A close-up image of a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Intermountain Healthcare

COVID-19 is surging across the Mountain West, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America held a briefing Wednesday on the many challenges facing the region as the pandemic surge continues.

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Two states in the Mountain West have some of the country’s highest unemployment rates, including Nevada, which tops the nation. 

A state-by-state chart showing the various preparedness levels for each state government.
Moody's Analytics

Forty-two states are not prepared for a pandemic-induced recession. That’s the finding of a recent analysis from Moody’s Analytics. In the Mountain West, the prognosis isn’t as bad as it might seem at first.

A screenshot of Maria Davis with the COVID-19 Regional Information Center narrating a step-by-step video explaining the COVID-19 testing process.
Latinos de Nevada/Regional Information Center

Lee en español.

With information about the coronavirus constantly changing and its impact on northern Nevada unknown, efforts to provide Spanish speakers in the region with COVID-19 updates are taking a variety of forms. 

A patchwork of initiatives at the community, city and county levels is providing some updates, but those efforts aren’t reaching everyone. Additionally, some local Spanish speakers don’t have access to technology, including phones and computers, to access the information that is being shared. 

An image of the Truckee River at sunset.
Travel Nevada

The city of Reno is getting some help from the federal government in redeveloping its downtown core and riverwalk districts.

An image of a firefighter fighting a wildfire
Colorado's West Metro Fire Protection District

As the pandemic decimates local budgets across the Mountain West, another threat looms large at local fire stations across the region: wildfires. That has lawmakers and firefighters demanding more federal support.

A screenshot of speakers who participated in the first-ever Spanish-language town hall with the COVID-19 Regional Information Center.
Screenshot / City of Reno

Lee en español. 

The COVID-19 Regional Information Center held its first-ever online event in Spanish to share advice and resources regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Funcionarios del Condado de Washoe usan YouTube para comunicarse con la comunidad Latina en español sobre los impactos del coronavirus en la región. Captura de pantalla por Natalie Van Hoozer.
Screenshot / La Ciudad de Reno

Read in English. 

El Centro de información regional organizó su primer evento en línea en español para compartir consejos sobre la pandemia del coronavirus. 

An image of a large truck used for mining, standing ten times taller than the person next to it.
Nevada STEM Hub

Every state is wrestling with the tension between reopening economies and protecting communities from COVID-19. Some industries have remained open all along. There are the obvious ones, like grocery stores and hospitals. Then there are others, like mining.

An image of the title page of the economic recovery plan, reading "Nevada United Roadmap To Recovery"
State of Nevada

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions, as portions of the state begin to reopen.

KUNR’s senior reporter, Paul Boger, spoke with Noah Glick, who’s been following the updates, to learn what changes take effect today.

A screenshot of the Zoom video call with Councilmember Oscar Delgado, Sergeant Juan López, Cynthia Esparza and Alex Woodly from the city’s neighborhood services department.
Screenshot / City of Reno En Español

Lee en español. 

The City of Reno held its first-ever Facebook Live event in Spanish to answer questions about the coronavirus. Councilmember Oscar Delgado shared that 48 percent, almost half, of the positive COVID-19 cases in Washoe County are Latinos. The health district does not require residents to identify their race or ethnicity, so the available data does not represent the entire portion of people in Washoe County who have tested positive.