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Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Feb. 17-23, 2021

• KUNR

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the existence of the B-1-3-5-1 strain in Washoe County, Thursday, Feb. 18. According to lab director Dr. Mark Pandori, the sample was traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms after arriving in Reno. He saids the new strain underlines the continued need to keep the virus in check. "If we allow variants to come out, and then those variants to variate and change on themselves, we are going to potentially be in a situation where we are facing a whole new foe."


As The Vaccine Rolls Out, New COVID-19 Variants Show Up In Nevada

• KNPR

Dr. Pandori compared that to the UK variant, which doesn't produce more virus, but on a per-virus-particle basis, is more infectious. "There's a quality and a quantity concept," he said, "You can be more infectious because the viruses themselves are more infectious, or you can be more infectious because you're shedding more virus."



Nevada Reports 1st Case of Virus Variant From South Africa

• U.S. News & World Report

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


People: UNR Med's Stephanie McCurry-Tenney elected local NAACP president

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Stephanie McCurry-Tenney, office manager and events coordinator of the Sanford Center for Aging — part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — was recently elected president of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP, effective Feb. 3.


Nevada reports 1st case of virus variant from South Africa

• Elko Daily Free Press

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


Nevada reports 1st case of virus variant from South Africa

• KTVN Channel 2 News

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


COVID-19 South African variant confirmed in Reno, vaccine shipments delayed

• This is Reno

NSPHL Director Mark Pandori said the lab detected the case as part of its daily strain testing and sequencing program. He said sequencing on the sample was performed twice to confirm the variant. The B.1.351 strain was traced back to a person who traveled to South Africa and became symptomatic after arriving back in Reno.


Nevada has first confirmed case of South African COVID-19 variant

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Nevada has its first confirmed case of South African B.1.351 COVID-19 variant, according to state health officials. The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine said the case was found in sample collected in Reno and confirmed as the variant on Wednesday, Feb. 17.


South African B1.351 COVID-19 variant confirmed in Reno for the first time

• Reno Gazette Journal

It’s official: the South African variant of COVID-19 has reached Reno. The arrival of the COVID-19 B1.351 strain was confirmed on Thursday by health officials — the first known case of the virus in Nevada. It is also the latest COVID variant to reach the state, which saw its first case of the U.K. variant in Las Vegas back in January. The variant was detected during routine testing and sequencing, said Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. The specimen was first sequenced on Feb. 13 and confirmed in the lab by Wednesday.


First case of South African COVID variant confirmed in Reno

• KOLO Channel 8 News

The Nevada State Public Health Lab has confirmed the first case of the South African variant of COVID-19 in the area. The new strain was detected in a sample collected in Reno. The NSPHL sequenced the specimen on Saturday, Feb. 13, and through further analyzation of the data that detected the B.1.351 strain, confirmed it as the South African variant on Wednesday, Feb. 17.


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.