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Caesars Entertainment announces mass furloughs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pubic health emergency, Caesars Entertainment announced they are “temporarily moving to the minimum workforce needed to maintain basic operations.” The company says furloughs are expected to impact approximately 90% of employees at its domestic-owned properties, as well as its corporate staff.

Those who are furloughed remain employees of the company through the furlough period.

Caesars has announced they are paying furloughed employees for the first two weeks of the closure period, and those employees can use their paid time off following that period. Caesars is also paying 100% of health insurance premiums through June 30, or their return to work, whichever comes first... Read More

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CCSD food distribution site worker dies from COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to the Clark County School District, a member of the Food Service Department who worked at Desert Pines High School has passed away after contracting COVID-19. That food distribution site is now closed until further notice.

Officials say that site is now being deep cleaned. They will make an announcement when the site reopens. The workers at that site are not working at any other location and are being asked to monitor their health.

CCSD also wants to reassure the public about the safety of the food. All meals are pre-packaged at the Food Service Central Kitchen or are individually wrapped from the manufacturer. Food items are not handle outside of their packaging by CCSD Food Service workers... Read More

Map shows Las Vegas, other tourism hot spots hit hardest by closures

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’ve seen the unemployment numbers. We’ve seen the “property closed” signs. We’ve seen the “ghost town” photos.

And now a new map hammers home how closures at Las Vegas resorts has made Clark County ground zero for hospitality workers who don’t know what will happen next. Hover over the map for details.

The numbers important to understanding the impact in Clark County:... Read More

NFL mulling over multiple draft scenarios

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While the NFL Draft won’t be taking place as planned on the Las Vegas Strip this year, the NFL is still moving forward with the draft, just not in person. The league issued a memo on Thursday, providing guidelines on draft-day operations for teams.

According to a story by Nick Shook on NFL.com, the two possible draft-day scenarios are as follows:... Read More

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Nye County School District employee tests positive for COVID-19

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — A Nye County School District employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was a member of the food distribution program.

According to a school district press release, all Pahrump-area employees have been notified.

“The decision to temporarily discontinue food distribution through April 17, 2020 was in relation to student and staff safety, which continues to be our number one priority,” reads the press release in part.

The school district is working with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to mitigate the effects of this measure through other community food distribution options for students. ... Read More

NV Gold Mines commits more than $1.8M to Nevada during COVID-19 outbreak

ELKO, Nev. (KLAS) — Nevada Gold Mines is chipping in support for people across the state amid the COVID-19 outbreak. So far, total donations are up over $1.8 million statewide from Nevada Gold Mines.

At the state level, NGM has committed $1.5 million to the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, along with offering up their supply chain to help relief efforts.

In Southern Nevada, NGM has committed $100,000 to Three Square Food Bank. This is along with commitments to communities in Northern and Central Nevada... Read More

CCSD looks to potentially reopen Zoom access after banning app

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District is reportedly looking at different security options to potentially reinstate access to Zoom after banning the app. Earlier, the district alerted teachers the video teleconferencing service could no longer be used for distance learning because of security issues.

CCSD sent the following statement to 8 News Now Thursday afternoon:

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. CCSD made the decision to disable access to Zoom out of an abundance of caution due to instances of hacking that created unsafe environments for teachers and students.

Understanding that Zoom is a valuable tool utilized by our school communities, we are looking at options to strengthen security precautions to potentially reopen access. CCSD is also developing additional tutorial materials for all platforms currently recommended for distance learning.”... Read More