Coronavirus In Nevada: Updates And Resources

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Credit Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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 Your Questions About COVID-19, Answered
 

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Last updated: March 31 at 10:42 a.m. PDT

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 COVID-19 Nevada Coverage

Glass doors with papers taped to them that say, "Closed to the public until further notice please call: 800-509-7762."
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting houseless individuals who are in different stages of recovery for substance use. Foundation for Recovery is a drop-in center in Sparks that provides resources for people in recovery from substance use. But this clinic, like others in the region, had to close its doors due to the novel coronavirus.

An unoccupied clinic room in Elko with an exam bed, counter, seating and essential tools, including gloves, swabs and a sharps container.
Brin Reynolds / University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

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.

As the novel coronavirus threatens health care capacity in Nevada, more doctors are turning to telehealth to stem the spread of infection. While virtual visits are recommended, there are challenges to this type of care, especially in rural communities.

Female surgeon looks down while other workers care for a patient behind her.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic has created shortages of medical supplies, especially personal protective equipment, across the nation. The crisis is also exacerbating health care capacity in Nevada.

While the shortage of providers had already been a problem before, it could hamper the state response to COVID-19, according to Dr. John Packham of the Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He said the shortages of medical staff spans a broad array of practices.

Libros de texto sobre en un escritorio en un salón de clase.
Alexa Ard

Las escuelas públicas de Nevada permanecen cerradas como parte del esfuerzo del estado para luchar contra la propagación de coronavirus. Pero para evitar que los estudiantes pierdan terreno a mitad del año académico, los distritos están recurriendo a planes de educación a distancia — osea por Internet. Para hablar de lo que esto significa para los 64,000 estudiantes inscritos en las escuelas del condado de Washoe, Paul Boger con la radio pública KUNR habló con Debbie Beirsdorff, la directora académica del distrito.

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

Coronavirus In Nevada Updates: Wednesday, April 1
 

12:28 p.m. | April 1, 2020 
By Noah Glick

Sisolak Issues ‘Stay At Home’ Directive

You probably got a letter in the mail recently from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you to fill out its survey. And maybe you're thinking, I don't have time for this! I just lost my job and I don't know how I'm going to pay my mortgage in the next couple of months! My kids are home and they're driving me crazy!

Un letrero de madera en una ventana que dice, "Lo siento, estamos cerrados".
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El estado de Nevada está viendo un aumento en los nuevos reclamos de desempleo debido a los cierres de negocios anunciados por el gobernador Steve Sisolak. Varias personas dicen que les está resultando difícil solicitar el desempleo por el aumento de las solicitudes.

 

Exterior of the main entrance to the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno, Nevada.
The Sierra Nevada Ally

Reno’s homeless shelters closed on March 21 because social distancing protocols could not be safely maintained. The City of Reno opened the downtown Reno Events Center to provide safer housing for approximately 400 people, but the increased complexity and cost of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic is driving an anticipated budget deficit for shelter operators, that may well surpass $1 million.

Food Insecurity Increasing In Northern Nevada

Mar 31, 2020
People are loading food into a car at a food distribution site.
Aramelle Wheeler / Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Rising food insecurity has been one outcome of the job losses associated with COVID-19 non-essential business closures. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is seeing a significant increase in the number of people who need help. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Spokesperson Jocelyn Lantrip to understand some of the challenges the Food Bank is facing.

A man speaks at a podium.
Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal

During an online press conference Sunday afternoon, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a statewide residential and commercial eviction moratorium. 

 

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak en el edificio Grant Sawyer en Las Vegas.
Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak anunció la suspensión de desalojos para inquilinos residenciales y comerciales durante el estado de emergencia, lo cual brinda alivio a los inquilinos que, en muchos casos, llegarán al primer día del mes sin trabajo y seguirán bajo las órdenes de permanecer en casa por motivos de salud.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nurse holds COVID-19 Sample Kit
Bree Zender / KUNR Public Radio

If you’re starting to feel sick, what do you do? Sore throat, exhaustion, trouble breathing... No doubt at that point you’d have COVID-19 on your mind.

Textbooks sitting on a desk in a classroom.
Alexa Ard

Public schools across Nevada remain closed as part of the state’s ongoing effort to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. But to prevent students from losing ground midway through the academic year, districts are turning to distance learning plans. To talk about what that means for the 64,000 students enrolled in Washoe County schools, KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Debbie Biersdorff, the district’s chief academic officer.

Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, and one N100-type mask.
Debora Cartagena / CDC

The shortage of personal protective equipment used by health workers has been a nationwide problem during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Providers are grappling with the challenges presented to them and they're looking at various other ways to protect themselves and the community.

A row of different shaped and colored tents along a fence with tall casinos in the background.
Lucia Starbuck / Our Town Reno

Friday, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board will decide if ex-military barracks in Stead can be used as emergency housing for the houseless during the COVID-19 pandemic. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano and Lucia Starbuck discussed how people without stable shelter are feeling, and what's being done to protect this vulnerable population.

A wooden sign in a window that says, "Sorry, we're closed."
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Nevada is seeing a surge in new unemployment claims because of business closures. Several locals said they are finding it hard to file for unemployment with the uptick in filing.

Exterior of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Alexa Ard

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes said the board will try to complete its searches for the next presidents of the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before the spring semester ends in mid-May.

Exterior of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno, Nevada.
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

COVID-19 testing shortages nationwide have been a significant issue. Nevada is now one of several states that have notified the Food and Drug Administration that it’s making modifications to the test in an effort to mitigate shortages statewide.

Dr. Mark Pandori heads the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. He talked with KUNR’s Anh Gray to break down the process involved in the development of the modified test.

A microscopic picture of coronavirus
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The U.S. Senate is negotiating how a House novel coronavirus relief package will be distributed to the public. KUNR's Bree Zender spoke with Nevada's 2nd District Congressman Mark Amodei about this pending legislation and what economic hurdles Nevada is now facing due to the pandemic.

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