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.