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Local man billed $80,000 for lengthy COVID hospital stay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - James Sweeney has insurance, but after spending more than 100 days in the hospital battling COVID-19, he was billed more than $80,000.

Sweeney, 63, was unconscious and on a ventilator at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus in Henderson from November 2020 to February 2021. When he awoke and asked about his bills and was told insurance was covering it.

"I asked to see a doctor and case manager because I was worried about the bills even then," recalled Sweeney.

But the actual bill showed a long list of out-of-network claims, which his insurance will not cover. Sweeney says he now owes more than $80,000 to providers.

"This week has been really tough," said Sweeney. "I haven't slept well any night. I keep waking up every night, trying to figure out how I'm going to cover these bills,"... Read More

NEW: More than 1,400 COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths reported in Nevada

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, Sept. 15

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- About two weeks past the Labor Day weekend, Nevada is reporting more than 1,400 new COVID-19 cases, along with 32 deaths in data released today.

With 1,475 new cases -- 780 in Clark County -- the case counts continue to be above 1,000, which has been a trend with few exceptions since the middle of July.

The COVID-19 numbers have improved somewhat in Clark County, which has the bulk of the state's population but now carries a shrinking share of the coronavirus cases in Nevada -- at 53% today. But even with lower numbers, the dramatic decline of some indicators has slowed. Test positivity and hospitalizations are no longer falling fast.

Of the state's 32 deaths, 27 were reported in Clark County... Read More

Humans taking animal medicine for unapproved COVID-19 treatment leading to shortage for local vets, state says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) issued a notice Thursday saying human use of an animal dewormer as an unapproved method to treat COVID-19 is leading to a medication shortage for the four-legged livestock that actually needs it.

Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medicine for treatment and prevention in animals. COVID-19 is a virus, not a parasite. Some humans are taking thinking it can cure coronavirus, but it is not FDA approved for that purpose.

In addition to not being authorized for treatment, there is no evidence ivermectin treats COVID-19... Read More

Heller expected to announce run for Nevada governor at Monday event

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller will announce a bid for governor of Nevada on Monday, joining a crowded field of Republican hopefuls vying for a chance to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in 2022.

A party official and person close to the campaign not authorized to publicly comment on the special announcement confirmed Heller would declare his candidacy at an event in Carson City.

His entrance into the race in the western battleground state adds a high-profile candidate to what’s expected to be among the most competitive of the next year’s 36 gubernatorial elections.

Heller lost his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Jacky Rosen in 2016.

Other Republican candidates include Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei... Read More

Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings to finish 'Jeopardy!' season

Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split “Jeopardy!” hosting duties for the remainder of the game show's 38th season.

Sony Pictures Television announced the host plan Thursday, the same week that episodes filmed by ousted host Mike Richards are airing.

Richards, who also lost his role as “Jeopardy!” executive producer, was initially tapped as Alex Trebek's successor but left the show after past misogynistic and disparaging comments surfaced... Read More

3 vehicles involved in fatal crash on E. Lake Mead Boulevard

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Three vehicles were involved in a Thursday Morning crash in Sunrise Manor, according to Metro police.

The crash happened shortly after 7 a.m at the intersection of E. Lake Mead Boulevard and Walnut Road, between Pecos Road and Lamb Boulevard.

Police say that three vehicles were involved -- two sedans and one box truck.  One occupant was confirmed dead on the scene. It is unclear at this time which vehicle.

Intersections will be closed for the next couple of hours and drivers should expect delays.

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

Early look: Life is Beautiful prepares for first festival after Tony Hsieh's death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Life is Beautiful kicks off in downtown Las Vegas on Friday.

The three-day music and art festival was canceled last year because of the pandemic, but it is expected to bring tens of thousands of fans back to downtown Las Vegas.

We have an inside look before the gates open.

A Rising Stars stage near the Downtown Container Park will feature up-and-coming artists.

Craig Nyman, head of music and live performances for Life is Beautiful said there will be four stages at the festival, along with food stations that are being called "culinary villages."

"Two years in the making, we couldn't be more excited to welcome all of our fans and attendees back for what's going to be a wonderful weekend," Nyman said.

The festival's return will provide a big economic boost for downtown... Read More