Nevada Sets New Grim COVID-19 Record, UNLV Retires Mascot But Will Keep Nickname – KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Listen to the morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Nevada Reports Grim Record Of COVID-19 Deaths, Breaking Previous Record Set Saturday
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada reported another new grim milestone Wednesday, as 71 Nevadans lost their lives to COVID-19. This breaks Saturday’s previous record of 63 lives lost. There have been a total of over 3,800 COVID-19 deaths since March.

In Nevada, on average, there have been about 1,500 new daily cases over the last two weeks, along with 20 deaths daily during the same time period. There are more than 1,700 people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 statewide. More than 77% of staffed hospital beds are occupied.

The Washoe County Health District reported five additional COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, bringing the county total to 573. The county also reported 68 additional cases Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Carson City Health and Human Services reported another death from COVID-19 Wednesday. 169 people have died across the Quad-Counties area that spans Carson City, and Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties. In Elko County, new cases outnumbered recoveries yesterday, 14-13.

Washoe County Health District Vaccinating Educators And Small Law Enforcement Agencies
By Lucia Starbuck 

The Washoe County Health District has administered more than 11,000 COVID-19 vaccines. They’ve received more than 17,000 doses, meaning they’ve used up nearly 65% of the doses they have on hand.

The health district is currently prioritizing industries such as education, childcare facilities, tutoring centers, small law enforcement agencies and Nevada System of Higher Education staff. For seniors over the age of 70, Renown Health, Saint Mary’s, Smith’s and Walgreens are scheduling appointments for vaccinations.

‘Hey Reb’ Mascot Officially Retired, But UNLV Will Keep Nickname

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ mascot, “Hey

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