How Is Nevada Impacted By COVID-19?

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    March 30 2020

    How Does Coronavirus Impact Nevada?

    The coronavirus has affected small businesses, schools, government institutions, and jobs. With new guidelines coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people need to consider changing their day to day life. The coronavirus impact on Nevada is deep. It’s not business as usual as coronavirus affects Nevada courts, economy, and overall way of life. Our governor declared a state of emergency at a March 12, 2020 news conference. This activates the state’s emergency operations center and the Nevada Health Response Team.

    As of March 10, 2020, there have been 168 Nevadans whose coronavirus tests came back negative. Another 164 Nevadans are being monitored for the virus. And 341 Nevadans have completed monitoring without developing symptoms for the coronavirus. These numbers come from the Department of Health and Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). As more tests become available these numbers could increase, which has Nevada making efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.  Check the Department of Health and Human Services website for updated numbers.

    Coronavirus Impact on Nevada Businesses

    Out of concern for the coronavirus spreading, institutions nationwide have been showing initiative by enacting closures, restrictions, and guidelines. Nevada has taken its own measures to try to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

    Governor’s Order

    On March 17, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak ordered a month-long closure of casinos and other non-essential businesses like bars, movie theaters and gyms starting noon Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Restaurants must shutter their dining rooms and only offer takeout or delivery in order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.


    On Sunday, March 15th, the superintendent of the Clark County School district Jesus Jara made an important announcement. He declared the closing of all public, private, and charter K-12 schools in Nevada. As of Monday, March 16th Nevada schools are canceled until at least April 6th.

    Initially, schools were to remain open. But after numerous complaints from educators, administrators and families, and an online petition, things changed. “Over the last 48 hours,” Governor Sisolak said, “we have watched it become increasingly clear that there is need for additional measures for social distancing for containment of the virus.”

    Nevada schools will not remain open until the state chief medical officer gives permission. 22 other states have canceled K-12 schools including Washington, Maryland, and Virginia.

    University of Nevada Las Vegas will close on site instruction and switch to online-only instruction. The campus will still remain open, including housing and dining.


    Northern Nevada’s healthcare network, Renown hospitals, announced restricted access. As of March 10th, patients cannot receive visitors unless there are extenuating circumstances. No visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed.

    Sporting Events

    Reno 1868 FC and United Soccer League suspended the season for at least 30 days.

    Minor League Baseball has delayed its season with the official schedule not yet announced.

    The United States Bowling Congress postponed the Open Championship to May 1st.

    U.S. Ski and Snowboard canceled all upcoming domestic events.

    Youth athletics are suspended until further notice.


    The coronavirus impact on travel is obvious. Restrictions are changing on a day by day basis as more information is gathered and assessed regarding the spread of COVID-19.

    United Airlines will suspend round-trip, non-stop flights from Reno to Houston from April 1 through June 4.

    American Airlines is canceling remaining international flights to Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

    Delta also said it will restrict international flights. It will eliminate flying to Europe for the next 30 days with the exception of London.


    Nevada Department of Corrections will only allow attorney and legal visits. Any other visitors will not be allowed to any of its institutions until further notice.

    Washoe County suggests visitors use for remote visits and to limit in person visits.

    Nevada Courts

    ICE employees and immigrant defense lawyers issued a joint letter calling for the closure of immigration courts for at least two weeks. They argued that the Department of Justice (DOJ),”is failing to meet the obligations to ensure a safe and healthy environment” by not closing the courts.

    All non-detained immigrants’ master calendar hearings are postponed through April.

    Anyone who has traveled to countries with coronavirus outbreaks, like China, South Korea, and Italy, are banned from the courthouse. Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or who had contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus is banned from the courthouse. Another guideline encouraged by Chief Judge Linda Bell is to “liberally” take advantage of rules around video court appearances.

    With all the changes happening during the corona virus crisis, it can be difficult to know where to turn should you need legal representation. One thing that hasn’t changed during recent events is how you can depend on our Las Vegas law firm to provide you with the experience and expertise you need when dealing with a personal injury case. Call us for a free consultation: (702) 857-6000.

    How Coronavirus is Affecting Nevada Courts

    As of March 16, 2020, all currently scheduled non-essential District Court hearings in Clark County are ordered to be conducted by video or telephone, decided on the papers, or rescheduled, unless otherwise directed by a District Court Judge.  (Administrative Order 20-1).  Cases and hearings that are essential will continue to be heard in person, but appearance by alternative means is encouraged when possible.

    If you have an upcoming personal injury case, the coronavirus outbreak might change the timeline of your case. Or if you are in the middle of one, coronavirus could affect how your case continues.

    The coronavirus impact on Nevada’s court system is evident by the recent statements they made. Nevada’s courts are doing their part to keep the community safe and minimize exposure to the virus. It has implemented some guidelines.

    For example, telephone appearances may be arranged through Court Call. All attorneys are encouraged to appear by phone, which can also be arranged through Court Call.

    No new jury trials in both civil and criminal trials will be started for 30 days. Any jury trial currently in process will continue. The state will also try to avoid courtroom hearings in state courts.

    If you have a pending personal injury case, speak with a professional lawyer who can help you navigate the Nevada court system. These are especially confusing times. A professional lawyer can help you figure out if your case is on hold and how to move forward. Even if you are just thinking about starting one, speaking with a personal injury attorney is a good next step.

    Experienced Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys

    We hope you are staying safe and healthy during this coronavirus outbreak.  If you missed it, we posted a blog about, “Do You Know How To Properly Protect Yourself From COVID-19? Coronavirus Outbreak: Do’s and Don’ts,” with best practices to keep you and your loved ones safe.

    We know not everyone can afford to self-quarantine. Our essential workers such as doctors, paramedics, police officers, and firefighters are still going to work every day. If you do find yourself out on the road and get into an accident, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who is licensed in Nevada as soon as possible. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of car accident lawyers and staff who are ready to help you with your car accident case. Our lawyers offer experience representing clients in a range of vehicle accident cases, including car, truck, motorcycle and more accidents. Don’t wait to get the legal representation you need. Get in touch with us for a free case evaluation: (702) 857-6000.

    Sometimes people are hesitant to call personal injury lawyers because they are worried about paying a fee for the first consultation. We offer free case evaluations. If you’ve been the victim in a car accident, you can speak to us (in our office, or we’ll come to you) for free. Our office is conveniently located in Henderson. However, we work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley, including North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Spring Valley, Anthem, and the Strip.  Contact us today for a free consultation at (702) 857-6000.

    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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