Nevada Legislature Coronavirus Risk

The Assembly meets on the first day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Nevada lawmakers converge on the state capital for a special legislative budget session Wednesday after outbreaks of the new coronavirus were reported in Legislatures in California and Mississippi. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen in Nevada since casinos started reopening in early June. (David Calvert via AP, Pool)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A person with access to the Nevada legislative building has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The positive case was confirmed in a memo sent to legislators from the Legislative Counsel Bureau. The person was reportedly "asymptomatic and feeling well," but would not return to the legislative building. LCB Director Brenda Erdoes said the Department of Health and Human Services is conducting contact tracing and said anyone with significant contact would be notified.

It wasn't immediately clear if the person who tested positive was a lawmaker. The State Assembly has yet to convene despite a floor session set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The Senate was in session until shortly before noon and has yet to reconvene.

The legislature is currently meeting for a special session to tackle the state's $1.15 billion budget deficit. The session began Wednesday morning.

Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Speaker Jason Frierson released a joint statement on the positive case:

LCB is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of legislators, staff, and members of the press in the legislative building. Everyone in the building continues to follow the prescribed safety protocols issued by the CDC and DHHS, and we encourage all Nevadans to follow those guidelines during this difficult and unprecedented time. We passed rules at the beginning of session to allow remote participation for legislators should this situation occur, and we are committed to allowing members to continue their legislative duties remotely if they are uncomfortable. LCB has made similar accommodations for staff and members of the press. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond appropriately as the session progresses.

Lawmakers and other legislative staff were screened by the Nevada National Guard before the session began. Lawmakers were required to wear a mask while inside the legislative building.

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(5) comments

Voz de Razon

The 3 ton irony would be to see how many of these "chicken littles" already have been exposed and have antibodies for the bug. Probably about half. Fear is this virus' strong suit - thanks to the news fomenting it.

News and reality might as well be different planets right now.

qwerty123

In a Reno based study, about 2.5% of Nevadans have tested positive for the antibodies. It is probably higher among legislatures since they travel more often than the average citizen.

Mediumjeep

What a building to have all the useless overpaid empty suit liberals holding it down ! Eliminate Nevada ,just expand the borders of neighboring states ! Idaho south Arizona gets a good chunk ,utah gets the easternmost area ! Even komifornia could grab few acres! Keep going merge a lot of states eliminate the dead weight of government!

Voz de Razon

As long as Vegas doesn't get absorbed by Kalifornia.

qwerty123

Fun Fact, in 1900 some states actually did propose in the Senate to strip Nevada of its statehood since the population had fallen to around 30,000. Las Vegas had not been incorperated yet, but Lincoln county (Clark was broken off of Lincoln in 1909) would have been given to California to maintain the Colorado River as a state border. Utah would not have received any land due to widespread prejudice against Mormons at the time.

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