** Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau reflects data as of Monday, April 20.

 

Nevada is officially tied with the U.S self-response rate at 51%.

 

“We’re thrilled to have reached a 50% statewide response rate since the Census forms have gone live, nearly six weeks ago," said Kerry Durmick, Nevada Census 2020 Statewide Coordinator. "While our efforts are comprehensive, our on-the-ground outreach team alone has assisted 10,444 Nevadans with their Census forms, which will bring in approximately $200,880,000 million into the state.”

 

The top three performing Nevada cities based on self-response rates include:

 

• Boulder City: 61.5%

• Henderson: 60%

• Fallon: 59.2%

 

The top three performing Nevada counties based on self-response rate include:

• Churchill County: 57.6%

• Lyon County: 54.9%

• Carson City County: 54.9%

 

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 56%. Other Congressional District response rates include:

• CD1: 43.8%

• CD2: 51.7%

• CD4: 50.4%

 

Additional statewide response rates include:

• Caliente: 6.5%

• Carlin: 8.7%

• Carson City: 54.9%

• Clark County: 51.4%

• Douglas County: 49.6%

• Elko: 45.9%

• Elko County: 37.1%

• Ely: 43.8%

• Esmeralda County: 2.4%

• Eureka County: 9.2%

• Fernley: 57%

• Humboldt County: 45.6%

• Lander County: 28.7%

• Las Vegas: 53.5%

• Lincoln County: 9.9% • Lovelock: 18.3%

• Mesquite: 55.9%

• Mineral County: 20.8%

• North Las Vegas: 52.6%

• Nye County: 34.5%

• Pershing County: 31.6%

• Reno: 53%

• Storey County: 42.2%

• Sparks: 54.2%

• Washoe County: 53.6%

• Wells: 9.1%

• West Wendover: 33.8%

• White Pine County: 31.8%

• Winnemucca: 51.4%

• Yerington: 53.4%

 

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.

 

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

 

 

Governor Announces Schools Will Remain Closed

School districts across the state are now scrambling to decide how to handle graduation ceremonies this year. This, after Governor Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

 

 

Governor Outlines Phased Plan to Reopen Nevada

During his address Tuesday afternoon Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak outlined how the state will eventually reopen. He described a phased approach to reopening government and businesses. But while Nevada is seeing some encouraging news about the COVID-19 situation here, the governor says this is still a fluid process.

 

 

NCSO Confirms Second COVID-19 Case at Detention Center

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is reporting a second confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Nye County Detention Center. And a deputy initially reported to have COVID-19 is getting retested.

 

 

Culinary, Healthcare Unions Demand More Protection From COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented national emergency. And now, Las Vegas labor unions are calling for stronger protections and personal protective equipment for all frontline workers in Nevada. Culinary Workers Union Local 2-2-6 and Service Employees International Union Local 1-1-0-7 are demanding that companies step up and do the right thing -- and that local and federal government officials ensure workers are protected.

 

 

Autism Awareness Month: Student Using Art as Reminder for Social Distancing

The impact of cancelling schools across the country is obviously disconcerting for the traditional student. But for students with disabilities, it is especially difficult. April is Autism Awareness Month, and with that we recognize the difficulties these trying times are having on some of our most vulnerable students. Today, we meet a teenager with autism who is struggling with the isolation, yet is using her art to remind others of the importance of social distancing. Kim Martinez has her story.

 

 

Health: Tips for Managing Kids' Time at Home

Many parents are trying to navigate working from home while kids are also schooling from home. Doctor Kate Eshleman of Cleveland Clinic Children's says these time, while challenging, can also provide families an opportunity to take advantage of the extra time together.

 

 

Social Worker Offers Tips for Handling Stress and Anxiety

Being stuck at home is leading to a lot of anxiety. And it's not just affecting adults. Many children are feeling it too. Especially now, with the governor's announcement that schools will not re-open this school year. Alisha Lewis is a social worker who works with ICAN Family Services and the Nye County School District. She says there are some steps you can take to lessen your level of stress and anxiety.

 

 

Save A Pet - Boo Boo

It's Wednesday! And that means time to meet another great pet available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Deanna O'Donnell introduces us to Boo Boo.

 

 

Second COVID 19 Case Reported Within NCSO

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is taking additional steps to protect its officers and the public from COVID-19. Just hours after announcing that a staff member at the Nye County Detention Center had tested positive for COVID-19, the agency announced another confirmed case -- this time within the patrol division.

 

 

Truck Drivers Essential During Coronavirus Pandemic

Truck drivers are essential to our economy -- helping to keep store shelves stocked and warehouses full of the products we buy. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, truck drivers are more important than ever. And many are working long hours to keep up with consumer demand for everything from lumber and paint to bread and toilet paper. News 25 spoke with two local drivers about life on the road and the greater appreciation they're receiving.

 

 

Death Valley Vandal Identifies Himself and Apologizes

DEATH VALLEY, CA – A man has confessed to marking multiple sites in Death Valley National Park with graffiti. Charges are pending.

Graffiti that included “Steve & Lacy” was found on rocks, a well, and historic structures in Echo Canyon, Butte Valley, Homestake Dry Camp, and Crankshaft Junction. Defacing any part of the national park degrades the experience of other visitors.

 

Park rangers had some leads pointing to the man’s identity, and appealed to the public for more information on April 14. The National Park Service (NPS) appreciates that many people shared the story on social media and contacted the NPS with tips. The NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB) handles tips on cases in all national parks and other NPS sites. The tip line can be reached at: 888-653-0009, online at www.nps.gov/ISB, or by email at nps_isb@nps.gov.

 

The man who confessed said that his acquaintance saw the story on social media and brought his attention to it. “Steve,” a resident of British Columbia, called the tip line himself on April 17. The following day he spoke with the investigating park ranger, confessed, and apologized.

Lacy is blameless – she is a dog.

 

Charges have not been filed again the man yet. Penalties could include a fine and/or restitution charges. The man’s cooperative attitude will likely be a mitigating factor.

 

This graffiti happened in January 2019 and January 2020. Park rangers are still patrolling Death Valley National Park during the current temporary closure due to coronavirus. Through traffic is allowed on CA-190 and Daylight Pass Road from Beatty.

Death Valley Closure (reminder)

Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, Death Valley National Park will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. California State Highway 190 and Daylight Pass will remain open for pass through traffic. Park rangers remain on duty protecting the parks, and normal rules and regulations continue to apply.

