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Seniors at downtown apartment complex struggle to get by during COVID-19 crisis

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Residents at an apartment complex for seniors in downtown Las Vegas are having a hard time getting by during the pandemic. The complex manager says the virus shut down a nearby church that used to supply many residents with food every week.

“Most of us are retired and low income seniors here,” said Desert Plaza Resident Robert Strom. “Anything they were able to help us with certainly gets us through the month.”

Residents say before the virus became a reality, the nearby Lutheran Church would help residents with food every week. Recently the church had to close due the virus. 

Strom says he and many others are worried about food especially because they are trying to not go to the store as fears linger.  

“You are very uncertain of what is going to happen, it makes it hard to sleep at night,” Strom said... Read More

Trump admin to promote broader use of face masks; CDC changes definition for risk of infection

WASHINGTON (KLAS/AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, as the president is aggressively defending his response to the public health crisis.

The recommendations, still being finalized Thursday, were expected to apply to those who live in areas hard-hit by community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. A person familiar with the White House coronavirus task force’s discussion said officials would suggest that non-medical masks, T-shirts or bandannas be used to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home — for instance, at the grocery store or pharmacy. Medical-grade masks, particularly short-in-supply N95 masks, would be reserved for those dealing directly with the sick.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the proposed guidance before its public release... Read More

Caesars Entertainment announces mass furloughs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pubic health emergency, Caesars Entertainment announced they are “temporarily moving to the minimum workforce needed to maintain basic operations.” The company says furloughs are expected to impact approximately 90% of employees at its domestic-owned properties, as well as its corporate staff.

Those who are furloughed remain employees of the company through the furlough period.

Caesars has announced they are paying furloughed employees for the first two weeks of the closure period, and those employees can use their paid time off following that period. Caesars is also paying 100% of health insurance premiums through June 30, or their return to work, whichever comes first... Read More

CCSD food distribution site worker dies from COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to the Clark County School District, a member of the Food Service Department who worked at Desert Pines High School has passed away after contracting COVID-19. That food distribution site is now closed until further notice.

Officials say that site is now being deep cleaned. They will make an announcement when the site reopens. The workers at that site are not working at any other location and are being asked to monitor their health.

CCSD also wants to reassure the public about the safety of the food. All meals are pre-packaged at the Food Service Central Kitchen or are individually wrapped from the manufacturer. Food items are not handle outside of their packaging by CCSD Food Service workers... Read More

Map shows Las Vegas, other tourism hot spots hit hardest by closures

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’ve seen the unemployment numbers. We’ve seen the “property closed” signs. We’ve seen the “ghost town” photos.

And now a new map hammers home how closures at Las Vegas resorts has made Clark County ground zero for hospitality workers who don’t know what will happen next. Hover over the map for details.

The numbers important to understanding the impact in Clark County:... Read More

NFL mulling over multiple draft scenarios

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While the NFL Draft won’t be taking place as planned on the Las Vegas Strip this year, the NFL is still moving forward with the draft, just not in person. The league issued a memo on Thursday, providing guidelines on draft-day operations for teams.

According to a story by Nick Shook on NFL.com, the two possible draft-day scenarios are as follows:... Read More

Nye County School District employee tests positive for COVID-19

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — A Nye County School District employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was a member of the food distribution program.

According to a school district press release, all Pahrump-area employees have been notified.

“The decision to temporarily discontinue food distribution through April 17, 2020 was in relation to student and staff safety, which continues to be our number one priority,” reads the press release in part.

The school district is working with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to mitigate the effects of this measure through other community food distribution options for students. ... Read More