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Gov. Sisolak Covid-19 Presser


Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a virtual press conference, Thursday, April 16, 2020.
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Published Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 6:45 p.m.
Updated Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 7:12 p.m.
Officials are working on plans to reopen Nevada following more than a month of a statewide closure out of concerns for the coronavirus, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday.
While a plan is being devised, Sisolak said there wasn’t enough information to declare a specific date for nonessential businesses to open. At the very minimum, the closure that began March 17 will last through the end of April. He also repeatedly stressed that a reopening of businesses does not equate to an immediate return to normalcy.
“As your governor, I assure you we're working on the strongest plan possible to reopen our business and our communities, one that will focus on putting the health and safety of Nevadans first and sets us up for a strong economic recovery,” Sisolak said.
Multiple criteria are being considered in developing a plan, including health risk assessments and a review of testing capacity, Sisolak said. A report earlier Thursday indicated casino companies are contemplating having table-game dealers wear masks and have personnel check patrons’ temperatures before they enter a property.
The companies have long said they would follow Sisolak’s guidance in taking precautions.
“If we reopen and we’re not ready with the best plan possible, all the incredible work you’ve done will have been wasted and will run the risk of hurting our economy even more,” Sisolak said. “As soon as we finalize our state-specific plan to reopen, I will be right here, telling you exactly how we are going to do it.”
The closure has caused significant financial hardship to many sectors as a record 300,000 Nevadans have filed for unemployment benefits and the state has lost an estimated $2.2 million daily in gaming-tax revenue. That forced Sisolak to ask state agencies to propose cuts to their budgets.
“No one wants to get back to business more than I do,” Sisolak said. “We are a proud state, we are a hardworking state.”
Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said testing will be more important as cases decline to determine how much risk still exists and to gather data on how many people were or are infected.
“We have to now address … the public health function of testing,” he said. “This is about gathering intelligence. This is about finding out where the enemy is.”
In the coming weeks, Pandori said, many public and private labs will start automated testing. Antibody tests, he said, will also be available eventually. These tests will be able to determine whether a person has developed antibodies for the coronavirus through a blood sample, which will determine if the person has been exposed to the virus.
“The tests are a reality and they’re on their way,” Pandori said.
Sisolak’s announcement came hours after President Donald Trump said he presented the nation’s governors “a phased and deliberate approach” to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.
“You’re going to call your own shots,” Trump told the governors Thursday afternoon in a conference call, according to an audio recording obtained by The Associated Press. “We’re going to be standing alongside of you.”
The guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations. They make clear that the return to normalcy will be a far longer process than Trump initially envisioned, with federal officials warning that some social distancing measures may need to remain in place through the end of the year to prevent a new outbreak. They largely reinforce the plans already under development by governors, who have the primary responsibility for public health in their states.
“We’re starting our life again,” Trump said. “We’re starting rejuvenation of our economy again.”
Sisolak’s shutdown orders have brought constant criticism from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who has publicly broken with the overwhelming scientific evidence that said shutdowns ease the burden on the country’s health care system and keep vulnerable populations safe.
Sisolak said he did not know where Goodman was getting her advice but that he would “stack up” state medical experts against any others.
“Some people are more concerned with the business side of this than the human toll that this virus is taking. The human toll is more important to me,” Sisolak said. “I am listening to … medical experts, to my scientific experts, and determining what is in the best interest in this community.”
There have been 3,321 positive cases of the coronavirus in Nevada, out of 35,504 tests conducted. The disease has caused 142 deaths statewide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Open letter to Gov. Sisolak: Let locals decide ... responsibly


