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NEW: Less than 1,000 COVID-19 cases reported as test positivity declines again

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports less than 1,000 new virus infections in the past 24 hours, according to data released Monday. This is only the third time in the past 83 days that less than a thousand cases have been reported in a single day.

The state is reporting 990 new COVID-19 cases, with 782 from Clark County. Nevada’s total cases are now at 271,897. Clark County has a total of 208,929.

Nevada’s test positivity rate dropped again Sunday, falling from 19.5% to 19.4%, continuing more than a week of declines. The test positivity rate had climbed steadily since Jan. 3 before declines over the past week. The record — 22.3% — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020. Clark County’s test positivity rate is 20.8%.

Nevada reports three COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, with two coming from Clark County, according to data released Monday.

Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 18 deaths per day... Read More

SLIDESHOW: Southern Nevadans share rain, snow pictures as winter storm moves across the area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A winter storm is sweeping across Southern Nevada and 8 News Now viewers are sharing their pictures and video!

A mixture of snow and rain has been reported throughout the valley Monday.

Residents can expect the cold conditions and wintry mix of snow and rain to continue throughout the week... Read More

Nonprofit hosts webinar discussing suicide, mental health with teens across Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A community-based nonprofit called "Hope Means Nevada" held a webinar Sunday afternoon talking about youth suicide and mental health challenges. Teens from across Nevada joined in to talk about their experiences with isolation during the pandemic. 

"Just not having that physical contact with people is difficult," said teen, Lauren Edgeworth. "I know as of two days ago that CCSD cancelled all of its sports, so not being able to have our season is really affecting us negatively. I think a lot of the escapes that we use to have are just being taken away from us."... Read More

CCSD plagued by shortage of teachers, largest class sizes in country; district hopes to fill vacancies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A major issue facing the Clark County School District is a shortage of teachers. 

As CCSD works to address that, some wonder if it can help solve another big issue — overcrowding in classrooms. 

Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara says the school district has the largest class sizes in the country, and it is going to take more than hiring full-time teachers to solve the overcrowding problem.  

Meredith Freeman is the mother of twins. Her daughters are in 8th grade and familiar with packed classrooms prior to the pandemic.    

"It definitely is an issue that needs to be addressed,” Freeman said. "I remember my kids starting classes where the first couple days of school, someone had to sit on the floor because there weren't enough desks in the room." 

It is a situation the district knows not only impacts students, but also becomes a factor when hiring teacher candidates. ... Read More

2 taken to hospital after crash near Spring Mountain, Decatur; avoid the area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are currently on the scene of a crash near the intersection of Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard. It happened just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The crash involved a white sedan and a blue pickup truck. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, and one of the drivers is in critical condition.

Due to the severity of one of the driver's injuries, the LVMPD Fatal Detail is taking over the investigation.

The intersection at Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard is closed in all directions. Avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... Read More

Swabbing the community one flush at a time: Nevada researchers test wastewater to track coronavirus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- What you flush is helping researchers track COVID-19 before cases spike and as new mutations of the virus appear.

Scientists from the Southern Nevada Water Authority take samples from wastewater to see how much coronavirus is in our sewer system. These results help public health leaders find spikes and clusters before they can be identified through traditional testing methods.

“I don't think it's something that somebody thinks about when they flush the toilet, but there's definitely value to what's going down the toilet,” Daniel Gerrity, the water authority’s principal research scientist, said.

Every Monday, Gerrity drives out to the Flamingo Resource Center, a sprawling facility handling 100 million gallons of sewage a day, to fill two gallon-sized jugs... Read More

Chiefs 3 point favorites over Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - Tom Brady will play in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday February 7th and he will go into the game as an underdog. The Kansas City Chiefs are 3 point favorites over Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win back-to-back NFL championships. Oddsmakers expect a high scoring Super Bowl with the total points scored at 57.

Brady played his first nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, winning 6 of them.

This year's Super Bowl will be played in front of a partial crowd (22,000 fans) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. It marks the first time a team has played in their home stadium for the game.

Brady's Bucs upset the Green Bay Packers 31-26 thanks, in part, to a couple of controversial pass interference calls that went in the Buccaneers favor. The Kansas City Chiefs downed the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, with QB Patrick Mahomes are the defending Super Bowl Champs. ... Read More