‘This partnership will be vital’: Colorado, Nevada to join Western States Pact in the fight against COVID-19

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Colorado and Nevada will join Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact, a working group of Western state governors fighting COVID-19 with Stay Home orders.

“In Washington state, our decisions are guided by public health data and science and this is a principle we share up and down the West Coast. Governor Polis and Governor Sisolak are taking that approach as well, and the addition of their states will strengthen this regional partnership and save lives,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said.

As part of the Western States Pact, the governors commit to working together toward the following four goals:

  • Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.
  • Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.
  • Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.

“Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to Nevada every year as a premier tourism destination,”  Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said. “This partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery and long-term economic comeback.”

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