Dear Governor Sisolak,
As Nevadans, we have breathlessly witnessed the massive human toll that the coronavirus scourge has waged on our home state. Mercifully, our corner of the state has been spared from widespread infection rates like those seen in other parts of Nevada. In Elko, we have stepped-up and embraced the CDC guidelines along with your emergency directives, with full compliance.
Our community’s leadership in fighting the pandemic can be demonstrated by the containment of infection spread that we have achieved to date. In a county of approximately 55,000 residents (with a highly mobile workforce), we currently have just 7 active cases (as of 4/17/2020), down from a high of 11 active cases. Regrettably, our county has experienced a single COVID-19 fatality in West Wendover.
We have created an Emergency Operations Center to manage the crisis, and have even extended our resources to neighboring counties. This dedicated team has worked tirelessly to educate, communicate, and collaborate with demonstrable results. I don’t think that it’s an overstatement to proclaim that our community’s response can serve as a model to other rural communities both statewide and nationwide.
Out of civic duty, Elko citizens reluctantly hunkered down for the initial 30 day shutdown, followed by the 15 day extension. Despite serious economic consequences, our essential businesses have operated responsibly, along with our mining sector partners and local governments. We mourn for the “nonessential” businesses that have suffered mightily, and pray for their recovery.
Much like Clark County, our convention, casino, tourism, airline and lodging sectors have been decimated. The CARES Act funding for the Payroll Protection Plan has now been exhausted, leaving most of our small businesses in our area unfunded and out of luck. If the shutdown is extended beyond April 30th, many of our small businesses will never reopen.
We are developing a comprehensive plan, and buy-in from the business community to responsibly reopen in a deliberate and phased way that will safeguard public health. It is understood that we can’t go back to “business as usual,” and that some services and community recreational amenities will need to be put on-hold. We will need to continue steadfast adherence with CDC guidelines for an extended time. However, it is time to begin reopening on May 1, and we are prepared for the challenge.
A large segment of our workforce will continue to be sidelined as long as our K12 schools are shuttered.
It is imperative that our children return to school and resume their studies, ensuring they will be ready to advance to the next level in the fall. Due to our low population densities, there is relatively low risk with the resumption of school. It will be a big morale boost for the kids to return to the classroom so that they can escape the stress and boredom of the lockdown.
Geographically, Elko County is the fourth largest county in the US, and benefits from an extremely low population density. This is a huge asset when it comes to the fight against the pandemic. Despite a mining sector that relies on busing and carpooling to transport thousands of employees each day to area mines, our operators have demonstrated that it can be done safely and responsibly.
Many of my constituents in the business community are longing for an end to the shutdown which was extended to April 30. Our workforce, businesses and governmental entities are bleeding cash with each successive day that this shutdown persists. If continued, many of us won’t have jobs to return to.
We clearly understand that we have many “at risk” citizens that will need to continue self-isolating in accordance with CDC Guidelines. This is an unavoidable consequence associated with pandemics.
While we care deeply about these individuals and their health, the continued sacrifice of our statewide economy creates larger societal problems. If the decision of a safe end to the shutdown were left solely to the medical experts, they would likely extend the shutdown beyond the economic “point of no return.” Despite the best of intentions, the models and projections have been grossly overstated.
It is a given that we will see outbreaks and “hotspots” into the foreseeable future. This virus is tenacious and will continue to be a threat until we have either better medicines or a vaccine. However, we cannot and must not continue to put our lives and civil liberties on hold until it is deemed “safe” to resume a semi-normal state. If, and when we experience an increase in new infection rates, we will be prepared to dial things back accordingly in a measured response.
We accept the responsibility, and with this, we need the flexibility to have local decision-making authority for our reopening timetables and planning. Please consider that a “one size fits all” approach does not work for a largely rural and sparsely populated Nevada. A statewide extension mandate will further deepen the economic damage that we have already incurred, plus it will be a huge psychological blow to the citizens that have diligently complied with the orders. Crucially, a statewide extension will invite civil disobedience and unrest. As mayor, I do not want to place our police officers in the untenable position of having to enforce state directives that are unpopular and impractical for our community.
Let’s get back to work! The City of Elko supports the reopening of the State of Nevada’s economy as well as responsible decision-making authority at the local level.
Respectfully submitted,

Reece Keener Elko Mayor

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Mayor Goodman calls business shutdown 'total insanity'


Las Vegas

Mayor Goodman calls business shutdown 'total insanity'

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called sweeping nonessential business closures "total insanity" with no end in sight, and she once more pushed to open the state.

