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

7:54 p.m. | August 18, 2020

Nevada Reports 25 New COVID-19 Deaths
By KUNR Staff

In Nevada, health officials reported 25 additional deaths Tuesday related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths above 1,100. More than 670 new positive cases were also noted, bringing the total number of cases above 62,000.

A photography class. Students are sitting down and looking toward a stage with lights and cameras.
Leo P. Hidalgo / Flickr Creative Commons

Hunter Rand works as a video production and broadcast journalism instructor at Spanish Springs High School in Washoe County. He’s only been a teacher for one school year, so the pandemic has already impacted a significant portion of his teaching career.

KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer spoke with Rand to explore how he’s been preparing for school starting back up.

A football player playing defense on the field.
Photo Courtesy of Lawson Hall

The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly stopped spring sports earlier this year, and now, the Mountain West has announced it is postponing all fall sports. It's unclear if and when they will resume. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Lawson Hall, an inside linebacker for the Wolf Pack, whose senior season is on the line.

Only about 20% of Americans live in rural areas, but that’s where 30% of driving and 45% of fatal traffic accidents happen.

A female entrepreneur poses for a photo in Downtown Reno. She is looking away from the camera and holding a package of cupcakes.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

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Krysta Bea Jackson opened the doors to Reno’s Sugar Love Chocolates in 2015 after a photo of her homemade chocolates went viral on Reddit with over a million views, and she was flooded with requests for orders. 

A graphic showing a character opening a door, leading to a domino of caskets.
Barış Cihan Peşmen / United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives

COVID-19 is set to be one of the leading causes of death across the country this year.

More than 165,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 already in 2020, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There isn't much else killing Americans at such a high rate.

Two people hold signs. One says, “I can teach from a distance but not from a grave,” and “Please don’t kill my wife.”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Many Washoe County teachers and parents protested the reopening of schools before the Board of Trustees’ first in-person meeting since March. Despite the teachers’ pleas, the board confirmed that school will be starting in person on Monday, August 17.

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

6:53 p.m. | August 11, 2020

Nevada Reports 548 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Tuesday
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 548 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The department also reported 18 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are now 981 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been over 712,000 tests performed in the state.

Kevin Partida in Reno 1868 FC uniform.
Reno 1868 FC

Many live sporting events have been shut down due to the pandemic, but after nearly five months, Greater Nevada Field turned on its lights over the weekend to welcome back the Reno 1868 FC. The team won its match on Saturday 2-to-1 against Tacoma Defiance.

Back when the pandemic first hit, the organization suspended operations but did not cancel the season, which meant the team had to transition online to continue their training. 

Player Kevin Partida, who grew up in Reno-Sparks, spoke to KUNR’s Lesly Virgen-Mariscal about the changes.

Una mujer desempaca una caja de tomates para una distribución de productos frescos.
El Banco de Alimentos del Norte de Nevada

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Después de varios meses de pandemia, el Banco de Alimentos del Norte de Nevada sigue recibiendo un número récord de personas que necesitan alimentos gratuitos. 

Como muchas despensas de alimentos están ubicadas en las escuelas públicas, la disponibilidad de esta comida durante el verano es diferente en comparación al resto del año.

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For Dr. Lori Drumm, the trouble began after she cancelled a rodeo in rural Deer Lodge, Mont.

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Tourism to Yellowstone and Glacier national parks is humming along this summer despite the pandemic, but it appears that out-of-staters are bringing more than just their money with them.


Consejores del Distrito Escolar de Washoe en una reunion virtual de Zoom.
El Distrito Escolar de Washoe via Zoom

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Una decisión inminente sobre si el Consejo de Administración del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Washoe cumpliría sus planes de volver a la instrucción en persona en otoño se decidió el martes 28 de julio por la noche. La decisión que se tomó fue de que los estudiantes, maestros y personal de apoyo volverán a la escuela en persona este otoño.

Carolina Juárez runs the Glenn Duncan Elementary food pantry. When COVID-19 it, she started delivering food to the homes of families in need. This self portrait shows a masked Carolina in her car, with bags of food piled in the back seat.
Carolina Juárez / Communities In Schools

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Communities in Schools works directly with families experiencing hunger. With the overall mission of helping students stay in school, the organization staffs ten food pantries located in schools in Reno and Sparks.

Carolina Juárez, works for the nonprofit as a bilingual site coordinator at Glenn Duncan Elementary School. In this audio postcard, she shares what it’s like to support students and run a food pantry.

Concerts and music festivals around the Mountain West have been canceled due to COVID-19, but not all of them.

Two women hold signs that say, “It’s time to use our outside voices children are not guinea pigs!” and, “Keep our educators off ventilators.”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Public schools in Washoe County are slated to reopen on August 17. In response, many teachers protested outside of the health district and school district buildings yesterday. They want the return to the physical classroom to be postponed, and they’re asking for increased safety measures when schools reopen. 

It all started at Dr. Sanjeev Arora's clinic in New Mexico.

"One Friday afternoon, 18 years ago, I walked into my clinic in Albuquerque to see a 42-year-old woman who had driven five hours with her two children," Arora said before a recent Senate committee hearing.

Teresa Benitez-Thompson and Robin Titus are standing in an auditorium. They are looking at printed documents together.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

The 32nd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature is over. Lawmakers adjourned sine die early Thursday morning after spending a week passing several resolutions and pieces of legislation meant to address a litany of policy issues. Noah Glick spoke with KUNR’s Paul Boger and Lucia Starbuck, who were in Carson City and covered the session in its entirety.

From left, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, Senate Democrats executive director Cheryl Bruce, and Senators Chris Brooks and Yvanna Cancela walk toward the Governor’s office during the sixth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

A contentious bill meant to provide businesses and some government agencies immunity from COVID-19-related death and injury suits is now on it’s way to Governor Steve Sisolak.

The front exterior of a residence. There are eviction notices posted on the home's front door.
Drew Tyre / Flickr Creative Commons

Millions of renters nationwide are at risk of eviction, and new data out of Nevada offers a sense of just how urgent the situation is as Congress debates another COVID-19 relief bill.