Novel Coronavirus

A quote by Lori Smetanka explaining how "The stories we're hearing directly from residents and families keeps me up at night. The fear among them about how to protect themselves."

Coverage of novel coronavirus is supported by the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science, a science reporting project from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Arbors Memory Care in Sparks is a long-term care facility for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It was the site of Washoe County’s recent COVID-19 outbreak. Thirty-eight people have been confirmed and three residents have died. 

Un campo de hierba alta.
Mona / Flickr Creative Commons

La Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos aprobó una nueva legislación de ayuda para el COVID-19 que elimina algunas restricciones para recibir asistencia financiera, como el requisito de tener un número de seguro social. Stephanie Serrano de KUNR habló con una residente de Nevada que no es elegible para la ayuda federal, al menos en la primera vuelta, debido al estatus migratorio de su marido, y ahora espera la decisión del Senado.

Community-Based Testing In Elko County To Begin

May 21, 2020
Elko County Courthouse
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With the launch of a community-based testing program next week, Elko County Commissioners are optimistic Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak will soon initiate Phase Two of the Nevada Roadmap to Recovery. Contributor Brian Bahouth of the Sierra Nevada Ally has the details.

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

10:10 p.m. | May 26, 2020

Nevada Can Enter Phase 2 Of Reopening Process Friday

By Michelle Billman

Nursing home residents and workers account for about one-third of all coronavirus deaths in the U.S., as The New York Times reported last week. Testing every resident and worker could help slow the spread in nursing homes – but it's expensive.

A field of wind turbines.
Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management is charging back-due rent on renewable energy projects on public lands, as the Department of Interior simultaneously works to give oil and gas operators financial relief.

Una captura de pantalla de María Davis del Centro de información regional explicando los pasos de la prueba de COVID-19 en un video en español.
Latinos de Nevada/El Centro de información regional

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Debido a los constantes cambios en la información sobre el COVID-19 y el aún desconocido impacto del virus en el norte de Nevada, los esfuerzos para actualizar a los hispanohablantes en la región acerca del coronavirus han tenido que hacerse de varias formas. 

Everyone knows that living in the Rockies can get expensive. Headwaters Economics wanted to know why. The non-profit published new research this week that examines what causes housing to become so expensive in places where outdoor recreation is a main economic driver.

A field of tall hay.
Mona / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. House of Representatives passed new COVID-19 relief legislation that drops some restrictions to receiving aid, like requiring a social security number. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to a Nevada resident who was ineligible for federal aid in the first go-around due to her husband's immigration status and is awaiting the Senate’s decision.

Two mail-in ballots laying on a wood table.
Paul Boger / KUNR

COVID-19 has changed just about every aspect of daily life over the past few months, and that includes Nevada’s June 9 primary. For the first time, the Silver State is holding a mail-in election to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many voters have already cast their ballot, others have questions. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Wayne Thorley, Nevada’s deputy secretary for elections, to learn more about the primary.

There's a sign near a sidewalk that says, 'Lakeside,' and there's grass and trees in the background.
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Coverage of novel coronavirus is supported by the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science, a science reporting project from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected those living in long-term care facilities nationwide. In most states, at least a third of deaths are in those hotspots. And in Washoe County, the deaths associated at these centers account for more than half of the 48 total deaths so far.

KUNR’s Anh Gray reports that the pandemic exposes some particular vulnerabilities for older adults.

Maya Dampier and Riley Dion posing for a picture in front of an ocean.
Maya Dampier

Riley Dion is living in Reno with her family, but she’s a freshman at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Like many colleges across the country, her campus closed after spring break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and she is finishing her first year of college remotely. She spoke with KUNR Youth Media reporter Maya Dampier, who is also her cousin, to reflect on how the spring semester has unfolded.

A few weeks ago, Lesley Dickson, a psychiatrist in Las Vegas, says she started feeling concerned for the hospital workers treating COVID-19 patients. 

El paisaje de Machu Picchu en el Perú.
Michelle Rindels

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Barbara Land estaba trabajando en una comunidad remota en la selva amazónica cuando el Presidente Martín Vizcarra cerró el país, prohibiendo viajar dentro o fuera de Perú y dejándola a ella, y a un equipo de voluntarios, aislados durante semanas.

Nearly half of all counties in the Mountain West have largely been spared from COVID-19, according to recent data from the nonprofit organization USAFacts. Many of these communities weren't untouched, but all have had fewer than five confirmed cases of the virus. 

Landscape of Machu Picchu, Peru
Courtesy of Michelle Rindels

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Barbara Land was working in a remote community in the Amazon rainforest when President Martin Vizcarra shut down the country, prohibiting travel into or out of Peru and leaving her and a team of volunteers isolated for weeks. 

Exterior of the William Bee Ririe Medical Clinic building.
Noah Glick

The United States is seeing its highest unemployment levels since the Great Depression. And nurses, doctors and other health care workers are not immune to pay cuts and furloughs.

Quote from Jabon explaining how there are multiple reasons a person becomes suicidal or attempts suicide, and there's not usually just one risk factor.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

Coverage of novel coronavirus is supported by the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science, a science reporting project from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Nevada has one of the highest rates of gun-related suicides in the nation. That’s according to the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. KUNR’s Anh Gray spoke to Dakota Jablon, the suicide prevention specialist for the group. She says during the pandemic, there’s been an increase in gun sales, and she’s concerned that the combination of economic uncertainty and social isolation could exacerbate mental health issues for some.

Many parts of the Mountain West are predicted to have above normal wildfire potential this summer. The coronavirus promises to make fire season abnormal in other ways, too.

The Churchill County School District's Administration Office
Churchill County School District

The end of the 2019-2020 school year is nearly upon us. Districts would typically use this time to finish any last-minute preparations for graduation or end of the year grading. But this year, many school leaders are focusing on what it will take to reopen ahead of the next academic year. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Summer Stephens, the superintendent of the Churchill County School District, to see how the district is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.