Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update – 9.24.21

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance recommending booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for people who are at higher risk for COVID-19. At this time, booster doses are only available to people who received the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC is recommending the following groups receive booster doses at least six months after they have completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

The process to begin offering vaccines to expanded groups takes multiple steps. Booster doses at the Southern Nevada Health District will be available to the newly recommended groups when these steps are complete. Once the vaccine is available to the expanded groups, the Health District will make an announcement and the information will be available on its website at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. The Health District’s vaccine website has been updated to include a feature that allows people to sort clinic listings by ZIP code.

The Health District continues to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated to slow the spread of the virus and stop the pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting people against severe illness, hospitalization and death, including disease caused by Delta and other variants circulating in Clark County.

Third Doses

Third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine continue to be available for people who are immunocompromised and have completed the two-dose series of the vaccines. For people in this group, third doses of the vaccine can be administered 28 days after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Additional doses of the vaccine for the immunocompromised are not available for people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC do not yet have enough data to make the same recommendations.

Vaccine Update

As of September 24, more than 74 percent of people 18 years of age and older in Clark County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 69.9 percent of people eligible (people ages 12 and over) have also received at least one dose of the vaccine. Additionally, more than 62 percent of adults in Clark County are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Clark County is 2,469,068. Additional vaccination information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

COVID-19 after Vaccination

As of September 23, the Health District has received reports of 9,729 fully vaccinated individuals testing positive for COVID-19. This represents 90 cases out of every 10,000 fully vaccinated people. The Health District is reporting a total of 146 deaths that have occurred in fully vaccinated Clark County residents. This represents 1 death out of every 10,000 fully vaccinated people. By comparison, the case rate is 50 deaths per 10,000 unvaccinated people.

No vaccine is 100 percent effective, and breakthrough infections among vaccinated people are expected. Because vaccines are not 100 percent effective, as the number of people who are fully vaccinated goes up, the number of breakthrough cases will also increase.

The Health District’s weekly report regarding COVID-19 infections after vaccination includes additional information, including trends. The complete report is available at www.snhd.info/covid-breakthrough.

Variants

Variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are tracked by the Health District, throughout the United States and globally by public health organizations. The virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the best way to reduce the spread and slow the emergence of new variants is to get vaccinated. More information about variants, including classifications and definitions is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/index.html.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the CDC continues to learn about variants. Recently, the CDC reclassified how it reports variants as follows: Variants Being Monitored (VBM), which may include variants previously designated as Variants of Interest (VOI) or Variants of Concern (VOC), and Variants of High Consequence (VOHC).

As of September 23, the Health District is reporting the following variants being monitored (VBM) in Clark County:

 

Variant Being Monitoring Count Percent
Alpha

940

59.8

Beta

9

0.6

Epsilon

228

14.5

Gamma

229

14.6

Eta

0

0.0

Iota

72

4.6

Kappa

0

0.0

Lambda

5

0.3

Mu

90

5.7

Total

1573

100.0

As of September 23, the Health District is reporting the following variant of concern (VOC)  in Clark County:

Variant of Concern Count Percent
Delta

5426

98.0

Delta Plus

109

2.0

Total

5535

100.0

 

In the past 30 days, the Health District identified the following variants in Clark County:

 

Variant Count Percent
Alpha

0

0.0

Beta

0

0.0

Delta

571

99.5

Delta Plus

3

0.5

Epsilon

0

0.0

Gamma

0

0.0

Total

574

100.0

 

Clinic Locations

Testing and vaccine clinic location is updated regularly and available on the Health District’s COVID-19 website. A COVID-19 testing calendar with locations is available at www.snhd.info/covid-testing. More information about community vaccination site locations can be found at NVCOVIDFighter.org. The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible.

2,314 New Jobs Coming to Greater Las Vegas With Help From LVGEA

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Record-breaking 13 Companies Approved for State Incentives to Relocate or Expand in Region

With approval by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board of directors, 13 companies will relocate or expand in Southern Nevada with the assistance of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Together, they mark the greatest number of LVGEA-assisted companies approved at a single GOED Board meeting.

