Sisolak Now 5th Governor to Test Positive for COVID19

Karma is having quite the busy late fourth-quarter as more members of the Republican Party continue to announce they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus. The latest to fall victim to the pandemic that their own party refuses to work to contain is Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, who told reporters during a phone interview on Friday that he had tested positive from a rapid test.

Sisolak said he wasn’t symptomatic and felt fine, but would follow protocols and will be quarantined at his residence in Carson City for 10 days. He said that given the spread across the state, it’s nearly impossible to pin down where he might have contracted the virus. He noted that he had two public events this week, a ribbon-cutting at a DMV office in Reno on Monday and a press conference in Carson City on Tuesday. The Nevada Governor is the third person in his office to test positive for the virus and the fifth Governor to do so as well. Last week, the governor’s office announced an unnamed Carson City-based staffer who had not been in close contact with Sisolak but had tested positive for the virus. In early October, Sisolak’s COVID-19 response director also tested positive. The governor’s wife tested negative for the virus on Friday.

Gov. Steve Sisolak gives an update on the state’s COVID-19 response, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. (The Associated Press)

Sisolak said that this “puts a spotlight” on how bad the spread is in the state in that even taking significant precautions may not prevent a person from coming down with the virus, and stressed that people need to remain vigilant in following the guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing. The news comes as Nevada is experiencing a massive surge in coronavirus cases across the state, with state officials saying the current rate of spread is rivaling the worst days of the pandemic. Ironically, Sisolak warned earlier this week that the state is seeing “alarming” trends of the virus climbing and threatened to impose stricter measures in two weeks if the spread of the virus does not decrease. He urged residents only to go out for essential activities, rely on take-out instead of dining in restaurants, and to avoid spending time indoors with people from outside their households.



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