Clark County today announced the end of the County’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, which was declared on March 15, 2020.
The emergency declaration was issued at the start of the pandemic to help manage financial and resource constraints. The declaration has helped Southern Nevada governments stabilize and more effectively respond to emerging conditions and manage response and recovery efforts. This included administrative leniency in the enforcement of orders, rules, regulations, procurement and other government functions. State and federal funding has also been made available to reimburse the county for costs to support response and recovery efforts. The declaration allowed for the necessary flexibility in staffing levels and assignments.
“Although the county no longer requires an emergency declaration, we are still in a pandemic and our vigilance is required as we manage additional strains of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage the public to vaccinate and stay informed of recalls,” County Executive Yolanda King said. “Clark County will navigate the tremendous impact of the pandemic on our region over the next two years. We continue to dedicate significant resources through our social service work to address homelessness and mental health issues while helping to fund partner organizations in our community that focus on improving the quality of lives of our residents.
Since the emergency was declared, the county has received the necessary financial assistance through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) to recover the lost income and support the initiatives of people affected by the pandemic. . Additionally, the pandemic’s initial stresses on resources such as PPE, supplies, and people have either been resolved or can be managed without the declaration.
Since the county’s declaration of emergency, more than 9,000 individuals and families have been assisted in multi-unit and single-unit housing with full services, the county has assisted more than 60,000 households with CHAP funding to keep tenants in their homes and to help with mortgage and utility costs, and $66 million was committed to programs using ARPA dollars. The county is currently working on applications for its new $140 million Community Housing Fund to support the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.