Novel 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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 COVID-19 Regional Coverage

Maya is a female teenager and is sitting in a grassy field. She's wearing her high school's graduation cap and gown and is holding her lacrosse stick close to her.
Maya Dampier

The local high school students in KUNR's Youth Media program are wrapping up the school year from home with classes ending this week. One of those students, Maya Dampier, recorded an audio diary to share her experience as a senior graduating from Reno High School.

Editor's note: this story includes language that some readers may find offensive.

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

1:24 p.m. | June 3, 2020

Washoe Co. Sees Dozen New COVID-19 Cases
By Noah Glick

A family portrait with a man and his two daughters, one to each of his sides. They are hugging and smiling.
Courtesy of Luisa Frias

The Mountain West News Bureau is talking to friends and relatives of those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

Luis Frias was an international dancer who took his two daughters wherever he performed on tour. His eldest, Luisa, remembers playing on the beach in Australia and watching packed stadiums from the Superdome in New Orleans to Madison Square Garden.

Two men wearing hard hats are lifting a rectangular panel onto a roof outside.
Tessa Hartman / Simple Power Solar

After more than a decade of growth, Nevada’s fast-growing renewable energy sector faces storm clouds. Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the sector thousands of jobs, is delaying projects large and small, and in many areas is killing sales. But Nevada enjoys the sunniest skies in the nation, the momentum of a decade-long boom in projects and a state government pushing for more. Officials said Nevada will weather the current turbulence and meet its new standard to source half its electricity from renewables by 2030. And already, some local solar panel installers report a rebound in activity.

Soldiers of the Nevada National Guard don personal protective equipment to help with drive-through COVID-19 testing.
Nevada National Guard

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 deployment of the Nevada National Guard is being extended until mid-August to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. 

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak durante una conferencia de prensa en Las Vegas.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak indicó que crear nuevos impuestos no es la respuesta para el déficit presupuestario masivo de Nevada, y que sin ayuda federal para los gobiernos estatales, los recortes probablemente afectarían la educación de los grados K-12.

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

8:24 p.m. | June 2, 2020

More Than 176,000 COVID-19 Tests Performed Statewide
By Lucia Starbuck

An aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip at night.
Thomas Hawk / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Steve Sisolak announced Nevada’s path to phase 2 of reopening, which will begin on Friday, May 29. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano breaks down the details with News Director Michelle Billman.

The Nevada Indian Commission

On Thursday, Governor Sisolak will meet with the Intertribal Council of Nevada to discuss issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports.

A blank job application on a table with a pen to the side. / Flickr Creative Commons

As college students earn their degrees this spring, they are now facing staggering unemployment rates due to the pandemic. In April, Nevada’s unemployment rate was the highest in the nation at 28.2 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. KUNR's Jayden Perez talked with students and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno, about how they are grappling with the drastic changes to the workforce that are still unfolding.

A woman standing behind a podium that reads NV Energy. Behind her is a green EV charging station with two cords and reads Terrible's.
Courtesy NV Energy

While sales of electric vehicles globally are expected to decline this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the installation of charging stations in Nevada is expected to continue growing, pushed by $15 million in utility incentives and support from the state.

Una mujer y dos niños caminan con un cartel que dice “Azul Blue, unidos por el autismo”.
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

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Para los niños con autismo, las rutinas son de vital importancia.

Es por eso que los cambios ocasionados por la pandemia son particularmente graves para padres como Olivia Espinoza, cuyo hijo de 15 años tiene autismo severo y es no verbal. Ha sido difícil explicarle al adolescente por qué no puede hacer sus actividades normales o salir de casa.

A woman and two children walking with a sign for Azul Blue United By Autism.
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

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For children with autism, routines can be sacrosanct. 

The disruptions brought on by the pandemic are particularly acute for parents such as Olivia Espinoza, whose 15-year-old son has severe autism and is non-verbal. It’s been difficult to communicate to him why he can’t do his normal activities or leave the house.

Dos mujeres sacan la cabeza de un coche de plata con un cartel que dice "Vegas Open Up Safely Workers Lives Depend of it".

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El sindicato que representa a miles de trabajadores de casinos en Nevada dice que la industria necesita ser transparente en cómo pretende reabrir.

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.

The Nevada Legislative building
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada is facing a budget crisis. According to estimates, sales and gaming taxes fell drastically during the state’s COVID-19 related shutdown in March and April, leaving a gaping budget hole for the current fiscal year ending June 30. So, how are lawmakers and others addressing the issue?

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

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.