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The Indy Explains: Why Nevada ranks at the bottom for COVID-19 vaccine doses received, given

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada has earned a reputation over the years for ranking at the bottom of all the wrong health care lists.

Vaccines arrive in Indian Country, but are met with hesitancy from some tribal members

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
As COVID-19 disproportionately affects Native people across the state and country, Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute tribal member Lynn John knew she needed to act quickly when a mere 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived at the tribal health center.

Amazon surpasses Walmart for most Nevada employees and dependents on Medicaid

A sign for an Amazon distribution center, including the company's logo
January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The number of Nevada Amazon employees and dependents on Medicaid nearly doubled year over year, increasing from 4,040 to 7,892, despite statements on the company’s website that they offer medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage to all of their employees, regardless of their level or position.

Washoe County received doses from Moderna vaccine lot in question in California, though no allergic reactions reported

A man's arm is cleaned before receiving a vaccination.
January 19th, 2021 - 10:18am
Washoe County Health District received doses from the same lot of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine that California health officials have recommended providers stop administering after several people in the state experienced apparent severe allergic reactions.

Confronting a rise in youth vaping, experts strategize on actions for prevention

Man vaping
January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Public health officials have set their sights on raising the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21, providing clearer labeling for cannabis products, improving youth education on cannabis and vaping and gathering more data on cannabis use.

Coronavirus Contextualized, 36th edition: Cases remain high as officials anticipate more growth from holiday gatherings

January 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Welcome to the 36th installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized,” a recurring feature in which we explore some of the numbers swirling around in the time of coronavirus.

Audit: Low pay for therapists, confusing systems leave many kids with autism untreated

A group of people releasing blue balloons
January 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
While the money sits unused, nearly half of the 118 families surveyed for the audit said it was “hard” or “very hard” to get their child formally diagnosed with autism, which is a prerequisite for the aid.

Indy Q+A: Reno ICU doctor retweeted with false claim by Trump shares experience treating critically ill COVID-19 patients

January 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
As a critical care doctor, Dr. Jacob Keeperman is accustomed to life in the ICU, the sedated patients, the constant beeping, the suction and air delivery sounds. What he isn’t used to is seeing so few of his patients making it out of the ICU alive.

Indy Q+A: When can I expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Who is getting vaccinated now? Is it safe?

January 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The COVID-19 vaccine is here in Nevada. However, with only a small number of doses initially available, not all Nevadans are yet eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nevada COVID-19 vaccination program cannot be used to share personal information with federal agencies

A man's arm is cleaned before receiving a vaccination.
January 12th, 2021 - 2:24pm
The Governor’s Office for New Americans (ONA) released a statement on Tuesday saying that Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination program cannot share personal information with federal agencies. The statement came in response to growing concerns in Nevada, notably among the undocumented immigrant community, over privacy protections provided by the program.

Nevada to prioritize elderly, essential workforce concurrently under new COVID vaccination rollout plan

Sisolak speaks during press conference
January 11th, 2021 - 5:31pm
Nevada is moving to a new COVID-19 vaccination strategy that will allow the state to distribute doses to essential workers and priority segments of the population in tandem.

Las Vegas becomes third U.S. city with federally supported clinic offering COVID-19 antibody treatment

January 8th, 2021 - 4:33pm
The treatment, which consists of a single infusion through IV in the arm, has been shown to decrease hospitalization rates in people at higher risk for severe disease and complications from COVID-19 from 15 percent to 4 percent, officials say.

Court rules against petition to reopen brothels, which have been shut down for nearly 10 months

January 8th, 2021 - 3:26pm
In a setback for efforts to open the doors to Nevada brothels, a Lyon County judge denied Bunny Ranch sex worker Alice Little’s petition in her lawsuit against Gov. Steve Sisolak’s closure order.

Lawmakers asking for essential legislative staff to be prioritized for COVID vaccines ahead of session

State Senator Yvanna Cancella getting her temperature taken as she arrives at the Legislature
January 8th, 2021 - 10:35am
In a joint statement on Friday, legislative Democratic leaders (Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson) said they are focusing “first and foremost” on protecting staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, the Legislature’s nonpartisan agency that provides fiscal, research, legal and other services to state lawmakers.

Coronavirus Contextualized, 35th edition: Vaccinations continue at slow pace as cases again climb

January 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
Welcome to the 35th installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized,” a recurring feature in which we explore some of the numbers swirling around in the time of coronavirus.

COVID-19 vaccinations make their way to school employees in some Nevada counties

January 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
Several rural counties across Nevada have started offering the COVID-19 vaccine to school employees, spurring hope among educators amid the pandemic.

State, providers at odds over millions in HIV medication rebates

January 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
The state and providers are fighting for control over the same pot of money. In providers' hands, funds go directly to localized services for patients. But in the state's hands, funds must go through layers of red tape before reaching providers, which must then use funds in a limited capacity defined by the state.

PHOTOS: A tumultuous year captured through the lens of a camera

December 30th, 2020 - 2:00am
Our photographers — Jeff Scheid, Daniel Clark and David Calvert — documented a world that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to predict on New Year's Day a year ago. The year started with a heavy political presence in Nevada ahead of the presidential caucus, then veered into a pandemic-induced shutdown by mid-March.

For organizers serving immigrant community, pandemic means a pivot back to the basics

December 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
The pandemic has brought all new challenges. Although Make The Road Nevada is still fighting for its policy goals, it has sharpened its focus to meeting more basic and immediate needs — making sure people have food and shelter at a time when many immigrants are left out of government aid packages.

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