Mayor Goodman calls business shutdown 'total insanity' - VIDEO Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday called sweeping nonessential business closures "total insanity" with no end date, and she once more pushed for Gov. Steve Sisolak to open the state.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday called sweeping nonessential business closures "total insanity" with no end date, and she once more pushed for Gov. Steve Sisolak to open the state. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman listens as City Attorney for Las Vegas Brad Jerbic delivers a p ... Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman listens as City Attorney for Las Vegas Brad Jerbic delivers a public statement during a public meeting at the Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @EliPagePhoto More Stories Las Vegas City Council OKs more funds for Cashman isolation complex New homeless quarantine complex opens at Cashman Center in Las Vegas Las Vegas soccer stadium talks could be extended through October Brew pubs in Las Vegas allowed to deliver alcohol Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday called sweeping nonessential business closures "total insanity" with no end date, and she once more pushed for Gov. Steve Sisolak to open the state. Shea Johnson By Shea Johnson / Las Vegas Review-Journal April 15, 2020 - 10:12 am // // //

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday called sweeping nonessential business closures "total insanity" as she once again pushed for Gov. Steve Sisolak to open the state for the sake of economic recovery.

"This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion, for there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start, no plan in place how to move through the shutdown or how even to come out of it," Goodman said.

In contrast to the advice of national and local health professionals who continue to urge social distancing and self-quarantine measures amid a pandemic roiling the world, the mayor said that businesses should be allowed to reopen throughout Nevada.



To do so, she indicated, would put a cap on the negative effect the shutdown has had on families, small businesses and the city's signature tourism industry because "being closed is killing us already."

"The longer we wait to do this the more impossible it will become to recover and return to the home we all know and love," she said, reading from a prepared statement at the beginning of the City Council meeting.

Sisolak's office didn't immediately respond to requests for comment about the mayor's remarks.



Consistent calls

It isn't the first time Goodman has appealed to the governor with a sense of urgency: She issued a plea last month to shorten the then 30-day shutdown to as little as eight days . Sisolak's most recent directive extended the closures through April .

Citing experts she has spoken with, Goodman said the coronavirus or a derivative will simply "be part of what we work through going forward" not unlike the flu or similar illnesses, suggesting that time had come to return to normal life.

"We cannot keep our heads in the sand and think it's going to go away," she said. "We're adults with brains who can know what to do to wash our hands, to take all precautions not to spread this disease."

And while she offered condolences to those who have "tragically" lost loved ones to COVID-19, she also quantified those who have died from the disease as only a fraction of the state population.

"But let me tell you: with a population of 3.2 million living in Nevada, those whom we lost represent less than a half of one percent of our population, which has caused us to shut down our entire state and everything that makes Nevada unique," she said.

By Wednesday afternoon, Nevada Health Response was reporting 131 deaths statewide, meaning that the death toll was a much lower percentage of the overall population than Goodman described.

Councilman Cedric Crear, who acknowledged his two businesses were hurting economically, said it was important that the city be nimble and responsive to businesses during this crisis, "but I also think it's important that we do follow the regulations and follow the guidelines that our health care professionals are laying out for us because one death is too many."

Crear, who said his aunt succumbed to COVID-19, suggested that as more testing hits the market, the number of infected people will rise and he argued there could be double or triple the number of positive cases seen now if it were not for self-quarantine measures.

Economic squeeze

As Las Vegas confronts a deficit of nearly $150 million over the next 18 months, it continues to prioritize measures to ease the burden on residents and businesses, while planning for economic turbulence, according to City Manager Scott Adams.

A conceptual draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year is balanced, he said, particularly with cooperation of the city's collective bargaining units whose leaders he met with nearly two weeks ago to indicate he would be suspending contracts later that day.

He said the move was not done for economic reasons, but instead for workplace flexibility, echoing the reasons provided by Clark County when it suspended its union contracts .

The city expects to begin receiving funding from the congressional stimulus bill soon - as much as $160 million, according to earlier city projections - but Adams said it was unclear when it would arrive: "If there's ever a time where the old saying, 'show me the money,' applies, it's right now."

He also said the city has signed off on grants allowing it to acquire more personal protective equipment for first responders. And the city will begin Thursday to focus on its economic and social recovery strategy, looking at the residual effects of surges in unemployment.