 

What is still open/operational:

 

  • -CA-190 and Daylight Pass Road are both open to through traffic.
  • -Gas stations at The Oasis, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs are open (pay-at-pump).
  • -General stores at Panamint Springs and Stovepipe Wells (limited hours).
  • -Park law enforcement and EMS services.

 

Also see: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Virtual Academy Helping Thousands of School Students

The COVID-19 shutdown of schools nationwide had many educators and school districts scrambling to come up with a plan B. A small virtual academy exploded practically overnight, absorbing more than 100-thousand children and rescuing the school year for families across the nation. Kim Martinez explains how they accomplished this amazing feat.

 

Health: Keep Health Issues In Check During COVID-19

With so much focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be easy to forget about other health concerns. But, according to Doctor Dan Allan of Cleveland Clinic, it's never a good idea for people with chronic health issues to put them on the back burner. He says keeping in touch with your doctor is as important now as ever before.

 

 

ALL COURT OFFICES AND COURT ROOMS IN PAHRUMP CLOSED

The offices and courtrooms of the Fifth Judicial District Court and the Pahrump Justice Court have closed after being advised of a possible COVID-19 exposure. The courts are taking the pre-cautionary step of cancelling court and closing the office for at least 14 days. Please see the Administrative Orders issued by the courts linked below.

 

Pahrump Justice Court

District Court Orders Dept. 1

District Court Orders Dept. 2

Instagram, NAMI Partner to Protect Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people around the world to adjust to new routines, cope with loneliness, job loss, grief and more. Instagram is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness -- or NAMI -- to distribute expert guidance and recommendations to help protect mental health during social distancing and make sure people have ways to fee connected.

 

 

Special alert for benefit recipients who don't file a tax return and have dependents

 

SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; IRS asks for help in the ‘Plus $500 Push’

 

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.

 

Their $1,200 payments will be issued soon and, in order to add the $500 per eligible child amount to these payments, the IRS needs the dependent information before the payments are issued. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

 

Following extensive work by the IRS and other government agencies, $1,200 automatic payments will be starting soon for those receiving Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn’t file a tax return in the last two years. No action is needed by these groups; they will automatically receive their $1,200 payment.

 

For those benefit recipients with children who aren’t required to file a tax return, an extra step is needed to quickly add $500 per eligible child onto their automatic payment of $1,200.

 

For people in these groups who have a qualifying child and didn’t file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, they have a limited window to register to have $500 per eligible child added automatically to their soon-to-be-received $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. A quick trip to a special non-filer tool on IRS.gov by noon Eastern time, Wednesday, April 22, for some of these groups may help put all of their eligible Economic Income Payment into a single payment.

 

“We want to ‘Plus $500’ these recipients with children so they can get their maximum Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 plus $500 for each eligible child as quickly as possible,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “They’ll get $1,200 automatically, but they need to act quickly and register at IRS.gov to get the extra $500 per child added to their payment. These groups don’t normally have a return filing obligation and may not realize they qualify for a larger payment. We’re asking people and organizations throughout the country to share this information widely and help the IRS with the Plus $500 Push.”

 

To help spread the word to recipients with children about this special “Plus $500 Push,” the IRS has additional material available on a special partners page that can be shared with friends, family members and community groups. This effort will focus on the initial April 22 deadline and continue this spring to reach as many people as possible since the child payments will continue to be made in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Have a child but don’t file a tax return? Visit IRS.gov now

 

Those receiving federal benefits – including Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Administration benefits – who have with children and who weren’t required file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 should visit the Non-Filer: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov. By quickly taking steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they can receive the $500 per dependent child payment automatically in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

 

First window affects SSA/RRB recipients with children; SSI and VA recipients have slightly more time to add $500 to automatic payments

For certain SSA / RRB beneficiaries who don’t normally file a tax return and do not register with the IRS by April 22, they will still be eligible to receive the separate payment of $500 per qualifying child. For those who miss the April 22 deadline, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020. They will not be eligible to use the Non-Filer tool to add eligible children once their $1,200 payment has been issued.

 

SSI and VA beneficiaries have some additional time beyond April 22 to add their children since their $1,200 automatic payments will be made at a later date. SSI recipients will receive their automatic payments in early May, and the VA payment schedule for beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments is still being determined. If they have children and aren’t required to file a tax return, both groups are urged to use the Non-Filer tool as soon as possible. Once their $1,200 payment has been issued, they will not be eligible to use the Non-Filer tool to add eligible children. Their payment will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

 

No action needed by most taxpayers

 

The Treasury Department will make these automatic payments to SSA, SSI, RRB and VA recipients. Recipients will generally receive the automatic $1,200 payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.

For information about Social Security retirement, survivors and disability insurance beneficiaries, please visit the SSA website at SSA.gov. For more information related to veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA, please visit http://VA.gov/

 

General IRS information about the Economic Impact Payments is available on a special section of IRS.gov.

 

Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments

 

The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. There is no fee required to receive these payments.

 

Health: Pregnancy and COVID-19 -- Maintain Healthy Habits

The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone on edge. If you're pregnant, you no doubt have questions about whether the new coronavirus poses a risk to you and your baby. Erica Foreman has more on how pregnant women can stay healthy.

 

 

Facebook Initiative Hopes to Help Anxious PVHS Seniors

With all schools still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many high school seniors are feeling anxious as they face the possibility of missing out on some important milestones. Hoping to calm their anxiety and give Pahrump Valley High School seniors something to look forward to, Melissa Plant started a Facebook Group called PVHS Adopt A Senior.

 

 

Pahrump Valley AC Suggests Air Conditioning Check-Up

With temperatures approaching 90 later this week, it's a good time to think about your air conditioner -- and make sure it's ready for the summer extremes. And if you need a new system, Pahrump Valley Air Conditioning and Heating is excited to now offer special financing to help customers with their purchase. If you'd like to learn more about the special financing deal contact Pahrump Valley Air Conditioning and Heating at 775-727-7488.

 

 

Save A Pet - Talker

In today's Save A Pet segment we meet Talker. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more, including how you can adopt this very vocal feline.

 

 

The Nye County Board of Commissioners teleconference Tuesday, April 21st at 10 a.m.

