Coronavirus Contextualized, 42nd edition: Hospitalizations hit lowest point since June as new cases hold steady
What Happened Here: A year after its first COVID case, Nevada reflects on its pandemic response
March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
One year ago today, when Nevada announced its first case of COVID-19, no one could’ve imagined how deep or long-lasting the devastation from the virus would be. In this six-part series, The Nevada Independent pieces together the events of the last year to grasp the myriad ways in which the pandemic has affected our state.
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PHOTOS: Face masks and fist bumps herald return of in-person learning for Clark County's youngest students
March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The Clark County School District began its long-awaited transition to in-person learning Monday after nearly a year of distance education that tested the patience of parents, teachers and students alike while also exposing technology inequities along the way.
Principals say community engagement efforts key as schools transition to in-person learning
Coronavirus Contextualized, 41st edition: Cases, deaths and hospitalizations all continue to decrease as vaccine rollout progresses
Coronavirus Contextualized, 40th edition: Health officials urge vigilance as decreasing case numbers expected to plateau by March
Nevada to open up vaccines to seniors 65 and above at retail pharmacies starting next week
Legislative staff will begin receiving COVID vaccines next week, potential precursor to opening up building to public
February 17th, 2021 - 12:01pm
For legislative leadership, getting LCB staff vaccinated is a prerequisite before opening the building up to members of the public, lobbyists, or anyone outside of the small pool of media currently allowed inside the building. Since it began Feb. 1, the Legislature has operated primarily through virtual committee meetings and has not allowed public access to the building.
Federal COVID aid has given small boost to Nevada’s underfunded mental health services
February 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
While Nevada has long struggled with a widespread lack of mental health resources, the state has recently used more than a million dollars in federal coronavirus aid funds to provide relief to some citizens most at risk from the increased stresses of the pandemic.
Battling an information access gap, state and local campaigns work to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to Latinos
February 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
Early surveys on the heels of the initial vaccine rollout and distribution in late 2020 revealed that Latinos, among other groups of color, felt hesitant and skeptical about receiving a vaccine, despite being disproportionately hit by the pandemic. State and local groups identified a lack of access to accurate and up to date information as a reason for the hesitancy and skepticism as rumors and misinformation regarding the vaccines spread across social media.
Coronavirus Contextualized, 39th edition: Cases, hospitalizations continue to decrease though still double what they were in September
Sisolak unveils 75-day plan that eases capacity limits, transfers decision-making to local entities
February 11th, 2021 - 5:20pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Thursday that he is loosening some COVID-19 restrictions for the first time since November — and will hand off almost all of the health and safety-related decision-making to local jurisdictions in May.
Victims of unemployment fraud frustrated over potential taxation of benefits they did not receive
February 8th, 2021 - 6:30pm
Following a year in which state unemployment agencies across the nation were victims of many fraudulent claims, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) is advising people who received incorrect tax forms for unemployment benefits to immediately notify the agency upon receiving the documents.
Sisolak establishes new equity initiative as working class communities hit hard by COVID-19 slow to receive vaccine
Coronavirus Contextualized, 38th edition: Average daily cases fall below 1,000 as vaccinations continue across the state
City of Las Vegas employees receiving COVID-19 vaccines, could be back in office by mid-March
The latest logistical hurdle for large school districts? How to vaccinate thousands of workers
February 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Washoe County School District has roughly 8,000 employees, making it the largest employer in Northern Nevada. The Clark County School District, meanwhile, has more than 40,000 employees. Not all employees will opt for a vaccine, but districts have seen strong interest so far.
Coronavirus Contextualized, 37th edition: Vaccine rollout continues as cases decrease from holiday peak
Nevada tobacco prevention laws continue to fail lung association standards
January 27th, 2021 - 2:00am
This year, the state again received a “C” for smoke-free air, while earning failing grades in every other category, including tobacco prevention and control program funding, tobacco taxes, access to cessation services and restrictions on flavored tobacco products.