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Sisolak says COVID-19 directive compliance rate is “disappointing and unacceptable”

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement following the Division of Industrial Relations Occupation Safety and Health Administration’s report on face covering compliance.

On July 2, the state observed 204 Nevada businesses and found 49% were in compliance. The report broke the numbers down, finding:

  • 50% of bars and restaurant bars complied
  • 61% of other establishments (automobile sales and maintenance, gyms, hair and nail establishments, tattoo shops) complied

Sisolak’s statement reads as follows:

“The noncompliance numbers reported by State officials are disappointing and unacceptable a week after the face coverings directive was issued.  

To the businesses who are complying, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all Nevada. You’re protecting our businesses, our health, our jobs, our economy and your industry.  ... Read More

Plan Accordingly: Lake Mead reports backups due to visitor influx

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Lake Mead National Recreation Area is asking visitors to plan accordingly due to an influx at its entrance stations.

To help increase entrance speeds, the park asks that you have your pass ready prior to arriving at the stations. Visitors should expect delays.

July 3, 10:40 a.m.: All entrance stations are seeing an increase in visitation and are currently backed up, please plan accordingly. Visitors may experience delays.

Please have your passes waiting prior to entering the stations, this will help speed up the wait.

— Lake Mead (@lakemeadnps) July 3, 2020

If you’ve included Lake Mead on your Fourth of July agenda, park rangers also ask that you remember the following: ... Read More

NEW: State reports nearly 1K additional COVID-19 cases, new record set for daily testing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting nearly 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting 985 new COVID-19 cases and three new COVID-19-related deaths across the state. This is the second-highest, single-day increase in cases for Nevada, according to DHHS data.

There are now 20,718 confirmed cases and 528 deaths in the state.

Nevada has reported its five largest single-day increases for COVID-19 case in the past week. Its biggest jump was 1,099 on Friday, June 26, now followed by 985 on July 2, and 821 on June 27, 734 on June 28 and 645 on June 30... Read More

Redskins undergoing ‘thorough review’ of team name

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins are undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname.

The team said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. In a statement, the team said recent events around the U.S. and feedback from the community prompted the formal review.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” owner Dan Snyder said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we are supportive of this important step.”... Read More

Trip on a Tank: Discovering the beauty of Lake Mead National Recreation Area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Every Friday, 8 News Now will highlight local vacation spots that are easy to get to and explore.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the 6th most visited national park in the country and has an interesting history starting with a massive construction project.

“In the 1930s the Hoover Dam was constructed and at that time that actually transformed the mighty Colorado River into Lake Mead which is America’s largest reservoir,” said Christie Vanover, public affairs officer, Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

It was 1935, when people started utilizing the area for recreation.

“So, the National Park Service helps the Bureau of Reclamation manage the area for reclamation and the area was known as the Boulder Canyon National Recreation Area,” Vanover said... Read More

July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans’ self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small.

Health experts agree this will be a pivotal moment in determining whether the nation slides into a deeper mess. The fear is that a weekend of crowded pool parties, picnics and parades will fuel the surge.

“We’re not going to be arresting people for having gatherings, but we’re certainly going to discourage it,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, public health director for Seattle and King County... Read More

New life jacket stations added at Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, three new life jacket stations have been added along Boulder Beach at Lake Mead.

“We have life jacket loaner stations at our beaches to help save lives,” said Superintendent Margaret L. Goodro. “Please make sure your kids have life jackets on and adults too. Winds and waves can pick up quickly and make it difficult even for the strongest swimmer.”

The life jackets range from infant to adult sizes and are free to use. The stands are at Boulder Beach, including Special Events Beach and Canoe-Kayak Beach.

Rangers remind Lake Mead visitors to be safe:... Read More