Nevada Governor Sisolak announces negative COVID-19 test result

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak - photo: State of Nevada

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced his COVID-19 swab test came back negative.

The Governor was tested Tuesday evening and learned of his results Wednesday. 

Late last week Gov. Sisolak visited the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) in Carson City where an employee has since reported testing positive for COVID-19. The Governor’s Office learned of the positive test result on Tuesday.

The Governor made a brief visit to DETR —  while wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing — to thank the employees for their tireless work connecting Nevadans to their unemployment benefits during this time.

The individual who tested positive was not in the DETR building at the time of the Governor’s visit. The employee was asymptomatic during the times when the employee was in the DETR building.   

Upon notification of the positive test resultDETR leadership followed the protocols recommended by Carson City Health Human Services (CCHHS), the Nevada Division of Public Behavioral Health including notifying staff and cleaning all work space as recommended.

DETR will continue to coordinate with CCHHS and the Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health (DPBH) to ensure protocols continued to be followed.

Upon learning of the exposure on Tuesday, the Governor’s Office took immediate and responsible actions to limit the Governor’s exposure to other individuals and State employees. The Governor returned to the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City out of an abundance of caution and has continued to work from there, including announcing plans for Phase 2 reopening of Nevada. 

The Governor’s Office in Carson City underwent cleaning according to the same guidelines and the Governor expects to return to work in the office on Thursday.