Pashtana Usufzy

Pashtana Usufzy

Pashtana Usufzy is a freelance general features and health reporter based in Las Vegas. She previously worked as a health care reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and prior to that as a local news reporter at the Las Vegas Sun.

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Nevada vaccination rollout counting on more cooperation, less confusion

By: - February 19, 2021

The same day the state announced Nevadans aged 65 to 69 will have their chance to get vaccinations beginning next week, one vaccine maker’s delivery to the state was delayed due to winter weather and the state confirmed it is working toward a statewide appointment system to increase cooperation and decrease confusion. Nevadans aged 65 […]

Officials open convention center vaccination site amid immense demand

By: - February 3, 2021

Southern Nevada and federal officials extolled the opening of a new mass site for COVID-19 vaccine second-dose appointments on Tuesday, but celebration of the achievement took place amid high demand that eventually overwhelmed the registration website. Slots at the Las Vegas Convention Center site are open only to individuals specifically designated to receive their second […]

Southern Nevada hospitals reassure public despite surge in cases

By: - November 12, 2020

A group of Southern Nevada hospitals sent a unified message Wednesday that their facilities are not overwhelmed despite a rise in coronavirus cases, but they asked locals to remain vigilant. “Today, Southern Nevada hospitals have more available capacity than we did at the same time last year, before the pandemic began,” the statement said. “While […]

Two Nevada towns among those betting on ‘new nuclear’

By: - October 29, 2020

It’s a national nuclear energy saga set in city council meetings across the West, the Idaho National Laboratory and, among other places, in two Northern Nevada towns. It’s been less than a month since the Wells Rural Electric Company joined the City of Fallon as the second Nevada entity in an effort to develop a […]

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Board of Regents seats up in air with no incumbents running

By: - October 8, 2020

Nevada’s higher education system expects its recent influx of new faces to continue with three representative seats on the ballot in the November election. The six candidates vying for positions on the Board of Regents will face off at a time when a ballot initiative could fundamentally shift authority over the system to the state Legislature. […]


Workers, unions raise red flag over hospital safety concerns

By: - August 20, 2020

Local coronavirus case numbers and hospitalizations have gradually declined this month, yet many Southern Nevada hospital workers say they still face high workloads and worries over workplace safety despite their employers’ assurances. Nicole Koester, a representative with National Nurses United who works as a labor and delivery nurse at MountainView Hospital, said regionwide case spikes […]

Covid surge stretches staff, resources at Las Vegas hospitals

By: - July 24, 2020

As Southern Nevada hospitals rush to meet demand caused by a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations in recent weeks, health care staff are adapting to more work, staffing changes and the possibility that the pandemic may affect Southern Nevada for months to come. The Nevada Hospital Association reported increased COVID-19 patient hospitalizations beginning in mid-June, just […]


North Las Vegas VA center failed in response to attack on employee

By: - July 20, 2020

A Southern Nevada VA Health System facility failed in providing a timely response to an attack and later threat on an employee by a patient last year, according to an inspection report released Tuesday. The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center neglected […]


UMC projecting ‘significant’ loss after years of recovery

By: - June 12, 2020

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the county-run hospital that has taken a leading role in Southern Nevada’s coronavirus response, now faces “historical financial pressures” as a result of an overall decline in patients, postponed surgeries and increased costs. The public hospital, which has spent the last five years recovering from past financial upheavals, saw […]


Already bottom-ranked, Nevada unprepared for ‘mental health catastrophe’

By: - May 29, 2020

Mental health providers across the country are reporting increased demand for their services as the nation grapples with an uncertain economic environment and the ramifications of months of social distancing. In Nevada, where the unemployment rate reached 28.2 percent in April and the state is anticipating long-term economic consequences, a history of underfunding public mental […]

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Pandemic puts home care workforce on the front lines

By: - May 6, 2020

Melissa Morales, a Southern Nevada-based personal care assistant, isn’t sure how her finances will look next week. Before the novel coronavirus spread, Morales worked seven days a week, traversing the city to help clients get changed, fed, showered and ushered off to doctors’ appointments. Despite her efforts to socially distance, accrue personal protective equipment (PPE) […]

People who need $1,200 checks most may have hardest time getting them

By: - April 23, 2020

As many Americans rejoice in the appearance of government stimulus funds in their bank accounts and others eagerly await deposits and checks, low-income Nevadans and those without permanent housing are likely to face barriers in receiving their cuts of the relief funding. “Everything for our clients is more difficult,” said Jim Berchtold, directing attorney for […]