COVID-19

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Public health officials urge people missing 2nd dose of vaccine to catch up

BY: - July 26, 2021

New state data reveals that 12.2% of people who received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Nevada are overdue for their second, with more than two-thirds six or more weeks overdue. It’s a worrisome component of the state’s overall vaccination effort, which has slowed over time despite rising case numbers and the emergence […]

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Sisolak’s COVID advisor wants mask mandate at UNLV, colleges in Southern Nevada

BY: - July 23, 2021

A member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team says Clark County’s mask mandate for employees but not the public won’t stop the spread of the more virulent Delta variant and is calling for mandatory masks at state colleges and universities in Southern Nevada.  Brian Labus, an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor at […]

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

BY: - July 23, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the first […]

Officials defend mask mandate for workers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Local and state officials are defending a partial mask mandate that appears rooted more in economics than science.  “While it won’t protect visitors from other visitors, the new mask mandate should provide protection for visitors when they have contact with casino employees,” UNLV Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brian Labus, a member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s […]

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Mask mandate returns for Southern Nevada workers, but not customers

BY: - July 20, 2021

With a “dramatic” increase in cases of COVID-19 threatening hospitals, according to health officials, and the recovery of Southern Nevada’s economy on the line, Clark County Commissioners voted Tuesday to mandate that all workers wear masks while in public spaces.    But the mandate, which goes into effect Wednesday night at midnight, does not apply to […]

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Rehab with lucrative county contract failed state infection control inspection

BY: - July 19, 2021

This story was updated on Aug. 2 with additional information from the state inspection. Clark County paid $1,875 a day per bed to CrossRoads of Southern Nevada to house mostly homeless individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the substance abuse treatment and transitional housing facility “failed to ensure safe infection control practices […]

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Wildfire smoke likely increased risk of Covid in Nevada, study finds

BY: - July 16, 2021

In 2020, California endured the worst fire season in its history as three of the four largest fires ever recorded burned through the state. Now researchers are learning how those fires may have contributed to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Nevada. New research published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology suggests  long-term […]

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LV health officials to the vaxed: Mask up in crowded indoor places

BY: - July 16, 2021

You’re vaxed and ready to go. But don’t toss those face masks just yet.  With cases of COVID-19 once again on the rise in Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District is recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in crowded indoor places.   Nevada registered 938 new cases on Thursday, the most since February. The […]

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It’s hot. Let’s make Elon pay to drive people to their vaccinations and back.

BY: - July 11, 2021

You know where there’s air conditioning? Vaccination locations. Unfortunately, going to get vaxxed can be a big hurdle for a lot of folks, especially in a part of the world characterized not only by extreme heat, but skimpy public transit. Instead of offering people an infinitesimal chance of striking it rich for getting the vaccine, […]

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State resumes weekly briefings as cases rise and feds send help to boost vaccinations

BY: - July 8, 2021

Additional federal resources to boost Nevada’s vaccination rates and reverse a surge in covid-19 cases will arrive next week, according to state officials. The announcement was made Thursday as Nevada Health Response, the group set up by the governor to coordinate and disseminate information on covid mitigation efforts, resumed weekly calls to provide the public […]

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Citing Delta variant and rising cases, state asks for federal help

BY: - July 2, 2021

With more than 1.3 million people fully vaccinated in Nevada, the state is asking for help from the federal government to help speed the process for more residents. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday that Nevada will request assistance from the federal government in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the growing presence of the […]

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With cases rising, officials aim to intensify vaccination efforts

BY: - June 29, 2021

Coronavirus cases in Nevada have been ticking back upward even as the state’s vaccine rollout continues to unfold.  The trend comes as overall cases in the U.S. have continued to decline, though Clark County is seeing cases and hospitalization increase since ending statewide restrictions. Nevada health officials reported 821 additional positive cases of the coronavirus […]