Archives for June 2020

Sisolak: Nevada to remain in Phase 2 through end of July as COVID-19 cases rise

Nevada’s hopes of moving into Phase 3 have been dashed. Governor Steve Sisolak says the state will remain in Phase 2 through the end of July due to rising COVID-19 cases. Sisolak has called flexibility a core principle of the plan. He reminded Nevadans of his mask mandate and warned-“we can only stay open if we stay safe.”

Washoe County sees its 1st COVID-19 death in 5 days

Washoe County adds a COVID-19 death-its first in five days. A man in his 60s with underlying health conditions became Washoe County’s 75th death. The county added 56 new positive cases Monday and 17 recoveries. 78 persons remain hospitalized.

Las Vegas-area casino workers file lawsuit over coronavirus safety

A new lawsuit, filed by Las Vegas-area casino workers, accuses some resorts of skimping on coronavirus safety measures by not enforcing the mask mandate among guests. The culinary union leader says hotel housekeepers, cooks, bartenders, and vehicle valets all want to work-they just want to be safe. Several casino operators accused in the lawsuit had no comment.

2 motorcyclists killed in separate crashes in Reno

Two motorcyclists are dead in separate crashes in Reno Monday. In the first, police say the motorcyclist was spotted driving recklessly at West 4th Street and Stoker Avenue, and later crashed at Kensington Way. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second crash happened on Kietzke Lane near Miami and Automotive ways. Police say the motorcycle hit a car attempting to turn and died at the scene.

North Valleys man lost his home for 3rd time, this time in Poeville Fire

A North Valleys man has lost his home for the third time. KOLO-TV reports Steve Schwartz lost his latest home, near Peavine Mountain, in the Poeville fire. When he was evacuated, he said he had just two minutes to grab some valuables and get out. His past homes were destroyed in a flood and a fire. The 3,000-acre Poeville Fire was still just about 30 percent contained at last check. Two injuries were also reported in the fire.

Nevada Schools Plan For Fall Semester

Face masks, spaced out desks and half-empty buses: Things will look different when students from throughout Nevada return for the 2020-2021 school year. As Nevada experiences an uptick in confirmed cases reported daily, both rural districts with less than 100 students and urban districts with hundreds of thousands are forming reopening committees responsible for envisioning what school will look like when students return for the fall semester. The Washoe County School District said it plans to release more “granular” information at its July 7 meeting, but like Clark County, will allow parents to choose whether to send their children back to school or enroll them in a completely remote learning program.

A COVID-19 Trend

Nevada health officials announced Monday they intend to release a response plan geared toward containing the coronavirus among demographic groups that have fueled a recent uptick in new cases reported daily: individuals aged 20-49 and Latinos. More than half of the state’s confirmed cases have been in individuals ages 20-49 and 42% of those who have tested positive have been Latino — mirroring nationwide trends.

Most evacuations lifted as Poeville Fire continues to rage

People, in most areas, were permitted to return to their homes after being forced to flee the massive Poeville Fire. Heindel Road and Meyers Avenue residents remain under evacuation orders. Firefighters believe the fire on Peavine Mountain reignited amid heavy winds Saturday, setting 3,000 acres ablaze. The senior center at 9th Street and Wells Avenue is serving as an evacuation center. At least eight structures, several vehicles, and a playground burned. Federal funds will cover 75 percent of firefighting costs. The fire is just 30 percent contained at last check.

NHP trooper fatally shoots armed suspect in Elko

Nevada troopers fatally shoot an Elko man in a confrontation Friday night. Police say an officer pulled the man over for a traffic violation on River Street, near 12th Street. Officers suspected impairment and say the man fled on foot, and during the pursuit, drew a gun, firing multiple rounds at the deputy. The deputy fired back, issuing a fatal shot. The police-involved shooting is under investigation by Elko Police and Washoe deputies.

Deer Pool reopens in Sparks

Deer Pool in Sparks is reopening Monday-but with limited capacity. They’ll have three swim sessions-each lasting 90 minutes. Arrive in your swimsuit-as showers and locker rooms will remain closed.