How Safe is Las Vegas for the Coronavirus?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect communities in our region and around the world. As of early August, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has confirmed 53,000 cases of COVID-19—with nearly 45,000 of those cases being in Clark County.
As COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat, it is imperative that we remain vigilant. At the same time, you can safely navigate life in Las Vegas during the pandemic. There are proactive steps that you can take to limit your risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

State and Local Public Health Regulations are in Place

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to reach our state on March 5th, 2020. It was then that the first case was identified in Las Vegas. Since that time, our leaders have been formulating a response to the public health crisis. State and local authorities have put public health regulations in place to help keep residents of Las Vegas safe during the pandemic. These guidelines are constantly shifting to adapt to the needs of our community.

On July 27th, Nevada Governor Stephen F. Sisolak announced that the state is altering its reopening plan—shifting to a more gradual long-term approach. As reported by the Associated Press, the revised guidelines allow state officials to assess re-opening criteria on a business-by-business and zip code-by-zip code basis. As an example, restaurants are operating at restricted capacity in Las Vegas and bars are closed in Clark County.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a still-developing public health crisis, it is important to watch for updates from our leaders. Things can change quickly. Both Governor Sisolak and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman have cautioned that restrictions could be lifted (or added) with relatively short notice to adjust for changing conditions on the ground.

Private Businesses in Las Vegas Should Take Action to Protect Patrons

Private businesses, private organizations, and government agencies have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their customers, patrons, employees, and the general public. It is important that all parties put the proper guidelines and protocols in place to limit the spread of the respiratory disease.

For reference, the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority (LVCVA) offers an overview of the steps that many of our city’s top hotels and resorts are taking to keep people safe during the coronavirus outbreak. While different businesses have different plans in place, the overwhelming majority are requiring people to wear masks while on the premises and are intensifying their sanitizing efforts.

Tips to Staying Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Las Vegas

Staying Safe in Vegas during Covid
If you are in Las Vegas during the pandemic, it is crucial that you take precautions to limit your risk of contracting COVID-19. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, you need to be proactive. The coronavirus is a potentially dangerous respiratory disease. Even though a significant risk remains in Vegas, there are plenty of ways to do things safely during the Covid era. Here are five things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Practice Social Distancing: The best thing you can do to limit your risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. As much as possible, try to keep your distance from other people. The CDC recommends that you leave at least six feet of space between yourself and others. Of course, more space is safer.
  • Wear Facial Coverings: Masks can help to slow the transmission of the coronavirus. This is especially true if there is high compliance among the community. In Las Vegas, facial coverings are required in many different circumstances, including in many private settings. Though, there are some limited exceptions.
  • Sanitize Frequently: Public health experts encourage people to sanitize as much as possible. Among other things, this means washing your hands several times per day. To wash your hands, use soap and water for at least twenty seconds or use an effective hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Limit Unnecessary Interactions: Large gatherings are still restricted in Las Vegas. To limit your risk of coming in contact with the coronavirus, try to limit your social interactions with strangers. The fewer people you come in close contact with, the less opportunity that you have to contract the virus. It may simply be best to stay home.
  • Self Isolate and Get Medical Attention: If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please self isolate. There are COVID-19 testing sites available throughout Southern Nevada. Most people do not require professional medical attention to treat COVID-19. However, for some, it is a very serious, potentially life-threatening disease. Be ready to seek immediate emergency medical attention.

    You Can Still File a Personal Injury Claim During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of life in Nevada. A number of different activities and events have been restricted, gone remote, or outright canceled. Nonetheless, the personal injury claims process can still move forward. If you are injured during the pandemic, do not wait to initiate your case: You can still file a claim.

    At Ladah Law Firm, we are open and fully operational during the pandemic. As an essential service, our law firm strictly follows all health and safety guidelines from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are prepared to conduct a fully remote review of your case.

    Get Help From a Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

    At Ladah Law Firm, our Nevada personal injury attorneys are by your side, securing your future. We have helped injured victims recover more than $100 million in financial compensation. If you have questions about coronavirus exposure and legal liability, we are more than ready to help. To get a review, no-obligation review of your legal case, please do not hesitate to contact us today: 702-252-0055.