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Medical student moms face challenge of pandemic parenthood

• American Medical Association (AMA)

Natasha McGlaun, a second-year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, is in her dedicated study window. During that time frame, medical schools give students a number of weeks to prepare for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensure Examinations—and that process is also surrounded by uncertainty.

Testing Nevada: Health experts develop state's weapon in coronavirus battle

• 3 News Las Vegas

Federal re-opening guidelines from the Coronavirus Task Force emphasize states must have a robust testing program in order to re-open their economies. Mark Pandori, director of Nevada’s State Public Health Lab, says the Silver State is finally on track to do just that.

Nevada Guard, strike teams, new sites to boost state COVID-19 testing

• Las Vegas Review Journal

Lab capacity across the state already has been increased to accommodate more testing. The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno, which can process about 500 tests per day, has operated at capacity only three of the past seven days, its director, Mark Pandori, said on Tuesday. By the end of the week, its capacity is expected to double.

UNR Med Scientists Help To Manufacture COVID-19 Testing Supplies


Dr. David Aucoin, associate professor and chair of the department of microbiology and immunology at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine discusses UNR Med's involvement with helping to increase the state's Covid-19 testing capacity.

Preceptors Needed in UNR Med's Student Outreach Clinics

• Nevada Family Physician - The official publication of the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians

Gisele Braga, MS2, community relations officer, UNR Med Student Outreach Clinic, shares an overview about the SOC's and the need for additional preceptors.

More Testing Needed For The Gradual Reopening Of Nevada


The governor held another press conference last week. Dr. Mark Pandori who heads up the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory spoke at the event. He said that testing can help determine if the number of COVID-19 cases is declining, or in other words, whether that curve is flattening.

ADVENTUROUS EATERS UNITE! Raising little foodies with big palates.

• edible Reno-Tahoe

Dr. Jose Cucalon, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and general pediatrician at Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno, urges parents to be mindful of what an adventurous eater actually is. “An adventurous eater is somebody who will try different dishes, will try different spices, and takes advantage of all the micronutrients that come with a varied diet,” Cucalon explains. “It is normal to have certain preferences, but people should be open to trying everything — especially when it comes to vegetables and fruits.”

Abbott machines to provide expanded testing in state

• Pahrump Valley Times

Gov. Steve Sisolak, joined by Nevada State Public Health Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Pandori, on Thursday delivered an update on the status of the state’s testing capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ability to increase or develop capacity to perform widescale testing has been a national issue since the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis, but I’m proud of the advances Nevada has made,” Sisolak said. “Dr. Pandori and leaders across the state have developed innovative solutions and continue to aggressively lead this effort.”

COVID-19: Helping health care workers on front lines

• The Hospitalist

Across the country, psychiatrists are stepping up to provide urgent care to fellow health care workers in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. They’re offering stress management strategies, spearheading unusual partnerships, and discovering that psychotherapy and medication might not be their most helpful tools to help their colleagues at this time.

Nevada Makes Own COVID-19 Test Kits

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Supplies for COVID-19 specimen collection kits are hard to come by. KOLO's Terri Russel shows how UNR Med is taking matters into its own hands to increase supplies.

Nevada State Public Health Lab to start limited antibody testing in coming weeks

• KRNV Channel 4 News

The NSPHL anticipates testing to be limited in the first two weeks after unveiling the test, with availability increasing gradually in following weeks and will use its initial tests to first evaluate or “validate” the accuracy of the test, prior to any medical or public health use of the tests.

Sisolak says when Nevada re-opens, it won’t be ‘a light switch’

• Nevada Appeal

Dr. Mark Pandori, head of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at University of Nevada, Reno, said his crew is working to dramatically expand testing for the virus because, he said, “Testing might be the most important weapon we’ve got.”

Coronavirus antibody testing coming to Washoe County

• KRNV Channel 4 News

Dr. David Aucoin from the University of Nevada Reno’s School of Medicine answers questions about what could be a promising weapon in the fight against coronavirus.

Antibodies test coming to Northern Nevada soon

• Reno Gazette Journal

There soon may be a way in northern Nevada to see if people previously had the coronavirus, according to the director of the Nevada State Health Laboratory, Mark Pandori.

Medical Students Volunteer To Support Health Care Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

• NPR Here & Now

In mid-March, many medical students were moved off their clinical rotations due to the coronavirus pandemic. But some are using their medical knowledge to volunteer with health care workers, taking nasal swabs at COVID-19 testing sites and answering phones at screening hotlines.

Nevada CAN Helping Seniors During Crisis

• Aging & Awesome

Aging and Awesome discuesses the COVID-19 Aging Network, or Nevada CAN, which is focused on maintaining the quality of life for the 454,221 homebound elders in Nevada.

COVID-19 hotline serves five rural Nevada counties

• Elko Daily Free Press

Despite the fears of spreading the virus, rural Nevadans are able to still receive one-on-one care and a possible diagnosis of COVID-19 thanks to a dedicated hotline initiated in Elko County that currently serves five counties.

Director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab talks rapid testing, lab preparedness and more

• The Nevada Independent

With the deployment of Point of Care Machines and an expansion of recent efforts to manufacture collection kits to use in testing for COVID-19, The Nevada Independent once again talked with the director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, Dr. Mark Pandori, to learn where the state is with its various testing efforts.