(Reminder: There is no physical location to attend the meeting. More details below)

Agenda: http://nyecounty.net/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04212020-3195

The meeting will be streamed online at http://nyecounty.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=4

In response to Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 006 suspending certain requirements related to the conduct of public meetings (available on the Governor’s website here: http://gov.nv.gov/News/Emergency_Orders/2020/2020-03-22_-_COVID-19_Declaration_of_Emergency_Directive_006/ )

*PUBLIC COMMENT can be given by calling 1-602-610-2062 and entering access code 187965.
*Please provide your first and last name when prompted.
*The Chair of the Board of County Commissioners will open public comment periods by announcement.
*Commenters must press 5 * on their telephone keypads to notify Administration they wish to speak. Commenters will be called upon by name.
*The teleconference number will always be available during the meeting. If you get an error message regarding call capacity, please hang up, wait a few moments and try again.
NOTE: But there will be a 30-second delay between the video feed and the call. Once participating in the call, there will be no delay.

Nye County is taking these actions as proactive measures to safeguard the citizens of Nye County against health threats related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to reduce public gatherings and promote social distancing.

Please read full release about obtaining materials and participating in the meeting: http://nyecounty.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=936

Governor Sisolak Response To Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman

This week, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman described the city's shutdown as total insanity, and urged the governor to expedite re-opening the state. But in a news conference Thursday, Governor Steve Sisolak made it clear -- once again -- that his top priority is saving human lives.

 

 

Nye County Detective Bryan Cooper Thanks Supporters

Nye County Sheriff's Office Detective Bryan Cooper is now home in Pahrump, where he continues to recover from his injuries. You'll recall Cooper was shot several times by Matthew Moore at a home on Warehouse Road March 25th . Moore was shot and killed by a fellow officer. Detective Cooper is home now. And he's thanking everyone for their support.

 

 

Assemblyman Gregory Hafen Addresses COVID-19 Situation

There's no question the State of Nevada is suffering, economically, due to the shutdown caused by COVID-19. The governor's stay-at-home order is affecting nearly everyone. And thousands have lost their jobs. Gregory Hafen is the Nevada Assemblyman who represents Pahrump and most of Nye County. He says legislators are in constant contact with the governor. And they're already laying the groundwork for re-opening Nevada.

 

 

Family, Friends Celebrate Tim Hafen's 88th Birthday with Drive-By

In these days of social distancing, people are coming up with new ways to celebrate -- while remaining at least six feet apart. Gregory Hafen's grandfather, Tim Hafen, celebrated his 88th birthday today. Inspired by trends on social media, Greg helped organize a drive-by birthday celebration for his grandfather.

 

 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: NEVADA CASA ASSOCIATION SEEKS ADVOCATES FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN

Economic Hardship Correlates to Rising Incidents of Child Abuse

 

LAS VEGAS (April 14, 2020) – The Nevada CASA Association announces Nevada faces a critical shortage of volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to serve as the voices for children in the foster care system. With a direct correlation linking economic hardship with incidents of child abuse and neglect, new CASA volunteers are urgently needed.

 

A CASA is a trained volunteer, sworn in and appointed to a specific case by a family court judge. CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of their child(ren)’s physical, educational, medical, emotional and social needs. CASA volunteers research information and talk to everyone involved in the children’s lives. Each CASA spends approximately eight to 10 hours each month on their case, and have contact with social workers, attorneys, parents, teachers, family members, foster parents, health professionals and, of course, the children themselves.

 

“Precedent indicates during times of economic stress for families, incidents of child abuse rise,” said Jane Saint, executive director, Nevada CASA Association. “Already, we have a backlog of cases awaiting assignment of a CASA volunteer. When we emerge from the pandemic restrictions, we anticipate the need will be even greater.”

 

In addition to serving as part of the child(ren)’s case team, CASA volunteers establish a relationship with their child(ren), getting to know his or her unique history, while providing consistency and stability during an extremely difficult time in their child(ren)’s lives. CASA volunteers are asked to remain with their child(ren) until a permanent home is achieved.

 

“When I found out about the enormous need for advocates to be a voice for children in foster care, I had to volunteer,” said CASA volunteer Lisa Coruzzi. “The experience is not always easy, but it ranks among the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. As a CASA, you have substantial opportunities to positively affect the outcome of a child’s case, ensuring they thrive in a safe, permanent home.”

 

To learn more about CASA volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.nvcasa.org/get-involved/

 

New Recruits Begin Training with Nye County Sheriff's Office

Nye County Sheriff's Office academy class 01P-2020 is now in session. This class, taking place in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, presents some challenges for the future deputies. But Captain David Boruchowitz says the academy must go on as scheduled.

 

 

Local 911 Dispatchers Recognized for Their Efforts

If you call 911 for help, the dispatcher who answers may be your lifeline to critical assistance. And this week, they're being celebrated. In a video posted to the agency's Facebook page, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly thanks all of the professionals answering those calls.

 

 

Health: Guidelines Say Experimental COVID-19 Drugs Need Study First

We've heard about a handful of experimental drugs to treat COVID-19. But how do we know they really work? The truth is, we don't -- at least not yet. That's why doctors recently released new COVID-19 treatment guidelines based on existing research. A doctor from Cleveland Clinic is one of the authors.

 

 

Save A Pet - Old Man

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Old Man -- an older male cat who's awaiting his forever home. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with his story.

 

 

COVID-19 Questions Answered During KPVM Roundtable Event

Wednesday night, KPVM hosted a live, two-hour call-in show to help answer your questions about COVID-19. Nearly a dozen guests joined us for the broadcast, including Sheriff Sharon Wehrly, Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis, Doctor Michael Reiner, and Desert View Hospital's Susan Davila There have been 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nye County. One caller wanted to know more about those patients.''

 

 

LVMPD Decommissions Mounted Patrol Unit

Citing a drop in tax revenue due to COVID-19, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has decided to decommission the Mounted Patrol Unit, sending the horses to new homes and a handful of employees without jobs.

 

 

Avoid COVID-19 / IRS Tax Phishing Scams

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus or COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

Here’s what taxpayers should know:

  • The IRS will not call, email or text you to verify or request your financial, banking or personal information.
  • Watch out for websites and social media attempts to request money or personal information. The official website is IRS.gov.
  • Don't open surprise emails that look like they’re coming from the IRS or click on attachments or links.
  • Taxpayers should not provide personal or financial information or engage with potential scammers online or over the phone.
  • Forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov, then delete.
  • Go to IRS.gov for the most up-to-date information.

