Touro University Nevada Receives Cutting-Edge Breathing Machine for School of Physical Therapy

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Donation to Tour University Nevada’s School of Physical Therapy Made by Dr. Vikas Sayal of the Pulmonology Group, LLC and Facilitated by Las Vegas HEALS

Touro University Nevada PT Lab Donation

Touro University Nevada, Nevada’s largest school of medicine and the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, has received a new breathing machine, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Vikas Sayal of the Pulmonology Group, LLC and Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit coalition of medical and wellness industry professionals, organizations and institutions, who helped facilitated the generous gift. The breathing machine will benefit the students in Touro’s School of Physical Therapy as they work their way to earning their degree in the high-demand healthcare field.

“I donated the breathing machine in hopes it will leave a long-lasting impact on the education and learning experience of Touro’s students, the next generation of medical professionals,” said Dr. Sayal. “I look forward to seeing how the addition to Touro’s School of Physical Therapy will enhance students’ clinical skills, creating a deeper understanding for those pursuing a degree in pulmonology.”

Dr. Vikas Sayal, MD, FCCP is the CEO of the Pulmonology Group, LLC. with locations in Henderson, Nev. and Bullhead City, Ariz. He did his pulmonary medicine training at Yale University in Connecticut and Critical Care Medicine training at Albert Einstein College of medicine in New York.

The breathing machine allows healthcare professionals to measure a person’s oxygen consumption and calculate their basal metabolic rate (BMR), the rate at which a body uses energy while at rest to keep vital functions going, such as breathing and keeping warm. It can also show the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications and their interactions with a person’s BMR, blood flow and tolerance to heat and cold.

“This machine allows us to look at someone’s lung volume, lung capacity, oxygen exchange rates as well as the effects of medications on metabolism,” said Dr. Michael Laymon, director of the Touro University Nevada School of Physical Therapy. “Not only will we be able to integrate the use of the machine into student curriculum, it will also open up several opportunities for research projects. This would have been a $45,000 purchase for Touro and we are grateful that Dr. Saval has provided this valuable resource for our students and the University.”

Touro University Nevada (Touro) is Nevada’s largest school of medicine, the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, fully accredited, and a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution. Opened in 2004, Touro was established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service throughout the state. Touro is now home to nearly 1,500 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical health sciences. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on Touro, visit their website or call 702-777-8687.

Oral Rinse COVID-19 Testing Now Available In Las Vegas

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Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Center Offering New Fast and Effective COVID-19 Testing Option Done Without Nasal Swabbing

Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers (NADHC) has partnered with LucidD-Labs to offer the new “Oral Rinse COVID-19 Testing” at NADHC’s Eastern Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

The world changed with the pandemic and the most vulnerable population (NADHC’s clients) were affected. Testing options can be confusing and seem painful or scary enough that many seniors may be reluctant to get tested.

NADHC is offering this new testing option to help alleviate anxiety that can come from the uncertainty of being tested to determine if you are COVID-19 positive or negative.

Key points to know about this NEW Oral Rinse Test:

  • NO wooden Q-Tip will be stuck up the nose
  • Simply gargle and spit contents into a tube with this non-invasive test
  • NO out of pocket costs
  • Medicare or Insurance will cover the test costs
  • For those not covered, come and get tested. NADHC will find a way to cover the costs

Some people may refused to test because the wooden Q-Tip up the nose can be an uncomfortable experience, and for those who want an alternative, this test is believed to be more accurate. Results of the test are shared within 24-48 hours via text or email. After receiving test results via text or email, those who wish to tested again may do so with no out-of-pocket costs.

NADHC strongly recommend anyone interested in being tested pre-register since the entire process –  IN & OUT –  should be fewer than 2 minutes. Registering manually will take longer.

Text COVID to 725-527-2577

Bring family and friends to get Tested comfortably. Stay SAFE and HEALTHY!

Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers at Eastern
8695 S. Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89123
215 Fwy-Eastern Exit
(Office Park beside Star Nursery)

Gabriela Gregory, MD

Gabriela Gregory, MD, Board-Certified Neurologist, Joins Nevada Neurosciences Institute

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Established Neurologist Now Accepting New Patients at Nevada Neurosciences Institute

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Announces New Physician Providing Both Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Gabriela Gregory, MD, board-certified in neurology, is now providing in-clinic care at Nevada Neurosciences Institute, located on the campus of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at 3006 S. Maryland Pkwy, Suite 765, in Las Vegas, NV.

