Nevada to seek additional federal assistance from FEMA surge response efforts to help address Southern Nevada rise in COVID-19 cases, Delta variant and decline in vaccination rates

CARSON CITY, NV – July 01, 2021

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the State of Nevada will be seeking assistance from the federal government in response to the increasing trend in COVID-19 cases, the emergence and increase in the Delta variant, and the stagnation in vaccination rates in Clark County.

The White House announced their intention to create “surge teams” on Thursday and the State is working with federal agencies to request more support to aid in the Get Out The Vaccine (GOTV) efforts in Southern Nevada.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at reducing the severity of cases, hospitalization and deaths and we must continue to leverage resources at the federal, state and local level to increase access and confidence and get as many Nevadans protected from this deadly virus as possible,” said Gov. Sisolak “My office is working around-the-clock with state agencies and local partners to coordinate robust vaccination efforts, including but not limited to standing up more vaccination and testing sites, organizing Get-Out-The-Vaccine activities throughout the Valley, and developing a workplace vaccination program. This additional support from our Federal partners is necessary to assist in our outreach efforts and help meet the needs of Southern Nevada’s communities.”

As of today, Nevada’s statewide 14-day test positivity rate is 5.8 percent and hospitalizations have shown an increase over the last 2 weeks. The State is currently implementing an interagency effort targeting Southern Nevada to deploy mobile vaccine units, set up new testing and vaccination sites, and increase community outreach and education efforts. Announcements on new sites and additional efforts will continue to be released as they are confirmed.

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Meghin Delaney  
Communications Director