Coronavirus In Nevada

Un letrero de madera en una ventana que dice, "Lo siento, estamos cerrados".

El estado de Nevada está viendo un aumento en los nuevos reclamos de desempleo debido a los cierres de negocios anunciados por el gobernador Steve Sisolak. Varias personas dicen que les está resultando difícil solicitar el desempleo por el aumento de las solicitudes.


Exterior of the main entrance to the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno, Nevada.
The Sierra Nevada Ally

Reno’s homeless shelters closed on March 21 because social distancing protocols could not be safely maintained. The City of Reno opened the downtown Reno Events Center to provide safer housing for approximately 400 people, but the increased complexity and cost of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic is driving an anticipated budget deficit for shelter operators, that may well surpass $1 million.

Food Insecurity Increasing In Northern Nevada

19 hours ago
People are loading food into a car at a food distribution site.
Aramelle Wheeler / Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Rising food insecurity has been one outcome of the job losses associated with COVID-19 non-essential business closures. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is seeing a significant increase in the number of people who need help. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Spokesperson Jocelyn Lantrip to understand some of the challenges the Food Bank is facing.

A man speaks at a podium.
Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal

During an online press conference Sunday afternoon, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a statewide residential and commercial eviction moratorium. 


El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak en el edificio Grant Sawyer en Las Vegas.
Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak anunció la suspensión de desalojos para inquilinos residenciales y comerciales durante el estado de emergencia, lo cual brinda alivio a los inquilinos que, en muchos casos, llegarán al primer día del mes sin trabajo y seguirán bajo las órdenes de permanecer en casa por motivos de salud.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nurse holds COVID-19 Sample Kit
Bree Zender / KUNR Public Radio

If you’re starting to feel sick, what do you do? Sore throat, exhaustion, trouble breathing... No doubt at that point you’d have COVID-19 on your mind.

Textbooks sitting on a desk in a classroom.
Alexa Ard

Public schools across Nevada remain closed as part of the state’s ongoing effort to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. But to prevent students from losing ground midway through the academic year, districts are turning to distance learning plans. To talk about what that means for the 64,000 students enrolled in Washoe County schools, KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Debbie Biersdorff, the district’s chief academic officer.

Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, and one N100-type mask.
Debora Cartagena / CDC

The shortage of personal protective equipment used by health workers has been a nationwide problem during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Providers are grappling with the challenges presented to them and they're looking at various other ways to protect themselves and the community.

A row of different shaped and colored tents along a fence with tall casinos in the background.
Lucia Starbuck / Our Town Reno

Friday, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board will decide if ex-military barracks in Stead can be used as emergency housing for the houseless during the COVID-19 pandemic. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano and Lucia Starbuck discussed how people without stable shelter are feeling, and what's being done to protect this vulnerable population.

A wooden sign in a window that says, "Sorry, we're closed."
Marco Derksen / Flickr Creative Commons

Nevada is seeing a surge in new unemployment claims because of business closures. Several locals said they are finding it hard to file for unemployment with the uptick in filing.

Exterior of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Alexa Ard

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes said the board will try to complete its searches for the next presidents of the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before the spring semester ends in mid-May.

Exterior of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno, Nevada.
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

COVID-19 testing shortages nationwide have been a significant issue. Nevada is now one of several states that have notified the Food and Drug Administration that it’s making modifications to the test in an effort to mitigate shortages statewide.

Dr. Mark Pandori heads the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. He talked with KUNR’s Anh Gray to break down the process involved in the development of the modified test.

A microscopic picture of coronavirus
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / Flickr/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The U.S. Senate is negotiating how a House novel coronavirus relief package will be distributed to the public. KUNR's Bree Zender spoke with Nevada's 2nd District Congressman Mark Amodei about this pending legislation and what economic hurdles Nevada is now facing due to the pandemic.

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

Coronavirus In Nevada Updates: Thursday, March 26

9:19 p.m. | March 26, 2020
By Paul Boger

Nevada Cases Surpass 500


The number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada jumped by 115 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 535. That’s according to a late-night update of the state’s coronavirus dashboard. 

People lining up along the outside of the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

Over the weekend, the Reno area’s largest homeless shelters closed in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The City of Reno opened the downtown Reno Events Center for more spacious, emergency housing. While many took advantage of the new lodging, some are afraid of the close confines of mass shelters, no matter the size.

Los proveedores de salud en St. Mary's se paran juntos con carteles de papel que dicen, "quédense en casa, nos quedaremos en el trabajo por ustedes, gracias por quedarse en casa por nosotros, siempre abierto"
Anh Gray / KUNR

El gobernador Steve Sisolak anunció el cierre de escuelas, casinos y empresas no esenciales en todo el estado para frenar la propagación de coronavirus. La medida es para salvar vidas y evitar que el sistema de salud se inunde. Pero como informa Anh Gray de KUNR, la falta de recursos cruciales, incluyendo máscaras protectoras e incluso proveedores, ya está presionando al sistema.

Kazmierski said, "Our community works well together and I'm confident that we will get through this in [the] not too distant future. In 90 days, we'll start to see a fairly reasonable recovery."
Paul Boger / KUNR

For roughly a decade, Nevada has maintained one of the fastest-growing economies in the country. But with non-essential businesses across the state shuttered due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, that economy is likely going to take a hit. Just how big of an impact COVID-19 will have remains to be seen. To suss that out, KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada about the state’s economy and what recovery may look like.

Andrew Mendez

El gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak firmó el viernes 20 de Marzo una directiva de emergencia que ordenó el cierre bajo la ley de todos los negocios no esenciales del estado a partir de la medianoche del viernes.

The Nevada Strip at night empty facing the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.
Andrew Mendez / KUNR

After the closure of Nevada’s non-essential businesses for 30 days, many casino workers are left without a job.