Nevada Coronavirus Cases

As of June 4, Nevada reported 9,090 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 429 resulted in deaths. Clark County has the majority of cases with 7,056.

Source: Nevada Health Response

The Nevada Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Line Has a Record Number of Calls

On June 1, the PUA adjudication line became operational and responsible for reviewing and resolving PUA eligibility issues presently holding back payments.

The Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation said that the call center received nearly 140,000 PUA claims and adjudication calls and continues to experience high call volume.

The adjudication line phone number is provided to individuals who received additional notices and updates through their EmployNV client portal mailbox instructing them to call.

Claimants requiring adjudication of issues are notified to contact the PUA Adjudication center for assistance in the order by which they filed their claim.

"With Nevada's staggering and unprecedented unemployment rate, it's no surprise the demand for PUA is high. We know there have been challenges reaching a live agent or frustrations when agents didn't have all of the answers. We are working with our vendor to address the demand by hiring and training as quickly as possible. Given the current call volume, claimants may experience a long wait or difficulty getting through, so we encourage claimants to check the status of their claim online," said DETR director, Heather Korbulic.

Calling the dedicated adjudication line when you have not been instructed to do so will not expedite your claim and prevents other claimants from reaching adjudication and receiving their payments in a timely manner.

Also, the unemployment staff said trying to secure assistance by reaching out directly to DETR or vendor employees tie up phone lines and prevent claimants from receiving necessary support.

"This new system was launched in a short period of time, while DETR staff was already paying out a significant increase in the number of traditional UI claims. We remain steadfast in our commitment to improving the system and the overall experience of claimants. At the end of the day, our goal is to help as many Nevadans as possible obtain the assistance they are eligible for," Korbulic said.

"With Nevada's staggering and unprecedented unemployment rate, it's no surprise the demand for PUA is high. We know there have been challenges reaching a live agent or frustrations when agents didn't have all of the answers. We are working with our vendor to address the demand by hiring and training as quickly as possible. Given the current call volume, claimants may experience a long wait or difficulty getting through, so we encourage claimants to check the status of their claim online."

DETR director, Heather Korbulic.

With The Highest Unemployment Rate in The Nation, Nevada’s Economy One of The Hardest Hit by The Coronavirus

The Nevada economy has been one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus because of the state’s large dependency on tourism and hospitality.

Nevada’s unemployment rate of 28.2 percent in April is the highest in the nation. It’s also one of the worst unemployment rates for any state since the national jobless rate was approximately 25 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression.

“They are sobering numbers, far in excess of anything we have experienced as a state before now,” said David Schmidt, chief economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). Schmidt continued, “There is no precedent for data like this, neither the magnitude of the shift, nor the speed with which it has happened. Because this is largely driven by policy response designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as businesses in the state are allowed to reopen, we should expect to see a corresponding decline in the number of people unemployed as Nevadans return to work.”

Casinos, the primary driver of Nevada’s economy, have all been closed on state orders since mid-March. The American Gaming Association (AGA) estimates 206,000 employees who work at Nevada casinos are currently out of work.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) is permitting casinos to reopen under a series of health and safety measures beginning June 4. But the first-term governor doesn’t see the state’s economy returning to full health until a vaccine for the coronavirus is discovered.

“Until there’s a vaccine where people feel like they’re immune to the virus, I don’t think it will be back totally,” Sisolak told the Vegas Chamber last week. “We certainly won’t get our international travelers back.”

“Hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll be pretty far along,” Sisolak projected.

Nevada’s three largest employers are casino operators – MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Las Vegas Sands. And three more are in the top 10 – Wynn Resorts, Boyd Gaming, and International Gaming Technology (IGT).

Number of advance unemployment claims made in Nevada for the week ending March 21 - 93,036 Claims made the previous week - 6,356

As at February 9, 66% of US respondents to a multi-country survey poll stated that wash their hands more often than before

As at February 9, 63% of US respondents to a multi-country survey poll stated that they were avoiding traveling to infected countries or areas

As at March 20, 60% of Americans do not plan on changing their purchasing behaviour towards canned goods as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

As at March 20, 62% of Americans did not plan on changing their purchasing behaviour towards meal kit deliveries as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

Source: statistica.com

As at April 6, ICU beds occupied: 74%
Ventilator use: 44 % with 838 total ventilators available The IHME model anticipates that Nevada will need 413 ventilators at peak usage

As at April 15, Southern Nevada’s workers that belong to industries most at risk for job losses during the pandemic: 49% Through the week that ended April 4, about 271,530 Nevadans have filed initial unemployment insurance claims this year, more than in the last two years combined

As at May 13, there is a plan to run a total of 3,500 tests from samples from around the state

As of May 27, The American Gaming Association (AGA) estimates 206,000 employees who work at Nevada casinos are currently out of work. Nevada’s unemployment rate of 28.2 percent in April is the highest in the nation. It’s also one of the worst unemployment rates for any state since the national jobless rate was approximately 25 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression.

As of June 4, The Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation has received nearly 140,000 PUA claims and adjudication calls.

Nevada Genomics Center Unlocking the Coronavirus

Director Paul Hartley is busy analyzing samples from patients who contracted COVID-19 at the Nevada Genomics Center.

He says that back in March UNR Med and the state health laboratory approached him and asked him to break down the samples and map the DNA sequencing for each sample he got.

“We're trying to find out the genome sequence of the virus,” says Professor Hartley. “When you have a virus mutation, that virus can spread to another person and then to another person then it might mutate again to spread to another person and another person. And by knowing what a group of people has in terms of the changes in the viral genome, you can build a phylogenetic chart to link together how the virus has been spreading,” he says.

A genome is the complete collection of DNA of an organism which includes all its genes. Completing the sequencing takes approximately a week.

The samples come from both the southern and northern Nevada state health laboratories and are assigned an identification number so that patients are not marked.

As Dr. Hartley says, over time , the virus mutates.

“Understanding the sequence, because when there are changes in the proteins which is required for entering this virus into the cells,” says Subhash Verma PH.D, a UNR Med Associate Professor. “So understanding that will tell us what has happened how many viruses are out there and whether the vaccine, which is coming out, for all of these strains,” he says.

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