Contact Shea Johnson at sjohnson@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0272. Follow @Shea_LVRJ on Twitter.



Wisdom Through Humility: Lessons from the Covid-19 Crisis


Written by Pete Bowen on April 20, 2020

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/By Pete Bowen and Bailey Bowen/

I learned a few important lessons last week that some might find helpful.

On March 17, government-ordered Covid-19 shutdowns reduced my consulting business income to $0 overnight.

The same week, two of my three daughters were laid off from their jobs.

At the time, we were told that the shutdown would be a couple weeks. It would be tough and painful, but we would get through it.

Though I had no income, we had enough savings to go 6 months on a bare-bones budget.

Besides, the government promised help for businesses like mine to get through it all.

I applied for unemployment and tried to apply for the PPP loans the government promised.

We weren't too concerned. We felt comfortable that our savings could carry us past the crisis.

Then the shutdown kept getting extended. First to a month. Then 8-12 weeks.

At the same time, the government promises started falling flat.

As a sole-owner LLC, I had to wait until Friday, April 10, to apply for a PPP loan. I didn't get access to an online application until Tuesday night, April 15^th .

By then, however, the PPP money was already gone.

Unemployment? I got denied for several reasons including that I had "excessive earnings" of $145 one week when I took a 35-minute client phone call.

We are genuinely grateful for the $2,400 federal money we did receive. Here in Orange County, California, that's about 10 days of living expenses for a family of four at the low-income level.

Then the shutdown kept getting longer. Three months, then six months and now maybe 12-18 months.

Last week, we realized that our savings are going to run out long before our political leaders tell us the economy will reopen.

Government ordered shutdowns took away all our income.

There is no PPP money for us. No EIDL money. No unemployment money. No business income for as long as a year.

We're in trouble. We have to compete with 25 million other Americans to find jobs that generate a combined $50 an hour for us to make the low-income level.

My family is not alone in this.

A school-teacher/hairdresser friend of mine is already part of a rising black market economy. She's a long-term substitute teacher who is only getting $800/month in unemployment because her UI base rate was too low as a substitute teacher.

How is she going to make her $2,000 rent on May 1? How is she going to buy food?

If you were in her situation, would you cut people's hair in their homes despite the government guidelines?

A good friend owns an OC tourism business. It looks like they are approved for PPP money and they are grateful. It will help them get by through the end of June.

The problem is that Disneyland may not re-open until August or September.

There is no apparent mechanism by which they can last through August-much less September or October-which is how long it will take for them to get their business back up. If they go out of business, it will be very difficult for them to restart it.

The wife of another friend beat stage 4 cancer two years ago. With a compromised immune system, she is high risk for Covid-19. Nevertheless, she is working in a grocery store because their fear of Covid-19 is outweighed by their need for the income.

These are all educated, upper-middle class people running successful businesses until the government shutdowns ended their work.

All of us have been willing to make big personal and professional sacrifices to help address this terrible pandemic.

But when politicians blithely talk about shutdowns lasting 6 or 12 or 18 months, and government help lasts 2.5 months or doesn't come at all, you are hit in the face with a new reality.

Our six months of savings went from /more-than-covering-the-shutdown/ to /it's-going-to-fall-way-short/.

How am I going to feed and house my family when our savings run out?

My friends whose companies received millions in PPP loans explain to me, with some condescension, that they are sorry I'm in this spot, but this is all necessary to keep the pandemic down.

The message comes across as, /"If you just understood how important all of this is, you wouldn't feel this way."/ You know, you just need to get more informed. You need to adjust your thinking.

Then they spend most of their energy and time fighting over whose fault this is.

In the beginning of April, I thought largely the same way. I had a path to get through this.

With six months of savings and promises of government help, I was socially-distanced from the impact of shutting down our economy.

Now that the government promises have fallen flat and my path appears to come up short, my Marine Corps response to them is /"Are you shitting me?"/

*Lesson One:* /I was reminded that as much as I think I understand the pain of others, there is a big difference when I'm actually in it./

That leads to...

