Coronavirus In Nevada: Updates And Resources

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
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 COVID-19 Nevada Coverage

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: Thursday, March 26

9:19 p.m. | March 26, 2020
By Paul Boger

Nevada Cases Surpass 500


The number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada jumped by 115 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 535. That’s according to a late-night update of the state’s coronavirus dashboard. 

People lining up along the outside of the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

Over the weekend, the Reno area’s largest homeless shelters closed in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The City of Reno opened the downtown Reno Events Center for more spacious, emergency housing. While many took advantage of the new lodging, some are afraid of the close confines of mass shelters, no matter the size.

Los proveedores de salud en St. Mary's se paran juntos con carteles de papel que dicen, "quédense en casa, nos quedaremos en el trabajo por ustedes, gracias por quedarse en casa por nosotros, siempre abierto"
Anh Gray / KUNR

El gobernador Steve Sisolak anunció el cierre de escuelas, casinos y empresas no esenciales en todo el estado para frenar la propagación de coronavirus. La medida es para salvar vidas y evitar que el sistema de salud se inunde. Pero como informa Anh Gray de KUNR, la falta de recursos cruciales, incluyendo máscaras protectoras e incluso proveedores, ya está presionando al sistema.

Kazmierski said, "Our community works well together and I'm confident that we will get through this in [the] not too distant future. In 90 days, we'll start to see a fairly reasonable recovery."
Paul Boger / KUNR

For roughly a decade, Nevada has maintained one of the fastest-growing economies in the country. But with non-essential businesses across the state shuttered due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, that economy is likely going to take a hit. Just how big of an impact COVID-19 will have remains to be seen. To suss that out, KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada about the state’s economy and what recovery may look like.

Andrew Mendez

El gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak firmó el viernes 20 de Marzo una directiva de emergencia que ordenó el cierre bajo la ley de todos los negocios no esenciales del estado a partir de la medianoche del viernes.

The Nevada Strip at night empty facing the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.
Andrew Mendez / KUNR

After the closure of Nevada’s non-essential businesses for 30 days, many casino workers are left without a job. 

A microscopic picture of coronavirus
NIAID / Flickr/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

As many Nevadans face hardships ahead due to restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, some are looking to the government for relief. Nevada U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has been involved in some of the decision-making regarding these federal relief packages. She spoke Friday with KUNR's Bree Zender.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Exterior of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno said it will issue partial refunds to all students who are being asked to move out of the residence halls. Friday's announcement comes after the university ordered all students to stay home, amid concerns over the novel coronavirus.

Stevie Tavener said, "Finding different breathing patterns or different things we can do to stay present in the moment. Things are changing hourly, so we kind of just have to stay as present as possible and that's what I'm focusing on most."
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

Many Nevadans working in the service industry, who have the opportunity to file for unemployment, are currently in the process of doing so after the mandated statewide closure of all non-essential businesses for 30 days. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to two Reno locals who have been impacted.

Health care providers at St. Mary's stand together with paper signs that say, "stay at home, we'll stay at work for you, thank you for staying home for us, always open"
Anh Gray / KUNR

Governor Steve Sisolak announced the statewide closures of schools, casinos and non-essential businesses to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The move is to save lives and to prevent the health care system from being inundated. However, the lack of crucial resources, including protective masks, tests and even providers, is already straining the system.

An empty cafe with two tables and a couple chairs.
Pangolin Cafe

As coronavirus social distancing continues to be encouraged in Nevada by local and state officials, a mandatory 30-day closure of non-essential businesses statewide has been issued by Governor Steve Sisolak.

Unprecedented changes and new public gathering restrictions have left small business owners questioning their future.

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

MidTown Reno Pubs, Employees Grapple With Closures

Mar 19, 2020
A bicycle rack in MidTown Reno shaped like a standing zig-zag.
Alexa Ard

Bars and restaurants are a central part of Reno’s Midtown District, which is now grappling with the 30-day, statewide shutdown of all non-essential businesses ordered by Governor Steve Sisolak.

Cada día que nos retrasamos aquí, estoy perdiendo una docena de personas  que van a morir como resultado de esto.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

El gobernador de Nevada, Steve Sisolak, ordenó que todos los negocios no esenciales en el estado cierren al mediodía del miércoles, 18 de marzo.

An image of the Las Vegas strip with a storm cloud looming overhead.
Thomas Hawk / Flickr

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing federal, state and local governments to take drastic measures. And in Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak did something never done before: he ordered all casinos in the state to shut down for 30 days.

What are you willing to do to save your own life and the lives of those you love? We absolutely must take this step for every Nevadan’s health and safety.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to shut down for 30 days in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. That includes bars, dine-in restaurants, retail stores, hotels, salons and barbershops. The closure even extends to the state’s gaming industry. Included on the list of non-essential are all casinos — which were shuttered last night. To help us break it all down is KUNR’s Paul Boger.

Woman types on computer.
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In response to the spread of coronavirus, schools across the nation, including the University of Nevada, Reno, are transitioning to online learning for a period of time. This adjustment can be a challenge for some students; particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

High Demand For Dry Goods Is Taxing Supply Chains

Mar 16, 2020
The shelving along a supermarket aisle is completely empty of products.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

On Thursday and Friday, Nevada stores saw a 20% surge in demand for dry goods. Panic buying is testing the nation’s system of freight transport, but according to a Nevada trucking industry spokesperson, the supply chain will soon catch up with demand.

An image of a basketball game with a large crowd.
University of Nevada, Reno

COVID-19 is halting sports events around the country. The National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are all suspended. And March Madness is canceled.

That’s affecting one industry particularly hard: sports betting.