Citizens of Mesquite,

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Health

Promising news from the Southern Nevada Health District -- this week we expect the vaccination rate to reach 70% overall with more than 55% fully vaccinated. Of the breakthrough cases of those vaccinated, the virus is most definitely shorter and much less severe. Nationally the data from the CDC and health districts are focusing booster shots on the age group of 65 and older. Because flu season is nearly here, we need to get our flu shots, and the Health District is recommending getting tested for COVID, even if it may turn out to be the flu.
Flu shots at the clinic in Mesquite are by appointment only Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Closed noon — 1 p.m. Call 702-759-0850 or 702-759-1682. Mesquite Public Health Center/Jimmie Hughes Campus, 150 N. Yucca St., Suites 3 & 4, Mesquite, NV 89027

For information at other locations in Nevada, call 702-759-0850 or go to their website - https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/about-us/maps/mesquite-public-health-center
A flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, especially for those at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

The most effective way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated. Please do it before seasonal viruses begin spreading in the community. It can be administered at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines or other immunizations.

Mobile COVID-19 testing at The Jimmie Hughes Campus, is administered by Curative, 2 days a week (Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.). This is a shallow nasal PCR test, is self-collected and painless.

Walk-ups are welcomed and appointments can be made by visiting https://curative.com. Results are typically back within 48 hours.
COVID -19 Vaccinations are available at our local pharmacies - Walgreen's, Walmart and Smith's. Check each location whether you can walk in or if you need an appointment.

Please get vaccinated, it is the only way to crush COVID-19. We need our health care workers to stay healthy and lessen the pressure on our hospital.
Mesquite Night Out

I had the honor of arriving to Mesquite Night Out via our own Mercy Air 11 Medical Transport Helicopter. This annual event was a smashing success last week. It is sponsored by our Mesquite Police Department as a way to increase awareness about police programs in our community, particularly as it relates to younger people.

I was joined by Councilwoman Sandra Ramaker and Human Resources Director Gina Mendez. As the helicopter lifted us up and we flew overhead, I was amazed at how much more beautiful our city looked hovering from above. Many thanks to Fire and Rescue Chief Jayson Andrus for arranging this most memorable ride. 

Mercy Air is a full-service air medical transport system that has served California and Nevada for over 30 years. They provide safe, rapid transport by helicopter for critically ill and injured patients or the transfer of an ICU patient from one hospital to another.

It is available 24/7/365. In Mesquite, Mercy Air transports about 3-5 patients per week and are on target to reach 300 transports this year. Last year there were 273 transports. In 2019 there were 236 transports.  

Check out their website https://www.airmethods.com/air-medical/healthcare-partners/ and click on "Family & Patient Center" to learn more about patient advocates, insurance and payment options. You can find our local service on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MercyAir11/
Project Washboard

If you've been wondering what "Project Washboard" was all about -- it was a code name for a major company that was considering opening a facility in Mesquite. We were under a non-disclosure agreement until a final decision was made.

On Friday it was announced that Crown Holdings, Inc. will build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for aluminum cans in our Technology & Commerce Center. This endeavor will bring 126 new jobs to our community and add diversity to our tourism based economy.

There were a number of people in Mesquite, in Las Vegas and in Carson City who worked on bringing such a prominent company to set up manufacturing in our community. I want to thank them and ask you to join me in welcoming Crown Holdings, Inc. to our friendly city.

The Professional Long Drivers Association is holding its World Championships at the Sports Complex.

Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 are free.

This is a unique and exciting event that you and your family might enjoy.

Nick Montoya, Director of Athletics and Leisure Services

It’s important that our citizens get to know our city’s employees and I’d like to acknowledge Nick Montoya who plans, administer, supervises and promotes the activities and operations of the Athletics & Leisure Services Department – which includes all the programs under Parks and Recreation and our Senior Services.

Nick oversees a staff that ensures every activity in our city facilities is running smoothly. It is a huge job and Nick makes it look easy. Maybe the next time you enjoy a city event or appreciate the upkeep of our facilities, you can offer a compliment to Nick and his staff. Nick has been with the city for nearly 25 years. He is someone who everyone relies on and I want to thank him for his dedication and service.
Chicago Greek Open After Hiatus

After taking a summer break, Chicago Greek re-opened recently. If you've eaten there, you know that half the menu is Chicago, the other half is Greek. What could be better? We want to support our local restaurants -- so put this mom-and-pop dine-in and take-out restaurant back on your list.
The Arts

The Virgin Valley Theater Group is presenting an Original Melodrama Musical "Drama At The Diner" three weekends in October beginning on October 8.
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Please show up for our local arts community. We have such a talented group of artists who put these productions together. I may be a little biased -- my husband, Greg, is in the cast of this show.
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Be safe, everyone.

Karen