Gabriela Gregory, MD

Gabriela Gregory, MD

Dr. Gregory diagnoses, treats and manages neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, headache, stroke, epilepsy and has extensive experience in botulinum injections for migraine and spasticity. Over her 28-year career in medicine, she has practiced in a variety of settings from outpatient and inpatient care to academic medical centers. Most recently, she cared for patients as a neuro-hospitalist with the Institute at Sunrise Hospital.

“Dr. Gregory has made significant contributions to our hospital,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital. “She is focused on providing exceptional neurological care and improving access to more patients in our community. Her extensive background in research is impressive as well. Dr. Gregory is a valued physician partner and we look forward to her continued contributions toward improving the lives of Nevadans.”

Complimenting her training and seasoned background in patient care, Dr. Gregory has a strong history in research and trials and is a long-standing member of numerous medical organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine. As a leader and medical expert among her peers, she has held numerous leadership positions at Sunrise Hospital as the Chief of Staff, Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Chief of Division of Neurology.

“My goal is to serve the community by delivering the best, most compassionate care with the very best outcomes” said Dr. Gregory. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of great care offered at Nevada Neurosciences Institute.”

To learn more about the practice, please visit us at

About Nevada Neurosciences Institute:

Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada Community including hospitals, free-standing emergency rooms, urgent care clinics and physician practices. The team of healthcare professionals at NNI are committed to providing a patient-centered approach by incorporating expert neurological medical management while guiding and coordinating all aspects of patient care. The practice is conveniently located next to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at 3006 S. Maryland Pkwy, Suite 765, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Appointments can be made by calling (702) 961-7310.

Insperity Shares 5 Ways to Maximize Healthcare Employee Benefits

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Set Up Healthcare Employees for Success By Maximizing Benefits Awareness and Use

Courtesy of Insperity.

From employer-sponsored health insurance to retirement savings plans, an attractive benefits package can help you hire the best employees for your healthcare practice and ensure you retain them for many years to come.

These perks at work can go a long way toward positioning your company to excel in the marketplace and securing your reputation as a stellar employer.

But as incredible as it may seem, many employees don’t take full advantage of all the perks at work.

So, what leads to this lack of participation? It’s likely a result of ineffective communication and education. Take these five steps to get everyone on board.

Make sure your new hires are fully informed

Leverage new-employee orientation and the hiring process to educate new team members about benefits. Be sure to provide each new hire with:

  • A detailed, printed overview of available benefits and out-of-pocket costs, if any
  • Detailed instructions on how and when to sign up, including online enrollment if available
  • Easy-to-follow instructions for how to get questions answered, including contact information for:
    • Your internal benefits representatives
    • Outside vendors, such as the insurance provider and investment company

If your company is large enough to offer new-employee orientation, be sure to dedicate a section to benefits and include a question-and-answer session.

Communicate early and often about open enrollment

In most companies, employees can change some benefits, especially health insurance, only during an annual open enrollment period. Exceptions are made for qualifying life events, such as the birth or adoption of a child.

Open enrollment is your big chance to showcase your employer-sponsored health insurance. Give employees ample time to read and analyze information by communicating early in the game. Encourage them to discuss options with their families and ask questions.

Because people often forget about annual enrollment or it sneaks up on them, communicate frequently using every method possible:

  • Post notices in community areas, such as breakrooms
  • Email reminders beginning at least a month before and through the entire open enrollment period
  • Send an annual printed brochure with detailed information about benefits, and a flyer with dates as the deadline approaches
  • Mail postcards to employees’ home addresses
  • Provide benefits overview sessions at different times and locations, if necessary
  • Use your company’s intranet and interoffice newsletter, if available, to share information and reminders

In all communication, be sure to include open enrollment dates. Also provide contact information for a representative who can answer questions, as well as a web address for online enrollment, if available.

Hold a benefits fair

Open enrollment doesn’t have to be a drudge. If you have the resources, spice it up a bit – while still getting all the details out there. Host a benefits fair to showcase your perks at work. Schedule a conference room for a day and encourage employees to walk in at their leisure to learn more about their benefit options.

Consider offering lunch or snacks. You might also think about providing blood pressure screening (a local hospital may be able to provide this at little to no cost) or a raffle for fitness equipment or dinner at a nice restaurant. If you offer tuition assistance, invite a representative from the local community college to set up a booth.

Information tables can be staffed with subject matter experts, such as investment advisors, insurance professionals or health club representatives. Your HR personnel should be on hand to address any questions.

Help employees truly understand their out-of-pocket costs

Some workers may automatically assume they can’t afford benefits. Be sure they have the tools they need to make educated decisions.

