n a statement broadcast on the Governor's Facebook page, the new task force will focus on a number of issues that Nevada faces amid the coronavirus outbreak, including a shortage of medical supplies and mass layoffs in the tourism industry, Sisolak said.
Gov. Steve Sisolak said the challenge of fighting the virus “requires some out of the box approaches,” and that’s why he formed the task force. Sisolak appointed former MGM Resorts International chief executive Jim Murren as the leader of the group. The governor says Murren has a deep knowledge of the casino business as well as many other skills. Murren led MGM from 2008 to last month, when he stepped down as chairman and chief executive.
Murren announced his retirement from MGM back in February after 22 years with the company, the last 12 of which as CEO
Murren will begin the position immediately, Sisolak said, in an unpaid, voluntary position. He has already begun putting together the leadership and architecture of the task force.
Sisolak noted Murren's experience in several industries across the country, as well as his international business experience, saying Murren has regular contacts in Asia and the Middle East to help advise Nevada from their experience.
Murren also has a relationship with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the national task force, according to the governor.
This effort will expand the capacity of Nevada's healthcare system, according to the governor, with the goal still to flatten the curve.
“It’s going to take all of us working together to battle COVID-19 in our State and around the country, and I’m thankful we have an ally in Jim Murren who will help enhance and expand our response, relief and recovery efforts,” Sisolak said.