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Novel Coronavirus

With President Trump's announcement early Friday that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, much of the focus inside the White House will likely turn to contact tracing.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

The country was put on edge overnight as President Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that raises concerns about their health and throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign — already upended by the pandemic — even further into unknown territory.

The couple's 14-year-old son, Barron Trump, has tested negative for the virus, the first lady's chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told NPR.

Winter is coming, and COVID-19 is still here. That means socializing is about to get harder as temperatures drop and activities move indoors.

One potential tactic is to form something called a “social bubble,” also known as a “pandemic pod” or a “quaranteam.” The gist is to join forces with another family, or small group of people, and socialize exclusively with them while maintaining a safe distance from others.

There is a man on a stage with a large American flag behind him hoisted up by a crane on each side. There is a crowd of about 100 people in front of him.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Donald Trump Jr. held an in-person rally in Sparks on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign.

For months it appeared that the Mountain West had COVID-19 somewhat under control. But now the positivity rate is skyrocketing in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

"I feel despair," says Christine Porter, an associate professor of public health at the University of Wyoming.

7:14 p.m. | September 29, 2020

Sisolak Raises Cap On Public Gatherings To 250
By Paul Boger

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says he will issue an executive order loosening the state's cap on large gatherings. 

Sisolak's new directive will expand the state's current cap on public gatherings from 50 to 250 people for churches, sporting events, live entertainment, and conventions.

Over the past few months, a number of Japanese health officials have praised their country’s contact tracing approach, saying it’s one of the “secrets” to their early success in containing COVID-19.

People on motorcycles fill a street. One person in the front has an American flag on the back of their bike.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Like most large events in Nevada, Street Vibrations was canceled this year due to restrictions on public gatherings put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. But, some bikers participated in their own version of the event over the weekend.

The controversial kind of study is called a “human challenge study” and it’s controversial because it involves researchers purposefully infecting (or “challenging”) healthy volunteers with the virus after giving them an experimental treatment or vaccine, to see if it worked.

5:37 p.m. | September 22, 2020

Nevada Reports 260 New COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting over 260 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to over 76,000. The death toll statewide is over 1,500, according to the state’s online dashboard. Fifteeen deaths were reported on Tuesday.

Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET

Amid criticism from Democrats that politics may be guiding decisions at the nation's top health agencies, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would not be approved until it met "vigorous expectations" for safety and effectiveness.

A graphic showing a medical professional giving a patient a nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing.
Russell Tate / United Nations COVID-19 Response

Retailer CVS announced plans last week to double its COVID-19 drive-through test sites at locations across the U.S., including in two Mountain West states.

A federal program called Pandemic EBT has been a lifeline for many low-income families recently. But unless Congress acts, it’ll expire at the end of the month.

 


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.

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

Read in English. 

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.
KUNR

Lee en español. 

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.

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