Here’s what people should know about the Economic Impact Payments:

  • The IRS will automatically deposit Economic Impact Payments into the bank account taxpayers provided on their 2019 or 2018 tax return for a direct deposit of their tax refund.
  • Those without a direct deposit account on file may be able to provide their banking information online through a new secure tool, Get My Payment.
  • Anyone who is eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and doesn’t provide direct deposit information will receive a payment mailed to the last address the IRS has on file.
  • The IRS does not charge a fee to issue the payment.

Scammers may:

  • Ask an individual to sign over their Economic Impact Payment check to them.
  • Ask for verification of personal or banking information.
  • Suggest that they can get someone tax refund or Economic Impact Payment faster by working on their behalf.
  • Issue a bogus check, often in an odd amount, then tell a person to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.

Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Economic Impact Payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on IRS.gov. The IRS encourages people to share this information with family and friends. Many people who normally don’t normally file a tax return may not realize they’re eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

Statement by Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza on the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Release Date: April 15, 2020

Release Number: 20-330

Contact: Press_Office@sba.gov (202) 205 - 7036

 

Statement by Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza on the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program:

 

“The SBA has processed more than 14 years’ worth of loans in less than 14 days. The Paycheck Protection Program is saving millions of jobs and helping America’s small businesses make it through this challenging time. The EIDL program is also providing much-needed relief to people and businesses.

 

“By law, the SBA will not be able to issue new loan approvals once the programs experience a lapse in appropriations.

“We urge Congress to appropriate additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program—a critical and overwhelmingly bipartisan program—at which point we will once again be able to process loan applications, issue loan numbers, and protect millions more paychecks.

“The high demand we have seen underscores the need for hardworking Americans to have access to relief as soon as possible. We want every eligible small business to participate and get the resources they need.”

 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Nye Commissioners Approve Mountain Falls Townhomes

The Nye County Board of Commissioners has approved a plan that would create more than forty townhomes inside the Mountain Falls Master Planned Community. The developer wants to divide existing lots in order to accommodate the townhomes -- in effect, putting two homes on what is now a single lot. Commissioners rejected a similar proposal last fall. But they approved it this time around, after the developer made a few changes -- and, after some discussion about water rights. The Board of Commissioners approved the proposed lot splits in a four-to-one vote. Commission Chair John Koenig voted against the proposal.

 

 

Health: Making the Most of Your Grocery Run

With Americans being advised to stay at home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are doing their best to limit trips to the store. So, how can you get the most out of your grocery run? Erica Foreman has more.

 

 

Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration, announced today that recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will automatically receive automatic Economic Impact Payments.

SSI recipients will receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment with no further action needed on their part. The IRS projects the payments for this group will go out no later than early May.

 

Moving SSI recipients into the automatic payment category follows weeks of extensive cooperative work between SSA, Treasury, IRS as well as the Bureau of Fiscal Services.

 

“Since SSI recipients typically aren’t required to file tax returns, the IRS had to work extensively with these other government agencies to determine a way to quickly and accurately deliver Economic Impact Payments to this group,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Additional programming work remains, but this step simplifies the process for SSI recipients to quickly and easily receive these $1,200 payments automatically. We appreciate the assistance of SSA and the Bureau of Fiscal Services in this effort.”

 

No action needed by most taxpayers
Earlier this month, the IRS took a similar action to ensure those receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits can receive automatic payments of $1,200. While these groups receive Forms 1099, many in this group don’t typically file tax returns. People in these groups are expected to see the automatic $1,200 payments later this month.

 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will also receive the payments automatically. About 80 million payments are hitting bank accounts this week.

 

For benefit recipients with dependents, extra step needed to claim $500 for children
The law provides eligible taxpayers with qualifying children under age 17 to receive an extra $500. For taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019, the child payments will be automatic.

 

However, many benefit recipients typically aren’t required to file tax returns. If they have children who qualify, an extra step is needed to add $500 per child onto their automatic payment of $1,200 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.

 

For those who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI and have a qualifying child, they can quickly register by visiting special tool available only on IRS.gov and provide their information in the Non-Filers section. By quickly taking steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they can receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in these groups do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child.

 

The Treasury Department, not the Social Security Administration, will make these automatic payments to SSI recipients. Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their SSI benefits.

 

For those with dependents who use Direct Express debit cards, additional information will be available soon regarding the steps to take on the IRS web site when claiming children under 17.

 

For information about Social Security retirement, survivors and disability insurance beneficiaries, please visit the SSA website at SSA.gov.

General information about the Economic Impact Payments is available on a special section of IRS.gov.

 

Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. To use the new app or get information, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov. People should watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information. Remember, go directly and solely to IRS.gov for official information.

 

More information
The IRS will post frequently asked questions on IRS.gov/coronavirus and will provide updates as soon as they are available. 

NCSD Resuming Student Meal Distribution

The Nye County School District suspended food distribution to students April 1st, saying it wanted to limit employee exposure to the coronavirus. Now, the district is preparing to once again provide meals for local children.

 

 

"Get My Payment" Website

WASHINGTON – Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information.

 

With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend and throughout this week, this new tool will help address key common questions. Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with.

 

Get My Payment also allows people a chance to provide their bank information. People who did not use direct deposit on their last tax return will be able to input information to receive the payment by direct deposit into their bank account, expediting receipt.

 

Get My Payment will offer people with a quick and easy way to find the status of their payment and, where possible, provide their bank account information if we don’t already have it,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Our IRS employees have been working non-stop on the Economic Impact Payments to help taxpayers in need. In addition to successfully generating payments to more than 80 million people, IRS teams throughout the country proudly worked long days and weekends to quickly deliver Get My Payment ahead of schedule.”

 

Get My Payment is updated once daily, usually overnight. The IRS urges taxpayers to only use Get My Payment once a day given the large number of people receiving Economic Impact Payments.

 

How to use Get My Payment
Available only on IRS.gov, the online application is safe and secure to use. Taxpayers only need a few pieces of information to quickly obtain the status of their payment and, where needed, provide their bank account information. Having a copy of their most recent tax return can help speed the process.

 

  • For taxpayers to track the status of their payment, this feature will show taxpayers the payment amount, scheduled delivery date by direct deposit or paper check and if a payment hasn’t been scheduled. They will need to enter basic information including:
    • Social Security number
    • Date of birth, and
    • ailing address used on their tax return.
  • Taxpayers needing to add their bank account information to speed receipt of their payment will also need to provide the following additional information:
    • Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018
    • The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return
    • Bank account type, account and routing numbers

Get My Payment cannot update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery. To help protect against potential fraud, the tool also does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS. 

