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Southern Hills Hospital sends first critical COVID-19 patient home with a round of applause

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Applause for a brave warrior: That is what Southern Hills Hospital did Wednesday for its first critical coronavirus patient that was sent home! A tweet on Twitter with video of the celebration said in part, “Alfred you are forever a part of #TeamSouthernHills.”

According to Southern Hills Hospital, Alfred is in his sixties and had previous health conditions affecting the lungs. Alfred was admitted to the ICU on March 23rd and required a ventilator. In the ICU Alfred deteriorated quickly but his doctor, Dr. Christopher Voscopoulos, tried a rescue treatment called ‘proning’ which flips a patient onto their stomach.

Dr. Voscopoulos is the medical director for the intensive care unit at Southern Hills Hospital... Read More

Metro Police searching for missing, endangered man

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are asking the public’s assistance in finding Donald Baasch, 65, who is believed to be missing and endangered. He was last seen around 3 p.m. on April 7 near Warm Springs and Durango in the 7200 block of Gagnier Boulevard.

He is said to possibly be in severe emotional distress.

Donald’s description is as follows:

  • 5’7″, weighing around 160 pounds
  • Brown hair, blue eyes
  • Light complexion
  • Last seen wearing a blue shirt, black jeans and blue and grey shoes

He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black jeans and blue and grey shoes.

If you have information about Donald’s whereabouts, please call Metro at 702-828-3111 or the Missing Person’s Detail during business at 702-828-2907. ... Read More

I-Team Exclusive: Doctor asks public to donate materials, help sew masks for healthcare workers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An OB-GYN is making face masks and asking for your help. The I-Team exclusively spoke with her about her mission to protect her staff and patients, along with other healthcare workers.

We’ve been reporting on the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, here in Southern Nevada and nationwide. Masks are one of those much-needed items.

Outpatient offices, like that of Dr. Staci McHale, remain open for a limited number of patients who have to see a doctor. Because of this, staff members need to be protected.

“If we can provide something to our offices at a very low cost and keep those outpatient frontline providers protected, that’s going to be the most important thing,” said McHale.

She’s asking for donations for autoclave wrap to make masks, noting the material can be washed and sterilized in a certain machine.

McHale’s also looking for volunteers to sew. ... Read More

Cashman Center COVID-19 isolation facility yet to open

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An isolation and quarantine facility for the area homeless population is still under construction in downtown Las Vegas. The city and county are still looking for people to fill positions.

It is a race against the clock to get the complex at Cashman Center up and running. Juan Salinas at The Salvation Army in Las Vegas says the complex is a good idea and most likely will be needed.

“We started with some screening with the health department a couple of days ago,” Salinas said. “Monday was the first time when the health department was here. We were able to refer two people to Catholic Charities they have a shelter there for people to quarantine.”

The complex was initially set to be finished early this week, but as of Wednesday evening it was still being built and there is now no specific time on an opening... Read More

Surge in deaths puts COVID-19 fatality rate at 3.4% in Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Statistics taken April 7 (reported today) indicate that 3.4% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Southern Nevada have died — a high mark since daily reports from the Southern Nevada Health District began. As of Tuesday, 1,878 positive tests and 65 deaths have been reported.

The high percentage occurred after days when SNHD reported higher numbers of deaths. To date, Tuesday’s report of 13 deaths is the highest number in Southern Nevada, but it’s likely those deaths occurred over more than one day.

It also comes as Nevada continues to struggle with testing supplies. As more tests are conducted, it’s likely that the percentage will come down... Read More

Arrest Report: Suspect raped homeless women while high on drugs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’re learning more about the man who was arrested Tuesday in connection with several sexual assaults. Police say 37-year-old Jamarr Reed sexually assaulted at least three woman between November 2018 and April 2020 in the central valley.

According to an arrest report obtained by 8 News Now, Reed used his large stature to overpower women once he had them alone. Reed is just over six feet tall and weighs about 245 pounds.

On the morning of November 18, 2018, police were alerted to an NHP trooper, who was flagged down by a woman who said she was strangled. Once on the scene, the woman told police she had been sexually assaulted by a large, muscular black man. She told police she had been threatened with a pair of scissors if she did not comply with his demands. Police believe this to have been Reed... Read More

Governor Sisolak signs new directive, further expanding social distancing guidelines

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Gov. Sisolak provided an update regarding COVID-19 in Nevada on April 8.

Gov. Sisolak stated that there are now more than 2,300 positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada and 18,248 have tested negative.

The state has received 3,000 reagents and 4,000 test swabs from the federal government.

Until today, the number of deaths on the DHHS COVID-19 dashboard has been reported by different districts. The deaths are reported in lumps, rather than when they occur. This is why there are spikes in the numbers. Gov. Sisolak says they are trying to make this reporting more real-time in the near future.

“We have lost 80 Nevadans to COVID-19,” said Gov. Sisolak.

Another death was reported just as Sisolak walked into the conference, meaning technically, 81 have passed. ... Read More