With origins in China and a capacity to spread like wildfire, the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus struck Nevada with a vengeance in essentially one day, Sunday, March 15. On that one day decisions were made to close all public and private schools in Nevada by Governor Sisolak and several corporate leaders in the Hotel/Casino/Resort industry decided to close their massive properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Both decisions will have huge impacts on the state’s residents, those who have kids in school and those who work in some of the state’s biggest employers.
As of mid-March there were only 36 confirmed cases of the virus in all of Nevada and only one state in the United States that hadn’t been impacted (West Virginia). RPEN was contacted by one of our 18 chapters about the necessity of canceling chapter meetings in April. After discussing the matter with our State President Ruth Kilmer, we decided such a decision should be left up to our individual Chapter Presidents and so if you’re a regular attendee to your monthly (or bi-monthly) meetings be sure to contact your Chapter President before leaving home! The experts dealing with the spread of the virus have indicated that those over age 65 might need to take more precaution when visiting locations where more than 10 people gather. Several recruitment opportunities that RPEN had hoped to participate in this month (March) have been cancelled. A trip to visit RPEN’s equivalent organization in the State of Washington was also cancelled. Washington was one of the hardest hit states, with nearly 30+ deaths occurring at a Seattle area nursing home.
And so, like so many organizations doing business today, we are proceeding with caution and following the guidelines recommended to stay healthy. Essentially its common sense really; wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, stay home when you’re sick. Aren’t these things your mother always taught you?
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The Nevada Health Response Center will provide the latest information on Nevada’s response to COVID-19.