Governor appoints ex-MGM head to lead virus task force

March 22, 2020 GMT

Nevada’s governor announced Sunday the formation of a task force to marshal private resources to help the state fight the coronavirus.

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.

Murren has a deep knowledge of the casino business as well as many other skills, the governor said.

“There couldn’t be anyone better than Jim Murren in leading this effort,” he said. Sisolak also cited what he said was Murren’s good relationship with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the White House’s coronavirus effort.

Murren led MGM from 2008 to last month, when he stepped down as chairman and chief executive.

Nevada now has 190 cases of the coronavirus after 33 more tests came back positive, state officials said Sunday.

The death count remained at two.