Governor Sisolak statement on call with Vice President Pence, White House COVID taskforce

CARSON CITY, NV - June 22, 2020

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak spoke directly to Vice President Mike Pence on a COVID-19 taskforce call with governors about comments made by President Trump over the weekend, where the President said he told his “people” to “slow the testing down” for the deadly virus.

Testing is a critical component to Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan, and the state has made great strides to make testing available to everyone, regardless of whether they are exhibiting symptoms or not. Increased testing helps determine the spread of the virus in the community and gives state and local public health operations critical information to pursue aggressive measures to help monitor and respond to outbreaks.

The following is a transcript from the Governor’s remarks on the call:

The President’s comments on Saturday night as related to his order to slow down the testing is certainly not helpful. We are doing everything we can in Nevada to increase our testing, to increase the availability of the testing and our cases have gone up, it's not solely a result of more testing, it's also a result of people not wearing masks and not following the social protocols. So if we could all get on the same page and get a commitment that there is not a federal mandate to slow down testing I think it would be extremely helpful.

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Meghin Delaney
Communications Director