 

A Spanish version of Get My Payment is expected in a few weeks.

 

Don’t normally file a tax return? Additional IRS tool helps non-filers
In addition to Get My Payment, Treasury and IRS have a second a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return.

 

The Non-filers: Enter Payment Info tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The new web tool is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to take them directly to the tool.

 

Non-filers: Enter Payment Info is designed for people who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who don’t receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits. Additional information is available at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

 

No action needed by most taxpayers
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. Automatic payments will also go in the near future to those receiving Social Security retirement, or disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits.

General information about the Economic Impact Payments is available on a special section of IRS.gov: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center.

 

Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. To use the new app or get information, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov. People should watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information. Remember, go directly and solely to IRS.gov for official information.

 

More information
The IRS will post frequently asked questions on IRS.gov/coronavirus and will provide updates as soon as they are available. 

 

UMC Doctors Answer Questions About COVID-19

Clark County held a similar event Tuesday -- a tele-town hall meeting with medical experts from University Medical Center. There are a lot of questions about how to best protect yourself from COVID-19. Doctor Shadaba Asad says by knowing how the coronavirus spreads, you can take the appropriate steps to minimize your chances of contracting the disease.

 

 

Health: Helping Kids With Autism During COVID-19

April is Autism Awareness Month. Kids on the autism spectrum often rely on predictable daily schedules. But thanks to COVID-19, our lives are anything but routine. Doctor Veena Ahuja, of Cleveland Clinic Children's, recommends creating a plan for your child each day.

 

 

Real Estate Agencies Relying on Virtual Tours to Sell Homes

Like many other businesses, real estate agents are relying on technology to help people buy or sell a home. Pahrump's Lisa Bond Real Estate -- or LBRE -- is producing virtual home tours to take prospective buyers inside homes listed for sale. If you're in the market to buy a new home or sell your own home, you can learn more by visiting LBRE online at lbrenv.com.

 

 

DETR announces call center vendor, reiterates new method for online filing system

CARSON CITY, NV - The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), will open a new Unemployment Insurance (UI) call center today, April 15, 2020 to help assist claimants with general questions related to the unemployment insurance filing process. The agency is partnering with global customer service provider Alorica to manage the inquiries and anticipates that Alorica staff scope may change based on needed support.

 

The call center will answer a newly established general question toll-free hotline: (800) 603-9671. Operation hours will mirror the state’s current expanded UI call center hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Specific claim scenarios cannot be answered via this hotline, and those questions should be directed to the DETR phone lines.

 

In addition, DETR reiterated a new method for online filing system for Nevadans seeking to initiate or renew claims. This new methodology is organized by last names and is aimed at providing faster results for Nevadans seeking to gain access to unemployment benefits. The new system was announced Tuesday and will begin Sunday.

 

Last names A-K are asked to file on Sundays. Last names L-R are asked to file on Mondays. Last names S-Z are asked to file on Tuesday. Wednesday through Saturday are open for all to initiate or renew claims online.

 

The new call center with approximately 100 employees to start was announced by the Governor’s Office via press release on April 9, 2020. The call center will be operated by an outside vendor, Alorica, a U.S.-based company that provides customer service around the globe with over 100,000 employees represented in 14 countries. Alorica already has two operational call centers in Nevada.

 

“While there are tools online to assist with navigating the unemployment insurance process, we absolutely understand the need to connect with a human voice to get questions answered,” said DETR Director Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner. “Our goal with the new call center is to alleviate the enormous call volume flooding our current call centers. We will continue to address concerns as we work to serve Nevadans during this unprecedented time."

 

As previously announced, the new call center will utilize the Alorica-At-Home solution, which provides a full-service, scalable customer experience with work-at-home agents. The new call center can also provide future support for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provision for independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and other workers not covered by standard Unemployment Insurance. This program was in part made possible through the assistance of Nevada’s federal delegation.

 

“We are proud to be able to support Nevadans during this difficult time, helping to answer questions and guide them through this critical process,” said Colleen Beers, President of North America Operations for Alorica. “We applaud the State of Nevada and DETR for making it easier for people in crisis to receive assistance.”

 

Lab in Las Vegas Issued Cease and Desist

Carson City, NV – Today, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health issued a cease and desist order to an unlicensed laboratory in Las Vegas.

 

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) investigated and substantiated a complaint of the operation of an unlicensed laboratory at Sahara West Urgent Care & Wellness, 6125 Sahara Avenue, Suite 1B, Las Vegas. The laboratory was found to be collecting patient specimens and performing laboratory tests during an unannounced, onsite complaint investigation by the Division on Tuesday afternoon.

 

The lab was using a serological test to test for COVID-19. Serology tests are not to be used for diagnostic purposes and any serological test at Sahara West Urgent Care & Wellness would not have a definitive result for the purposes of diagnosing COVID-19. Patients are urged to contact their health care provider to determine if further testing is required.

 

The Division has required Sahara West Urgent Care & Wellness to immediately notify all patients that their test results are not valid for the purpose of a definitive diagnosis of COVID-19.

 

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 652.080 prohibits the operation of a medical laboratory without first obtaining a license from DPBH. The Division licenses laboratories that perform diagnostic medical laboratory tests in accordance with federal and state standards.

An ongoing investigation is underway and no further information will be provided until the investigation is complete.

 

To make a complaint against a facility go to http://dpbh.nv.gov/Reg/HealthFacilities/dta/Complaints/HCQC-Complaint-Form/

The mission of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health is to protect, promote and improve the physical and behavioral health of the people of Nevada. This information is being released in the interest of the health of people living in the State of Nevada.

 

Save A Pet - Toby

In today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Toby, the last of his litter awaiting adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.

 

 

We Care, A Covid-19 Community Round Table Live"

KPVM TV and Ace Country radio presents “We Care, A Covid-19 Community Round Table Live”

Wednesday April 15th from 6-8 pm on KPVM Tv Channel 25, Cable 12, Facebook.com/news41, and Ace Country Radio 103.1 FM.

