LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Governor Steve Sisolak said that the percent of coronavirus tests coming back positive has been decreasing over the past 20 days.
Less than 10 percent of percent of people who test for the virus test positive, Sisolak said. According to the Nevada Hospital Association, COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped over a 14-day period.
The news came Friday afternoon, one week after the beginning of Phase 1 of the governor's Road to Recovery plan. Sisolak stressed that subsequent phases of reopening will depend on medical trends including cases and hospitalizations.
The governor said that 17,000 COVID-19 tests were performed last week, and the state is increasing its testing capacity. New drive-thru and mobile testing facilities have popped up in Clark and Washoe as well as rural counties.
Phase 1 allowed some "non-essential" businesses to open curbside and dine-in operations, provided that they follow state guidelines which include social distancing and operating at 50 percent capacity. Sisolak said some businesses that are not in compliance will experience repercussions.
"Unfortunately, their negligence puts Nevadans at risk," he said.
Local officials, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state licensing and regulatory authorities are monitoring businesses as they reopen. Sisolak said they are investigating and taking action on non-compliance, as necessary.
Sisolak also said that the Department of Unemployment and Rehabilitation has launched a system for self-employed workers to file unemployment insurance claims.