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James Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, participates in a news conference in New York, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Sunday afternoon a statewide task force to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The task force will be led by Jim Murren, former CEO of MGM Resorts International. Prior to Sisolak's update, MGM announced Bill Hornbuckle would take over as acting CEO. 

As of Sunday, the Nevada Health Response reported 190 known cases of COVID-19 in the state with two related deaths.

After thanking those still working in the state, Sisolak announced the formation of the COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force (RRR) to focus "immediately marshalling and organizing all of Nevada’s private sector resources in support of the local and State Government’s already robust efforts to tackle COVID-19." 

Murren will begin the position immediately, Sisolak said, in an unpaid, voluntary position. He has already begun putting together the leadership and architecture of the task force.

Sisolak noted Murren's experience in several industries across the country, as well as his international business experience, saying Murren has regular contacts in Asia and the Middle East to help advise Nevada from their experience.

Murren also has a relationship with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the national task force, according to the governor. 

This effort will expand the capacity of Nevada's healthcare system, according to the governor, with the goal still to flatten the curve.

“It’s going to take all of us working together to battle COVID-19 in our State and around the country, and I’m thankful we have an ally in Jim Murren who will help enhance and expand our response, relief and recovery efforts,” Sisolak said.

In a follow-up question and answer, Sisolak asked Nevadans to support news outlets, following the shuttering of The Reno News & Review.

The alternative weekly suspended the publication indefinitely after issuing Thursday’s edition and is laying off all employees, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.

“I’m sad about it obviously, but I’m also really proud of the work we’ve done,” said Editor Brad Bynum, who noted the combined online and print circulation is about 97,000.

"If home means Nevada, stay home for Nevada," the governor said. 

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(5) comments

Billy

First off, if anyone from Fox 5 is reading this, you should not bury the comments at the bottom of the page after all the ads. (That is if you care what your readers/listeners think). In regards to Jim Murren now being appointed to head the Nevada Coronavirus task force, maybe Mr. Murren needs to donate back to those MGM employees who are now out of a job because of this virus. He was given a $32 million dollar severance package, not counting what he earned while he was the CEO. It would be great to see Jim man up and donate $15 million to an employee fund to help those get thru this crisis. I hope this comment is put this on The Rant and get those executives who have received large bonuses and in this case severance pay to give back to those casino employees who helped them earned those huge salaries and bonuses.

sisolakisascumbag

murren resigned and sold his 22 million in stock a week before the crash...DemocRat birds of a feather scheme together

fluffy_kitten

Nice. Everyone must comply with the shelter-in-place order unless you are an M Life Pearl member or higher!

Ryan Masters

So... When should I expect rent prices to start dropping?

MicheleR58

I wish! Because of people that moved here from California and of course, The Las Vegas Raiders ~ everything has gone UP! People moved to Vegas because renting and or owning a home was reasonable, etc. Not anymore. Even food has gone up.

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