Statement from Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer at Southern Nevada Health District

March 11, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District today announced three new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases. We’d like to reiterate and emphasize several points of information we feel are critical for the public:

  • The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Southern Nevada remains low for the general public. There are four reported presumptive positive cases in our community, in addition to one confirmed by the CDC, in a population of roughly 2.2 million residents.
  • There is presently no greater risk of contracting COVID-19 in Las Vegas or at The Mirage than there is at any other travel destination in the United States.
  • Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone who is symptomatic for a prolonged period of time.
  • We are in the process of notifying anyone deemed to have been in close contact with any presumptive positive patients.

Please note that the Health District is in daily communication with all key government leaders, state health organizations, business leaders and the tourism and resort community to keep our residents informed of all vital and verified information. We will let you know by 10 a.m. tomorrow if we have updated information to provide.


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