Nevada to seek federal assistance as Covid cases rebound

State's test-positivity rate, hospitalizations seeing steady rise
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during the launch of the 100-megawatt MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array on June 28, 2021 in Dry Lake Valley, Nevada.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says Nevada will be seeking assistance from the federal government in response to the increasing trend in COVID-19 cases, the emergence and increase in the Delta variant, and the stagnation in vaccination rates in Clark County.

The White House Thursday also announced their intention to create “surge teams" and Nevada is working with federal agencies to request more support to aid in the Get Out The Vaccine (GOTV) efforts in Southern Nevada.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at reducing the severity of cases, hospitalization and deaths and we must continue to leverage resources at the federal, state and local level to increase access and confidence and get as many Nevadans protected from this deadly virus as possible,” said Gov. Sisolak “My office is working around-the-clock with state agencies and local partners to coordinate robust vaccination efforts, including but not limited to standing up more vaccination and testing sites, organizing Get-Out-The-Vaccine activities throughout the Valley, and developing a workplace vaccination program. This additional support from our Federal partners is necessary to assist in our outreach efforts and help meet the needs of Southern Nevada’s communities.”

As of Thursday, Nevada’s statewide 14-day test positivity rate is 5.8 percent and hospitalizations have shown an increase over the last 2 weeks.

The state is currently implementing an interagency effort targeting Southern Nevada to deploy mobile vaccine units, set up new testing and vaccination sites, and increase community outreach and education efforts.

The Governor recently announced the "Vax Nevada Days" promotion, where drawings will be held awarding cash and prizes for those who have been vaccinated. The first drawing is scheduled for July 8th. There's been n noticeable rise is the state's vaccine rate since the incentive program's announcement was made.