*Lesson Two*: /The top 10% of this nation-that's you and me-are over-confident, self-absorbed and smug. We are highly educated, but lack wisdom./

We've got degrees from prestigious universities, where we benefited less from what we learned and more from the resulting social status and connections.

We value pure intellectual knowledge over wisdom, and we are the worse for it.

We are over-confident and smug. We don't listen to people who disagree with us to see if we can learn something. Instead, we attack them because disagreement means they are either stupid or evil.

We are self-absorbed. Bad things happen to other people, not us.

None of these traits are wise or helpful when we need to come together to tackle this crisis.

I didn't understand the impact of shutting down the economy until I felt the impact on me. I got an important lesson in humility.

My CEO-friends who got millions in PPP money are blind to the possibility that they are just a few months behind me. Even when that possibility is put explicitly before them.

When you feel safe financially, it's easy to be insensitive to what's happening to tens of millions of our brothers and sisters throughout America. It's easy to lecture them about how the shutdown is so much more important than the economy.

Nationally, we've got at least 68 million families with 100 million people who live paycheck to paycheck.

We have 25 million unemployed in America.

In Los Angeles County, only 45% of the residents have jobs.

Now, instead of /thinking about/ try to /emotionally feel/ the following: The PPP money your law firm or business received just ran out.

All your clients called in the last few days and said they can't pay their bills. You have zero receivables.

You have just 3 weeks of personal money for your family's expenses.

You need $7,000/month in Southern California to survive at the low-income level. You're receiving $800/month in unemployment.

Political leaders nonchalantly mention that the shutdown will go for 6-12 months, so you have little hope of work until October. Maybe.

May 1 is coming. Are you going to spend your $800 on food or to offset your $2,000 rent? We haven't even talked about your electricity or heat or water or phone or insurance bills.

Now that you have a few weeks of food-you'll always spend your money on food before rent-how are you going to do this again on June 1 and again on July 1?

Even if you got your job back tomorrow, you won't get a full paycheck for at least 3 weeks.

If you really faced the problem of not having enough money to feed or house your family, how would you feel and what would you do?

I learned last week that the gap between where you are right now and the scenario above is much smaller than I knew.

Our leaders-that's you and me-have little sense of what tens of millions of people are going through as you read this.

With government paychecks and contracts and PPP money, we blithely lecture 100 million people that they must risk homelessness and hunger to stay safe from a virus that has a 2% mortality rate.

To those without jobs, it looks a lot like burning down the village to save it.

That brings us to *Lesson Three*: /Wisdom demands honest, good-faith discussion and decision-making about the whole problem, not just one part of the problem./

Every day, we have detailed briefings by hundreds of government leaders on the intricacies of the pandemic and our medical response and models and...

That is all 10-out-of-10, 110%, very important.

Comparatively, we get almost no discussion about the daily struggles of 100 million of our American brothers and sisters as they try to avoid hunger and homelessness.

Where are the daily briefings with charts and statistics and models on how the shutdown is impacting our brothers and sisters? Where is the detailed planning to get them back to work?

We-the politicians and top 10%---are in a relatively comfortable position. We're not facing hunger or homelessness, so their struggles are just not that important.

We focus on what we do feel: fear that if the hospitals are swamped with Covid19 patients, we might not get the treatment we want for a heart attack.

That's what's real to us.

Besides, we threw money at the unemployed. We checked that box. Now it's time to lecture them about how important it is to us for them to stay isolated.

About how disappointed we are if they do raise their voice and complain.

We've never invited them into our discussion. We've never asked what they think. We've never actively listened to them or tried to feel what they're going through.

Why would we listen? We're more educated than they are. We know more.

A wise and honest approach would actively listen to everyone. It would pay as much attention to what our 100 million are going through as it does on what our hospitals are going through.

It would focus on balancing the real trade-offs between health risks, hunger and homelessness.

It would end the incessant demonizing and fighting between politicians who seem to care far less about what's happening to us and far more about using this crisis as an opportunity to attack political opponents.

We might be smart, but we lack wisdom, respect and compassion.