In printed materials and other communication, explain the impact of benefits on your employees’ salary. For instance, what costs are the employees responsible for (partial premiums, deductibles, etc.)? When will premiums be deducted from employees’ paychecks? How does a flexible spending account work? What does their short-term disability insurance cover?

Provide links to online calculators, such as those for retirement savings, so that employees can better understand the value of their investments. Additionally, many health insurance providers offer online “cost of care” calculators, which allow your employees to get an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs for certain treatments and prescriptions.

Keep the info flowing throughout the year

Communicate constantly about all your perks at work benefits, both those that can be changed only once a year and those that are ongoing, such as tuition reimbursement, health club membership, employee assistance programs (EAP) and disability insurance.

Update employees quarterly through email, intranet and, if applicable, the employee newsletter. To make it fun, post on your intranet or in regular email communications trivia questions related to the benefits you offer. Then award a prize to the first person who submits the right answer. Or theme the communication around special events, such as heart month in February.

Need a little extra assistance making human resources decisions? Find out how a PEO can help. Download our free e-book, HR Outsourcing: A step-by-step guide to Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs).

SilverSummit Healthplan Supports Hope Springs Bridge Housing To Help Homeless Population

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Donation of $100,000 Will Support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Spring Project to Help Stabilize Homeless Population

SilverSummit Healthplan announced today that it is donating $100,000 to support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Springs project which, when complete, will work to provide homeless individuals in the Northern Nevada area with dedicated bridge housing and services such as medical and behavioral healthcare, housing placement, and case management.

“We are pleased to support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Springs bridge housing,” said Eric Schmacker, SilverSummit Healthplan President and CEO. “While SilverSummit serves many homeless Nevadans, our commitment to the community reaches beyond our member base. This support will help some of the most at-risk populations in our state regain stability, and make positive long-term changes for their wellness.”

Since 1997, Northern Nevada HOPES has been working to serve Northern Nevada’s vulnerable and underserved communities by making access to comprehensive medical, behavioral, and wellness support services possible under one roof. When completed in 2021, Hope Springs will support 30 individual sleeping units, and a 3,200 square foot shared facility with restrooms, showers, laundry, a kitchen, and community space.

“This donation from SilverSummit Health Plan will make a substantial difference in the lives of Nevada’s homeless population,” said Sharon Chamberlin, Northern Nevada Hopes’ CEO.  “Without dedicated partners, like SilverSummit, Hope Springs could not exist.”

“In Nevada we’ve experienced a doubling in the homelessness population since 2009 and 1 out of 7 Northern Nevadans live below the poverty line,” said Dr. Jeff Murawsky, Chief Medical Director for SilverSummit Healthplan. “Places like Hope Springs give chronically homeless individuals a place to be connected with the care and services that they need to get back on the path to a permanent home.”

About SilverSummit Healthplan 
SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improve the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, you may visit


Health District Hosts Flu Shot Clinics at Area High Schools

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No-Cost Flu Vaccines Available for Everyone 6 Months of Age and Older

The Southern Nevada Health District is holding no-cost flu vaccine clinics at area high schools beginning Wednesday, October 14. Vaccine will be available for both adults and children 6 months of age and older. The clinics will offer 200 doses on a first-come, first-served basis, and no appointments are necessary.\

> Download Flu Shot Information

The clinics are scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 14
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cimarron High School
2301 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Wednesday, October 21
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Valley High School
2839 Burnham Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Wednesday, November 4
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Silverado High School
1650 Silver Hawk Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123

This season it is more important than ever for people to protect themselves, their families, and their community from flu. The Health District is encouraging flu vaccinations to help ensure medical resources are conserved, and the health care system is not overtaxed as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu. Many of the people at higher risk of complications from the flu are also at higher risk of complications from COVID-19.

This includes people 65 years of age and older, people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, compromised immune systems, and Blacks and Hispanics who are already disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases. It is also important to protect people more likely to be exposed to both COVID-19 and flu, including health care workers and essential workers who interact frequently with the public. A complete list of people at higher risk is available on the CDC website at

Flu vaccine for people of all ages, including the vaccine for people ages 65 and older, is available at Health District immunization clinics by appointment only. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.

The most effective way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated every flu season. It is best to get vaccinated before flu viruses begin spreading in the community because it takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to develop and provide protection against the flu. However, people can be vaccinated anytime during flu season.

In addition to getting vaccinated, people should continue to take the following actions to stay healthy this flu season:

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public or in groups of ten or more people who don’t live in the same household.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school, and away from public places.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and cloth face covering.
  • Practice healthy habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched items. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy meals.

