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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.


Can we agree to keep politics out of local public health? | John Packham

• Reno Gazette Journal

At a recent joint meeting of the Reno and Sparks city councils and the Washoe County Commission, local elected officials discussed the need to reexamine several features of the interlocal agreement that has governed the Washoe County Health District and its board of health for nearly four decades.


5 new cases of UK coronavirus variant found in Clark County

• Las Vegas Review Journal

As of Tuesday, the Reno lab had conducted 832 genetic sequences on positive tests since mid-December, said Mark Pandori, director of the lab at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. The lab has found no cases of the U.K. strain outside of Clark County, or of other newly identified strains first detected in Brazil and Southern Africa. This leads Pandori to believe that none is widespread in Nevada, though any could be present.


Medical Community In Rural Elko Credits Teamwork In COVID Fight

• KNPR

The medical community in remote Elko County — about 400 miles north of Las Vegas — pulled together by necessity during the pandemic. UNR medical residents staffed hotline phone banks during the shutdowns in early 2020, said Gerald Ackerman, assistant dean for rural programs at UNR's medical school. The residents are part of the Elko Family Medicine Residency Program, where medical students train by seeing primary-care patients at a Nevada Health Centers-run clinic in Elko.


Statewide Survey Conducted on COVID-19 Vaccine

• Nevada Business Magazine

According to a recent survey, 65 percent of Nevadans, and 77 percent of healthcare workers will likely get the vaccine when it becomes available to them. In addition, 83 percent of healthcare workers said they would recommend the vaccine to their patients. The survey was conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in partnership with the School of Community Health Sciences, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Can the US Keep Covid Variants in Check? Here’s What It Takes

• Physician's Weekly

Vast swaths of America’s privatized and decentralized system of health care aren’t set up to send samples to public health or academic labs. “I’m more concerned about the systems to detect variants than I am these particular variants,” said Mark Pandori, director of Nevada’s public health laboratory and an associate professor at the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine.


This Is How Many Cases of the New Strain Are in Your State

• MSN

Nevada has detected one case of the U.K. variant so far. According to a statement from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory on Jan. 25, director Mark Pandori, PhD, said the strain was found from a symptomatic woman in her 30s, with an address in Las Vegas. "It is copying itself a lot right now, which can lead to mutating," Pandori explained. "The more a virus spreads in a community, the more opportunities it has to make mistakes when it copies itself. This leads to what we see here and it's a very natural part of viral evolution."


Here's what it will take the U.S. to outflank emerging Covid variants

• MSN NBC News

Vast swaths of America's privatized and decentralized system of health care aren't set up to send samples to public health or academic labs. "I'm more concerned about the systems to detect variants than I am these particular variants," said the director of Nevada's public health laboratory, Mark Pandori, an associate professor at the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine.



Nevada Reports 1st Case of More Contagious COVID-19 Variant

• U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Mark Pandori, the director of the lab at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said the variant was discovered after genomic sequencing late last week of a specimen from in a symptomatic woman in her 30s in Las Vegas.




Dr. Tim Baker discusses medical student training for COVID-19 vaccine administration

• KTVN Channel 2 News

As thousands of people patiently add their name to wait lists for the vaccine, and with new doses arriving at the health district on a weekly basis, medical students are getting ready to help. Dr. Tim Baker discusses how medical students are getting trained to volunteer assistance with COVID-19 vaccination efforts, if and when needed.


Study: 35% of Nevada residents unlikely to get virus vaccine

• Tahoe Daily Tribune

A new study found about one-third of Nevada residents currently are unlikely to get vaccinated for COVID-19 but their explanations of their reasoning suggests it’s possible to persuade many to change their minds, one of the lead researchers said.



Study: 35% of Nevada residents unlikely to get virus vaccine

• Nevada Appeal

A new study found about one-third of Nevada residents currently are unlikely to get vaccinated for COVID-19 but their explanations of their reasoning suggests it’s possible to persuade many to change their minds, one of the lead researchers said.


Waiting for the virus variant

• Reno News & Review

“(That) means that people need to continue with the measures of mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing that we know work,” said Dr. Mark Riddle, professor and associate dean of clinical research at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine. “While we don’t know exactly how the new variant renders the infection more contagious, such personal protective measures provide broad protective ability and thus need to be continually employed in our communities.”




Study: 35% of Nevada Residents Unlikely to Get Virus Vaccine

• U.S. News & World Report

A new study found about one-third of Nevada residents currently are unlikely to get vaccinated for COVID-19 but their explanations of their reasoning suggests it’s possible to persuade many to change their minds, one of the lead researchers said.