*Lesson One*: /I was reminded that as much as I think I understand the pain of others, there is a big difference when I'm actually in it. /

/ //We must remind ourselves that there is a big difference between the abstract pain of others, and feeling it yourself./

*Lesson Two*: /The top 10% of this nation-that's you and me-are over-confident, self-absorbed and smug. We are highly educated, but lack wisdom. /

/ //We must beware of egotism, learn humility and engage each other in respectful, good-faith conversations actively listening to all our brothers and sisters./

*Lesson Three*: /Wisdom demands honest, good-faith discussion and decision-making about the whole problem, not just the part of the problem that directly impacts us./

A week ago, I would have reflexively said, "Let's take our time to open the economy as it becomes safe." I felt comfortable, confident and educated saying it.

Today, I'll tell you that as bad as the health risks are-and they are really bad-we need to give the same attention to our brothers and sisters getting really hurt by this shutdown.

Those are the lessons I've learned the hard way. Maybe they are lessons we can all think about.

/Bailey Bowen is Pete's youngest daughter who studied sociology at Spring Hill College. Recently furloughed, she has more time to correct her father's writing and challenge his ideas./

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Pete Bowen



NEVADA VIEWS: Are Gov. Steve Sisolak's coronavirus edicts based on sound science?


Data doesn't indicate a basis for many of his actions.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak delivers his first State of the State address from the Assembly C ... Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak delivers his first State of the State address from the Assembly Chambers of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes) By David A. DiOrio Special to the Review-Journal April 18, 2020 - 9:00 pm

I've become increasingly concerned regarding the basis for the various actions taken by Gov. Steve Sisolak during this medical state of emergency.

The initial actions of closing schools and nonessential businesses to achieve social distancing were clearly necessary in response to model projections that indicated a potential number of cases that would overwhelm our medical capability and result in unnecessary deaths. Unfortunately, those seem to be the last decisions made on the basis of data. Subsequent decisions seem more of a knee-jerk response rather than common-sense or considered decisions based on data and medical input.

For instance, the governor's decision to restrict the use of hydroxychloroquine came at a time when the FDA had approved the drug for off label use in treating COVID-19. It deprived patients who were taking the drug for approved reasons. More importantly, it prompted physicians seeing patients in their offices suspected of having COVID-19 to admit these patients to the hospital rather than use HCQ when appropriate and continue to treat and follow them as outpatients. This leads to an inefficient utilization of hospital beds that were in short supply.

Press releases stated that the decision was based on the "concern" of the state pharmacy board that there might be hoarding of the drug. Other states imposed no such restrictions, and there was no hoarding. So where is the data that shows Nevada physicians are less responsible than those practicing in other states?

The decision on April 8 to ratchet up the restrictions on activities and businesses because "people are dying" was reportedly in reaction to pictures the governor viewed showing golfers not maintaining his mandated social distancing. Yet on that date, actual deaths and COVID-19 cases in Nevada (and in the United States in general) were far less than those projected when the governor initiated measures to create social distancing. Additionally, on the same date, Nevada reached its peak medical resource utilization and began having a surplus of resources.

In other words, since April 8, Nevada has had more capability to treat COVID-19 than needed. So why - when the goals of the initial directives regarding social distancing had been met (despite people participating in outdoor activities such as picnics, tennis, basketball and golf) - increase the burden on Nevadans by restricting their outdoor social outlets and activities? Because the data doesn't indicate a basis for the action, what is the basis? Was it a reaction to the large number of deaths reported the days prior when Nevada reached its peak deaths per day?

Given the long incubation period of COVID-19 and the expected lengthy treatment of the people who ultimately succumbed, virtually all of the people dying at that point would have been infected prior to the beginning of the social distancing measures on March 17. So those deaths are not a result of improper social distancing and are not a justification for imposing additional restrictions. Indeed, all the data shows that the sacrifices that Nevadans have endured since March 17 have been working very well despite them engaging in outdoor recreational activities that don't strictly adhere to social distancing mandates.

One final point. During the 2017-18 flu season, when the current governor was a Clark County commissioner, 80,000 people died in the United States from common flu. For Clark County, the proportional number would be approximately 533 deaths. The current projected total COVID-19 deaths for the entire state of Nevada through August is 254 with no deaths after early May. So more than twice as many people died in Clark County during one flu season when the governor was a county commissioner, and there was no interruption of the business and activities of the citizens of the county, state or country. I would venture a guess that you could probably find a picture of then-Commissioner Sisolak on the golf course.