For more information and flu resources, go to the CDC website at

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WGU Encourages Nurses to Advance Careers with McClure Scholarship

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WGU Empowering Nurses to Take Next Step in Academic Credentialing

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s need for BSN- and MSN-prepared nurses is greater than ever. To help more nurses take this next step, WGU Nevada is proud to offer the Margaret McClure Scholarship.


Valued at up to $5,000

Click Here and Apply by June 30, 2021

Named for Dr. Margaret McClure, a lifelong nursing leader and catalyst for today’s magnet hospital program, this scholarship will be awarded to one recipient each quarter who has demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

Why encourage your staff to earn a degree from WGU Nevada?

  • Unparalleled flexibility. Complete most coursework any time or place that works best—no set log in times.
  • Accredited programs. All of WGU Nevada’s nursing programs are CCNE-accredited.*
  • Accelerated progress. Most courses can be completed as quickly as students master required skills and material.
  • Affordable tuition. Low, flat-rate tuition is $7,090–$8,270 per year, fees and materials included.
  • Personal attention. Students work one-to-one with a dedicated mentor from enrollment to graduation.

Nurse leaders change lives and WGU encourages nurses to change their lives through education. Apply now!


$3.8 Million Awarded to Cleveland Clinic Researcher to Predict Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Awards $3.8 Million to Cleveland Clinic Researcher to Predict Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant expected to total $3.8 million to Virendra Mishra, Ph.D., associate staff at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, to identify biomarkers – or disease indicators – to predict dementia in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

“Although dementia affects approximately 50-80% of those living with Parkinson’s disease within 12 years of diagnosis, currently there are no means for predicting dementia in specific individuals,” said Mishra. “The possibility of identifying who will develop dementia with Parkinson’s disease progression has several clinical benefits, including providing individuals with greater clarity on their future and helping clinicians better manage disease progression.

The five-year grant supports the project, “Towards Generating a Multimodal and Multivarate Classification Model from Imaging and Non-Imaging Measures for Accurate Diagnosis and Monitoring of Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease,” which will use biomarkers spanning imaging, blood, cerebrospinal fluid and genetics to develop a predictive mathematical model to identify specific individuals with Parkinson’s disease who may develop dementia as their disease progresses.

Utilizing sophisticated and pathologically relevant neuroimaging measures — such as diffusion-weighted MRI and resting state functional MRI — with non-imaging measures, including clinical data, demographics, genetics and cerebrospinal fluid, Mishra aims to:

  • Understand how functional brain connectivity (interaction between different brain regions to complete the task at hand) and structural brain connectivity (information flow between brain regions responsible for completing the task at hand) differ in dementia in Parkinson’s disease
  • Identify the best biomarkers that predict dementia in Parkinson’s disease through multivariate statistical modelling

Through this research, Mishra plans to develop a method that can be applied in clinical care with a greater-than-chance success rate to improve patient outcomes. In addition to clinical implications, identifying pathophysiology-based biomarkers for dementia in Parkinson’s disease is critical for selecting appropriate individuals for participation in clinical trials of potential new disease-modifying therapies, and better understanding of the underlining pathophysiological processes.

Additionally, the novel imaging techniques developed for this research also can be applied in other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease to help advance the understanding of disease-specific neuroanatomical changes indicative of dementia.

This project is supported by NIH grant award R01NS117547.

For more information about ongoing research at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit or call 702-701-7944.

About Cleveland Clinic:
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

About the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which opened in 2009, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body, frontotemporal and other dementias; Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple system atrophy and other movement disorders; and multiple sclerosis. With locations in Cleveland, OH; Weston, Florida and headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, the center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Nevada location.

Health District Shares Tips for a Safer and Healthier Halloween

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Smart and Simple Resources for Young People, Homeowners and Parents to Be Safe This Halloween Season

As the community starts to prepare for Halloween, the Southern Nevada Health District is issuing tips to help plan for a safer and healthier holiday season. Celebrations with members of the same household or holding virtual parties pose the lowest risk for spreading viruses.

People who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or who live with someone who is at increased risk, should avoid in-person gatherings and consider participating in lower risk events with people who live in the same household.

> Download a PDF with Halloween Safety Tips

In addition to its Halloween guidelines, the Health District continues to recommend testing for everyone, including both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19; anyone who has had contact with a confirmed case or possible case of COVID-19; has attended a public or private gathering of more than 10 people who were not wearing face coverings or maintaining social distancing; or anyone planning to visit someone at high risk for COVID-19 illness.

