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A military medical officer wearing a stethoscope around her neck places a pulse oxygen monitor on a patient who is also wearing a blood pressure cuff.
Senior Airman Haley Stevens / U.S. Air Force

The hospital at Nellis Air Force Base is the first in the Air Force to open its doors to non-military patients.

KUNR Today: City Of Reno To Require COVID Vaccine For Employees, Elko Hospital Near Capacity

Sep 27, 2021
An image of a woman in military gear receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from a medical professional.
Courtesy / Department of Defense

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

Protell, her husband and two young daughters are sitting outside against a horizontal tree log for a family photo. There is dry vegetation in front of them and green trees behind them, which are out of focus.
Courtesy of Tracy Protell

Firefighters are continuing to make progress on the Caldor Fire, which is a relief to many in South Lake Tahoe. At the end of August, the community evacuated, including the area’s hospital, Barton Health. It took about two weeks before the hospital became fully operational again.

It’s an already challenging year for health care providers who are grappling with a pandemic. Barton psychiatrist Tracy Protell shares how she managed professionally and as a parent.

Idaho entered crisis standards of care Thursday, becoming the first state in the region to do so.

An image of textbooks sitting on a desk in a classroom.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Idaho's decision on Thursday to expand "crisis standards of care" statewide.

A couple of weeks ago, Ed Crosby’s brother-in-law suffered a bad fall in North Idaho. He was airlifted to the region’s biggest hospital, the 330-bed Kootenai Health in Coeur D’Alene. He needed intensive care, but when he got there he had to wait.

An image of UNR President Brian Sandoval wearing a mask while standing outside with other faculty members.
Courtesy / University of Nevada, Reno

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

Two disposable, blue face masks are placed on top of each other.
Tierney / Adobe Stock

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

An image of a wildland firefighter looking ahead to a large wall of flames in the distance
Courtesy / CAL FIRE

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

An aerial image of the UNR campus. The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is in focus with the Joe Crowley Student Union visible in the background.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

A color-coded meter that represents Washoe County’s COVID-19 transmission level for the week. The arrow on the meter is pointing at dark red section, which is considered “very high.” The words “Stay Healthy, Stay Informed, Stay Safe” are printed under.
Courtesy of Washoe County Health District

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.

Thre volunteers preparing swabs to test residents of a skilled nursing facility for COVID-19. The volunteers are wearing PPE from head to toe, which includes face masks, face shields, gowns and gloves.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Here are the latest news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.

Exterior of the William Bee Ririe Medical Clinic building.
Noah Glick

The United States is seeing its highest unemployment levels since the Great Depression. And nurses, doctors and other health care workers are not immune to pay cuts and furloughs.

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.

Lucia Starbuck

It’s been a century since a new full-service hospital opened up in the Reno-Sparks area. KUNR’s Health Reporter Anh Gray talked with fellow reporter Lucia Starbuck about Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center, a facility that’s slated to open in a few years.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to clarify that at this time, the freestanding emergency care center is slated to open in 2020. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the facility had already opened. We apologize for the error.

Northern Nevada Medical Center recently held a groundbreaking event for its planned freestanding emergency department in northwest Reno, which is slated to officially open in 2020.


Because of community concerns involving the cost of some services at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, Elko County Commissioners are asking hospital officials to re-evaluate their pricing. 

Mick Akers / Pahrump Valley Times

The Nye Regional Medical Center in Tonopah, Nevada closed its doors for good on Friday due to financial constraints.  Officials now have to find another way to serve residents in this area. 

The ten-bed hospital was the only medical center in a 100 mile radius and served residents in both Nye and Esmerelda Counties. Now the closest medical centers are in Bishop, California, or in Hawthorne, Battle Mountain and Fallon, Nevada. But officials with the Nye County Emergency Management Office, in concert with neighboring response teams, have devised a plan.