Novel Coronavirus

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

6:15 p.m. | September 18, 2020

Nevada COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 75,000. The death toll statewide is over 1,500, according to the state’s online dashboard. 18 deaths were reported on Friday.

A packed crowd of approximately 1,000 people. Very few are wearing masks.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada’s Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday, blasting the Trump campaign for defying the administration's COVID-19 safety guidelines. President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of mostly maskless people packed into two campaign rallies last weekend.

The poll came from the Colorado Health Foundation but national polls over the past few months paint a similar picture.

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

7:30 p.m. | September 15, 2020

Nevada Reports 226 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 And 26 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 226 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 26 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are nearly 1,500 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 948,000 tests performed in the state.

Researchers recently investigated three outbreaks of COVID-19 at child care centers in Salt Lake City. Their findings are helping to fill a knowledge gap on how younger children might spread the virus.

Two of the outbreaks started after staff came to work while their sick relatives were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at home. In the third outbreak, it’s unclear who brought it in, but in the end children in that particular outbreak seemed to have passed the virus to at least five people at home, including a parent who had to be hospitalized.

Its dark outside. A man stands at a podium with five American flags behind him. He’s in front of a crowd.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

President Donald Trump used his campaign stop in northern Nevada over the weekend to slam Democrats and sow doubt about the integrity of the election.

Una mujer se toma una foto estilo “selfie” en su coche. Lleva mascarilla y bolsas de alimentos gratuitos para repartir en  las casas de familias que necesitan la comida.
Carolina Juárez / Communities In Schools

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Debido a la COVID-19, la necesidad de alimentos gratuitos ha aumentado en el norte de Nevada.  

Communities in Schools o Comunidades en las Escuelas, trabaja directamente con familias que tienen hambre. Es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro que ayuda a estudiantes a ser exitosos en las escuelas. En estos momentos también mantiene las despensas de alimentos en aproximadamente 10 escuelas públicas en Reno y Sparks, en asociación con el Banco de Alimentos del norte de Nevada.

Promotional graphic for the event, featuring the headshots of the three panelists.

With the fall semester underway for public schools across the state, KUNR recently hosted a Facebook Live event in Spanish, with health and education experts, to answer community questions. 

Our bilingual reporter Natalie Van Hoozer moderated the Q&A and spoke with Jayden Perez to recap the main takeaways from the discussion.

Two women in masks face each other sitting several feet away in a white circle painted in grass.
Isaac Hoops / Nevada Sagebrush

The University of Nevada, Reno’s fall semester has been in session for nearly three weeks. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports on how the university is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

A Trump campaign rally in Reno planned for this weekend has been canceled because the event would violate the state's COVID-19 restrictions, and Nevada officials aren't backing down on efforts to control the virus.

A student is sitting in a desk facing the front of a classroom and is holding a pencil down on a piece of paper.
Elineriipers / Flickr Creative Commons

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For weeks, community members have been asking the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees to set a threshold that would use specific metrics to determine if and when the district would stop in-person instruction during the pandemic. Some trustees said in a meeting Tuesday they do not want to draw a hard line.

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

6:49 p.m. | September 8, 2020

Washoe County Reports One COVID-19 Death Tuesday
By KUNR Staff

The Regional Information Center reported one additional COVID-19 death on Tuesday, a man in his 70s without underlying health conditions. The death toll in Washoe County is approaching 150 and nearly 7,800 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. The county also reported 42 new cases and 41 recoveries on Tuesday. 

The Food and Drug Administration has said it's open to making a COVID-19 vaccine available before phase 3 clinical trials are complete.

Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told the Financial Times last week that he was "prepared to authorize a vaccine before phase 3 clinical trials were complete, as long as officials believed the benefits outweighed the risks."

Typically, phase 1 trials involve a small number of volunteers.

A new report shows that the COVID-19 recession has households in the Mountain West facing high hardship rates, especially when it comes to rent and food security.


Un técnico de laboratorio en una estación del Laboratorio de Salud Pública del Estado de Nevada en Reno.
FOTO: Joey Lovato / The Nevada Independent

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Investigadores de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno (UNR) y el Laboratorio de Salud Pública del Estado de Nevada están estudiando lo que han descrito como un caso “probable” de reinfección por COVID-19 en un residente del Condado Washoe.

A lab technician sitting at a desk in a lab.
Joey Lovato / The Nevada Independent

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Researchers with UNR’s School of Medicine and the Nevada State Public Health Lab are studying what they have described as a “likely” case of COVID-19 reinfection in a Washoe County resident.

A power bill with a balance of two-hundred eighty-two dollars sits on a table.
Brendan Wood / Flickr Creative Commons

Many states introduced moratoriums to protect residents from having their utilities shut off for non-payment during the early days of the pandemic. But those moratoriums are coming to an end.

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

This week, Gov. Steve Sisolak extended the state’s eviction moratorium until mid-October. Right after that announcement, the Trump administration banned evictions until the end of 2020 for renters who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and don't have available housing options. KUNR’s Michelle Billman talked to Lucia Starbuck about what tenants in Nevada can expect.

Rows of red school chairs placed in an empty classroom.
dcJohn / Flickr Creative Commons

As many schools across our region are turning to distance learning to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, districts are concerned about how to enforce attendance for remote students.

The Mountain West has seen the largest increase in mask-wearing over the last few months than any other region, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.