Safer Alternatives to Celebrate Halloween

  • Organize drive up trick-or-treating where neighbors set up candy at curbside.
  • Plan a neighborhood costume parade with a predetermined route marked to maintain safe distances between participants.
  • Trick or treat in reverse by having neighbors walk or drive-by and deliver candy to the front yard.
  • Throw a Zoom costume party.
  • Have a Netflix scary movie party where everyone starts the scary movie at the same time.
  • Create a Halloween piñata with just your family in the back yard.
  • Have a costume Halloween dinner with your family.

Trick or treating can put you at higher risk for spreading viruses. If you do plan to participate in traditional trick-or-treating activities this year, the following guidelines may help to reduce the risk for you, your family, and the community.

Trick or Treaters

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Trick or treat with people who live in the same house as you do.
  • Remain 6 feet apart from people who do not live with you.
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your nose and mouth. A Halloween mask is not a substitute for a cloth face mask, and a costume mask should not be used over a cloth face mask because it can make it harder to breathe. Consider wearing a Halloween-themed face-covering with your costume.
  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol frequently while out, especially during key times like before eating or after coughing or sneezing.


  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose.
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home and leading from your driveway/front door.
  • Position a distribution table between yourself and trick or treaters.
  • Distribute candy on a disinfected table to eliminate direct contact.
  • Wash your hands often.


  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Talk with your children about safety, social distancing guidelines, and expectations
  • Guide children to always stay on the right side of the road to help ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Carry a flashlight at night and ensure your children have reflective clothing.
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you return home.
  • Inspect your child’s candy.

Additional Halloween and holiday guidance is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at More information about COVID-19, including a calendar of community testing sites, is available on the Health District website at

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

SilverSummit Healthplan Encourages Flu Vaccination, Education During COVID-19

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Fluvention® program equips people with information to help prevent the flu

Experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have begun urging Americans to get a flu vaccination. They, like many other public health experts, worry about health systems that are already stressed by large numbers of COVID-19 patients being overwhelmed by patients sick with the flu.

According to a survey conducted last flu season, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., 60 percent of adults think the flu vaccine is the best preventative measure against flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, but only 52 percent said they planned to get vaccinated. Furthermore, 18 percent said they were unsure about getting vaccinated. There’s reason to believe that increasing vaccination rates this year will be a challenge. The CDC has already noted a decline in child vaccinations, as parents have decided to forgo preventive care during the novel coronavirus outbreak. While it’s typically encouraged to receive a flu vaccine by the end of October, there’s still a benefit to getting the flu vaccine later in the season, since flu season can extend into March or April.

To help reduce flu-related illness and hospitalizations in Nevada, SilverSummit Healthplan will be regularly communicating with members – via texts, phone calls, emails and social media – to make a plan to get their flu vaccines. Additionally, SilverSummit’s providers will receive messaging toolkits to help them strengthen how they communicate with their patients about getting their annual flu vaccination. That’s important, because SilverSummit’s research shows that one of the main reasons people get a flu vaccination is because their doctors recommend it. SilverSummit Healthplan will also be sharing flu prevention tips and promoting healthy behaviors, including good hygiene, as part of its Fluvention® program. SilverSummit’s members can receive a free flu vaccination through their doctor or at a pharmacy close to them.

“To help protect against the flu, we encourage members to schedule their vaccination appointments as soon as possible,” said Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky, SilverSummit’s Chief Medical Director. “Since it can take two weeks after getting the vaccine for the antibodies that protect against the flu to fully develop, it’s best to get a flu vaccine as early in the season if possible.”

Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, so it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. There are also unique considerations for avoiding the spread of COVID-19 versus the flu. Below are a few key differences:

  • Some signs and symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.
  • Flu symptoms typically develop 1-4 days after infection, while COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus
  • Most people with the flu are contagious for 1 day before they show symptoms. With COVID-19, it’s possible for someone to spread the virus for about 2 days before symptoms, and they remain contagious for at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared. COVID-19 may also be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • There are multiple vaccines to protect against the flu virus, but as of October, 2020 there is no vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or the flu.

Vaccination and good hygiene, like washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes, are key to preventing the flu and staying healthy this flu season. While everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine, the CDC notes it’s especially important for the following groups who are at higher risk for complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than age 5, but especially children younger than age 2
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

SilverSummit Healthplan has been supporting Nevada residents since 2017 across its Allwell and Ambetter plans. For more information about SilverSummit’s Fluvention® program and other healthcare support, visit

About SilverSummit Healthplan

SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improve the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, you may visit