LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has set a tentative June 4 date for reopening the state’s shuttered casinos, including the famous glitzy casinos of Las Vegas. The Democratic governor says Nevada has continued to see decreasing cases of the coronavirus and COVID-19 hospitalizations after some businesses reopened and some restrictions began to be lifted nearly two weeks ago.
Sisolak’s office says he plans to hold a press conference Tuesday to offer more details about the next phase of reopening, assuming the decreasing cases of the virus and hospitalizations continue through the Memorial Day weekend.
Nevada’s gambling regulators plan to meet Tuesday and will consider reopening plans submitted from casinos, which need to be approved at least seven days before reopening.
Sisolak originally said casinos would likely not reopen until the third or fourth phase of recovery.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada increased to 7,401 on Friday. There have been 387 deaths as of Thursday, according to the state health department.
Hard-hit Humboldt County has reported two additional cases since Wednesday, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 30s. Both are close contacts of previous cases and are self-isolating at home.
“Our numbers have gone down significantly, from averaging three a day, to two a day, to now one a day,” said Dr. Charles Stringham, health officer for the county. “What’s more, the doctor said Humboldt General Hospital has not had a COVID-19 hospitalization for more than two weeks, and there are no Humboldt County persons who are currently hospitalized in Reno with the virus.”
Humboldt and Elko County have offered drive-thru testing in recent days, and Elko plans to test up to 3,000 people next week.
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