“I would like to welcome these great companies to Nevada who are making a major investment in our economy,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “As we look to reskill workers whose jobs were displaced during the pandemic, these companies are creating skilled jobs with competitive wages.”

The 13 companies are projected to bring a total of 2,314 high-quality jobs to Southern Nevadans over the next five years at an average hourly wage of $33.36. Many of these jobs align with Southern Nevada‘s newly identified target industries, including technology, manufacturing and logistics, which are critical for the region’s economic growth and diversification.

“We are thrilled to see these companies invest in Southern Nevada and create jobs for our residents,” said LVGEA President and CEO Jonas Peterson. “The recovery we are experiencing now is a result of a shared regional economic development strategy, improving market conditions, and a resilient community.”

“Our focus throughout the pandemic has been very focused on the 50,000 jobs that may not return to the hospitality and leisure sectors of Nevada’s economy,” said Michael Brown, GOED Executive Director. “In addition to creating new jobs, I am confident that these companies will create opportunities for re-skilling workers.”

Accurate Manufactured Products Group – 28 jobs, $27.72 average wage

Accurate Manufactured Products Group is a U.S manufacturer of hard-to-find, custom, and architectural fasteners. The company is looking to establish a distribution facility in the City of Henderson. The company was approved for the creation of 22 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 28 jobs within five years of operation.

“Headquartered in Indianapolis, the heart of the Midwest, we are excited to bring our Midwest charm as a family-owned-and-operated company since 1987 to the business-friendly Las Vegas,” said the company’s founder Matt Goldberg. “Domestic manufacturing is more important than ever, and over the next few years there will be a lot more products and processes onshore to be made here in America. Having a facility in Nevada allows us to get products to our west coast distributors faster, in a world where speed is becoming the defining characteristic.”

Applied Manufacturing, LLC – 174 jobs, $24.45 average wage

Applied Medical designs, develops, and manufactures medical devices. Applied Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Applied Medical, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in the City of North Las Vegas. This company was approved for the creation of 54 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 174 jobs within five years of operation.

“We are excited to become a part of the City of North Las Vegas community. Thank you to the LVGEA for their assistance in making this expansion possible,” said Tom Wachli, president of Applied Manufacturing. “We look forward to bringing our unique business model, collaborative and team-based culture, and opportunities for rewarding careers to one of Nevada’s fastest growing cities.”

Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. — 222 jobs, $32.53 average wage

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball will establish a new facility in the City of North Las Vegas. This company was approved for the creation of 178 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 222 new jobs within five years of operation.

CAE – 87 jobs, $57.58 average wage

CAE is a high-technology company and aviation training partner of aviation professionals, airlines, business aviation operators, aircraft manufacturers, and the defense industry. The company will establish an aviation training center in Southern Nevada. CAE was approved for the creation of 78 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 87 jobs within five years of operation.

Crown Holdings, Inc. – 126 jobs

Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading global supplier of rigid packaging products to consumer marketing companies, as well as transit and protective packaging products, equipment and services to a broad range of end markets. World headquarters are located in Yardley, Pennsylvania. The company will establish a new aluminum beverage can manufacturing facility in the City of Mesquite. This company was approved for the creation of 126 jobs in the first two years of operation.

“We are excited to join the Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center with a new 355,000 square foot, state-of-the-art beverage can manufacturing facility, creating 126 new jobs,” said Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are thankful for the LVGEA’s time and resources throughout the selection process and look forward to becoming an integral part of the community in Mesquite, Nevada.”

Flowers Baking Company of Henderson, LLC – 88 jobs, $25.44 average wage

Flowers Baking Company is a food manufacturing company that produces sliced bread and buns. The company will expand its current operations in the City of Henderson. This company was approved for the creation of 66 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 88 jobs within five years of operation.

Haddington Dynamics II, LLC – 363 jobs, $67.62 average wage

Haddington Dynamics is an advanced research and development company in the field of robotics and automation. The company will expand its current operations in Clark County. This company was approved for the creation of 99 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 363 jobs within five years of operation.

