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As of today (April 1) there are 1,138 COVID-19 cases in the state of Nevada, an increase of 25 new cases since yesterday (March 30), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. This makes Nevada 24th in the list of states for the most US coronavirus cases.

Of the state's cases, 869 are in Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) reported. There have been 26 deaths statewide, of which 23 were in Clark County, SNHD says. Most of the patients were in their 50s or older and had underlying medical conditions, according to SNHD. 

Some Nevada day care centers have closed but others remain open, and there Las Vegas News  are no plans yet to close facilities statewide, to make sure that childcare remains available for parents who perform essential work, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

Yesterday (March 31), Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak advised travelers visiting Nevada to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days, and to avoid visits to public places, the Review-Journal reported. To date, 11,794 people in Nevada have been tested for COVID-19, according to the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Governor Sisolak issued an emergency directive on March 29 forbidding evictions statewide, for the duration of the state of emergency.

"This directive is intended to keep people in their homes at a time when we are=encouraging all Nevadans to stay at home," Governor Sisolak said in the directive. "This is not the time to put people out on the streets. This is also not the time to evict small business owners who have been hit hard by the economic fallout of this pandemic."  

A positive case of COVID-19 was reported  in a person who accessed services at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Homeless Courtyard in Las Vegas while he was symptomatic, SNHD said in a statement released on March 25. Staff, volunteers and clients at these facilities have been notified about the possibility of exposure to the individual who was ill.

On March 24, Governor Sisolak signed a directive limiting public gatherings to 10 people or fewer. 

"Protecting the health and safety of Nevadans is the top priority during this crisis and we must all band together to stay home for Nevadans," the governor said in a statement. "While getting outdoors is a great way to spend the time at home, gathering in large groups increases the likelihood of transmission," he said.

On March 18, Governor Sisolak waived the state's seven-day wait for unemployment benefits. He also declared that those applying for unemployment did not need to demonstrate that they were searching for work.

"Both of these instructions are practical, common-sense measures to help Nevadans obtain unemployment insurance benefits, while helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19," the governor said in a statement.

Governor Sisolak declared a state of emergency on March 17, with nearly all buildings in Clark County closed to the public, according to the Clark County Nevada website. All casinos, restaurants, bars and other nonessential businesses statewide will also be shuttered Press Release Distribution Services In Las Vegas for 30 days as of midnight on March 17, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

"Today it is clear additional steps must be taken immediately to slow the spread of this deadly virus in our state," Governor Sisolak said.

Naturalization ceremonies and federal court trials in Nevada are on hold, and jury trials in Clark County District Court are suspended for 30 days, according to the Review-Journal. Visitations at all Nevada Department of Corrections facilities are also suspended, other than attorney and legal visits.

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