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Coronavirus | State Government

Nevada’s COVID-19 response director, after testing positive: ‘This virus is real’

October 9th, 2020 - 5:29pm
In his role, Caleb Cage has been charged since March with helping to coordinate the state’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including chairing the state’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, which meets weekly to review action plans for counties at elevated risk for the spread of the virus. Now, he was confronted with the virus firsthand.





Coronavirus | Education | IndyBlog

UNR to close on-campus gym, resume football without fans amid hundreds of reported COVID-19 cases

October 6th, 2020 - 2:59pm
Just one day into the job, newly minted UNR President Brian Sandoval announced Tuesday that the university would close its on-campus gym by the end of the week and that the Wolf Pack would begin its upcoming football season without fans — moves that come in the wake of nearly 500 coronavirus cases since the start of the fall semester last month.





Coronavirus | Economy & Business | State Government

Sisolak lifts 50-person limit on gatherings, allowing live entertainment and large events to proceed with restrictions

September 29th, 2020 - 4:08pm
Updated September 29th, 2020 - 5:03pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak, at a press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, said the state’s decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since a peak in midsummer warranted an increase in the 50-person maximum of gatherings, which has been in place since May. The new directive will take effect at midnight on Thursday.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Two months in, strike force says it’s making progress on unemployment claim backlog, pegs hope on assist from welfare workers

September 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
Strike force director Barbara Buckley and newly minted Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) Administrator Elisa Cafferata said they’ve reliably estimated there was a backlog of about 80,000 legitimate unemployment claims when they took the reins Aug. 1. As of last week, they’d resolved 18,161 of them.




Coronavirus

Six months into pandemic, hospital workers recover from ‘hopelessness’ of the COVID-19 surge this summer, set their sights on fall

September 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
More than a half dozen Nevada hospital workers, some of whom asked for anonymity to speak freely about their experiences, shared with The Nevada Independent what life was like this summer as hospitals battled a wave of COVID-19 coupled with a crush of patients who had delayed seeking medical care this spring and could wait no longer.



Coronavirus | Government

Sisolak rebukes Trump’s decision to host in-person rallies in Nevada, says president showed ‘callous disregard’ for health measures

September 16th, 2020 - 2:04pm
The letter, addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, called out the president for violating state emergency directives and federal public health guidelines, potentially increasing the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Trump held an outdoor rally at the Minden airport on Saturday and an indoor event in Henderson on Sunday; many of the thousands of attendees were seen congregating close together and without masks.


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