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Jayden Perez

Student reporter

Jayden Perez is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in journalism and minoring in writing. He is also a reporter for The Nevada Sagebrush and a DJ for Wolf Pack Radio. Jayden is committed to improving his reporting skills and incorporating multimedia into every project. His interests outside of reporting include writing, reading, and playing collectible card games.

In addition to his reporting, Jayden produces stories from other contributors for KUNR's website. Find his adaptations here.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6:18 p.m. | January 14, 2021

Daily COVID-19 Deaths In Nevada Hit New High
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Nevada are once again reporting another round of record numbers as another 62 people died from the novel coronavirus on Thursday.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:39 p.m. | January 12, 2021

Nevada Surpasses 250,000 COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada hit a milestone in the pandemic. The state surpassed a quarter of a million COVID-19 cases since March. The state’s death toll is more than 3,500. 

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6:12 p.m. | January 5, 2021

Washoe County Reports 24 COVID-19-Related Deaths Since Start Of New Year
By Lucia Starbuck

There have been two dozen COVID-19 deaths in Washoe County in just the first five days of the new year so far. More than 500 lives have been lost since the start of the pandemic in Washoe County, and more than 3,200 statewide.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10:20 p.m. | December 29, 2020

Washoe County Reports 14 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The nation is continuing to grapple with the post-holiday COVID-19 surge.

6:55 p.m. | December 22, 2020

‘It’s All About Our Individual Behavior For The Month Of January,’ Health Officials Warn
By Lucia Starbuck

Some frontline personnel received their first dose of the Modera COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, including staff with REMSA and members of the Nevada National Guard who have been a part of the state’s COVID-19 response. But officials argue we won’t see an impact on the current cases until much later.

Someone extracts fluid from a vial using a syringe.
Alernon77 / Adobe Stock

The recent arrival of the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is an important landmark in the fight against the pandemic; however, the Pfizer vaccine isn’t the only one in production, and trials for other vaccines are nearing completion.

Madelyn Beck, a regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau, took part in one of those trials and sat down with KUNR’s Jayden Perez to share her experience.

5:26 p.m. | December 15, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported six COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday. The individuals are aged between their 70s and their 90s. Each individual had underlying health conditions. The new death total is 378.

9:21 p.m. | December 8, 2020

Washoe County To Receive 3,655 Doses In Initial Shipment Of COVID-19 Vaccine
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada is slated to receive 164,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in December.

Washoe will receive 32,000 doses.

5:05 p.m. | December 1, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported seven deaths today caused by COVID-19. The deceased included five males and two females whose ages ranged from their 40s to their 90s. The new death total is 285.

4:50 p.m. | November 24, 2020

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve Pleads With Residents To Follow New COVID-19 Restrictions, ‘Our Businesses Are Holding On By a Thread’
By Lucia Starbuck

In Nevada, nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 cases were identified this month, pushing Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak to impose new restrictions. The governor is calling it a “pause” — not a full shutdown.

Two rows of beds with beige blankets and covered in plastic. A sign above the area reads, “Parking. Upper Levels” with an arrow pointing to the right. There is also the letter “G.”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Nevada, state leaders are concerned about preserving health care capacity. KUNR’s Jayden Perez reports that while new restrictions help safeguard the health care system, it can be hard on the business community.

A landscape with hills and smoke filling the sky.
Bureau of Land Management California via Twitter

As of 4:55 p.m. PT on November 23, 2020, KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog. You can find information about this fire on Inciweb.

This blog included earlier updates from the Pinehaven Fire near Caughlin Ranch in Reno, Nev., from Tuesday, Nov. 17. For updates related to that fire, please visit our live blog

A quote from Steve Sisolak, the governor of Nevada. “The majority of our counties are deemed at-risk of increased transmission of COVID-19. To be blunt, our state is surging and continues to surge.”
Jayden Perez / KUNR

Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he is doing well despite contracting COVID-19; however, he warned Nevadans of the dangers that the coronavirus imposes on the state.

6:50 p.m. | November 17, 2020

Washoe County Reports Two COVID-19-Related Deaths, 230 New Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported two COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, a woman and man in their 80s, both with underlying health conditions. There are now 222 COVID-19-related deaths in the county.

Officials are also reporting 230 additional cases of COVID-19 today and 102 recoveries.

5:14 p.m. | November 10, 2020

Washoe County Reports Four COVID-19-Related Deaths, Testing Only Available For Symptomatic Residents
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported four COVID-19-related deaths today, including four men, one in his 70s, two in their 80s and one in his 90s. Officials also reported 263 new cases of COVID-19 and 265 recoveries.

5:17 p.m. | November 3, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported almost 250 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Health officials are also reporting just over 100 recoveries. There are now over 2,400 active cases and over 14,100 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Governor Steve Sisolak sits at a table with a sign language interpreter behind him.
Screenshot / Nevada State Legislature via YouTube

In Nevada, 8 out of 17 counties are flagged as having an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Washoe County in particular has had an elevated risk for the past five weeks, longer than any other county. 

5:50 p.m. | October 27, 2020

Nevada Task Force, Washoe County To Meet After Virus Surge
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada coronavirus task force has called an emergency meeting with the Washoe County Health District to address the county's plan to manage an increasing surge in confirmed coronavirus cases. 

Una hilera de buzones a la sombra.
Andrew Taylor / Flickr Creative Commons

Read in English.

Durante sus paradas de campaña en Nevada el mes pasado, el presidente Donald Trump expresó su preocupación por la nueva ley de voto por correo del estado, y la calificó falsamente como un intento de "manipular" las elecciones. Desde hace meses, Trump ha expresado su preocupación por la validez de los comicios, sembrando dudas entre los votantes. Jayden Perez de KUNR se sentó con Jeremy Gelman, profesor de ciencias políticas en UNR, para hablar sobre esas preocupaciones y si están erosionando la confianza del público en nuestro proceso electoral.

3:57 p.m. | October 20, 2020

Washoe County Reports 143 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County is reporting 143 new COVID-19 cases today and 51 recoveries. There are 1,526 active cases of COVID-19, the highest the county has seen.