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Covid cases among children rise

• KTVN Channel 2 News

Kristina Deeter, M.D., FAAP, clinical associate professor, pediatric critical care medicine discusses the rise in pediatric covid cases with KTVN's Paul Nelson.

Las Vegas doctor gets her own Barbie doll, honored for fight against COVID

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Audrey Cruz, M.D. '15, B.E. '11 (electrical and electronics engineering) is one of six new Barbies modeled after modern real life heroes of the pandemic, as part of Mattel Inc.’s #ThankYouHeroes program. “It’s a huge honor that I never expected,” Cruz told 8 News Now. The program highlights the work of frontline workers during the pandemic.

Elko County rejects governor's mask mandate

• Gerald Ackerman, director of the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine’s Office of Rural Health, said that “the pandemic showed us all that health is local and you need the resources locally.”

Elko Daily Free Press

Barbie debuts one-of-a-kind dolls in likeness of six women who are 'heroes of the pandemic'

• USA Today

Audrey Cruz, M.D. '15, B.E. '11 (electrical and electronics engineering) is one of six new Barbies modeled after "modern real life heroes of the pandemic." "I’m so incredibly honored to be a Barbie Role Model, shining a light on the commitment and compassion all frontline workers exhibited over the past year and a half and every single day," Cruz said in a statement. "Kids imagine they can be anything but actually seeing that they can, and hearing the brave stories of others, makes all the difference."

Barbie creates doll of Las Vegas doctor

• Las Vegas Review Journal

Audrey Cruz, M.D. '15, B.E. '11 (electrical and electronics engineering) is one of six new Barbies modeled after "modern real life heroes of the pandemic."

Planted in honor of brain cancer victim, UNR apple orchard to preserve heirloom varieties

• Reno Gazette Journal

Having grown up in an agricultural community, Jessica Younger Dickens knew the importance of providing food for families. So, when she was diagnosed in 2017 with brain cancer, her wishes were simple – find somewhere on the University of Nevada, Reno campus where food could be grown to feed others. A new memorial apple orchard and separate pollinator garden on campus will do just that. Younger Dickens died in March 2020 at age 39.

Dr. Warren H. Evins Recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in Medicine

• Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Warren H. Evins has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. Dr. Evins was a University of Nevada School of Medicine internal medicine resident in 1979, and served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine with the University of Nevada School of Medicine from 1979 to 1987.

Elko PA Troy Eden delivers commencement to UNR Med PA graduates

• Elko Daily Free Press

An Elko physician assistant spoke to graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Studies Program at their completion ceremony on Wednesday. Troy Eden, PA-C, who practices family and urgent care medicine with Aspen Quick Care in Elko, is also a UNR Med PA Studies Program preceptor.

Thomas L. Schwenk to retire as UNR Med dean

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) announced July 13 that Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk will retire as dean and Vice President of Health Sciences following a decade at the helm, effective Aug. 31.

Sequencing COVID-19: What It Can Tell Us About The Delta Variant In Nevada


The Delta variant of COVID-19 is the most common strain found in Nevada, making up more than 68% of the COVID-19 cases sampled over the last two weeks, according to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with the head of the lab, Dr. Mark Pandori, to learn more about studying the genetics of the virus and what this work can tell us about the Delta variant.

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."