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Washoe County Coroner: Funeral homes approaching 'full capacity' as COVID surges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The number of people dying from COVID-19 across northern Nevada is quickly filling the region’s funeral homes, the Washoe County coroner said Wednesday.

“Locally and regionally, many of our funeral homes are approaching their full capacity,” Dr. Laura Knight said during the county’s weekly COVID response call with officials and experts. Washoe County includes Reno and is the state's second-largest by population.

Some funeral homes, which handle burial and cremation, are 90% full, Knight said.

Since the pandemic began in February, Nevada has reported nearly 2,100 COVID-related deaths. Thirty deaths were reported in Washoe in the past six days, Knight noted.

Nevada reported 3,159 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and a record-high 1,414 hospitalized patients, according to data released Wednesday. It’s the second consecutive day of record-breaking case numbers and hospitalizations in the state... Read More

Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities launches $5 Off one Lyft Ride in effort to eliminate impaired crash during Thanksgiving holiday

LAS VEGAS, NV (KLAS) – In an ongoing commitment to combat impaired driving and eradicate impaired-related fatalities on Nevada’s roadways, the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities has pledged $750 toward access to free Lyft rides in Las Vegas this Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 – Nov. 26.

“In 2019, we saw four fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to someone’s selfish decision to get behind the wheel impaired, there will always be an empty seat at the Thanksgiving table,” said Zero Fatalities Program Manager Andrew Bennett. “The Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities implores everyone to always drive sober, ride smart when celebrating and remember lives are on the line.”... Read More

Atomic Liquors temporarily closes, citing 25% capacity limit

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Atomic Liquors has temporarily closed, citing 25 percent occupancy limits under Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's three-week COVID-19 "pause."

The iconic downtown Las Vegas bar "will re-open when the occupancy levels are at a rate which is sustainable. Please check our social media accounts regularly as we will be re-opening as soon as possible," according to a post on the bar's Facebook page.

The bar and its restaurant, The Kitchen at Atomic, are a popular hangout on East Fremont Street, with decor that features photos from the early days of atomic testing near Las Vegas. In that era, patrons would climb to the top of the building to watch the atomic blasts... Read More

Judge throws out lawsuit filed by Republican Dan Rodimer over election results

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Republican Dan Rodimer, saying that the court did not have jurisdiction on the issue. Last week, Rodimer filed his own lawsuit, joining fellow Nevada candidates Jim Marchant and April Becker. Rodimer lost his bid for Congressional District 3 to Congresswoman Susie Lee.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria were named in the lawsuit, along with the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Rodimer was seeking an order that would force the Clark County Commission to hold a new election for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District because of a variety of election fraud claims.

On Wednesday, the judge in Rodimer's case also told him that even if he could rule on the lawsuit, he wouldn't have sided with him... Read More

NEW: Nevada sees 2nd consecutive day of record-breaking cases and hospitalizations, 3,159 positive tests reported

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reported 3,159 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and a record-high 1,414 hospitalized patients, according to data released Wednesday. It’s the second consecutive day of record-breaking case numbers and hospitalizations in the state.

Nevada's previous record was set yesterday, with 2,853 positive tests reported on Monday.

Gov. Steve Sisolak sent out this message after learning of the latest numbers.

Of all NV COVID cases:
10% occurred in the last 7 days
25% occurred in November alone
48% occurred since September

Approximately every 8 seconds a Nevadan is tested for COVID, every minute a Nevadan is diagnosed with COVID & every two hours, a Nevadan loses their life to COVID. pic.twitter.com/i57MGCn4e9... Read More

President-elect Biden delivers Thanksgiving address

WILMINGTON, Del. (NewsNation Now) — President-elect Joe Biden delivered an address on the day before Thanksgiving, highlighting the challenges Americans face this holiday as public health officials urge against travel and large gatherings.

Biden's speech from Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday encouraged Americans and focus on the sacrifices they are making during the holiday season.

"Gratitude — even in the face of suffering — have long been part of what Thanksgiving means in America," said Biden. "Looking back over our history you see that it's been the most difficult circumstances that the soul of our nation has been forged. And now we find ourselves — again — facing a long, hard winter."... Read More

Expect cool, windy Thanksgiving holiday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Gusty cool winds will blow into the Las Vegas valley for Thanksgiving and the high temperature will be in the low 60s.

Mother Nature will begin serving the chilly northwest winds Thursday evening. You can expect gusts up to 30 mph. The wind will be much stronger, and possibly dangerous, at Lake Mead with gusts of up to 50 mph expected.

There is a wind advisory in effect for Lake Mead and the Colorado River starting Thursday at 10 a.m. and lasting until Friday 4 p.m.

Friday will also be breezy in the Las Vegas valley and temperatures will climb into the mid-60s over the weekend.

There is still no rain in the forecast. This has been a record year for the lack of measurable rain in the Las Vegas valley... Read More