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A member of the Nevada National Guard helps Pershing County residents sign up for COVID-19 nasal swab tests outside the community center in Lovelock last week.
A member of the Nevada National Guard helps Pershing County residents sign up for COVID-19 nasal swab tests outside the community center in Lovelock last week.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:00 AM
Vehicles were lined up around the Pershing County Community Center on Friday as residents volunteered for COVID-19 tests. 193 concerned citizens endured the intrusive, six inch deep nasal swabs for their peace of mind and the physical and economic health of their community.
Director of Emergency Management Sean Burke said testing should help clarify the local pandemic situation and support the county’s economic recovery. The goal is to test at least ten percent or about 600 residents of the county so more community testing may be scheduled.
“There’s a significant population of people that have the virus with no symptoms,” Burke said. “They think the number could be as high as 80 percent. If you don’t think you have it, you might take less precautions and be more likely to spread it around. The whole point of this testing is for people who don’t have symptoms to get tested so they don’t spread it without knowing it.”
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    Remembering the classic Rule of Three, brings us to our final topic in our Spring Survival Series. 
    It is said that a human can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three hours without shelter and three minutes without oxygen. 
    Many find it hard to believe the ‘three hours without shelter’, perhaps because they have never been wet, standing in gale force winds, in freezing temperatures.
  • Lovelock Paiute Tribe pays student lunch debt
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:00 AM
    Who couldn’t use some good news about now? Pershing County residents don’t have to look far. On Friday, May 22, the Lovelock Paiute Tribe paid $8,490 of Pershing’s school lunch debt. 
    Chairperson Sandra Winap traveled to the district office and handed Superintendent Russell Fecht a check toward the unpaid meal balances for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • COVID-19 field hospital demobilized
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada is now in phase II of reopening the economy, per Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s announcement last week. Hospital officials announced that both the “COVID corner” inside the hospital and the Rampart temporary hospital at the Winnemucca Events Center was demobilized after not having a COVID-19 positive patient in the facility for three weeks. 
    Humboldt General Hospital (HGH) Emergency Medical Services Interim Director Jordan Kohler said that the demobilization of the Rampart facility took five hours and that it could still be used if a future need arose. 
    HGH Chief Nursing Officer Leann Cushway reported that the demobilization of “COVID corner” allows the hospital to move closer toward resuming normal operations in the operating room and overall.
  • Winnemucca Police Department welcomes K9 officer Polly
    Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:00 AM
    A two-year-old black lab K9 named Polly has joined the Winnemucca Police Department as its newest officer to the force, with her partner Officer Jimmi Santos. 
    The costs associated with purchasing the K9 officer were raised all by fundraising initiated by Sage Hil Arms in Winnemucca, including funds from “Sadie’s Corner.” 
  • April’s Veteran of the Month, supporter named
    Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Veteran of the Month and Veteran Supporter of the Month were recently announced for April. 
    Due to the risk of coronavirus exposure, special ceremonies to honor and recognize the VOM and VSM will be postponed until it is safe to resume them once again because of the coronavirus pandemic..
    David Sousa, the Veteran of the Month, is no stranger to awards, honors or recognition. During his career in the U.S. Army, he became highly decorated. 
  • Nevada Health Link added 6,000 in special enrollment period
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada’s state-run health insurance marketplace added more than 6,000 people during a two-month window for those who lacked coverage but had not signed up during open enrollment last fall, officials said Tuesday.
    Silver State Health Insurance Exchange said the special enrollment period drew an almost 8% jump in Nevada Health Link membership compared with the 77,000 people who signed up during open enrollment last fall.
  • MyKenzie honored with parade
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    MyKenzie McMaster, a sixth-grader at French Ford Middle School, has grown up in Winnemucca her whole life. McMaster has been diagnosed with the rare disease Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I), which means the body is missing or does not have enough of an enzyme needed to break down long chains of sugar molecules
  • Lucid brings live music to your livingroom
    Sunday, May 24, 2020 1:00 AM
    Join the National Grassroots Broadcasting Network and Lucid for a live broadcast of Hellbound Glory. 
    The Lucid Virtual Concert Series is designed to bring live music to fans during these challenging times. Hellbound Glory will be broadcasted live from Carson City on Saturday, May 30, at 7 p.m.
    Practicing social distancing while still enjoying a live concert is really a cutting edge concept.
    “Can’t wait to get back to playing live music for the fans, till then I’m happy to have this opportunity to livestream for all the people at home. Big thanks to Lucid for making it all possible,” said Leroy Virgil of Hellbound Glory.
    This is the fourth out of the five concerts in the Lucid Virtual Concert Series. Lucid’s newest location in Winnemucca was introduced with a benefit concert featuring Josh Hoyer from the Voice. 
  • Food donated to Native American Tribes
    Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) recently donated more than 100,000 pounds of food to elders and at-risk Native American tribe members across northern Nevada in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    “NGM noticed many Native Americans were doing their best to adhere to stay-at-home orders, but they often had to drive three to four hours roundtrip for groceries,” said NGM Communications Specialist Natacia Eldridge. “The goal was to help them continue to shelter in place and provide food and basic supplies to the communities, elders, and tribal members, to keep them from being exposed to COVID-19.”
  • Safety concerns for fresh produce increase during pandemic
    Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:00 AM
    Grocery shopping and produce safety have been concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    The Desert Farming Initiative, part of the University of Nevada, Reno Experiment Station, provides information to help producers and consumers minimize food-safety risks.
    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many consumers have been grappling with how to balance the need for fresh food with the risks posed by grocery shopping.
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