Friends and Colleagues,

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to grow rapidly in Nevada as testing expands. The Southern Nevada Health District reported the first case on March 11. Now, a month later, there are about 3,000 reported cases and 144 deaths in Nevada, 100 of them in Clark County. In today’s newsletter, we feature Dr. Kush Modi, a UNLV School of Medicine assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine who remains on the front lines in the fight against a virus that has now taken the lives of more than 120,000 people around the world. In a wide-ranging interview, Dr. Modi reveals that healthcare providers in intensive care units -- mindful of the fact that hospitalized patients can’t be visited by loved ones because of the virulence of the disease -- have made it a top priority to regularly stay in touch with anxious family members.