 

Moderated by Deanna O'Donnell

 

The public is invited to call during show hours 346-248-7799

 

Voice your questions and concerns to our panel

 

  • Scott Lewis Director of Nye County Emergency Services and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Fire Chief
  • Sharon Wehrly Nye County Sheriff
  • Gregory Hafen Assemblyman
  • John Koenig Commissioner
  • Alicia Lewis from ICAN Family Services
  • Shelly Peorio From Living Free Health and Fitness
  • Dale Norton Nye County School District Superintendent
  • Susan Davila CEO Desert View Hospital
  • Dr. Michael Reiner From Independent Medical Group
  • Father Rick Minch from Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church

Bicyclist Transported After Accident in Pahrump

A male bicyclist was transported to Desert View Hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was reportedly struck by a pickup truck on Highway 160 near Wilson Road.

 

 

Two-Car Crash at Highway 160 and Betty Avenue

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car crash at the intersection of Highway 160 and Betty Avenue. All occupants declined medical attention.

 

 

Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza Offering Online Buying Options

Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza is providing many of the same services to buyers interested in purchasing a new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle. And GM is also offering some very attractive finance options right now.

 

 

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH GUITARIST ZOLTAN BATHORY VISITS THE NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL AFTER TRAGIC LOSS OF A FELLOW TROOPER

[LAS VEGAS, NV 4/13/2020] Last Friday, on April 10th, 2020 Zoltan Bathory, founding guitarist of global multi-platinum rock band Five Finger Death Punch has visited state troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) in Las Vegas just 2 weeks after fellow state trooper Sgt Ben Jenkins was tragically murdered while assisting a stranded motorist in Ely, Nevada.

 

Being a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada Bathory is a major supporter of his local law enforcement, as well as law enforcement throughout the country. He frequently visits police departments to talk with officers and discuss various topics affecting law enforcement.

 

Bathory’s band, Five Finger Death Punch have also supported various organizations benefitting first responder related causes over the years. Most recently, in 2019 the band made a $ 65,000 donation of proceeds from their global #1 hit single “Blue On Black” feat. Brantley Gilbert, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Brian May of Queen to the Gary Sinise Foundation which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. The previous year, in 2018, Five Finger Death Punch donated $95,000 to C.O.P.S. – Concerns Of Police Survivors whose mission is rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.

 

Bathory himself is a major supporter of Nevada’s Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF), a fund set up to assist officers injured on the job or family members left behind by a fallen hero. He’s been supporting the IPOF with yearly donations and most recently has donated funds to the grieving family of fallen NHP Sgt Ben Jenkins. In January 2019, Bathory also made a donation in support of another Nevada State Trooper whose house was severely damaged by a fire displacing the trooper, his wife and 3 young children. Trooper Jason Buratczuk states: “Zoltan’s support of the law enforcement community and his willingness to assist a grieving department and family during one of the most tragic times in our agency’s history is amazing. He is very down to earth and always connects with our troopers on a personal level when he comes to visit. His continued love and support during this most difficult time is very much appreciated by our department.”

 

Sgt Ben Jenkins

 

On March 27th, 2020, Sergeant Ben Jenkins was shot and killed when he stopped to assist a disabled motorist on US-93 near mile marker 106 in White Pine County shortly before 6:00 am.

 

During the encounter with the subject, the man fatally shot Sergeant Jenkins.

 

The man then stole Sergeant Jenkins' uniform and patrol car and fled the area.

 

He was apprehended several hours later following a massive manhunt involving numerous agencies.

 

Sergeant Jenkins was a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 12 years. He had previously served with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and with the Nevada Division of Forestry. He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and mother.

 

The CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by the President on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Division has received guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) and is now working on the implementation of the various programs. Learn More...

Timing of a COVID-19 Vaccine Uncertain, Says Dr. Anthony Fauci

Doctor Anthony Fauci is guiding the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic. So far, more than fifteen thousand Americans have died from COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the virus. But Fauci says researchers worldwide are working to develop a vaccine to prevent it.

 

 

Updated Nye County Coronavirus Statistics

Nye County has been notified of five new positive test results for COVID-19 in Pahrump on Monday. None of the cases are related.

The total positive cases reported to the County are 12 in Pahrump, 1 in Tonopah, 1 in Beatty, 1 in Amargosa for a total of 15 in Nye County. 2 of those are listed as recovered by the state.

 

On Friday, the County announced two more Drive-up Testing events for COVID-19: in Pahrump on Wednesday and Tonopah on this coming Friday. See attached flyers for details.

 

Nye County has also established a COVID-19 Information Help Line (775-751-4333) to provide information and access to services for people who may not be online.

 

African-Americans & COVID-19

African Americans here in Greater Las Vegas and across the country are contracting coronavirus at higher rates than others. People of color, the poor and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma are being hit hard. Please protect yourself and your family. For more information, please visit SNHD.org or CDC.gov -- and Stay Home for Nevada.

 

 

Commissioners Want to Move Forward with Yucca Mountain Licensing

The Board of County Commissioners would like to see the Nuclear Regulatory Commission continue the licensing process at Yucca Mountain -- a move that could eventually green-light the storage of mass quantities of radioactive waste at the Nye County site. Commissioner Leo Blundo proposed a resolution supporting efforts to complete the Yucca Mountain licensing process. He says the project could be a huge economic win for the state. Commissioner Donna Cox expressed some concern over using Yucca Mountain as a central storage point for all of the country's radioactive waste. But after a brief discussion commissioners unanimously approved the resolution. Eight other Nevada counties have passed similar resolutions supporting the completion of the Yucca Mountain licensing process.

 

 

Health: Protect Your Skin While Practicing Good Hand Hygiene

By now, you've heard one of the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to wash your hands -- a lot. But all that scrubbing can make your hands very dry. Doctor Melissa Piliang of Cleveland Clinic says you can keep hands germ-free and soft, but you have to choose your products wisely.

 

 

Save A Pet - Will

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Will -- who was found as a stray in Pahrump. Darbie O'Donnell is at Desert Haven Animal Society with more on Will, and how you can adopt him.

 

 

'Play Apart Together' Promotes WHO Messages Against COVID-19

More than fifty of the world's top gaming and tech companies are now part of a growing initiative to promote World Health Organization messages against COVID-19. It's called Play Apart Together -- launched just last week by mobile game company Zynga. Play Apart Together offers special events, activities and inspiration in some of the world's most popular games to inspire users to adopt best practices for the sake of their own health and that of their families and communities. You can follow and learn more about the Play Apart Together initiative at #playaparttogether.

 

 

District Attorney Charging Marco Torres with First Degree Murder

The Nye County District Attorney's Office has filed a criminal complaint charging Marco Torres with first degree murder of a vulnerable person, and five other felonies, in the wake of his arrest for fatally strangling Jonathan Piper inside the home a home on South Linda Street last weekend.