Dr. David A. DiOrio, a general surgery specialist, writes from Las Vegas.


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ANOTHER
Open letter to Gov. Sisolak:


GOVERNOR SISOLAK of
is without a doubt at the ZENITH of POWER...

I recall from HISTORY that the WORLD has been down this road before...



In FUTURE
will CITIZENs be obligated to wear on your sweater a STAR
to signify CULTURAL (social) ACCEPTANCE for years 2020 and beyond

much like the STAR of the past...???

In FUTURE
CITIZENs will no longer be able to MOUTH or THINK



I was under the impression that

was the way of THE LAND...



MEET the ISMs (a.k.a. the teams)...

   FASCISM ===>

 SOCIALISM ===>

 COMMUNISM ===>

    NAZISM ===>

and lest we not forget the CURRENT ISM

LIBERALISM ===>         



GOVERNOR SISOLAK of
in 6 short weeks was able to PLAN and EXECUTE

what it tookto do in 12 long years...!!!


Soon...very soon...
CITIZENs will be at THE CROSS ROADs
...and will have to answer THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:


There were times when

HOWEVER...along the way...others had their doubts...




(...seated RONALD REAGAN and RICHARD NIXON...BOHEMIAN GROVE SUMMER 1967)

NOTE: All of the above accomplished without opening
a single canister of CYCLONE B...!!!

Congratualations GOVERNOR SISOLAK of
(can't help but notice your EFFICIENCY)


While all this was "GOING DOWN"...
I couldn't help but notice that
GOVERNOR SISOLAK of possessed a SMILE...!!!


After all I am told was a HAPPY CAMPER
while his URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT was underway...!!!



      

BLACK SHIRT

...and oh by the way THE AUTHOR

...all is well...




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Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant to close after 40 years in Las Vegas


Ricardo's, which has long been a place for family celebrations and weddings, is closing, said owner Bob Ansara, because of the coronavirus shutdown and related requirements.

Ricardo's restaurant owner Bob Ansara October 2010. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file) Bob Ansara of Ricardo's restaurant pictured in 2003. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file) Sara Ansara, left, and her father Bob Ansara, owner of Ricardo's pictured in October 2010. (Las ... Sara Ansara, left, and her father Bob Ansara, owner of Ricardo's pictured in October 2010. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file) Ricardo's owner Bob Ansara, center, pictured in 1985. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file) More Stories Las Vegas Cinco de Mayo celebrations continue during lockdown Restaurants offer specials, services to adapt to changing times Henderson winery fights to stay alive during pandemic - VIDEO Maya, Galaxy cinemas offer movie theater popcorn to go

After more than 40 years in Las Vegas, Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant has reached the end of the road.

Like a number of other dining establishments in Southern Nevada, it has been holding on by doing takeout, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.

"But that's really a Band-Aid," said owner Bob Ansara, who added that his crew of 67 workers has been reduced to four, as the restaurant does about 20 percent of its regular sales volume. He plans to continue the service until the Nevada restaurant industry gets the OK to re-open its dining rooms.

"We'll be here, ironically, until the governor opens us up," Ansara said. "We're going to close the day he opens the city. I don't see re-opening (the restaurant) making any sense."

Ansara said he decided to close because of a number of factors.

"I've been doing it for 40 years and eight months. Not that I don't have another 10 in me," said Ansara, 67, "because I do." In making his decision, he considered his location at Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard, the changing demographics of the area and how much money he would need to invest in the business.

"I just don't see a clear path forward," he said. "When you take into consideration the hurt of the last two months and what it's going to take to regenerate the business, and when I look ahead to the next 18 months and see what those months will be like ... ."

Ansara trailed off, but he's clearly thought long and hard about those months.

"I don't think our recovery's going to come all at once," he said. "I think it's going to be in dribs and drabs and starts and fits. If 300,000 people are out of work today, they're not going to get rehired at the end of May."

