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Is Nevada's leading COVID-19 expert hopeful about ending the pandemic? Maybe

• Reno Gazette Journal

Pandori, who leads the Nevada State Laboratory on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, is almost as new to Nevada as the virus. He jumped into the role in November 2019 and today, over a year later, is brutally skeptical about the future — and the eradication of COVID-19. “This pandemic isn’t going to one day just disappear,” he said, despite the miraculous speed of two vaccines and the hope they control the spread. Pandori is part mad scientist, in the best sense of the description. What he says is often gospel to the likes of Gov. Steve Sisolak and Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick.


A Year In The Pandemic: KUNR Special Coverage

• KUNR

This week marks a year since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was announced in Nevada. Since then, Nevadans have endured the upheaval the pandemic has caused in their lives. isten to “A Year In The Pandemic,” a one-hour special hosted by KUNR's Anh Gray and Lucia Starbuck. This KUNR special first aired on Wednesday, March 3. Dr. Mark Pandori, director, Nevada State Public Health Laboratory can be heard from minutes 38 - 41 in the segment.


California coronavirus variant among those spreading in Nevada

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The director of Nevada’s public health lab isn’t too worried yet about a new pair of coronavirus variants first detected in California, despite one researcher there stating that “the devil is here” following the discovery.


A rural remedy to health care access

• High Country News

Project ECHO specialists in Reno, Nevada, for example, helped mental health professionals diagnose behavioral health conditions and treat patients with schizophrenia across the state. “(It’s) really about identifying those people early on and getting them to these services quickly,” Troy Jorgensen, program manager of Project ECHO Nevada, told me.


Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Feb. 17-23, 2021

• KUNR

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the existence of the B-1-3-5-1 strain in Washoe County, Thursday, Feb. 18. According to lab director Dr. Mark Pandori, the sample was traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms after arriving in Reno. He saids the new strain underlines the continued need to keep the virus in check. "If we allow variants to come out, and then those variants to variate and change on themselves, we are going to potentially be in a situation where we are facing a whole new foe."


As The Vaccine Rolls Out, New COVID-19 Variants Show Up In Nevada

• KNPR

Dr. Pandori compared that to the UK variant, which doesn't produce more virus, but on a per-virus-particle basis, is more infectious. "There's a quality and a quantity concept," he said, "You can be more infectious because the viruses themselves are more infectious, or you can be more infectious because you're shedding more virus."



Nevada Reports 1st Case of Virus Variant From South Africa

• U.S. News & World Report

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


People: UNR Med's Stephanie McCurry-Tenney elected local NAACP president

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Stephanie McCurry-Tenney, office manager and events coordinator of the Sanford Center for Aging — part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — was recently elected president of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP, effective Feb. 3.


Nevada reports 1st case of virus variant from South Africa

• Elko Daily Free Press

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


Nevada reports 1st case of virus variant from South Africa

• KTVN Channel 2 News

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


COVID-19 South African variant confirmed in Reno, vaccine shipments delayed

• This is Reno

NSPHL Director Mark Pandori said the lab detected the case as part of its daily strain testing and sequencing program. He said sequencing on the sample was performed twice to confirm the variant. The B.1.351 strain was traced back to a person who traveled to South Africa and became symptomatic after arriving back in Reno.


Nevada has first confirmed case of South African COVID-19 variant

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Nevada has its first confirmed case of South African B.1.351 COVID-19 variant, according to state health officials. The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine said the case was found in sample collected in Reno and confirmed as the variant on Wednesday, Feb. 17.


South African B1.351 COVID-19 variant confirmed in Reno for the first time

• Reno Gazette Journal

It’s official: the South African variant of COVID-19 has reached Reno. The arrival of the COVID-19 B1.351 strain was confirmed on Thursday by health officials — the first known case of the virus in Nevada. It is also the latest COVID variant to reach the state, which saw its first case of the U.K. variant in Las Vegas back in January. The variant was detected during routine testing and sequencing, said Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. The specimen was first sequenced on Feb. 13 and confirmed in the lab by Wednesday.


First case of South African COVID variant confirmed in Reno

• KOLO Channel 8 News

The Nevada State Public Health Lab has confirmed the first case of the South African variant of COVID-19 in the area. The new strain was detected in a sample collected in Reno. The NSPHL sequenced the specimen on Saturday, Feb. 13, and through further analyzation of the data that detected the B.1.351 strain, confirmed it as the South African variant on Wednesday, Feb. 17.


Stop the mutation: How social distancing, mask wearing keeps coronavirus variants at bay

• KVVU-TV Fox 5 Las Vegas

Dr. Mark Pandori of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory explained that the more the virus spreads, the more mutations will develop. "That's yet another reason we need to do all these things: to keep people healthy, but keep 'this' from becoming 'something else,'" Pandori said. "That variation is what leads a virus from becoming a bad situation to a worse situation. If we let this thing creep around ever more, we're going to see more variation," Pandori said.




The Discovery Welcomes New Board Members

• Nevada Business Magazine

The board will also welcome Seema Donahoe, creative director at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Allison Williams, APR, specialist, communications writer at the University of Nevada Reno as new members.



Forming an integrated health system in Northern Nevada | Thomas L. Schwenk

• Reno Gazette Journal

Integrated academic health systems bring together three complimentary initiatives — patient care, research and medical education — and meld them into a single mission, each enhancing the others synergistically. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health are actively exploring the creation of such a health system.