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NEW: State reports nearly 1K additional COVID-19 cases, new record set for daily testing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting nearly 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting 985 new COVID-19 cases and three new COVID-19-related deaths across the state. This is the second-highest, single-day increase in cases for Nevada, according to DHHS data.

There are now 20,718 confirmed cases and 528 deaths in the state.

Nevada has reported its five largest single-day increases for COVID-19 case in the past week. Its biggest jump was 1,099 on Friday, June 26, now followed by 985 on July 2, and 821 on June 27, 734 on June 28 and 645 on June 30... Read More

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MLB cancels All-Star Game for 1st time since 1945

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.

The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Trust Park, home of the Braves since 2017.

Because of the pandemic, opening day has been delayed from March 26 to July 23 or 24.

This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston’s Fenway Park and any player selections from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season.

The Dodgers hosted the only the Mid-Summer Classic in Dodger Stadium history in 1980, won 4-2 by the National League... Read More

Redskins undergoing ‘thorough review’ of team name

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins are undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname.

The team said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. In a statement, the team said recent events around the U.S. and feedback from the community prompted the formal review.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” owner Dan Snyder said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we are supportive of this important step.”... Read More

Destination Nevada: Discovering the beauty of Lake Mead National Recreation Area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Every Friday, 8 News Now will highlight local vacation spots that are easy to get to and explore.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the 6th most visited national park in the country and has an interesting history starting with a massive construction project.

“In the 1930s the Hoover Dam was constructed and at that time that actually transformed the mighty Colorado River into Lake Mead which is America’s largest reservoir,” said Christie Vanover, public affairs officer, Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

It was 1935, when people started utilizing the area for recreation.

“So, the National Park Service helps the Bureau of Reclamation manage the area for reclamation and the area was known as the Boulder Canyon National Recreation Area,” Vanover said... Read More

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Hundreds of pets go missing near Fourth of July, frightened off by fireworks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Animal Foundation is getting ready for busy holiday weekend. Last year, more than 600 pets went missing — many of them frightened off by fireworks.

Between July 1 to July 10, The Animal Foundation took in 664 animals but only 22% were reclaimed by their owners.

“Fireworks are extremely overwhelming for animals and they’ll go to great lengths to escape the sound and find safety. If you find a dog over this holiday weekend, it’s very likely it lives nearby. We encourage you to look to see if it has a current collar or tag and explore your neighborhood as the owners are probably very close by,” said Zoie Keast, The Animal Foundation.

She recommends, if you can’t locate the owner, bring the pet to The Animal Foundation.

The best way to keep your pet safe is by keeping the pet inside, in a bathroom or laundry room is best. It also helps to drown out the noise with a radio or TV... Read More

Clark County to begin enforcing state mask mandate at various businesses Friday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Just over a week after Governor Steve Sisolak made face masks mandatory in Nevada, Clark County officials will begin enforcing the directive Friday. 

Individuals will not face penalties if they are caught without a face covering, but public and private businesses must comply by requiring them at all times.

“I think that we all have to do whatever we can do,” local business owner and Southern Nevada resident Glen Uslan said of COVID-19 precautions. 

“It feels safer to shop, to move around, daily life,” Southern Nevada resident Megan Bell added of mandatory masks. 

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said her team is stepping in to keep everyone safe, especially as more people venture out to local businesses. 

“We just have to make sure that public health continues to be the top priority,” Kirkpatrick said. ... Read More

Doctor breaks down impact a vaccine will have on children suffering from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome related to COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two additional cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children in Clark County. Both patients tested positive for COVID-19 and required hospitalization, but they have since been discharged and are recovering.

The children with the two cases in Clark County are fortunate as they are recovering from MISC, but others in different parts of the country have died from the rare disease. 8 News NOW spoke with Dr. Constantine George, an internal medicine and pediatrics doctor who says while there isn’t a known cause, many children with MISC had the virus that causes COVID-19 or came in contact with someone who did.

The symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children consists of:... Read More