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Covid outbreak among vaccinated Vegas hospital workers underscores Delta risks

• The Guardian

Mark Pandori, the Nevada state public health laboratory director, has said that one factor in this breakthrough incident might be the Delta variant’s heightened ability to avert immunity. “The viruses that are circulating in July aren’t the viruses that were circulating in February. These are the Olympians now,” Pandori told the Review-Journal. “The ones that are circulating now have a better ability to get around vaccination.”


COVID case cluster hits vaccinated Las Vegas hospital workers

• Las Vegas Review Journal

“Maybe there was something about this particular party that made transmission a far greater affair,” said Pandori, who had no direct knowledge of the cluster. “Were they participating in some kind of activity or behavior that would have fostered transmission?”


As the Delta variant surges in Nevada, the young and unvaccinated bear the brunt

• The Nevada Independent

“The variants that we're facing, which essentially dominate the field now, are your Olympian viruses,” Dr. Mark Pandori, head of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, said in an interview this week. “These are the ones that have competed and competed and competed and are now the most proficient at infecting people.”


Pandori Discusses What We Know About Covid Re-Infections

• NIH Record newsletter

Individuals who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 may still be at risk for re-infection, said Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) and associate professor of pathology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He spoke at a recent Covid-19 Insights Seminar hosted by NHLBI.



People: Jayleen Chen, Ryan Ley join Thrive Wellness in Reno

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Thrive Wellness of Reno recently welcomed two new clinician team members: Jayleen Chen, M.D., as a Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and Ryan Ley, M.D., MBA, as a Psychiatrist.



New daily COVID-19 cases in Nevada highest since February

• Nevada Appeal

"My level of concern is moderate to high, but only for unvaccinated individuals," Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Q & A: Is it safe to consume wine while breastfeeding?

• Wine Spectator

"You do not need to 'pump and dump,' or express and discard, your breastmilk, as the alcohol will leave your milk just as it leaves your bloodstream," Dr. Catherine McCarthy, a family medicine physician at the University of Nevada at Reno School of Medicine, told Wine Spectator. "It is recommended, however, not to have more than two drinks per day on a regular basis, as that may be harmful to your baby, cause weight gain and make you drowsy."


Coronavirus concentrations in sewage near peak level, researchers say

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The lambda variant was first identified in Peru in December and was named last month by the World Health Organization as a variant of interest.Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in an email that his lab found one case of the lambda variant on June 2, but has not seen another since.In the U.S., there have been more than 600 positive tests for the lambda variant in at least 38 states, CDC spokeswoman Jade Fulce said in an email.



Public health lab detects 3 cases of 'delta plus' variant in Nevada

• FOX5 Las Vegas

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratories has detected three cases of a new COVID-19 variant called "delta plus." Lab director Dr. Mark Pandori said on Thursday that the three cases were seen two weeks ago in Clark County. No other cases have been detected since then, he said.

Delta variant cases triple in Nevada, spur new precautions in LA County

• Becker's Hospital Review

In Nevada, the delta variant is now the most widespread strain. New data shows the variant accounts for 46 percent of cases analyzed by the state's public health laboratory over the last two weeks, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Last week, this figure sat at 16 percent. "Its frequency among positive cases in Nevada has tripled," Mark Pandori,PhD, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, told the publication. "The viruses that unvaccinated people are facing right now are the Olympic champions of infecting people."


Governor Sisolak: Work to 'redouble' vaccination efforts as delta variant spreads

• FOX 5 News Las Vegas

The Nevada State Lab cites variants as a cause for the rise -- on June 21, the delta variant encompassed 16% of cases, rising to 46% on June 28. "If you're not vaccinated, or have one dose of the vaccine, the probability of getting infected with SARS-COV2 is going up dramatically," said Dr. Mark Pandori of the Nevada State Lab. "It won't take a major exposure if you're not vaccinated."


Delta variant found in Nevada COVID cases has tripled

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The Delta variant of COVID-19 accounted for nearly half of the Nevada cases analyzed by the state’s public health laboratory in the past two weeks, according to a new report. The variant, first identified in India, made up about 46 percent of the analyzed cases in the latest data. Last week, it made up only about 16 percent. “Its frequency among positive cases in Nevada has tripled,” said Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine. “The viruses that unvaccinated people are facing right now are the Olympic champions of infecting people.”