Ricardo's has long been a place for family celebrations, for weddings and birthday parties.

"I've seen families grow up, just like all of my buddies who have been in the restaurant business a long time," he said.

Ansara knows the new requirements aimed at limiting the spread of the virus will hurt.

"In many cases, those restrictions will be worse than being closed," he said, in terms of limiting capacity, limiting party size and having a full-time person in charge of the restaurant's sanitary requirements.

"While I think they're all well-intentioned," Ansara said, "I think they pretty much spell disaster for small businesses."

It probably doesn't help that Ansara is not exactly on board with the more pessimistic predictions regarding the virus and what is in store if we don't strictly follow social distancing and heightened sanitary measures.

"I'm a bit of a Covid-19 denier," he said. "We've got a bad-ass flu on our hands and we've shut the world down because of it. This is the first time in 100 years we've quarantined healthy people. You can't argue whether or not measures that have been taken kept it at 3 million; you can't win that argument. I'm not certain the cure wasn't worse than the disease. But I don't mean disrespect to anybody who lost somebody, or somebody who died."

Richard Reed, who stopped by Ricardo's on Friday, said he'd been a customer for "more than a couple of decades," drawn to the good quality and friendships.

"Yes, it was a business, but it's like an institution of the city," he said. "I'm obviously very disheartened. It's a shame that a family-owned tradition like this has to get wiped out because of a virus, and because of strange rules the government puts on things."

Ansara said he realizes others might have made a different decision.

"I'm in a position where I can walk away now, rather than fight over the next two years to get back to ground zero," he said. "Everybody's in a position to make the decision for themselves. Maybe those people have more incentive to borrow money or think positively, but I'm very concerned about the economy - not only local, but state and federal. I think we're headed for some really difficult times. We will overcome it, we will survive it. But I just don't see doing it with the restaurant open."

Telling his team Wednesday that he wasn't going to re-open, Ansara said, may have been the hardest thing he's ever done.

"It was a miserable experience, one I don't want to duplicate ever again," he said. "I've had a number of weeks to come to grips with it, and to mourn the aftermath of it, so I'm probably a few weeks ahead of the people around me. But it's a tough time."

/Contact Heidi Knapp Rinella at Hrinella@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0474. Follow @HKRinella on Twitter./




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Dallas salon owner sentenced to 7 days in jail, hit with thousands in fines for refusing to close


Shelley Luther told the judge she had to keep her business open in order to feed her kids

Shelley Luther (Image source: WFAA-TV video screenshot)

The owner of a Dallas salon has been sentenced to seven days in jail and fined thousands of dollars for openly defying state, county, and city government mandates by reopening her business and refusing to re-close amid the coronavirus shutdown.

What are the details?

Shelley Luther, who owns Salon a la Mode, reopened her business on April 30 in violation of Texas's statewide lockdown on businesses deemed non-essential during the COVID-19 crisis. She argued that she was behind on her mortgage along with several of the 19 stylists who work at her salon, and that the government did not have the right to prohibit citizens from working to provide for their families.

Luther was issued a citation from the City of Dallas, followed by a cease-and-desist letter and a restraining order from the county. Yet, she stood her ground and continued to operate.

On Tuesday, Dallas Civil District Judge Eric Moye, who issued the restraining order, found Luther both criminally and civilly in violation of his order, according to WFAA-TV . She was also found to be in violation of Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) stay-at-home order.

Moye sentenced Luther to seven days in jail and a $7,000 fine.

According to KTVT-TV , the judge told Luther he would consider not giving her jail time if she would agree to close until the governor's order was lifted and "if she admitted that she was wrong, that she was selfish, and that she should apologize to the elected officials whose orders she violated."

Luther told the judge:

I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it's not someplace that I want to be. But I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish - because feeding my kids is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they'd rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision, but I am not going to shut the salon.

Salon A La Mode Owner, Shelley Luther Arrested: 'Feeding My Kids Isn't Selfish, I'm Not Closing The www.youtube.com

Anything else?

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support Shelley Luther.

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Abbott announced that all Texas hair salons, nail salons, and tanning salons may reopen on Friday, May 8.

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