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Coronavirus pandemic creates coin shortage in the US

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There’s a coin shortage in the U.S., and it’s caused, in part, by the mass closings of U.S. businesses or changes in business operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in fewer coins reaching the public.

The U.S. Federal Reserve said the pandemic has significantly diminished our coin supply because people have not been able to visit the places where they typically deposit coins, such as retail shops, bank branches, transit authorities, and laundromats.

The production of coins has also decreased due to measures put in place by the U.S. Mint to protect its employees.

8 News NOW spoke with some people who say the coin shortage isn’t that big of a concern:

“You take the coins and place them in a jar at home, and then when it’s full, take it to the coin machine. I think there’s more to worry about these days than change,” said Pauline Orsine, a Las Vegas resident... Read More

CCSD opening four schools for COVID-19 testing events

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District is helping with COVID-19 testing now. Four schools in East Las Vegas plan to welcome patients this month who want a nasal swab.

Eddie Ramos is one of many who visited Cortney Junior High School, a place allowing him and others to get a test.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” said Ramos. “It doesn’t really hurt, and it’s very essential because we can stop the spread doing it this way.”

He wants to lead by example, following concerns about the virus impacting the Hispanic community right now.

“A lot of people don’t really think it affects them,” Ramos said.

Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson said as of yesterday, Clark County has 20,622 positive coronavirus cases, “and more than one-quarter of those, 5,883 cases, were Latino cases.” ... Read More

Special Session Day 2: Nevada Medicaid could take huge hit due to budget shortfall

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Nevada lawmakers are staying busy on the second day of the special session as they try to figure out how to fill the state’s $1.2 billion hole; that’s about a quarter of the state’s budget.

State agencies are expected to take a big hit, and Nevada’s Medicaid system could be affected.

During day 2 of the special session, the Nevada Assemly spent most of today talking with the department of health and human services about how their budget will impact nevadans. Hundreds of millions of dollars could be cut from the state’s health care system.

Around 700,000 low-income Nevadans rely on Medicaid, so lawmakers say any large cut to funding is a hard pill to swallow. The Department of Heath and Human Service leaders told the state assembly they’re working on creative solutions to balance their budget... Read More

Doctors note new COVID-19 symptoms in young adults

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Statistics in multiple states show an increase in COVID-19 cases predominantly from people in their 20s and 30s, and now doctors say they are also seeing different symptoms among their younger patients.

“Around the country, we’re seeing more young people come to medical care and often having to be admitted to the hospital,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an Infectious Disease professor at Vanderbilt University.

The jump in such cases is reflected in cities like Nashville, where younger adults ages 25 to 34 are largely making up the spike.

“Over the past few days, they’re starting to develop, they’re describing some new symptoms,” explained Dr. Alex Jahangir with Metro Nashville’s Coronavirus Task Force... Read More

Destination Nevada: Valley of Fire

OVERTON, Nev. (KLAS) — If your summer plans include a visit to Las Vegas, make plans with the family to do a little road trip, not too far from Las Vegas.

About an hour north of The Strip, is the Valley of Fire. It costs about $10 for a vehicle to enter.

Guests at Valley of Fire State Park are hiking through history. The red sandstone that makes the park famous was formed millions of years ago.

Before the popular hiking trails and campgrounds, the Valley of Fire was a way of travel. In the early 1900’s, a road was forged through the area to connect Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. 

A person coined the name while traveling through the park at sunset, saying the entire valley looked like it was on fire. 

“The colors change. They go from such a bright white to a deep red,” said hiker Pedro Manaois. “The sand is such a deep and dark red. I’ve never seen that on any beach.”... Read More

Nye County man charged with murder, other charges after attempted armed robbery turned deadly

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — The Nye County District Attorney’s Office has charged Pahrump resident with murder and armed robbery in connection with an incident that occurred in northern Pahrump last month.

Officials said the murder and armed robbery Nick Vonalst is allegedly connected to occurred during the early morning hours of June 24.

“Based on Nevada’s felony murder rule, you can be charged with murder if you commit an armed robbery and your accomplice gets killed,” District Attorney Chris Arabia said. “Armed robbery puts lives in danger, and not only the people being robbed but also bystanders and sometimes even the robbers themselves. This alleged robbery resulted in gunfire on a residential street and a death, so we charged murder in addition to armed robbery.”... Read More

Gov. Sisolak: Bars in certain areas will return to Phase 1 restrictions

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Gov. Steve Sisolak is provided an update on the State’s COVID-19 response effort. His biggest point was a new directive, mandating that bars in certain areas return to Phase 1 restrictions at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Nevada is currently in Phase 2 of “Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery.”

Sisolak said he will release the guidelines and list of areas Friday morning. According to the Governor, OSHA inspectors noted less than half of bars visited were in compliance with the facial coverings mandate.

He said that Dr. Anthony Fauci said congregating in bars is one of the most dangerous things we can do right now.

The directive applies to bars and taverns that do not serve food. They are allowed to provide curbside pickup where allowed locally, but patrons are no longer allowed on-site. ... Read More