Gov. Steve Sisolak discusses Nevada's recent COVID-19 figures during a press conference at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto

Gov. Steve Sisolak joined on a Wednesday press call and said that he is "incredibly concerned" about COVID-19 in Nevada.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- While isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, Gov. Steve Sisolak joined on a Wednesday press call and said that he is "incredibly concerned" about COVID-19 in Nevada and that his administration is exploring "all mitigation options available" to get the pandemic under control. 

The state's daily new cases and test positivity rate have steadily increased over the past three weeks. 14 of 17 counties have been flagged by the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force for elevated risk of disease transmission. 

The governor emphasized that trends have not improved since he encouraged Nevadans to stay at home for non-essential activities during a press conference last week.

"To be blunt, our state is surging and continues to surge. I'm incredibly concerned about the severity of COVID-19 in our state, as demonstrated in increased numbers," Sisolak said. "My administration is currently exploring all mitigation options available to get this under control."

The governor said Nevadans can expect to hear from him soon about next steps for COVID-19 mitigation, and that his team is getting input and briefings and working with all state health officials, emergency management and economic leaders. 

Sisolak said there have been positive examples of "Stay at Home 2.0" from local governments, agencies and businesses. He added that he looks forward to hearing updates on mitigation measures from local county officials. 

The governor noted that per Centers for Disease Control guidelines, he could end isolation as soon as Nov. 23 as long as he is asymptomatic for 24 hours after isolating for 10 days. The governor tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. 

He said he has been working from home in Carson City and experienced "mild" head congestion earlier in the week, but has been otherwise asymptomatic. He is not taking oxygen or any other medication or treatment from a doctor, he said. 

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So I guess masks and social distancing don’t work. Let’s try something new like getting young people back and school and healthy adults back to work! Then we could afford to keep the sick and frail people safe.


So I heard our Governor decided to have a huge festive Halloween party at his house! Rules for thee not me strikes again.


His lockdown ~ IF he does it, would be foolish. Because if he ALLOWS for tourist to come here to Vegas and we citizens of this state, are not supposed to live life and just stay indoors? Wrong. We will head out to see family, that live in another state. And yes, the Democratic agenda is quite clear throughout the world. You're pushing so hard to get NWO in. Its NOT going to happen. Oh, and by the way, last I checked, President Donald J Trump is STILL the President and will be til 2024. We need him MORE than ever. Then in 2024, another Republican President. Democrats are DOA.


the governor cant do anything, he can only tell his workers what to do, not the people,the people do not work for him, he works for the people, he is not a king, dictator or boss,if anything the people are allowing this official to do these acts of terror, stop volunteering to this nonsense and ignore this man who is breaking his own rules


The governor should declare a tax holiday and suspend property taxes for a businesses and homeowners! If the government couldn't collect taxes, COVID-19 hysteria would be cured in a day or two.


I think the governor will limit capacity for all businesses from 50% to just 25%. That would allow the casinos to stay open. However, more layoffs will be forthcoming as well as small business closures. Very sad.


Shrinking the middle class 1 pandemic at a time. If lockdowns didn’t work the first time why would they work a 2nd time?


I would assume Governor, you will do a moratorium on commercial rent, taxes and business licenses for small business effected so disastrously by your policies, indiscriminate picking of business winners like Walmart and Amazon and overall lack of regard for the health of the economy. Most of us had very vibrant and healthy businesses before this scourge was unleashed on us. No Conventions, need for services and yet every city, county and stage agency wants their fees and taxes, no deferments for small business only tax breaks for large businesses. It’s obvious the government wants to break the backs of small business to pay back their big business overlords. Small Business needs help now .. the bills and payroll keep coming in, we value our hard working employees and want them providing for their future. Help us after 8 months of this nightmare.


Any bets on if he closes down the casinos? Amazing that he wasn't even hospitalized, but he expects the rest of us to be stacked like cord wood in the hospital if we test positive.


I don't think he will, he's too scared to hurt his tax base further. Plus he always tries to go down the middle effectively making both the right and left equally upset with him. I honestly don't think anyone believes he is doing a good job.


Prepare to turn Nevada into a pauper state. Exactly what the democRATS want. More people relying on the government so they can be controlled.


Yeah, yeah...we already know you're going to do another pointless & useless lockdown because you're not finished destroying this state's economy.


Did u see what his daughter Carly posted on Instagram? Lemmie find the quote...... “blame yourself in 9 days when everything gets shutdown... not the government. Going to the casino/bars was not crucial. Stay home or don’t complain when your favorite salon/restaurant etc has closed.”

I heard they had a big festive Halloween Party. So pick your poison......

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