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Nevada National Guard remains at the State Public Health Lab

• KOLO Channel 8 News

A large white box is filled with test samples from patients suspected of having COVID 19. It arrives with other boxes which come from all over the state Monday through Friday to the Nevada State Public Health Lab. Nevada Guardsman Frederick Serrano has helped process these samples for about a year now. He says while it may be extremely clinical, he sees it as a very personal work.

UNR Med hosts clinics for uninsured


Northern Nevadans who are uninsured or underinsured will have opportunities to receive free medical care through student outreach clinics hosted by UNR’s School of Medicine. Care is also available to those who do not have a social security number.

County declines to pursue community health grant

• Elko Daily Free Press

A proposal to use a $500,000 federal grant to look at establishing a health department in Elko County failed when Elko County Commissioners voted against applying for the grant, a day after the Elko City Council voted to support the proposal.

Community looks to revive public health office

• Elko Daily Free Press

Sixteen years after Elko County’s public health office closed its doors, locals are seeking to revive it. A $500,000 CDC Workforce Grant could be the key to exploring how to establish an Elko County health department or district within the next 18 months.

Vaccines will offer some protection against omicron, Nevada health official says


Mark Pandori with the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory is urging Nevadans to get vaccinated. “Should we be concerned about this virus? We should be concerned about a surge with COVID, SARS and others in the wintertime regardless of omicron,” Pandori said. Pandori leads the lab that is charged with protecting the health of Nevadans and visitors through the rapid detection of public health threats. He is a full-time faculty member at the UNR medical school.

Around the State December 2021: Clinical Affiliation Between Renown Health and UNR Med to Address Provider Gap

• Nevada Business Magazine

A new clinical affiliation between Renown Health and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has been established to address the provider gap in Nevada. The state ranks 45th for active physicians per 100,000 population. A large piece of the affiliation is a $350,000 scholarship that has been established by Renown to support students in their pursuit of a career in health care.

Nevada bracing for inevitable arrival of first omicron case

• The Titusville Herald | Associated Press

Washoe County Health District Officer, Kevin Dick send the health district has been sending positive test samples to the state lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, which is capable of doing genomic sequencing to “determine if we have omicron here."

New Renown scholarship to award $350,000 annually


The new clinical affiliation between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health, approved in June, addresses the provider gap and increases access to care by developing new and innovative ways to train and retain the next generation of Nevada’s healthcare professionals.

Nevada ramps up monitoring for omicron coronavirus variant

• Las Vegas Review-Journal

“The genetic blueprint of omicron concerns me more than any previous genetic blueprint of SARS-CoV-2 that I’ve ever seen,” Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at the UNR School of Medicine in Reno, said on Monday.

Clinical Research Opportunities for CLS Program Completers

• TMCC News

Danielle Eaton is a Senior Director and Research Manager at the UNR School of Medicine’s Clinical Research Center as well as the Executive Director for the Sierra Veterans Research Education Foundation, and works directly with Beach-Hills whose position isn’t a common one in our community. “Being a clinical research coordinator isn’t a common job in this area. You typically find these kinds of jobs in larger cities like Boston or San Francisco, where there is a lot more clinical research going on,” she explained.

UNR Med co-hosts engineering, medical career day for local girls

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Approximately 40 Northern Nevada high school girls were equipped last weekend with power tools, pins, clamps and rods that enabled them to saw through artificial bone during mock surgery sessions while learning the basics of orthopedic surgery and engineering concepts at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

New Renown Health Scholarship supports UNR Med students

• Newsbreak

Nevada continues to face a physician shortage ranking No. 45 in the United States for active physicians per 100,000 population and No. 48 for primary care physicians per 100,000 population according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2019 Nevada Physician Workforce Profile.

Renown launches clinical affiliation to address physician shortage

• Becker’s Hospital Review

Renown Health on Nov. 12 announced a new clinical affiliation with the University of Nevada and the Reno School of Medicine — all based in Reno, Nev. — to address the state's physician shortage.Nevada ranks 45th in the U.S. for active physicians per 100,000 people and 48th for primary care physicians per 100,000 people, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges' 2019 physician workforce profile. Renown's new affiliation aims to develop innovative ways to train and retain the next generation of physicians.

KUNR Today: Fentanyl overdoses rising in Washoe County


The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is seeing a rise in fentanyl-related overdoses. Sheriff Darin Balaam released a statement saying that in the span of just 12 hours on Sunday, his officers responded to two calls related to fentanyl overdoses.

COVID impacting access to other healthcare, Truckee extends short-term rental moratorium


A charity that funds programs to expand access to emergency medical care for people in remote areas says it will make grants to upgrade technology at 10 rural Nevada hospitals. The Helmsley Charitable Trust announced Tuesday that it will provide about $11 million to buy diagnostic and radiology equipment like CT scanners and X-ray devices. Grants will go to facilities in Boulder City, Caliente, Ely, Gardnerville, Henderson, Incline Village, Lovelock, Mesquite, Pahrump and Yerington.

Vaccinating for flu and Covid-19: What Parents Need to Know

• Forbes

The first infection was of the delta variant and the second of a mutant, or sublineage, of the delta variant known as AY.26, the lab’s director, Mark Pandori, told the Review-Journal. More cases of similar reinfections would need to be identified before the implications of this finding become clear. But he predicts that sublineages of the delta variant will play a role in the course of the virus. “And to me, this is going to be how the virus stays in the population until winter, when it’s probably gonna have a lot more of an opportunity to spread,” Pandori said.

Student Outreach Clinic looking for more patients

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Each month, students from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine participate in the Student Outreach Clinic. Here patients can receive free medical care for a chronic or emerging health condition. And there’s an added benefit. “We have medical students who will see you first,” says Samantha Palacios a medical school student in her first year. “And then after that the medical students will talk to a doc, and the doctor will come in and complete care. we have a lot of first year medical students that are bright-eyed and bushy tailed you are helping us learn,” says Palacios.