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Tuesday, July 27, 2021: The rural town of Winnemucca, Nevada is located 165 miles northeast of Reno, nestled next to the Humboldt River. Known as Nevada's "friendliest town," Winnemucca's primary employers include the mines and the school district. You can't go far without noticing the area's Basque influence or the beauty of the cowboy lifestyle. The main road is full of quaint shops and family-run businesses; it has that quintessential small town charm, where everyone knows everybody else, and they genuinely care about their community and its residents.

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Thomas L. Schwenk to retire as UNR Med dean

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) announced July 13 that Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk will retire as dean and Vice President of Health Sciences following a decade at the helm, effective Aug. 31.

Sequencing COVID-19: What It Can Tell Us About The Delta Variant In Nevada


The Delta variant of COVID-19 is the most common strain found in Nevada, making up more than 68% of the COVID-19 cases sampled over the last two weeks, according to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with the head of the lab, Dr. Mark Pandori, to learn more about studying the genetics of the virus and what this work can tell us about the Delta variant.

Covid outbreak among vaccinated Vegas hospital workers underscores Delta risks

• The Guardian

Mark Pandori, the Nevada state public health laboratory director, has said that one factor in this breakthrough incident might be the Delta variant’s heightened ability to avert immunity. “The viruses that are circulating in July aren’t the viruses that were circulating in February. These are the Olympians now,” Pandori told the Review-Journal. “The ones that are circulating now have a better ability to get around vaccination.”

COVID case cluster hits vaccinated Las Vegas hospital workers

• Las Vegas Review Journal

“Maybe there was something about this particular party that made transmission a far greater affair,” said Pandori, who had no direct knowledge of the cluster. “Were they participating in some kind of activity or behavior that would have fostered transmission?”

As the Delta variant surges in Nevada, the young and unvaccinated bear the brunt

• The Nevada Independent

“The variants that we're facing, which essentially dominate the field now, are your Olympian viruses,” Dr. Mark Pandori, head of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, said in an interview this week. “These are the ones that have competed and competed and competed and are now the most proficient at infecting people.”

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's annual State of the School Address features an updated 2020-2021 Fact Sheet and information on the institution. Please view the SOSA page for more details.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, delivered UNR Med's 2020 State of the School Address, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 virtually.