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UPDATE: Nevada total positive COVID-19 cases up to 738

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada is now up to 738, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. 14 deaths have also been reported in the state.

11,000 tests have been performed and 9,150 people have been tested. People can be tested more than once. A majority of the tests have been done at private labs, as only 612 have been performed at the Southern Nevada Public Health Lab.

For a full breakdown of the COVID-19 statistics in the state, CLICK HERE... Read More

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Temporary homeless shelter set up near Cashman Center

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Helping the valley’s most vulnerable amid the coronavirus chaos — that’s the goal of a temporary overnight shelter.

The shelter is set up right by Cashman Center. Part of the parking lot has been transformed with mats and barriers, into a temporary space to help the homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I’m about to cry,” said Denise Lankford, a homeless woman in Las Vegas. She fights back tears of joy, knowing she has a place to sleep this coming week.

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Clark County and the City of Las Vegas teamed up to create an overnight shelter near Cashman Field due to the huge need. Catholic Charities is temporarily closed because the Southern Nevada Health District announced that a homeless man tested positive for COVID-19. And, the Homeless Courtyard on Foremaster Lane is overflowing with people... Read More

‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days and authorities saying Saturday that an infant who tested positive had died. It pummeled big cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, and made its way, too, into rural America as hotspots erupted in small Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens.

Elsewhere, Russia announced a full border closure while in parts of Africa, pandemic prevention measures took a violent turn, with Kenyan police firing tear gas and officers elsewhere seen on video hitting people with batons... Read More

Local nurse shares PPE concerns from inside Henderson Hospital

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — 8 News Now has been reporting extensively on the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE and how that’s affecting health care workers here in Nevada.

8 News Now talked with a local nurse who shared why she’s worried about what’s happening at her hospital. The nurse works at Henderson Hospital, and she claims they have the PPE right now, but some staff are not being allowed to use it.

The nurse wants to remain anonymous. She’s one of several healthcare workers concerned about losing her job if she speaks publically. She claims Henderson Hospital is restricting mask usage for nurses, only allowing them to be worn if staff are dealing directly with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 patient.

She says the hospital wants to maintain their supply of N-95 masks and also that wearing them could scare patients. But she believes any nurse should be allowed to use them... Read More

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Southern Nevada State Veterans Home resident dies from COVID-19

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Just this week, we learned three residents at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City tested positive for COVID-19. Now, one resident has died from the coronavirus.

According to the Veterans Home, the veteran was an 86-year-old man. He died Saturday after being transported from the home to the hospital. At the time of the transfer, it was not known if he had COVID-19, but a test at the hospital confirmed it.

The Nevada State Veteran Home will not be releasing the name of the resident who died... Read More

Caught on Tape: Tornado tears through shopping area in Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving three people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro.

The three people reported injured were hospitalized, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Presley said the tornado did major damage at the Mall at Turtle Creek and Jonesboro Municipal Airport.

“Police are doing search and rescue on vehicles right now,” Presley said. “We have red lights out all over town as well.”

Most stores in the Mall at Turtle Creek were closed Saturday to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Weather Service tweeted a video from the Arkansas Department of Transportation that showed a large tornado dropping from storm clouds in Jonesboro... Read More

US COVID deaths double in 2 days, topping 2,000

(AP) — Confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States doubled in two days, surpassing 2,000 Saturday and highlighting how quickly the virus is spreading through the country. 

Johns Hopkins University reported that confirmed deaths rose to more than 30,000 around the world. The U.S. ranked sixth in deaths, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France. Italy alone had more than 10,000 dead. 

The U.S. death toll has risen abruptly in recent days. It topped 1,000 just Thursday. 

Rhode Island announced its first two deaths from the coronavirus, leaving just three states with zero reported deaths: Hawaii, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The risk of death from COVID-19 is greater for older adults and people with other health problems. In most cases, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough and milder cases of pneumonia... Read More