Governor Sisolak extends state mitigation measures for 30 days; vaccine playbook revised – KLAS – 8 News Now

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak extended the state’s current mitigation measures another 30 days, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state.

He noted we will not know the full effects of the holidays on case numbers until about two weeks from now to the end of the month.

The governor was also joined by health officials Shannon Bennett and Candice McDaniel, who provided an update on revisions to the state’s vaccine playbook. Nevada is doing away with tiers and will implement a strategy meant to help us adjust to the reality leaders are facing.

The Silver State has received 170,000 doses of the vaccine so far, with only about 61,000 administered. Sisolak and his team are saying they want to bump up seniors and vulnerable populations to get better results.

Shannon Bennett, Division of Public and Behavioral Health: As of Jan. 10, 61, 644 COVID vaccines have been administered. This includes 8,700 second doses for Nevadans who were the first to be immunized in December. #8NN pic.twitter.com/UN9eGBjpge

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Now, there are two lanes in place of the tiered approach. The essential workforce lane and the general population. Those frontline and community safety workers are in the left lane, with educators behind them. The general population lane begins with Nevadans 70 years of age and older. It continues to those ages 69-65, then 16-64 with underlying health conditions.

Sisolak blamed the federal government several times, saying the state finds out how many doses it will receive the week beforehand.

No vaccination dates have been released just yet.

For a more in-depth look at version three of Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination playbook, click here.

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