Las Vegas area businesses brace themselves as COVID-19 cases rise – .

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Las Vegas area businesses brace themselves as COVID-19 cases rise – .


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – As cases of COVID-19 in Nevada and Clark County increase, businesses in the Las Vegas area are bracing for a new wave of infections.
Verdi Pizza on Valley View Boulevard and Desert Inn Road has been serving slices since 1992. Even though the pandemic, their take-out service has kept the pizzeria cooking.

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“We have been through difficult times,” said owner Mahmout Mazloum. “But I’m ready. If he comes back, we’re ready. “

Right now, Nevada is above the national rate of residents receiving their first vaccine, and vaccinations among 12 to 17 year olds have increased 32% since the announcement of Vax Nevada Days, with the campaign pulling millions dollars to vaccinated Nevadans.

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Yet even with cash rewards and dozens of pop-up clinics, hospitalizations in the state have increased by nearly 80% in the past two weeks. The Nevada Department of Health reports that the test positivity rate has reached 10.9%.

The White House has declared Clark County a “sustained hot spot.”

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Almost 40% of Nevadans are not vaccinated, and now some companies are strongly urging their employees to get vaccinated.

Verdi Pizza believes it’s an employee’s choice to get the shot, but those who choose not to do so must follow CDC guidelines: wear masks and stay socially distanced.

In the meantime, Mazloum is focusing more on filling vacancies. Like several local businesses, Verdi Pizza had to cut its hours of operation as it struggled to find workers.

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“I put ads everywhere, and I mean everywhere, and got no response. “

Mazloum hopes to have a full staff by September, while heads of state expect at the current rate, it will be until the end of this year to vaccinate 70% of Nevadans.

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