Hunsberger kindergarten confirmed to have cluster of Delta variant of COVID-19

• Reno Gazette Journal

Washoe County saw its first case of the Delta variant on June 2, according to Dr. Mark Pandori of the Nevada State Lab. The first case in Nevada was seen on April 26. “In Nevada we see, over the last two weeks, the Delta variant is 16.39% of all positives we analyze,” Pandori said. “I’m hearing that nationally, we are seeing it at about 20%.”


Bridging the gap between minorities and our health care system

• KOLO Channel 8 News

The Student Outreach Clinic at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is providing services that are helping to bridge the gap between minorities and our medical systems. The clinics that take place at the Family Medicine Center at the university have been making health services easier for Northern Nevadan’s since the 90′s. They offer free clinics three to four times a month. Dr. Aaron Dieringer, a Physician at UNR said he and his team have identified that family planning services are becoming a major need in our community. “We have been able to offer IUDs as well as vasectomy’s for patients, it’s been pretty well received by the community,” Dr. Dieringer said. “We have a lot of folks who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it, so we are excited to be able to offer that as well.”


Spread of delta coronavirus variant exposes poorly vaccinated regions to renewed danger

• The Washington Post

"It has come out of nowhere," said Mark Pandori, who runs the genomics lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. "It seems to be a very successful variant and is closing in on the number 1 spot." Pandori emphasized that the number of positive cases is very low, as they are in many other parts of the country, and that the small number of breakthrough infections among those who have been vaccinated appears to confirm the immunizations' effectiveness against current variants, including delta.


Nevada health officials warn of delta COVID-19 variant evolving, push for vaccinations

• KSNV News 3 Las Vegas

Here in Nevada, Dr. Mark Pandori, director of Nevada’s State Public Health Lab, said the delta variant has made up about 15% of positive cases in the last month. “I hesitate to say worry, but I say concern is a good word because the way viruses become very, very dangerous is that they evolve,” said Dr. Pandori.


More contagious delta variant expanding in Nevada

• Las Vegas Review Journal

“We are getting so little positive cases to sequence that we are afraid that our sampling has a less probable chance of being a true representation of the population,” said Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine. Delta could dominate. There is some laboratory evidence that vaccines are less effective against the Delta variant, also referred to as B.1.617.2, Pandori said in an email.


Nevada Regents OK landmark UNR Med-Renown Health deal

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The Board of Regents met for two days last week to hash out a host of higher education issues in the wake of a busy legislative session that saw operational budgets slashed even as personnel budgets were spared. The result was a whirlwind of new approved policies, among them finalizing a major partnership deal for the UNR School of Medicine with Reno-area healthcare giant Renown Health.


Regents approve UNR-Renown deal, faculty merit pay policy in marathon two-day meeting

• Carson Now

Roughly 10 months after initial negotiations began on a partnership deal between the UNR Medical School and Reno-area health care giant Renown Health, regents voted 12-1 to approve a landmark agreement that will tie the two parties together for the next 50 years. The final vote Friday came after a months-long process of votes across different bodies, with the deal clearing both Renown’s corporate board and the Legislature. Regents, administrators and Renown executives have hailed the agreement as “transformative,” and a major step in expanding the scope of UNR’s medical programs, teaching programs and clinical research.



Regents approve UNR-Renown deal, faculty merit pay policy in marathon two-day meeting

• Nevada Independent

Roughly 10 months after initial negotiations began on a partnership deal between the UNR Medical School and Reno-area health care giant Renown Health, regents voted 12-1 to approve a landmark agreement that will tie the two parties together for the next 50 years. The final vote Friday came after a months-long process of votes across different bodies, with the deal clearing both Renown’s corporate board and the Legislature. Regents, administrators and Renown executives have hailed the agreement as “transformative,” and a major step in expanding the scope of UNR’s medical programs, teaching programs and clinical research.