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President Trump says an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's promising new COVID-19 vaccine will come "extremely soon," delivering his first public remarks since Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election last Saturday.

"Right away, millions of doses will soon be going out the door" after final approval arrives, Trump said, giving an update on his administration's efforts to accelerate coronavirus vaccine development and distribution.

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Update, published Friday, Nov. 13, at 5:52 p.m. PT.

Several COVID-19 patients are already receiving treatment at the Renown alternative care site located in the hospital’s parking garage. Amid the surge in cases, the site opened up earlier this week to keep hospital beds available for other medical emergencies.

California has reached more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, becoming only the second state to reach the bleak milestone since the start of the pandemic.

The most populous state in the country crossed the million mark on Thursday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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El grupo de trabajo COVID-19 de Nevada compartió más detalles el jueves 5 de noviembre sobre el plan del estado para implementar una vacuna. El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos planea distribuirla en tres fases.

A syringe needle filling with a vaccine
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The news of a promising COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the German company BioNTech is generating optimism this week.

But in the Mountain West, there will be significant challenges in storing and distributing this type of vaccine in rural areas.

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As Nevada experiences a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Steve Sisolak and City of Reno officials are doubling down on their public health messaging. And as KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports, officials are wrestling with how to control the spread of infections.

5:14 p.m. | November 10, 2020

Washoe County Reports Four COVID-19-Related Deaths, Testing Only Available For Symptomatic Residents
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported four COVID-19-related deaths today, including four men, one in his 70s, two in their 80s and one in his 90s. Officials also reported 263 new cases of COVID-19 and 265 recoveries.

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Reno’s United Soccer League team, Reno 1868 FC, announced Friday it would cease operations following the 2020 season.

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Nevada’s COVID-19 Task Force shared more details Thursday about the state’s plan to roll out a vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine in three phases.

5:17 p.m. | November 3, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported almost 250 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Health officials are also reporting just over 100 recoveries. There are now over 2,400 active cases and over 14,100 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

President Trump standing at a podium during a rally in Bullhead, Arizona.
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President Donald Trump is finding ways to continue reaching voters in Nevada through rallies, even as COVID-19 cases climb and state restrictions limit crowds.

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Democrats are criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for holding a campaign event while COVID-19 cases are surging in Washoe County.

Governor Steve Sisolak sits at a table with a sign language interpreter behind him.
Screenshot / Nevada State Legislature via YouTube

In Nevada, 8 out of 17 counties are flagged as having an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Washoe County in particular has had an elevated risk for the past five weeks, longer than any other county. 

Utah has a number of major medical facilities that often take patients from all over the Mountain West. But the state is nearing a breaking point: too many COVID-19 patients and not enough resources. That crisis in care could have a domino effect around the region.


Logan Potter is a senior at Boise State University. Like many others, the pandemic affected her mental health.

"I was struggling quite a bit, so I was like, 'I need to go to therapy,'" she said.


5:50 p.m. | October 27, 2020

Nevada Task Force, Washoe County To Meet After Virus Surge
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada coronavirus task force has called an emergency meeting with the Washoe County Health District to address the county's plan to manage an increasing surge in confirmed coronavirus cases. 

Scientists in a UNR lab working on SARS-CoV-2 research.
Brin Reynolds

As COVID-19 deaths surpass 225,000 in the United States, UNR researchers have found some clues as to why the virus that causes COVID-19 is so contagious — and they’re discovering that it is mutating quickly. The researchers have studied the genetics of more than 8,650 samples of the virus SARS-CoV-2, collected from infected people all over Nevada.

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The sugar beet harvest is underway across the Mountain West.

It’s a big industry that depends on accurate weather forecasts and a reliable workforce – both impacted by COVID-19. 

3:57 p.m. | October 20, 2020

Washoe County Reports 143 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County is reporting 143 new COVID-19 cases today and 51 recoveries. There are 1,526 active cases of COVID-19, the highest the county has seen. 

An older man behind a podium is wearing a blue surgical mask. He is pointing to his mask.
Benjamin Hager / Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada is beginning to see an alarming upward trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Steve Sisolak held a brief press conference to provide an update on the current status of the virus in Nevada.

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