 

 

Churches Using Technology To Connect with Parishioners

Due to stay-at-home orders, churches throughout Nevada have had to close their doors to groups of more than 10 people. So church leaders are using technology to stay in touch with their members. Rick Minch is a deacon at Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church in Pahrump. And he says that technology will be especially important for many as they celebrate Easter Sunday.

 

 

Therapist Offers Tips for Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

As the coronavirus stay-at-home order continues, many people are finding themselves anxious right now -- not knowing what their future holds. Zach Gittings, a clinical social worker with Living Free Health and Fitness in Pahrump, says if you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you can do to reduce your stress. If you need someone to talk with or wish to seek professional assistance, Living Free Health and Fitness remains open to help. You can find them at the corner of Highway 160 and Mesquite Avenue in Pahrump. Their phone number is 775-505-1625.

 

 

Health: Wearing and Caring for a Cloth Face Mask

The CDC now recommends wearing fabric masks, or cloth face coverings, in public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Aaron Hamilton says wearing a cloth mask can be useful in situations where social distancing is a challenge.

 

 

Save A Pet - Teddy

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Teddy -- a one-year-old Samoyed who really likes to dance. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society to show us his moves.

 

 

Governor Issues New Directive, Stricter Social Distancing

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has issued a new directive aimed at continuing to reduce the number of people being diagnosed with coronavirus. He outlined the stricter guidelines during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Authorities Search for Pickup Involved in Hit-and-Run Crash

Deputies are searching for a pickup truck and its driver after it reportedly crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Charleston Park Avenue and Bannavitch Street, then fled the scene. No injuries are reported.

 

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci Optimistic About U.S. Coronavirus Prognosis

The doctor guiding the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic is optimistic that the county -- as a whole -- is launching an effective attack against the virus. Doctor Anthony Fauci spoke with Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association about where we're headed, and when we might get there.

 

 

Commissioners Approve Vendor Fees for Pahrump Fall Festival

The Town of Pahrump is once again organizing and running this year's Fall Festival. And Tuesday, Nye County Commissioners voted to approve the fees charged to vendors participating in the event. Commissioner Donna Cox voted against the fee schedule, saying vendors are being asked to pay too much. And some others agree. As it stands right now, vendors who wish to set up a booth at the Fall Festival will be charged three-hundred dollars. Non-profits will have to pay one-hundred-fifty dollars.

 

 

The Nye County Board of Commissioners teleconference Tuesday, April 14th at 10 a.m.

The Nye County Board of Commissioners teleconference Tuesday, April 14th at 10 a.m.

(Reminder: There is no physical location to attend the meeting. More details below)

 

 

Agenda:

 

The meeting will be streamed online at https://www.nyecounty.net/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04142020-3187

 

 

In response to Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 006 suspending certain requirements related to the conduct of public meetings (available on the Governor’s website here: http://gov.nv.gov/News/Emergency_Orders/2020/2020-03-22_-_COVID-19_Declaration_of_Emergency_Directive_006

 

 

*PUBLIC COMMENT can be given by calling 1-602-610-2062 and entering access code 187965.

 

*Please provide your first and last name when prompted.

 

*The Chair of the Board of County Commissioners will open public comment periods by announcement.

 

*Commenters must press 5 * on their telephone keypads to notify Administration they wish to speak. Commenters will be called upon by name.

 

*The teleconference number will always be available during the meeting. If you get an error message regarding call capacity, please hang up, wait a few moments and try again.

 

NOTE: But there will be a 30-second delay between the video feed and the call. Once participating in the call, there will be no delay.

Nye County is taking these actions as proactive measures to safeguard the citizens of Nye County against health threats related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to reduce public gatherings and promote social distancing.

 

Please read full release about obtaining materials and participating in the meeting: http://nyecounty.net/CivicAlerts.aspx

 

Health: Avoid Traditional Gatherings This Easter

Whether it's an egg hunt or brunch with family and friends, Easter is traditionally a time for gathering. But this year will be different because of COVID-19. Doctor Frank Esper of Cleveland Clinic Children's says if you typically attend church on Easter Sunday, switching to a televised option is best for everyone.

 

 

Save A Pet - Ash

In today's Save A Pet we meet Ash. He's a mixed breed dog that was found as a stray in Ash Meadows. And now, he's looking for a great home. Darbie O'Donnell has more from Desert Haven Animal Society.

 

 

Pahrump Fire Destroys Classic Cars

A fire Wednesday afternoon at a home on Turner Boulevard in Pahrump causes heavy damage to a large outbuilding and three classic vehicles stored inside. No injuries are reported.

 

 

COVID-19: 10 Cases Confirmed in Nye County

The Nye County Department of Emergency Management is coordinating the county's response to the coronavirus pandemic. And, as you'd expect, they've been quite busy lately. Scott Lewis is the Director of Emergency Management. He spoke with News 25 about the county's efforts to secure personal protective equipment, how they're tracking the spread of the virus and the continued importance of the 'stay at home' order.

 

 

Evacuation Plan Improves Safety During Emergencies

The fire Monday evening in the laundry room at Inspirations senior living facility caused some damage -- but no one was hurt. And Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis credits the facility's emergency plan for helping to keep residents safe.

 

 

Serve Nevada At SERVNV.ORG

The State of Nevada is encouraging retired medical professionals to register as volunteers that can be called upon to help in the fight against coronavirus. Clark County, in collaboration with University Medical Center, has produced a 30-second public service announcement seeking volunteers to join SERV-NV -- an acronym for State Emergency Registry of Volunteers Nevada. Health professionals with a range of skills and backgrounds can join SERV-NV. The state can then draw from that pool of available professional volunteers to deploy in emergencies. If you're a health professional who would like to sign up with SERV-NV, you can learn more by visiting their website

 

 

Nevada Treasurer Zach Conine Works to Protect Homeowners, Renters

The State of Nevada is working to provide some financial relief to residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine is taking steps to ensure homeowners are protected from foreclosure and renters won't be evicted.

 

 

Health: Social Distancing -- Reducing Germ Spread

Many people are taking extra precautions to avoid COVID-19. One safety measure we've heard a lot about is social distancing. Erica Foreman has more on why this tactic is so important right now. Doctor Esper says social distancing will be recommended for several weeks. While it may cause some discomfort and cabin fever, it's important to remember that it's designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the virus' impact on communities.

