Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada has announced the formation of the COVID-19 Task Force on Response, Relief and Recovery. It was developed to help mobilise the private sector to assist in the ongoing efforts of state agencies and the Nevada Health Response Center.
Leading the force is Jim Murren, who this week, earlier than expected, vacated the position of CEO and Chair of MGM Resorts International to assist with continuity at the firm.
Sisolak’s plan seeks to tackle a range of state-affected problems, including unemployment and the securing of continued medical supplies. Murren must assemble a leadership team first to decide what’s required and how it can be spread throughout the state.
Governor Says: “It’s going to take all of us working together to battle COVID19 in our state and around the country, and I’m thankful we have a private sector ally in Jim Murren who will help enhance and expand the State of Nevada’s already robust response, relief and recovery efforts.”
He added: “The lack of assistance from the federal government has been frustrating, so Nevada must be resourceful. That’s why we’re taking these proactive steps to mobilise the private sector to help enhance our State and local mitigation and response efforts.”
The COVID-19 pandemic struck Nevada especially hard, with Las Vegas casinos and sportsbooks all shut down as from last week. Closures are estimated to cost the State’s tourism industry up to $39 billion.