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Nevada’s COVID-19 Task Force shared more details Thursday about the state’s plan to roll out a vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine in three phases.

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

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.

President Trump standing at a podium during a rally in Bullhead, Arizona.
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President Donald Trump is finding ways to continue reaching voters in Nevada through rallies, even as COVID-19 cases climb and state restrictions limit crowds.

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Democrats are criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for holding a campaign event while COVID-19 cases are surging in Washoe County.

Governor Steve Sisolak sits at a table with a sign language interpreter behind him.
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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. 

Utah has a number of major medical facilities that often take patients from all over the Mountain West. But the state is nearing a breaking point: too many COVID-19 patients and not enough resources. That crisis in care could have a domino effect around the region.


Logan Potter is a senior at Boise State University. Like many others, the pandemic affected her mental health.

"I was struggling quite a bit, so I was like, 'I need to go to therapy,'" she said.


A sign outside that says, “Reno Tahoe International Airport,” with a sign beneath it in the grass that says, “RENO,” in large letters.
Trevor Bexon

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold an in-person event at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Thursday, sparking COVID-19 concerns as Washoe County sees widespread transmission of the virus.

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

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. 

Scientists in a UNR lab working on SARS-CoV-2 research.
Brin Reynolds

As COVID-19 deaths surpass 225,000 in the United States, UNR researchers have found some clues as to why the virus that causes COVID-19 is so contagious — and they’re discovering that it is mutating quickly. The researchers have studied the genetics of more than 8,650 samples of the virus SARS-CoV-2, collected from infected people all over Nevada.

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The sugar beet harvest is underway across the Mountain West.

It’s a big industry that depends on accurate weather forecasts and a reliable workforce – both impacted by COVID-19. 

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

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. 

An older man behind a podium is wearing a blue surgical mask. He is pointing to his mask.
Benjamin Hager / Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada is beginning to see an alarming upward trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Steve Sisolak held a brief press conference to provide an update on the current status of the virus in Nevada.

White tile building. A green sign with white letters that say, “Administration Building Washoe County School District.”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Candidates for the open seats on the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees have weighed in on how they would rate the district’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also shared their biggest priorities if elected for KUNR’s 2020 voter guide. KUNR’s Natalie Van Hoozer talked with Lucia Starbuck to break down what the candidates had to say.

Extremism experts say a fast-growing network of far-right activists could threaten the Mountain West and beyond. It’s called the People’s Rights network and, according to a new report, it includes anti-maskers, militia members and conspiracy theorists.


A tight shot of a crowd of about 100 people. Most are wearing red, white and blue and MAGA merch. Only one person is wearing a mask.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an in-person rally in Carson City on Sunday. 

Urban traffic at night in downtown Boise, Idaho
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Amid the economic downturn, Idaho and Utah have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

The Tri-County Health Department in Colorado is a marriage between three counties. But after 55 years together, the pandemic has them on the brink of divorce.

The relationship started with a devastating flood. Lora Thomas remembers it vividly.

“I remember sitting on Ruby Hill in Denver watching this wall of water coming down the Platte River,” said Thomas. “There were actually horses in that water that had come from a racetrack.”

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

5:28 p.m. | October 13, 2020

Nevada Reports 487 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 487 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 10 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

A man in a black shirt and gray shorts stands next to a sign for the Nevada and Washoe County Democratic Party Headquarters as he waits in line to pick up a yard sign supporting Democrats on the ballot in Washoe County.
Paul Boger / KUNR

Campaigning in a normal election year can be difficult even for the most seasoned politicians. But campaigning during a pandemic adds a host of new challenges. The biggest might be how does a candidate connect with voters safely.

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