Coronavirus In Nevada

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

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post stated an incorrect number of active COVID-19 cases in Washoe County for July 8, 2020. The post has been updated with the correct number. 

8:09 p.m. | July 8, 2020

Nevada COVID-19 Cases Surpass 24,000
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada reported 516 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 24,000. The death toll statewide has increased to 553, according to the state’s online dashboard. There has been a record number of 12,776 daily new tests reported.

A graphic showing a medical professional giving a patient a nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing.
United Nations COVID-19 Response / Unsplash

Coverage of novel coronavirus is supported by the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science, a science reporting project from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Washoe County is significantly higher than what’s being reported. That’s according to the results from the first COVID-19 antibody study out Wednesday.

Chicos jóvenes trabajando en la tarea de lectura.
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Después de meses de educación a distancia en la primavera, todavía no sabemos cuál será la cantidad de trabajo que los estudiantes y los maestros deberán realizar desde casa en el otoño. 

Natalie Van Hoozer de KUNR habló con nuestra reportera Stephanie Serrano para analizar cómo fue la transición al aprendizaje a distancia durante la primavera, específicamente para los estudiantes aprendiendo inglés y las familias multilingües. 


Dr. Bret Frey is an emergency room physician in Reno, Nevada, and he likens working in health care right now to fighting in a war. 

"I always thought that there was a good chance that World War III would happen in some form in my lifetime, I just didn't appreciate it was going to come in the form of a virus," Frey says.

Video Stream: Nevada 31st Special Session

Jul 8, 2020
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation to call the Nevada Legislature into a special session beginning on Wednesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. to address the historic budget shortfall. This is the 31st Special Session in Nevada’s history.

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

7:36 p.m. | July 7, 2020

Nevada Reports Nearly 900 Additional Cases Of COVID-19, Officials Discuss Limitations Of Contact Tracing
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 876 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now nearly 550 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been close to 384,000 COVID-19 tests performed. The growing number of cases in the state is causing challenges related to contact tracing.

14 desks separated with at least six feet of space to adhere to social distancing rules.
Washoe County School District

In a little more than a month, students across Nevada will settle into the 2020-2021 academic year, but as COVID-19 continues to spread, school officials in Washoe County are rethinking what in-person instruction may look like.

Una recepcionista que registra a un paciente en el consultorio de un médico.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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La mayoría de los médicos de Nevada creen que podrán mantener sus puertas abiertas solo entre dos y seis meses más, a menos que el volumen de pacientes que regresen a sus consultorios aumente significativamente, según una nueva encuesta de la Asociación Médica Estadounidense.

A receptionist checking in a patient at a doctor’s office.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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A majority of Nevada doctors believe they can only keep their doors open for another two to six months unless the volume of patients trickling back into their offices significantly increases, according to a new survey from the American Medical Association.

A white sign that says, "For Rent," in red.
Shane Adams / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive that gradually lifts the moratorium on evictions starting this week. The eviction moratorium has been in place since late March to protect Nevadans from housing insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to Deonne Contine, the executive director of Washoe Legal Services, about what tenants can expect moving forward.

Una niña de la escuela primaria trabaja en su tarea de matematicas.
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El gobernador Steve Sisolak anunció una directiva que permite que las escuelas públicas del estado, junto con las escuelas privadas y las escuelas subvencionadas conocidas como “charters”, abran de nuevo para los cursos del verano, pero con restricciones específicas. Con estas instrucciones, los distritos escolares pueden decidir por sí mismos cómo reabrir sus instalaciones. Con la pandemia todavía vigente, el papel de la educación a distancia para las clases del otoño aún no está claro. 

Stephanie Serrano de KUNR habló con su colega Natalie Van Hoozer para explorar que han aprendido hasta ahora los educadores del distrito escolar del condado de Washoe sobre el aprendizaje a distancia. 

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

7:51 p.m. | June 30, 2020

Nevada Reports More Than 500 Additional COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 562 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now 507 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada. There have been nearly 323,000 COVID-19 tests performed in the state.

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the UNR Campus.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

When Governor Steve Sisolak issued stay-at-home orders in mid-March, colleges and universities in Nevada took the unprecedented step of moving all classes online. Now, much like the rest of the state, schools are looking for ways to safely reopen ahead of the fall semester. 

There is a red ball in the forefront, a tricycle and playground house in the middle, and a tan building in the background.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

Washoe County has officially opened the doors to Our Place to Grow, a shelter for unhoused families with children in Sparks. Units for women will be opening soon as well. The county provided $2 million for the facility, which is run by the homelessness advocacy nonprofit called Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, also known as RISE. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with the executive director, Benjamin Castro, about what sets Our Place to Grow apart from other shelters.

A man faces forward with a mask hanging on one ear. There's a sign behind him that reads, "NO SHIRT. NO SHOES. NO MASK. NO SERVICE."
Eric Marks / This Is Reno

Nevada has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases and a steady increase in hospitalizations for the virus since the state entered phase two of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s reopening plan. In an effort to curb the spread, the governor signed a directive Wednesday that requires people to wear masks while in public, effective Friday. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck covered the governor’s press conference this week for our media partner This Is Reno, and has the details.

Young boys working on reading homework together.
Andrew Ebrahim / Unsplash

There are around half a million students enrolled in Nevada public schools, and more than 14 percent of them are considered English-language learners. With schools around the country relying on distance learning to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s unclear how the transition from in-person to online instruction affected those students. 

To help answer that question KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with reporter Natalie Van Hoozer to break it all down. 

A woman pointing at a monitor while observing interactions between medical students and patients.
Gigi Guizado de Nathan / Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

An existing language gap between patients and health care workers has been further exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are working to close communication challenges in the university’s simulation lab.

Flores está sentado en una mesa y hablando por un micrófono. Lleva una chaqueta, camisa con cuello y gafas. Otro hombre está sentado a su lado.
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Los trabajadores latinos esenciales siguieron laborando mientras que el COVID-19 se extendía por sus comunidades, un factor contribuyente a las actuales tasas desproporcionadas de contagio por COVID-19 y las muertes que ha causado entre la población de Nevada.

Flores está sentado en una mesa y hablando por un micrófono. Lleva una chaqueta, camisa con cuello y gafas. Otro hombre está sentado a su lado.
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

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Latino essential workers continued to work as COVID-19 spread through their communities, a factor contributing to the current disproportionate rates of infection of COVID-19 and deaths caused by the virus among the population across the state. 

Imagen de video en Zoom con Rossmery Diaz, Oscar Delgado, Ivet Contreras, Alex Woodley y Vanessa Vancour en español sobre el COVID-19 y las reaperturas de la segunda fase en Reno.
Captura de pantalla / Ciudad de Reno en Español vía Facebook Live

Mientras Nevada entra en la segunda fase del proceso de reapertura, los funcionarios de la ciudad de Reno volvieron a Facebook Live una vez más para actualizar a los residentes de habla hispana.

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