 

 

Health: COVID-19 -- Protecting Senior Citizens

Every day, experts are learning more about COVID-19 and who's most at risk for serious complications. According to Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Ronan Factora, the virus has been especially dangerous for senior citizens.

 

 

Nye County Preparing for Decrease in Revenue

In the midst of the coronavirus shutdown, Nye County is looking at all options for controlling and reducing costs as revenue drops. Savannah Rucker is the Nye County Comptroller. She presented county commissioners with a snapshot of the situation and what's being done to prepare for what comes next.

 

 

Public Hearing Set for Proposed Pahrump Subdivision

A developer wants to build a new subdivision near Rosemary Clarke Middle School. And Nye County Commissioners have set a date and time for a public hearing on a bill proposing to approve a development agreement for that project.

 

 

Laundry Room Fire At Inspirations Senior Living

Deputies with the Nye County Sheriffs Office, Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and NCSO Auxiliary units responded to Inspirations Senior Living this evening for a reported fire inside the laundry room. Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze and are currently ventilating smoke from the area for the safety of the residents. Deputies and firefighters were evacuating residents quickly from the two story facility located on Honeysuckle Street. The evacuation order has been cancelled at this time. No injuries have been reported.

 

 

Commissioners Seek Changes at Two Pahrump Intersections

Nye County Commissioners would like to see changes at two Pahrump intersections, in the hopes of increasing safety for motorists. One of those, at Homestead and Thousandaire, was the site of a deadly crash last Thursday. The other, Charleston Park and Barney, was the site of a serious accident that same day. Commissioners have asked the Department of Public Works to consider converting both intersections to four-way stops.

 

 

Health: Helping Kids Manage Disappointment

COVID-19 restrictions have canceled or postponed countless activities and events -- and plenty of kids and teens are feeling down. According to Doctor Kate Eshleman of Cleveland Clinic Children's, parents can play an important role in helping their kids deal with disappointment.

 

 

Death Valley Recovery

DEATH VALLEY, CA. April 6, 2020 – On April 4, in the afternoon, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of a possible deceased person found by a hiking party of three near the base of Manly Beacon out of the Zabriskie Point trailhead, Death Valley National Park.

An Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy and Death Valley Rangers responded. Rangers located the body and determined the subject was deceased. It is believed that the individual fell approximately 300 feet from Manly Beacon. Due to lack of sufficient resources and time, a recovery was not attempted that evening.

 

On April 5, Inyo County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Coordinators, Inyo County Search and Rescue, and Death Valley National Park Rangers responded.

 

CHP - Inland Division Air Operations

 

(H-82) from Apple Valley also responded to assist. Ground teams recovered the body from its position up a steep and loose draw. H-82 hoisted the decedent by air and transferred the body to the Inyo County Coroner's Office.

A rental vehicle was located at the trailhead; NPS Rangers reported the vehicle as being there for about three days prior to the discovery of the decedent. The identity of the recovered body is still pending positive identification by the Inyo County Coroner's office.

Currently,

 

Death Valley National Park

 

is closed to all recreation other than highway through-travel. A reminder: do not participate in risky outdoor recreation at this time due to emergency medical care being prioritized by COVID-19 patients and limited rescue resources.

KPVM-TV Delivers Cookies to First Responders, Medical Professionals

Representatives from KPVM-TV and Ace Country Radio were on a mission this week -- to deliver cookies to Pahrump first responders and medical professionals. Thanks to Crumbl Cookies, on Blue Diamond Road in Las Vegas, our crew hand-delivered boxes of delicious cookies to the people on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Ronda Van Winkle takes us along for the ride.

 

To order Crumbl Cookies, visit https://crumblcookies.com/

 

 

Save A Pet - Billy, the goat

For today's Save A Pet, we introduce you to Billy -- the goat. That's right. No dog or cat today. But, instead, a billy goat. Darbie O'Donnell is at Desert Haven Animal Society with Billy's story.

 

 

Death Valley National Park Closes

Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, Death Valley National Park will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. California State Highway 190 and Daylight Pass will remain open for pass through traffic. Park rangers remain on duty protecting the parks, and normal rules and regulations continue to apply.

What is still open/operational:

 

 

  • -CA-190 and Daylight Pass Road are both open to through traffic.
  • -Gas stations at The Oasis, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs are open (pay-at-pump).
  • -General stores at Panamint Springs and Stovepipe Wells (limited hours).
  • -Park law enforcement and EMS services.

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.

Retired Medical Professionals Asked to Register as Volunteers to Help With Local Response to COVID-19

Clark County officials are calling on retired health care professionals who are willing and able to serve as volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corp of Southern Nevada to assist with the community’s response to coronavirus to register online through a state’s SERV-NV website at https://servnv.org/.

 

“I am proud of our community’s response to the challenges presented by coronavirus and appreciate our residents frequently asking what they can do to help,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “At the top of our list of needs is if we have any retired doctors, nurses or health care workers who can assist us as volunteers, we’d very much appreciate them contacting us. Our local health-care system is on the front lines of this crisis, and we want to be prepared to reinforce the ranks of these amazing professionals with others who have the expertise and qualifications to assist in providing care to those who need it.”

 

The appropriate resource for vetting volunteer health professionals and deploying them according to their skills and credentials is the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers-Nevada (SERV-NV) registry. The registry is affiliated with the Emergency System of Advance Registration for Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP), which is a national network of state-based systems that verifies the identity and credentials of health professionals so that they can more readily volunteer for disaster, public health, and medical emergencies.

 

Registrants may choose to join the local Medical Reserve Corps, Statewide Volunteer Pool or Mental Health Crisis Counselors. Health professionals with a range of skills and backgrounds can join the SERV-NV organization including medics, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, mental health professionals. By registering through SERV-NV, volunteers’ identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified. Qualified professionals then become part of an alert system that draws upon the pool of available professional volunteers in an emergency. A link to the online registration form is posted on SERV-NV’s website at https://servnv.org/agreement.php.

Save A Pet - Sampson

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Sampson -- a beautiful male tabby available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell tells us more.

 

 

Health: Using Humor (and Exercise) to Get Through Tough Times

Dealing with the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak is no laughing matter. But we all need to find ways to cope with COVID-19 limitations. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Scott Bea says during difficult times, it helps to laugh and share humor with people we care about.

 

 

A Nye County deputy offers an intoxicated man a courtesy ride home. But along the way, that man decides he wants out. And that stunt landed him in jail.

 

 

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