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COVID-19 vaccine second dose appointments running smoothly at convention center

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- People tell us they had no issues getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Las Vegas Convention Center Tuesday. It was a big contrast to recent delays crews faced while battling a computer glitch.

8 News Now stopped by the convention center, and those we spoke with say they are relieved to be getting their second shots.

"You know what, I think I feel more emotionally happier than physically," said Lillian Shworles. "It's been long awaited for someone who is on the go continuously, but we went by what the CDC guidelines."

Many say they did not experience any side effects from the pain but were glad to have this pandemic nightmare behind them.

"I went through within five minutes," shared Bonnie Allen. "I'm in a wheelchair, and they had a special area. I came in, and I was done within five minutes." ... Read More

ARIA sued on racial discrimination allegations surrounding 2019 incident

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A California couple has filed a civil lawsuit against ARIA Resort and Casino alleging racial discrimination after a 2019 visit that ended in security throwing them off the property.

Rhodney and Sundra Henderson of Berkley, California, are suing ARIA based on events recounted in the lawsuit filed on their behalf by attorneys Paola M. Armeni and Gia N. Marina of the law firm
Clark Hill PLLC. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 19.

Rhodney Henderson, 58, is an African-American man who served in the U.S. Navy and owned a construction business for many years. He is now an equipment operator. Sundra Henderson is also African-American, according to the lawsuit. Her age was not provided... Read More

Henderson authorities respond to fatal auto-pedestrian crash near M Resort

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- A person has died following a fatal auto-pedestrian crash in Henderson near M Resort Spa Casino. The incident occurred around 4:10 p.m. in the area of Welpman Way and South Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police say preliminary information indicates a male attempted to steal the victim's vehicle and struck the victim with their own vehicle. The victim died on scene.

The suspect fled the scene on foot. They are still outstanding, and Metro air and patrol units are helping them locate the individual. ... Read More

Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas accepting enrollment applications for students through Feb. 28

HENDERSON, Nev. – Attention parents: Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) says its accepting enrollment applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

"We are pleased to welcome new students to the Coral Academy family," said Ercan Aydogdu, executive director for CASLV. "We will continue to uphold our commitment to cultivating a hands-on learning approach and teach our students skills that will serve them in a variety of fields for the new workplace."

Applications for the following campuses and grades will be accepted:
• Sandy Ridge campus for grades 8-12
• Windmill campus for grades 5-7
• Tamarus campus for grades K-4
• Centennial campus for grades K-8
• Nellis AFB campus for grades PreK-8
• Eastgate campus for grades K-7 In 2020, more than 6,000 applications were received... Read More

CCSD Superintendent Jara tours school before some students return to campus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Final preparations continue to welcome lower elementary school students back into buildings on March 1. Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara toured Goolsby Elementary School Tuesday to see their classroom setups.

"We are ready to welcome our babies back to start transitioning to face-to-face instruction," said Jara.

He and the school principal walked around the campus, going into classrooms and talking with teachers about coming back and preparing for students. ... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports 21 COVID-19 deaths as test positivity falls to 9.2%

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 21 additional COVID-19-related deaths as its test positivity rate falls from 9.6% to 9.2% in the past day, data from the state shows.

All 21 deaths were from Clark County, according to the state's most recent report. Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 11 deaths per day.

The state's test positivity rate fell below 10% on Saturday and has continued to drop since Jan. 14, revealing a good sign Nevada’s mitigation efforts are working as most of the state’s COVID-19 data, including cases and hospitalizations, continue on a downward trajectory.

Nevada is reporting 398 new COVID-19 cases, with 347 from Clark County. The state’s total cases are now at 291,543. Clark County has a total of 224,944.

Daily case totals have dropped below 1,000 since Jan. 30.

Hospitalizations are now below 600 COVID-19 patients in the state... Read More

Can you stop wearing a mask after getting the COVID vaccine?

(NEXSTAR) - So you've received the COVID-19 vaccine, can you take off your mask for good?

According to the physicians NEXSTAR spoke with, the answer is unequivocally no.

"You absolutely cannot [stop wearing a mask]," said Dawn Davis, a physician at Mayo Clinic.

"We want to make sure that you're not potentially spreading the virus to others and also that you don't accidentally pick up the virus from someone else."

Though the vaccine protects you from contracting a severe case of COVID-19, researchers have yet to determine if it also halts transmission, or spreading from person-to-person. Until we know more, public health protocols — wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands — must stay in place. ... Read More