Nevada lifts its mask mandate effective immediately after Governor Steve Sisolak announced the news at a press conference today.
#COVID19 Update: @GovSisolak has just announced that Nevada will rescind its mask mandate, effective immediately. While the State will no longer require masks in public places, employers and organizations, including school districts may set their own policies. #Vegas #ClarkCounty pic.twitter.com/mm9BzLMWb9
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) February 10, 2022
While the state will no longer require masks in public places, there are locations where Nevadans and visitors may still be asked to wear a mask.
Employers and organizations, including school districts, may set their own policies.
Masks and protective equipment requirements in facilities serving vulnerable populations – like hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities – will be overseen at the direction of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
The safety of healthcare staff and patients are our top priority. Teachers and schools will no longer be required to wear masks but school districts will need to work with their local health authorities to have plans in place to deal with outbreaks.
Federally, masks are still mandated in airports as well as on planes, public buses and school buses.
Up until this morning, Nevada has been one of a handful of states with a mask mandate.
The guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised mask wearing in counties where there is high or substantial transmission of COVID-19.
For a county to end required mask use for crowded indoor public spaces, the CDC wanted to see back-to-back weeks with a seven-day average case rate under 50 per 100,000 residents. Plus, the seven-day test positivity rate needed to be below 8 percent.
As of Wednesday, Clark County (Las Vegas) reported a seven-day case rate of 258.35 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 18.81 percent.
According to Nevada Health Response, 67% of Nevadans have had at least one shot against COVID-19.
Until the Delta variant appeared last summer, followed by the Omicron variant, Nevada had been doing pretty well. But our vaccination rate lagged due to vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.
We shall see how this goes…