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PODCAST: Coronavirus reaches Reno, City conducts massive sweep of homeless camps

By Bob Conrad


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The City of Reno last week ordered more than 150 houseless residents to move from where they were living along train tracks near the Reno Aces baseball stadium. Officials said that services were offered to the houseless residents, but shelters are notoriously full and much of what was removed from the sites were personal possessions that could not be moved. We hear from the first reporter on the scene, Lucia Starbuck from Our Town Reno.

Also in this episode: Huffaker Elementary School was closed for a day while school district officials, working with the Health District, closed the school for a deep cleaning. We hear from health officials about the Coronavirus in the Reno area, as well as Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam’s approach to hand-washing.

Special thanks to Scott King and Lucia Starbuck from Our Town Reno for reporting used in this show.

Cover image: Homeless encampments near the tracks after a massive sweep. Image: Ty O’Neil.



Shelly Garrick March 19, 2020 - 3:19 pm

Great, so how will that help the spread of the virus. They need to find a better solution than that or Reno government will look like a bunch of morons.

Tam Gallo March 16, 2020 - 9:36 am

So…where did all the homeless people go? If many shelters are full..shouldn’t the city make sure all have a place to go? Right now more than ever they need help..and how on Earth can prevention of spreading the virus be under control if they cannot stay safely inside?

Carol Kennedy March 9, 2020 - 8:07 pm

These people are homeless now we are making them leave their possessions. Why don’t we leave them alone or try to help instead of kicking them in the teeth. Isn’t there anywhere they can camp that would be acceptable?

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