March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Announcement of First Presumptive COVID-19 Case in Nevada

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Southern Nevada Health District announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in the State of Nevada.

"I'm continuing to work with Governor Sisolak and the entire Nevada congressional delegation to ensure the state has every possible resource and support necessary to test suspected cases of coronavirus and manage public health needs. I will be supporting the $8 billion supplemental appropriations package in the Senate today to address the coronavirus public health crisis in the United States, which will provide funding for developing treatments and provide more money for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contain the virus.

“I'd like to thank the public health professionals at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada, Washoe and Carson City Health Districts, Governor Sisolak and our state and local leaders for their continued dedication to ensuring Nevada has a robust response to the coronavirus and that our communities are informed and protected. I encourage all Nevadans to continue to stay updated on the best practices to prevent and protect themselves, their loved ones and their community by visiting my website at or reviewing the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control at"


The current Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for preventing COVID-19 include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Following the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Additional information can be found online here.