Novel Coronavirus

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak durante una conferencia de prensa.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak dice que propondrá permisos de un día al mes sin goce de sueldo para los empleados estatales, así como congelar aumentos salariales por mérito y efectuar al menos 50 despidos para atender el déficit presupuestario relacionado con la pandemia en el estado.

Governor Steve Sisolak is standing behind a podium during a press conference.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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Gov. Steve Sisolak says he’ll propose furloughs of one day a month for state employees, as well as a freeze in merit salary raises and fewer than 50 layoffs to help address the state’s pandemic-related budget shortfall.

Once tarjetas decoradas por estudiantes están colgadas en una pared. Cada tarjeta lleva una palabra diferente. Dicen “determinación”, “pasión”, “crecimiento”, “pasión”, “compromiso”, y “fuerte”.
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

Este 4 de junio los casinos y hoteles de Las Vegas reabrieron sus puertas luego del cierre de negocios no esenciales ordenado por el Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak. Pero esa mega industria no fue la única que enfrentó retos y tuvo que buscar alternativas para sobrepasar la cuarentena. 

At a hearing last weekend about a Colorado bill on vaccination, Dr. Reginald Washington had originally planned to make several urgent points in support of the bill. 

First, that diseases like measles are resurging, and they’re serious. (He’d know. He’s treated patients with complications from measles and pertussis.) Second, due to COVID-19, children are missing well-child visits and skipping vaccinations, putting them at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Una mujer abriendo una puerta para entrar en un edificio.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Ponerse cubrebocas, usar su propio bolígrafo, ceremonias más cortas, entrevistas por video y número limitado de visitantes, son algunos de los nuevos protocolos que deberán seguir quienes necesiten hacer trámites ante el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) a partir de este 4 de junio.

Orange cat looking to the right of the photographer.
alexunderwood910 / Flickr Creative Commons

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, animal shelters across the U.S. saw a rise in demand for adoptions. This includes shelters in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra.

Cities and counties across the country are declaring that racism is a public health crisis, including at least one city in the Mountain West.

Scientists at Colorado State University have developed a way to make sure blood transfusions don't transmit the COVID-19 virus, according to a new study.


A building that says, 'Reno Events Center.' There is a man walking in front of the building and a line of people near the entrance.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 300 houseless individuals have been sleeping at the Reno Events Center, but the makeshift shelter is slated to close at the end of June. Washoe County and City of Reno officials are working on securing a place for those staying at the facility to sleep next.

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

7:32 p.m. | June 16, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Case Jump
By Lucia Starbuck

Girl working on math homework.
Bindaas Madhavi / Flickr Creative Commons 2.0

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Governor Steve Sisolak announced a directive this week allowing school districts, along with charter and private schools, to reopen for summer school immediately, with specific  restrictions. Under the guidance, districts will decide for themselves how to reopen their facilities. With the pandemic still underway, it remains unclear how big a role distance learning will play in the summer and fall. 

KUNR’s Bree Zender spoke with our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer to explore what Washoe County School District educators have learned about remote learning so far.

A row of orange lockers.
Ty O'Neil

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive on Tuesday, which will allow K-12 schools and facilities to reopen, with restrictions, for summer activities, effective immediately; however, those facilities are not required to reopen. KUNR’s Michelle Billman talked to our reporter Lucia Starbuck to break down what we know at this point.

The National Bureau of Economic Research announced Monday that the U.S. economy officially entered a recession in February. 

Sam Sweney said he started to worry about his dad, Bill, when he didn't hear from him for a few days.

"He hadn't called. It was strange - like I texted him and he didn't text back and usually he's a pretty avid text messenger," he said.

The Mountain West News Bureau is talking to friends and relatives of those who lost their lives to COVID-19. This memorial is for 67-year-old Nancy Heitz who was likely the first person to die in an assisted living facility in Idaho.

A history textbook and a pencil posed in front of a laptop screen.
Janelle Olisea

Washoe County Schools are wrapping up classes this week, and that instruction has been done through remote learning since late March due to the pandemic. Janelle Olisea is a reporter for KUNR’s Youth Media program who missed seeing her teachers and friends this semester. She shares her experience in this audio diary.

Editor's note: this story includes language that some readers may find offensive.

On the right is a tractor being operated in focus. On the left is a man who is blurry, standing next to three shopping carts filled with stuff.
Isaac Hoops / This Is Reno

Houseless individuals are more at risk of contracting COVID-19, and this week, authorities in Reno and Sparks swept through and cleared out two different campsites, dispersing unsheltered individuals into the community.

The Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick checked in with KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck, who covered these cleanup activities for our media partner This Is Reno, to learn what impacts these actions may have.

As employers continue to lay off workers at unprecedented levels, every state in the Mountain West has some kind of rent assistance program in place. Low-income housing advocates hope those programs, and their funding, can keep up with the ongoing need.

Maya is a female teenager and is sitting in a grassy field. She's wearing her high school's graduation cap and gown and is holding her lacrosse stick close to her.
Maya Dampier

The local high school students in KUNR's Youth Media program are wrapping up the school year from home with classes ending this week. One of those students, Maya Dampier, recorded an audio diary to share her experience as a senior graduating from Reno High School.

Editor's note: this story includes language that some readers may find offensive.

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

7:08 p.m. | June 9, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Spike Of New COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck