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Nevada is years away from healing COVID wounds, report says

(The Center Square) A newly released report from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (NV DHHS) says it may take a long time to recover from the economic, educational and behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Similar cases have been reported in other states, but in Nevada, the number of infected people has exceeded 900,000 and more than 12,000 people have died in the state.

Meanwhile, businesses have been forced to close, especially after Gov. Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency in 2020.

As a result, employment and wages have deteriorated.

The damage was severe, with the researchers saying that “most industry sectors were adversely affected by the jobs and wages lost as a result of the closures.”

While distance learning has helped prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Nevada Department of Health said it has created problems for school-age children.


Similar cases have been reported in other states, but in Nevada, the number of infected people has exceeded 900,000 and more than 12,000 people have died in the state. AP

“The impact of distance learning can be seen in student assessment results on NAEP and ACT,” report.

“Symptoms of the Disease: Epidemiological, Economic, and Public Health Impacts of COVID-19 in the Battleborn Province.”

Elementary school students suffered the most, with fourth-graders seeing grades drop by more than six points. Middle and high school students were also found to have been negatively affected by COVID-19, but not to the same extent, the Nevada Department of Health said.

Jeffrey LawrenceSteve Sisolak, research director at the Nevada Policy Institute, said the then-governor’s restrictions on personal liberties were a panicked attempt by the administration to respond to one type of risk while ignoring all others.

“The reality is that we live in a world full of uncertainties, but people have been able to adapt to these uncertainties by developing ingenious entrepreneurial systems to produce and deliver the things they need to overcome the challenges the natural world poses,” Lawrence said.


As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, a photo taken on March 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada shows hotels and casinos along the Las Vegas Strip, including (from left) Tropicana Las Vegas, New York New York Hotel and Casino, Park MGM, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, businesses have been forced to close, especially after Gov. Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency in 2020. Getty Images

According to Lawrence, before the modern era, epidemics, famines, and disease were all very common occurrences, not to mention the lack of education, individual rights, and material abundance that diminished the quality of individuals’ lives.

Nevada’s response to the pandemic has been reminiscent of a premodern embrace of what Lawrence calls “the fear of new uncertainties as the basis for disrupting all the systems society has developed” while grappling with many other existing uncertainties.

“So it’s not surprising that economic uncertainty has grown, student achievement has plummeted, deaths of despair have soared, and hundreds of thousands of previously self-sufficient Nevadans have been forced to turn to a dysfunctional public assistance system that can’t even process applications in a timely manner to meet their basic needs,” Lawrence said.

“During COVID-19, the better role of government has always been to advise and inform free individuals about the risks inherent in the disease so that they can take the precautions they deem necessary.”

For example, Lawrence said it was known quite early on that people’s risk profiles differ depending on factors such as age and health.

Risk tolerance also differed.

Lawrence argues that an informed public would have been able to weigh this new risk against the many existing risks we all face on a daily basis.

“For example, they could have encouraged older people and those with existing comorbidities to take extra precautions without banning young children from going to school.”

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