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A Year In The Pandemic

A compilation of six photos from 2020 and 2021, which includes health care professionals at a COVID-19 testing site, demonstrators for protests or political rallies, Renown Health's COVID-19 care site, vaccine administrators and a food bank volunteer.
(Top row, left) Lucia Starbuck / This Is Reno; (remaining photos) Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Lucia Starbuck has covered the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year for KUNR Public Radio with Report for America, This Is Reno and Our Town Reno. In this photo gallery, she shares her photos from the field.

Student And Teacher Reflect On A Year Of The Pandemic

Mar 18, 2021
Janelle Olisea and Greg Burge stand six feet apart in a classroom.
Janelle Olisea

The pandemic has caused historic disruption to education, and many students are struggling. KUNR Youth Media alum Janelle Olisea is a senior at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology in Reno. She sits down with her English teacher Mr. Greg Burge. They open up to each other about how they’ve been working to push through some of the challenges and reflect on a few rewarding moments along the way.

A photo taken outdoors of Jennifer Cantley who is wearing a grey zip-up jacket. She’s in focus with mountains and sagebrush in the background out of focus.
Courtesy of Jennifer Cantley

Jennifer Cantley from Douglas County tested positive for COVID-19 in early November and she’s still experiencing symptoms.

She has a pre-existing condition that has made it harder to recover. Last year, she was diagnosed with what’s called a pseudotumor. This causes extra fluid which puts pressure on her brain.

A compilation of six photos from 2020 and 2021, which includes a closed school, Sisolak during a press conference, lawmakers at the Nevada Legislature, a voting site, Renown Health's COVID-19 care site and a Nevadan receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
(Top row, from left) Molly Carnell / The Hitchcock Project; Lucia Starbuck / This Is Reno; David Calvert / The Nevada Independent; (Bottom row, from left) Paul Boger / KUNR; Lucia Starbuck / KUNR; Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

Nevada announced its first two presumptive positive COVID-19 cases on March 5, 2020. A year into the pandemic, the state has reported nearly 300,000 cumulative cases, and more than 5,000 Nevadans have died. The timeline below encapsulates events and themes from the past year that have impacted Nevadans.

An illustration depicting the pandemic. First responders are holding a hose that vacuums COVID-19 into a machine and converts them into bubbles. The process symbolizes human resilience. People are also included to represent themes like food insecurity.
Courtesy of Yunyi Dai for KUNR Public Radio

This week marks a year since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was announced in Nevada. Since then, Nevadans have endured the upheaval the pandemic has caused in their lives.