July 23, 2020 2 9:00 AM The Lyon County Board of Commissioners will meet to discuss sending a letter to the Governor demanding that he open Lyon County. This special meeting was requested at the July 19, 2020 regular Board meeting after Commissioner Jay Dini read a statement "Fear Wins When Leaders Stay Silent" into the record. The Board requested a special meeting to discuss sending a letter to Governor Steve Sisolak that addresses his actions and the damage it causes to the County’s economy.
Commissioner Dini’s unedited statement reads:
Our Governor has directed Lyon County bars to close if they do not serve food and direct all restaurants to limit seating to no more than 6. This is a directive that we as leaders in our county should fight against as it not only hurts our economy, but also spreads fear among our residents. The Governor says that we must meet the following criteria before he will lift this order.
The criteria are:
* Average daily tests: an average of 150 tests per day per 100,000 residents.
(We do not have any scheduled testing scheduled for our area. One of my employees was exposed to another person from out of our area who tested positive to covid-29. She called the tri-county hotline to seek testing, she received a return call 3 days later and was given an appointment to be tested in another 2 days. She was told that she would have th results in 7 days. She patiently waited the 7 days and was not contacted. She tried to contact the testing site and was told that it could take 14 days to get the results. It is no wonder to me why people are hesitant about being tested.)
* New case rate: a 14-day new case rate of fewer than 100 per 100,000 residents. (we have met that number)
* Positive test rate: A seven-day average of positive tests, measured after a seven-day lag, divided by the county population. Counties with new case rate higher than 25, combined with a positive test rate higher than 7 percent, will meet this criterion for elevated disease transmission risk. (again, no tests)
Let’s do the math:
Lyon County has a population of around 57,000 in 2019 so let’s take that number for argument sake. Lyon County as of yesterday has had 149 cases of covid-19, with 112 recovered. We have 35 active cases with 2 deaths. No one want’s to see anyone die from this and my heart goes out to the families that have lost a loved one to this horrible disease.
0.0026 % of people in Lyon County have contracted covid-19
Dayton: 0.003 % of residents have contracted covid-19
Fernley: 0.003 % of residents have contracted covid-10
Silver Springs: 0.0012 % of residents have contracted covid-19
Mason Valley: 0.0016 % of residents have contracted covid-19
The Smith Valley rate is even lower.
The Death rate in Lyon County if you contract covid-19 is 0.013 %.
The only real science is math, you do the math. I have the utmost respect for my fellow Commissioners, our County Manager, and the Elected and Appointed officials of our County. It is time for us to be leaders and take back our County! I would like to to have our County Manager, Mr. Page send a letter signed by all of our Commissioners demanding that the Governor remove Lyon County from the list of counties directed to reimplement restrictions on certain businesses.
Fear wins when Leaders stay silent.