Nevada: Latest updates on coronavirus

Nevada: Latest updates on coronavirus

Last updated March 17 at 11:52 a.m. E.D.T.

The first COVID-19 death in Nevada was a man from Clark County who was in his 60s and had an underlying health condition, KLAS-TV reported yesterday (March 16). There are currently 35 cases in Clark County, including the patient who died, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

On March 15, Nevada’s Washoe County Health District reported five new cases of COVID-19. That raises the number of cases in the county to nine, according to FOX5 KVVU-TV.

Also on March 15, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced school closures for all of Nevada’s public, private and charter schools, beginning today (March 16). Schools will remain closed until April 6 and possibly later, Governor Sisolak said in a statement.

Colleges and universities in Nevada, including Nevada State College, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Nevada Reno, Roseman University and Touro University, have also announced plans to end in-person classes and transition to online learning, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Effective today (March 17), MGM Resorts International will suspend operations at all casinos and hotels in Las Vegas “until further notice,” the Review-Journal reported. This includes the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, New York-New York, Excalibur, and Park MGM.

In Washoe County, closures were recommended for bars, nightclubs and restaurants (except those providing pickup and delivery food services), county officials said in a March 16 statement. However, while the district supports closures and cancellations of large public gatherings to prevent COVID-19 transmission, such actions are “not mandatory at this time,” according to the statement.

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Originally published on Live Science. 

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