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Las Vegas doctor weighs in on future of COVID-19 pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Nearly two years after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, an expert told 8 News Now there's a chance the situation could change for the better this year. 

"It is still unfortunate," Las Vegan Kyle Copley said of the COVID-19 pandemic's current state in Las Vegas. 

After a serious spike over the last few weeks, Clark County reported a drop in daily coronavirus cases on Thursday and Friday. 

On Friday, data released showed a drop of nearly 2,500 from the record of 6,110 cases reported on January 8, 2022. 

The county's test positivity rate has also held steady at 38.2%, which is the first time the percentage didn't rise since December 21. ... Read More

Alcohol industry taking a hit as wine bottles, aluminum cans are hard to come by

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Glass wine bottles and aluminum cans are like gold right now for wine and beer producers as they are becoming hard to come by, a challenge they weren't expecting to face. 

"We were panicking a little bit, calling every distributor to try to supply our small winery needs," said Nicole Sharp, marketing director for Vegas Valley Winery. 

Sharp said they had just gotten their shipment of 8,000 wine bottles, but placed the order back in June. 

"We feel lucky we even got them, in addition to the shortage of bottles, the cost of bottles has more than doubled in a year and a half," Sharp said.

Sharp said she is hopeful the price increase doesn't pour over to the wines they make. However, the problem with not being able to find glass bottles is that wine could go to waste if it stays in the barrels for too long without being bottled and corked. ... Read More

Suspect escapes custody after Las Vegas hospital releases him

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Nye County sheriff's deputies were searching Friday for 35-year-old Larry Avila after they said he was mistakenly released from a hospital in Las Vegas without notifying them.

Avila is described as being 5 feet 4 inches fall and 165 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.

Last Saturday, deputies said they were in a pursuit with a motorcycle rider, believed to be Avila, that ended in the area of Oyster and Basin.

Avila was injured in the case, deputies said. He was identified later to have several nationwide warrants out of the 5th Judicial District Court for offenses regarding theft, stolen property and narcotics, the sheriff's office said.

Avila was transported to the hospital after he sustained injuries. The hospital was supposed to notify the NCSO when he was medically cleared to be booked into jail, deputies said... Read More

East Las Vegas school lockdown ends, suspect in custody

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police have ended a vehicle barricade situation in the 2600 block of Los Feliz Street following a reported domestic violence-related incident.

Sunrise High School nearby was placed on a soft lockdown as a precaution, and the lockdown has since been lifted.

A suspect has been taken into custody, according to police.

The intersection of Los Feliz and Carrey remains closed, and the area should be avoided... Read More

Feeling romantic? Here are places you need to visit on Valentine's Day

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Looking for exciting ways to celebrate Valentine's day in Las Vegas? Here are some local events, deals, and specials that you can't miss.

If you're looking for a romantic dinner spot, try one of these cupid-kissed restaurants:... Read More

Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in multi-car crash that injured 1

(KTLA) – One person was taken to the hospital in a four-car crash in Los Angeles Friday afternoon that is believed to have involved actor and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The crash, which Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department said was reported at about 4:30 p.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, ended up with one vehicle — a large black SUV, according to photos taken at the scene — on top of another car, which appears to be a red Prius.

Madison could not confirm that Schwarzenegger was involved in the crash, but photos from the scene appear to show the actor and politician at the crash site. ... Read More

New drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opening in Summerlin

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- The city of Las Vegas is partnering with Northshore Clinical Labs to provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing on weekends.

Beginning Saturday, a new COVID-19 testing site will be available in Summerlin. Free testing will be done at the Veterans Memorial Community Center parking lot located at 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"With the current surge in cases, I have been working to add testing locations in the city, and I want to thank Northshore Clinical Labs for working with us on this site," Ward 2 Councilwoman Victoria Seaman said. "It is conveniently located, and I hope those in need of a test take advantage of this free opportunity."... Read More