Motional AD Inc. – 203 jobs, $35.92 average wage

Motional is an autonomous vehicle company committed to making self-driving cars safe, reliable, and accessible. The company will expand its current Southern Nevada operations. This company was approved for the creation of 111 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 203 jobs within five years.

“Motional has had a presence in Las Vegas for over four years, during which we’ve helped establish the region as a hub for future mobility innovation,” said Abe Ghabra, Vice President of Global Operations, Motional. “Las Vegas is home to our public robotaxi service, a fleet that has safely introduced hundreds of thousands of consumers to driverless technology, and is also critical to our testing and research operations. We’re excited to continue to invest in our Las Vegas operations through the expansion of our closed course testing facility and extensive hiring. We thank the LVGEA for their support and continued dedication to the region’s thriving technology community.”

NeuroVu Studios – 33 jobs, $33.20 average wage

NeuroVu is an innovative film and video production company. The company will establish the first of its kind extended reality studio in Las Vegas. The company was approved for the creation of 20 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential of 33 jobs within five years of operation.

“After careful evaluation of the film, TV and advertising industry magnet cities of New York City and Los Angeles, the attractive and established film and TV incentives offered by Atlanta, and the emerging production cities of Phoenix, Park City, and Chicago, we believe that Las Vegas offers an exciting, established ecosystem for us to grow,” said Jason Soto, NeuroVu Vice President of Strategy and Growth. “NeuroVu is committed to the continued growth and diversification of the Las Vegas Market. The area has access to a rich workforce of creative and technical employees. Nevada’s commitment to training programs will provide us with excellent recruitment opportunities. We fully intend to build up and expand a technically skilled workforce. In Las Vegas, R&D and commercialization partnerships with UNLV and other key local partners will empower quick and significant growth.”

Nuro, Inc. – 370 jobs, $28.24 average wage

Nuro produces self-driving vehicles made for delivering local goods. The company will establish an autonomous vehicle testing site and end-of-line manufacturing facility in Las Vegas. This company was approved for the creation of 250 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 370 jobs within five years of operation.

“This is a significant step for Nuro as we are now able to invest in the infrastructure to build tens of thousands of robots,” said Jianjun Zhu, Nuro co-founder and CEO. “We greatly appreciate the guidance from the LVGEA and for providing their time and resources to us throughout the process.”

T-Mobile USA, Inc. – more than 100 jobs, $25.50 average wage

T-Mobile is a communications services company. The company is considering a relocation and expansion of its T-Mobile Customer Experience Center and existing team in Las Vegas, to bring its innovative and industry-leading Team of Experts (TEX) model to even more customers. This company plans to create more than 100 jobs within five years of operation.

“T-Mobile is thrilled for the opportunity to expand our operations in Southern Nevada and connect in with the amazing talent this region has to offer to extend our one-of-a-kind personalized, team-based approach to serve even more customers in this area – and beyond,” said T-Mobile Executive Vice President of Customer Care Callie Field. “We are excited for what’s to come for the Un-carrier!”

Wells Enterprises, Inc. – 87 jobs, $22.82 average wage

Wells Enterprises is an ice cream and frozen desserts manufacturing company. The company will expand its current Southern Nevada operations in the City of Henderson. This company was approved for the creation 87 jobs in the first two years of operation.

A Logistics Company – 414 jobs, $26.43 average wage

A logistics company will establish a full line distribution center in the City of North Las Vegas. This company was approved for the creation of 207 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 414 jobs within five years of operation.

Summerlin Hospital Offers Cash-Price Screening Mammograms Weekdays in October

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Screening mammograms and early detection can give women a fighting chance against breast cancer. Summerlin Hospital is offering cash-price annual screening mammograms during weekdays during October. Insurance will not be billed.

The cost is $90 for a 2D screening mammogram and $150 for a 3D screening mammogram, and includes the mammogram and the reading by the radiologist.

To schedule an appointment, call 702-233-7337, option 1, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

A physician’s order is not required; self-referrals are accepted.

Criteria for self-referral includes screening mammography only, ages 40 and older, no implants, and no history of breast problems.

This is a screening only, and the radiologist may not have time to review images before the patient leaves. Results will be mailed to the primary care physician or, at Summerlin Hospital, to Souzan El-Eid, MD, medical director of the Breast Care Center.

