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Health experts say Nevada should step up preventative methods after UK variant strain of COVID-19 is found in the state

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A new variant of the coronavirus has been found in Nevada, and health officials say it is more contagious than the original strain.

The new strain first emerged in the United Kingdom last fall, and it has been popping up in the United States in recent weeks. The U.K. variant, also known as B.1.1.7, has been found in at least 24 states in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It has also been found in Nevada, so some local experts say we should step up our prevention efforts.

"Public health measures are increasingly more important," said. Dr. Marc J. Kahn, Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine.

This week, officials announced the U.K. strain of the virus was detected in a specimen from a Las Vegas woman.

"It's able to potentially infect more people," according to Dr. Kahn... Read More

Mammovan: Mammography screenings available at various Southern Nevada locations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- For the next two weeks, Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) is offering mammography screenings in its Mammovan at various Southern Nevada locations. This will help ensure women due for screenings can access them, in an effort to combat breast cancer.

The organization says patients will be pre-screened for COVID-19-related symptoms in a clinic before entering the van.

While mammographies are largely for women who are 40+, screenings are available for younger individuals. If you are younger than 40, you must have a screening referral from a provider.

Screenings for those who are younger will be available Jan. 28-29 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King Family Health Center, 1799 Mount Mariah Drive, Las Vegas. ... Read More

List of popular picks for travelers planning to take advantage of three-day weekends

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Are you planning to travel this year? According to experts, three-day weekends in 2021 will look vastly similar to last year because it's still all about safe road travels with the pandemic.

8 News Now caught up with Vacasa, one of the largest vacation property management companies in the US, and they shared some pretty interesting data.

According to Vacasa, occupancy at its vacation properties increased in 2020 during the pandemic compared to 2019. The director of operations for Vacasa says people are willing to travel within their bubble and stay in more of a vacation type home over using any other accommodations.

This year already, the rental property company is seeing similar trends to last year, with three-night getaways booking up and fast with people who are working remotely and vacationers who are looking to drive to their destinations... Read More

UNLV Medicine's COVID Vaccine Registration website now open to CCSD employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The website portal that allows CCSD teachers and staff to sign up for the CVOID-19 vaccine is now live.

Here's how it works:

CCSD employees will go to the following link and start the process of filling in information.

UNLV Medicine COVID Vaccine Registration

After submitting the information, staff will receive an email telling them that they are registered. They will then receive a link to a second part of the portal when they are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment.

The email said vaccines will be prioritized based on a person's role within the district.

At this time, the only people who have access to it are CCSD employees... Read More

Board of Trustees to consider pay raises for CCSD psychologists

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees plans to consider giving school psychologists a pay raise. There are nearly 40 vacancies right now in the district.

It's a critical labor shortage CCSD and the district's largest teachers union are trying to address with money.

"We need to be more competitive," said Ryan Conn, a school psychologist. He works with three CCSD schools. "I'm the only school psychologist for about 3,500 students."

The district says the estimated ratio as of September is one per 2,048 students. This is well above the National Association of School Psychologists recommendation of one for every 500-700 students.

"There are over 60 schools in the district that do not have an assigned psychologist because we're short," Conn shared.

Now, CCSD and the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) want to fix the problem. ... Read More

Las Vegas family shares grief, speaks out after loved one loses COVID-19 battle

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Las Vegas family has a message for valley residents while mourning the death of their loved one: "You have to wear a mask in public or anywhere you go. Please don't take it off, even at a restaurant or with family members. Just keep the mask on," Flavio Sanchez's son Angel Sanchez pleaded.

Flavio Sanchez recently lost his fight against COVID-19, and his family is speaking out.

Sanchez was a hard worker and a man of faith, but his biggest role was being a husband and father to his family. According to them, it was a love he held on to until his final days.

Flavio couldn't breathe. His fever was high, and he said he couldn't handle it anymore.

Angel says he can't forget the last time he saw his father, Flavio. The 17-year-old and his mother had to rush him to the hospital on Jan. 6 after he contracted COVID-19... Read More

Some confused as SNHD makes changes to appointment making, location for those who received first dose at Cashman Center

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- 8 News Now has new information for those who received their first COVID-19 vaccine at Cashman Center. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is making changes on how the appointment will be set up and where you will go.

A short time ago, the health district announced that if you received your first dose at Cashman, you will be going to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second dose.

Many are waiting to find out when they will make that appointment. SNHD says you will be contacted.

"I was a little confused," said James Truscott, who is waiting for his second dose. "Where do I go? What do I do?"

Truscott received the first dose of the vaccine at Cashman. He says he was given a card with some information regarding the second dose.

"It told me that on the second shot, I just get online and schedule it," he shared, "but on the back, it says remember to come back." ... Read More