LAS VEGAS (WR) — Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a legislation Thursday giving state officers extra flexibility to assault a backlog of jobless claims and prolong advantages for added Nevadans out of labor within the state with the best unemployment price within the nation.

Well being officers additionally mentioned they consider they’ve resolved an issue with a vendor inflicting delays in COVID-19 testing outcomes. They reported the each day progress in new instances is continuous a slight downward pattern for the reason that finish of July.

“Information proceed to recommend a slowing of progress charges to each new instances and hospitalizations,” mentioned Caleb Cage, Nevada’s COVID-19 response director.

Sisolak signed the brand new measure within the state with 24.9% unemployment the place jammed cellphone traces, laptop glitches and eligibility critiques have delayed payouts to laid-off employees for the reason that onset of the pandemic.

Amongst different issues, it provides directors on the Division of Employment, Coaching and Rehabilitation extra latitude to make eligibility determinations.

The brand new invoice lawmakers handed throughout a particular session this week defines COVID-19 as “good trigger” to show down work alternatives. which permits immunocompromised people or mother and father with out day care to proceed receiving unemployment advantages with out returning to work they take into account harmful.

“This piece of laws isn’t a silver bullet or the ultimate phrase, however there isn’t any doubt that it’ll assist Nevadans for each the brief and long-term going ahead,” Sisolak mentioned.

The Nevada Division of Well being and Human Companies reported 10 extra deaths due to the coronavirus, growing the general dying whole to 900 within the Silver State. Complete confirmed instances climbed one other 729 to 53,557.

The variety of sufferers hospitalized with the coronavirus fell by 42 to 901, the bottom variety of identified instances in hospitals since July 26.

Cage mentioned the seven-day rolling common in progress of recent instances is now 1.9%, down from 2.2% in the beginning of the week.

Earlier rolling averages for seven-day durations have been:

— 2.3% ending July 31

— 2.9% ending June 30

— 1.4% ending Might 31