Virus Outbreak-Nevada-Masks

FILE - In this Saturday, April 24, 2021, file photo, people walk as others dine on the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The mask mandate is back in Nevada.

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday issued the directive in accordance with new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Mask use is mandated for all in counties with "substantial or high transmission," regardless of vaccine status. 

The mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. 

The rules are in accordance with Sisolak's Emergency Directive 045, signed in May, to automatically adopt CDC guidance related to mask-wearing.

Based on CDC data, 12 of Nevada's 17 counties are deemed as having substantial or high transmission, including Carson, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe and White Pine, the governor's office said. 

"This update comes as the Delta variant now accounts for the majority of new cases. The Delta variant has shown to be much more contagious and spreads more than twice as easily from one person to another, compared with earlier strains," his office said in a statement. 

Reno officials said Tuesday that they plan to require masks at their facilities, which include city hall and indoor pools, starting Wednesday.

In Nevada and nationwide, recent spikes in the number of new coronavirus cases reported daily have been fueled by the highly contagious delta variant.

Most new infections continue to be among unvaccinated people. So-called breakthrough infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people.

Nevada’s indoor mask requirements will apply to Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko and other cities. The state Gaming Control Board confirmed the mandate would apply to casinos in counties with high transmission rates.

As of Tuesday, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 276,934 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 951 since yesterday and 17 deaths, bringing the total to 4,653.

Both agencies urged residents to get vaccinated. "While using masks correctly has proven to be effective in helping to prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19, the best most effective step people can take to protect themselves is to get fully vaccinated," the health district said in a statement. 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority expressed support for the mandate, per Senior Vice President of Communications Lori Nelson-Kraft.

The Las Vegas destination will continue its unwavering commitment to the health, wellness and safety of our workforce, the community and our visitors. We fully support the State of Nevada adopting the CDC’s recommendation to help minimize the spread of the virus to enable our local community and visitors to enjoy all of the offerings that make Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world. We continue to advocate and encourage vaccinations as they remain the most effective solution to combating the virus.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit NVCOVIDFighter.org.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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(10) comments

Ginger

Well we knew it was coming, at least those of us that have working brains. Thank the Black population and Latino community, even those in hiding, for this latest round of masks. Trust me, next is the partitions again and capacity control. Get your act together you fools and get the vaccine. And know you guru at your local bar, or gym isn't the one to discuss it with

Nevermore

Tell that to all the illegals crossing the border. The Border patrol have to wear masks, but the illegals don't.

jeezlouise

shut up you du mb ho

I can think for myself

Remember the definition of insanity? It's doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. Masks didn't work first time, they won't work now. Remember this? "It's only 2 weeks to slow the spread."

Where's the story on CDC data showing that vaccinated people have increased transmission rates of the Delta Variant?

jeezlouise

Get bent Commie Sisolak. Stick it up your fat azz.

Nevermore

Why bother getting vaccinated if you're required to wear a mask. Isn't having a vaccination suppose to protect you from the virus. How much more stupidity do we have to put up with!

DPush

Not for me they aren't. This isn't about stopping the spread of disease, its about control and not one person has produced a shred of evidence that masks work. Like hcq doesn't work? Remember that lie?

qwerty123

Here you go, it's an evidence review demonstrating that mask work. https://files.fast.ai/papers/masks_lit_review.pdf

Nevermore

And you probably believe everything Fraudci says. Good luck with all the booster shots.

jeezlouise

gent bent loser

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