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Nevada Governor Positive Tests For Covid-19, Cancels Events Public



Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be cancelling all public events for the foreseeable future on Friday.

The governor’s office said that Sisolak received a positive result during a routine rapid test in Carson City, the state capital. Results from a PCR test, which are considered to be a more accurate diagnostic tool, are still pending. Sisolak was not experiencing symptoms, although he did have some fatigue earlier in the week that had been attributed to a busy work schedule.

“It is important to me to notify Nevadans as soon as possible of my positive COVID-19 test results,” Sisolak said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. “I am currently not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and I have returned to my residence to begin the quarantine and isolation process. Shortly after the test result came back, I underwent a disease investigation interview with the Carson City Health and Human Services.”

“With my case, I want to underscore the importance of Nevadans to stay at home as much as they possibly can at this point,” he added. “There were more than 1,800 new cases identified in Nevada yesterday and cases are growing at a rate of 1.3 percent or, 1,402 new cases per day.”

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a voter mobilization drive-in event in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2020.
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Close contacts and staff at Sisolak’s Carson City office, which the governor last visited on Thursday, have been placed in quarantine as a precaution under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

A staff member who was last in the office in late October tested positive on November 2, while another member of staff had a positive test result in early October. Sisolak was not believed to have been in close contact with either during the time that they would have been infectious.

Sisolak is being monitored by a medical team and will be working with his staff remotely until all parties are medically cleared following negative test results. Contact tracing efforts are currently underway to identify others who may need to quarantine. The governor tested negative during his last regular test on November 6.

At least four other U.S. governors have tested positive for COVID-19, while several others have had staff members test positive. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam all had confirmed cases of the virus. However, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine initially tested positive but was later cleared after PCR test results determined that he was not infected.



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