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COVID-19 breakthrough infections: Local physician explains rare cases, encourages vaccine for protection

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Though someone contracting COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated is rare, it can happen, so 8 News Now spoke with a local doctor about the role immunization plays in community defense. 

The message to 'get vaccinated' isn't new, but it's even more important as COVID-19 cases soar across Southern Nevada. 

Though thousands are already immunized, others are still on the fence. 

"I'm fully vaccinated," Tom Donahue told 8 News Now.

"I'm just a little skeptical right now," Tommy Conover conversely said of the vaccine. 

As of Friday, more than 46% of those eligible in Nevada were fully inoculated against COVID-19. Experts attribute this rate below 50% to a spike in deaths and hospitalizations. ... Read More

Golden Knights select forward Zach Dean with 1st round draft pick

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The newest Vegas Golden Knight has been selected by the team. With the 30th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Vegas selected forward Zach Dean.

Dean put up 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games for Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. In 2019-20, he was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team with 46 points in 57 games.

The Knights still have five picks remaining in the 2021 NHL Draft, which will continue Saturday... Read More

PETS WEEK: Christian Cázares introduces us to his 'great and very spoiled' dogs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Our themed-week continues with Christian Cázares and his animal family. "Pets Week" is about all things pets, how they bring value to our lives and how we can do the same for them.

Matteo is his 2.5-year-old King Charles Spaniel, and Lucy is his golden doodle that is about to turn a year old. He says both are great dogs -- even though they are "very spoiled!"

"We travel with them, and they are the reason our lives are anything but dull," Christian says.

Christian shared that growing up, he always had pets around the house, so he loves the value they provide.

Both have their own Instagram accounts: ... Read More

Concourse E at McCarran International Airport to reopen after 480 days

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Sections of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport have stood silent and dark for well over a year, but now, they are gearing up to welcome passengers back Saturday.

Concourse E's first arrival in 480 days will arrive in just over 12 hours. Airport officials say travel is picking back up, and it's time to reopen the gates.

"It was really spooky to see this place empty with no one around," said Chris Jones, chief marketing officer for McCarran.

Due to less interest in travel during the early stages of the pandemic, the airport decided to shift travelers to Concourse D.

"For cost efficiency, for recourses, for people cleaning, for the airlines, it made sense to shrink a little bit," Jones told 8 News Now.

But now, as travel gains steam, airport officials say they are doing everything they can to make sure every aspect of the E concourse is good to go before you board. ... Read More

Breaking down the ins and outs of pet insurance

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- There's a lot of buzz surrounding pet insurance, how it works and what it covers. You may also be wondering about how to choose the right one for your pet.

Dog owner Mary Tully says her dogs are, "Everything. Everything. Without my dogs, I don't know what I would do."

8 News Now's Christian Cazares met Tully during her daily walk around Desert Breeze Park. Seven-year-old Zsa Zsa and 4-year-old Fifi were by her side -- both of whom have health insurance.

"Seems to be working out real well," Tully shared. "If they get sick or anything happens to them, even if they pass away, it's used."

Pet insurance has been around for more than 100 years, beginning with policies on livestock.

Did you know that in 1982, TV's most famous dog, Lassie, was the first in the U.S. to have a pet insurance policy? At the end of 2020, 3.1 million pets were insured. ... Read More

Mask signage back for Clark County businesses

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- If you head out to shop or eat, you may notice more signs up on the doors of businesses encouraging customers to mask up. It's all part of the new mandate.

"It is to avoid a shutdown again," said Jaimesen Mapes of Fine Entertainment. "Nobody wants that."

As cases rise in Clark County, more mitigation measures are being put in place.

"It is just one more step we can do to ensure our staff are maintaining safe protocols," Mapes told 8 News Now.

Fine Entertainment operates several restaurants, including PKWY Tavern in the southwest valley. The signs at businesses are encouraging customers to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

"Our goal is to curb the risk as much as we can by using the masks," Mapes said. ... Read More

Surveying damage left in the wake of powerful Las Vegas valley storms

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Heavy winds and flooding left a trail of damage in their wake after powerful storms swept across the valley Thursday. The weather was certainly the talk of the town.

Damage was extensive at the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex, from ripped fencing and netting to downed trees and a felled scoreboard.

"I had to sit in the parking lot for half an hour, couldn't move, and the car just shook," recounted Henderson resident Rose Gallant, "So, it was bad."

The storms knocked down power poles, ripped through fences and flooded several areas throughout the valley.

Chris Fucile was at work when the rain came down hard. He captured it all on camera. ... Read More