A young woman with purple and pink curled hair sitting down outside and looking off screen. There are green leaves and grass behind her.
Avery Thunder / KUNR Youth Media

Washoe County Schools have had to switch to remote learning for all students for more than 10 days this semester due to poor air quality from fires in California. For many local high school students, including Avery Thunder, it's led to a sense of uncertainty. She shares her feelings in an audio diary for KUNR's Youth Media program.

A brick building with five large panels of windows. There are letters on the building that say “E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center.”
Isaac Hoops

Earlier in the week, the University of Nevada, Reno’s new president, former Gov. Brian Sandoval, announced that he would be closing the school’s fitness center. Sandoval defended his decision and said the gym was found to be a COVID-19 hotspot.

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

7:00 p.m. | October 6, 2020

Nevada Reports 479 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 479 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported six additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

Antigen testing is expected to become a more common way to test for COVID-19. It looks for the virus’ surface coating, rather than pieces of its genetic material. It’s faster and easier to administer than other tests.

A person in a mask sits against a tree and is looking at a laptop. The UNR “N” logo is out of focus in the background.
Isaac Hoops / Nevada Sagebrush

The University of Nevada, Reno has reported 330 cases of COVID-19 in September, as of its most recent online update posted on Sept. 30. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the details on how the school's COVID-19 data is reported.

A man in a mask waves to someone off camera. There’s a sign in front of him that says, “Adopt a Polling Place.”
Trevor Bexon

Mail-in ballots will be sent to registered voters in Washoe County starting Monday, Oct. 5. KUNR's Lucia Starbuck has the latest updates from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office as this process gets underway.

With President Trump's announcement early Friday that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, much of the focus inside the White House will likely turn to contact tracing.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

The country was put on edge overnight as President Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that raises concerns about their health and throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign — already upended by the pandemic — even further into unknown territory.

The couple's 14-year-old son, Barron Trump, has tested negative for the virus, the first lady's chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told NPR.

Winter is coming, and COVID-19 is still here. That means socializing is about to get harder as temperatures drop and activities move indoors.

One potential tactic is to form something called a “social bubble,” also known as a “pandemic pod” or a “quaranteam.” The gist is to join forces with another family, or small group of people, and socialize exclusively with them while maintaining a safe distance from others.

There is a man on a stage with a large American flag behind him hoisted up by a crane on each side. There is a crowd of about 100 people in front of him.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Donald Trump Jr. held an in-person rally in Sparks on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign.

For months it appeared that the Mountain West had COVID-19 somewhat under control. But now the positivity rate is skyrocketing in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

"I feel despair," says Christine Porter, an associate professor of public health at the University of Wyoming.

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

7:14 p.m. | September 29, 2020

Sisolak Raises Cap On Public Gatherings To 250
By Paul Boger

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says he will issue an executive order loosening the state's cap on large gatherings. 

Sisolak's new directive will expand the state's current cap on public gatherings from 50 to 250 people for churches, sporting events, live entertainment, and conventions.

Over the past few months, a number of Japanese health officials have praised their country’s contact tracing approach, saying it’s one of the “secrets” to their early success in containing COVID-19.


A new study suggests smoke from wildfires is more dangerous than other air pollutants for asthma patients. 

People on motorcycles fill a street. One person in the front has an American flag on the back of their bike.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Like most large events in Nevada, Street Vibrations was canceled this year due to restrictions on public gatherings put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. But, some bikers participated in their own version of the event over the weekend.

Interior of casino. There are numerous slot machines.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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For the first time since the pandemic began, Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped below the state’s Great Recession peak, dropping one percentage point to 13.2 percent for the month of August.

Una persona rellenando el censo de EE.UU. de 2020 en la pantalla de la computadora.
Oficina del censo de EE. UU.

La fecha límite para completar el Censo 2020 se acerca rápidamente y, según la oficina del censo de EE.UU., Nevada ya superó su tasa de autorespuesta del Censo 2010.

The controversial kind of study is called a “human challenge study” and it’s controversial because it involves researchers purposefully infecting (or “challenging”) healthy volunteers with the virus after giving them an experimental treatment or vaccine, to see if it worked.

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

5:37 p.m. | September 22, 2020

Nevada Reports 260 New COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting over 260 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to over 76,000. The death toll statewide is over 1,500, according to the state’s online dashboard. Fifteeen deaths were reported on Tuesday.

La imagen muestra la fachada de una residencia. Hay avisos de desalojo en la puerta principal de la casa.
Drew Tire / Flickr Creative Commons

Read in English.

El gobernador Steve Sisolak extendió esta semana la moratoria de desalojo del estado hasta mediados de octubre. Inmediatamente después de ese anuncio, la administración Trump prohibió los desalojos hasta fines de 2020 para los inquilinos que perdieron el trabajo debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 y no tienen opciones de vivienda disponibles. Stephanie Serrano de KUNR, habló con Natalie Van Hoozer sobre lo que pueden esperar los inquilinos en Nevada.