Nevada State Public Health Lab statement regarding COVID-19 testing

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The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has been performing laboratory testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) seven days a week since the onset of COVID-19 in Nevada. The number of patients tested for COVID-19 at the NSPHL is posted Monday through Friday at the site, med.unr.edu/nsphl  

Consistent with other public health labs across the country, the availability of laboratory test materials at the NSPHL is dynamic, similar to a conveyor belt where test component arrive, but are also utilized, on a daily basis. Currently the NSPHL's testing capacity is approximately 200 specimens tested per day.  This level of testing capability is expected to increase as novel methodologies are approved for use by the FDA, and additional supplies are obtained for those novel methods.  

Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the NSPHL, is working with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and Division of Public & Behavioral Health to help establish a system for COVID-19 testing in Nevada that explores and utilizes all resources available to support the health and safety of citizens.  This activity is expected to maintain continuous COVID-19 testing into the foreseeable future.

Note: due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the above statement will be updated based on new developments. 


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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.