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

5:44 p.m. | February 23, 2021

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Nevada Continue To Decline
By Lucia Starbuck

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are continuing to decline in Nevada. 

There are currently under 600 people hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 compared to the beginning of the month when we saw about twice as many patients.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

President Biden and Vice President Harris acknowledged a grim milestone Monday: the deaths of more than 500,000 Americans from COVID-19.

Biden and Harris, along with first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, emerged from the White House at sundown. They stood at the foot of the South Portico, covered in 500 candles honoring the dead, and listened to a Marine Corps band play "Amazing Grace" as they held a moment of silence.

How do we wrap our minds around the fact that nearly half a million people have died of COVID-19 in the United States alone?

The nation is on the cusp of that milestone: 500,000 lives lost, in just one year.

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

6:00 p.m. | February 16, 2021

New Daily Case Average In Nevada Now Below 500
By Michelle Billman

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada since the start of the pandemic has surpassed 289,000, but the average of new daily cases over the past two weeks has now dipped just below 500. The state also reported 13 new deaths related to the virus Tuesday, and the death toll across Nevada is now 4,733. 

In the Mountain West and across the country, states are rolling back COVID-19 restrictions like mask mandates and allowing more people to gather. While this was largely a response to reduced infection numbers, new strains of the virus are on the move.


A skier standing at the bottom of a slope. They are holding their skis, one in each hand, while smiling.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation

Aspen, Colo., has agreed to host the 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships in March after the original host city in China canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Yarleny Roa-Dugan is wearing scrubs and looking toward the camera while smiling.
Courtesy of Yarleny Roa-Dugan

Many people think of maternity wards as places of celebration, where families and friends gather to welcome newborns into the world. But over the last year, that's changed. Yarleny Roa-Dugan is a labor and delivery nurse in Las Vegas, and she shares her experience working during the pandemic in this audio diary.

Una mujer en silla de ruedas, un caballero y una mujer de pie sostienen letreros y posan con un caballo al aire libre.
Luis O. Latino

Read in English. 

Mientras la pandemia de la COVID-19 continúa, la información sobre el coronavirus en español sigue como una necesidad entre los hispanohablantes del norte de Nevada.

Para ayudar con esto, la intérprete profesional María Davis dedica su tiempo a responder las preguntas de la comunidad y compartir las actualizaciones de la COVID-19 en español por Facebook.

La reportera Natalie Van Hoozer de KUNR habló con Davis para saber más al respecto.

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

5:22 p.m. | February 9, 2021

Washoe Reports Lowest New Daily Cases On Tuesday Since Mid-June
By Lucia Starbuck

New daily COVID-19 cases have been declining in Washoe. 

Illustration of a series of people in rows. Each person is wearing a face mask.
Angelina Bambina / Adobe Stock

January was the deadliest month during the pandemic in Nevada. More than 1,100 people statewide lost their lives. But, as we make our way through February, the state is starting to see a downward trend in cases and hospitalizations. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talks with an epidemiologist to learn what this recent decline means.

Updated at 2:31 p.m. ET

The House quickly approved a budget resolution intended to speed the drafting of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

The Senate approved the same budget resolution early Friday morning. With the Senate evenly divided, Vice President Harris cast the tiebreaking vote.

On the left, Marie Heydon, a woman in a black shirt and mask, has her back to the camera while a pharmacist in a white lab coat and blue mask to her right grabs her right arm and injects a syringe into it.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Long-term care facilities have been some of the hardest hit during the pandemic. And now, the COVID-19 vaccine is providing long-awaited relief. As KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports, some staff and residents in Reno got their first shot this week.

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

7:40 p.m. | February 2, 2021

COVID-19 Cases And Hospitalizations Decline in Nevada
By Lucia Starbuck

COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Nevada.

On average, statewide, there have been fewer than 1,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 over the last two weeks. For comparison, that average was around 1,500 about a week and a half ago.

An image of Jason Frierson walking into the Assembly Building.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

Several medical masks on a table.
Maridav / Adobe Stock

As highly contagious coronavirus variants spread, health experts in the Mountain West and beyond are urging people to upgrade and double up their masks.

An image of the Capitol Building in Carson City, Nev.
Alexa Ard

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

Isabella Wolf is wearing a mask and looking at the camera.
Isabella Wolf / KUNR Youth Media

Testing for COVID-19 can be scary. Whether or not the test comes back positive, factors such as the wait and uncertainty can have significant impacts.

KUNR Youth Media reporter Isabella Wolf explains what the process and wait were like to receive a COVID-19 test.

Starting early next week, travelers and commuters will be required to wear face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation as part of a sweeping new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

KUNR Today: Blizzard Hits The Region, Fewer New Cases Of COVID-19 In Nevada

Jan 27, 2021
An image of a snowy backdrop taken from a live traffic camera.
Courtesy Nevada Department of Transportation

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

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

7:02 p.m. | January 26, 2021

Nevada Records Fewer Than 1,000 New COVID Cases Two Days-In-A-Row
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Nevada confirmed fewer than 1000 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row on Tuesday.

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