The special price offer must be paid in full at time of service. Offer applies toward screening mammograms and is not valid for patients with breast implants or pre-existing conditions.

AHEC Scholar Program Applications Now Open

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The Nevada Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program is for undergraduate and graduate level clinical and nonclinical health profession students who wish to complement their education by further developing their leadership knowledge and experience in rural or underserved urban settings.

AHEC Scholars participate in clinical and non-clinical, didactic and community-based activities and projects with a focus on leadership development. The Nevada AHEC Scholars program is a two-year commitment is for heath profession students wishing to enhance their education by gaining additional leadership knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

Key program opportunities will include:

  • Leadership education
  • Behavioral health integration
  • Practice transformation
  • Social determinants of health
  • Online coursework
  • Cultural Competency
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Current and emerging health issues
  • Practical capstone project

Learn more about the scholarship by downloading the Nevada AHEC Brochure, and you can begin your application, by clicking here.

NOTE: While there is no set deadline to apply, the Nevada AHEC Scholars program includes a competitive application process, so we encourage students to submit online applications the first few weeks of the fall or spring semester. We establish cohorts of Nevada AHEC Scholars to have the opportunity to learn and engage with each other throughout their time in the program through educational opportunities and social events.

WGU Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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WGU’s founding mission (25 years ago) of providing access to higher education and the necessary workforce skills to underserved communities is more relevant than ever today. The University is pleased to share that last year 71% of WGU-Nevada students identified as members of one or more under-represented groups.

Hispanic Heritage Month provides a great opportunity to celebrate Latinx students, alumni and staff. WGU are especially proud that the inclusion of WGU-Nevada Latinx students and graduates has grown substantially and currently represents 15% and 16% of total current enrollments and alumni, respectively, throughout the state. In fact, the success rate among this important group has continued to expand, as word has reached more hard-working adults who can benefit from WGU’s innovative higher model. WGU-NV’s Latinx alumni base has more than doubled (+119%) over the past two years, and Latinx student enrollments have increased at twice the rate as total Nevada enrollments.

Reflecting WGU’s increased outreach efforts to the important Latinx segment of our population, the University is sharing recent articles of interest:

Additionally, WGU’s We Won’t Rest Initiative helps remove barriers that might otherwise keep people — especially those from historically underserved populations — from accessing higher education, such as job loss, changes in childcare and schooling, health concerns, and overall uncertainty from the pandemic. Other financial assistance such as WGU’s Online Access Scholarship provides access to resources to close this gap. The scholarship covers the cost of installing and accessing the internet as well as providing students with a refurbished laptop and webcam. WGU also provides students with financial aid assistance, program mentors, orientation and monitoring and tracking of academic progress.

Helping Older Nevada Adults Reduce Risk for Falls During Prevention Month

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Each year, millions of older adults experience falls and fall-related injuries. According to the 2021 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, Nevada ranked 17th in a state-to-state comparison with 26 percent of adults, age 65 and older, reporting a fall in the past 12 months.

September is National Falls Prevention Month and UnitedHealthcare wants to take this opportunity to educate older adults about the dangers falls pose to quality of life and independence and share tips to reduce risk factors. Falls can present a more significant health threat than many may realize, but by understanding risk factors and how to reduce them, older adults can empower themselves to live healthier lives.

To help older Nevadans, UnitedHealthcare’s Dr. Tia Hooper shares the following insights to help reduce risks:

By Dr. Tia Hooper, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement of Florida

As we age, we begin to learn – sometimes firsthand – how devastating a fall can be. It isn’t quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.

September is National Falls Prevention Month, a great time for older adults to learn about the dangers falls pose to quality of life and independence and tips to reduce risks factors.

Each year millions of older adults experience falls and fall-related injuries. Nevada is ranked 17th in a state-to-state comparison with 26 percent of adults age 65+ reporting a fall in the past 12 months, according to new local data from the 2021 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

About one in four people in the United States over age 65 reports falling each year. Among older adults, 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury, including 90% of hip fractures and 51% of traumatic brain injuries.

