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Q&A with the director of the State Public Health Lab on production of new test kits, private and public labs

• The Nevada Independent

Mark Pandori is the director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab located at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has regularly been talking to The Nevada Independent about the novel coronavirus and the state’s testing efforts, and this week we talked to him once again as Nevada begins to create its own tests and collection kits as the national supply runs dry.


More Patients Turning To Telehealth, But Rural Communities Face Barriers

• KUNR

As the novel coronavirus threatens health care capacity in Nevada, more doctors are turning to telehealth to stem the spread of infection. While virtual visits are recommended, there are challenges to this type of care, especially in rural communities.


New website will help older Nevadans deal with coronavirus

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The Nevada CAN website, for Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network, is “focused on maintaining the quality of life for the 454,221 homebound elders in Nevada,” its homepage reads. The state division worked with the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, as well as Nevada Senior Services and Nevada 2-1-1 to develop the site and its offerings.

Elko Braces For Coronavirus

• KNPR

Shortages of providers, facilities, and equipment helped earn the state a D+ grade in Rural Health Quarterly’s most recent annual report card. Now some of the most remote communities in the nation are bracing for a pandemic for which they might not be prepared.


SNHD expected to receive more COVID-19 test kits

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Nevada is one of several states chosen to fast track testing, meaning it can approve testing without the federal government. Last week, the I-Team interviewed Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, who explained how this testing will help.


Nevada may be a coronavirus melting pot, scientist hypothesizes

• Nevada Current

normally, this sort of analysis would be useful for identifying things like point sources,” says Pandori. “But I’m presently hypothesizing that the virus arrived in the U.S. from multiple locations worldwide. Nevada, therefore, could be a miniature version of that. We’ll see.”


Coronavirus testing shortage in Nevada exacts public health, personal tolls

• Reno Gazette Journal

“If you go and look at the numbers, you are seeing more positives in recent days," said Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. "We could very well be headed towards that steep curve." But who is sick and what that could mean to Nevada's medical system is a guess. “You need to make that transition at some point from strictly testing certain people to starting to look more broadly because this thing is going to spread from cryptic cases you haven’t identified," Pandori said.


Nevada’s COVID-19 cases projected to peak mid-April, 800 possible deaths by mid-May

• This is Reno

Nevada’s Covid-19 cases are projected to peak mid-April. The independent Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), part of the University of Washington, has state-by-state coronavirus projections that include the number of ventilators needed, ICU bed availability and projected deaths from COVID-19.



I-Team: Nevada works to develop, approve COVID-19 testing

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Nevada is one of several states to approve and fast track testing for COVID-19. The I-Team spoke with the director of the Nevada Public Health Lab, one leader who has been part of the planning. Dr. Mark Pandori said we could see developments by the end of the week as the state tries to approve new tests. In the meantime, the public health lab in Reno, which he directs, is busy with testing.



Nevada given permission to develop and conduct own COVID-19 testing

• KRNV Channel 4 News

The Food and Drug Administration has granted Nevada permission to develop, assess and conduct its own COVID-19 testing, according to the Nevada Health Response. Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said the change will allow the state to determine whether products associated with testing are safe and effective for testing.




Nevada gets OK from FDA to drop federal oversight to develop testing

• Reno Gazette Journal

The new flexibility will hopefully expedite the process of finding new ways to test for coronavirus, hopefully expanding the state’s ability to test, Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said in a press release on Tuesday.



FDA: Nevada can now develop, assess and conduct COVID-19 testing on its own

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

“This change in Nevada’s status will allow the State of Nevada, not the FDA, to determine whether products associated with testing are safe and effective for testing. This means that when labs in Nevada do validation studies on products to determine whether they are effective prior to launching testing, they can submit their findings to the state, not the FDA, for approval. This is a much faster process. By the end of next week, we should have data on novel products for testing that should increase testing capacity considerably," said Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the NSPHL.


FDA lets Nevada develop & conduct its own testing for coronavirus

• KSNV News 3 Las Vegas

Federal regulators will allow Nevada to develop and conduct its own testing for the coronavirus disease COVID-19, according to state officials. "This means that when labs in Nevada do validation studies on products to determine whether they are effective prior to launching testing, they can submit their findings to the state, not the FDA, for approval," Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in a statement.



Indy Q&A: State Public Health Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Pandori on how testing for the coronavirus in Nevada is evolving

• The Nevada Independent

Nearly two weeks ago, just as the state began to confirm its first cases, The Nevada Independent sat down with the lab’s director, Dr. Mark Pandori, to discuss what the testing process looked like. Today, the Independent again spoke with Pandori to find out the newest developments including how the state has adapted its testing process, and how the disease’s rapid spread could put pressure on the state’s limited testing infrastructure.


Nev. Coronavirus Test Lab Needs More Supplies To Evaluate Kits

• KUNR

Dr. Mark Pandori, who runs the lab, said he received testing kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 5,000 testing kits are left, but he said that his lab, as well as many others across the country, are running into shortages of the materials needed to run the results.



Diagnosing Rural Nevada's Access To Healthcare

• KNPR

Why are rural clinics around the state continuing to close? And what can be done to stop it? John Packham, associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives at UNR Med joined KNPR's State of Nevada to talk about the struggle to bring health care to rural Nevada.