Contributing factors for falls include poor balance, poor vision, certain medications, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, osteoporosis, physical disabilities and general frailty.

Being aware of the risk factors and following these tips can reduce your chances of serious injury, and help you maintain and improve the quality of your health and remain independent.

  • Medications: Any time you get a new prescription, ask your pharmacist or doctor about side effects like dizziness or drowsiness that can affect
  • Review Your Health Benefits: As we approach the Medicare annual enrollment period in October, older adults should consider whether their current plan includes programs that can help reduce the chances of a Many Medicare Advantage plans, for example, include benefits that Original Medicare does not cover that can help reduce the risk of falls like vision and hearing benefits; gym memberships; and disease management programs.
  • Stay Active – Do exercises that can strengthen your legs and improve Many Medicare plans offers

benefits to help seniors stay active like UnitedHealthcare’s fitness program RenewActive®, which includes access to balance classes.*

  • Talk to Your Provider: A health care provider can help assess and reduce your fall risk. Medicare-eligible individuals can access care through an Annual Wellness Visit, which is free to anyone on Medicare. UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members can take advantage of the HouseCalls program, which brings an annual health assessment to the convenience and privacy of home, at no additional **
  • Footwear – Make sure your shoes fit, have good traction, and are See a doctor if you are experiencing foot pain.
  • Check Your Home – Most falls happen at Remove clutter, fix steps that are uneven and make sure there is adequate lighting. Install grab bars and handrails in the bathroom and on stairways. Use a cane, walker, crutches or other support if needed.

Falls can present a more significant health threat than many may realize, but by understanding risk factors and how to reduce them, older adults can empower themselves to live healthier lives.

* Renew Active® includes a standard fitness membership. The information provided through Renew Active is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Consult your doctor prior to beginning an exercise program or making changes to your lifestyle or health care routine. The Renew Active program varies by plan/area.

** HouseCalls may not be available in all areas. Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliated companies. For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans: A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in these plans depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare.

Health Plan of Nevada’s Tips for Improving Heart Health

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Wednesday, September 29, is World Heart Day and in honor of the hardest working muscle in the human body, Health Plan of Nevada wants to provide Nevadans with tips to keep their hearts healthy and strong.

  • Laugh Often – Laughing is good for the heart! It reduces stress and has been shown to boost the immune system, so laugh hard and often.
  • Exercise Regularly – Exercising regularly is an important part of leading a healthier and happier life. The amount of recommended exercise varies for each person depending on their age/current health, but no matter the form of physical activity you take part in, the health benefits for your heart are immense.
  • Eat Healthier – Limit saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, sweets, and sugary beverages. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, and nuts. These foods can help control your weight and cholesterol.
  • Manage Your Stress – The most common types of stress that can impact the heart include workplace stress, financial stress, caregiver stress, and disaster-related stress. Sleep, exercise, and meditative breathing can all help ease stress.
  • Limit Alcohol – Excessive drinking may lead to increased heart health risks. The American Heart Association recommends drinking in moderation, this means no more than one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
  • Get Annual Wellness Checks – A yearly wellness exam is an easy way to stay on top of your heart health as proper preventative screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes can be conducted during these exams.
  • Prioritize Sleep – Poor sleep can be linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, which may cause heart disease. The American Heart Association found most people need six to eight hours of sleep each night.

About Health Plan of Nevada
Health Plan of Nevada is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In Nevada, Health Plan of Nevada offers health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Plan of Nevada is part of UnitedHealthcare, one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit Health Plan of Nevada www.HealthPlanofNevada.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Western Governors University Receives $4.9 Million Grant to Help Close Educational Gaps for Underserved Populations

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Western Governors University (WGU) and WGU Advancement—the university’s fundraising arm—announced today that the university will carry out five projects aimed at closing existing equity gaps in postsecondary education. The R&D for Growth & Equity grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is designed to help close the access and attainment gap for Black, Latinx and Indigenous learners across the country.

The grant allows WGU to better understand the unique journeys that Black, Latinx, and Indigenous learners experience through their interactions with faculty, curriculum, technology, processes, and systems while enrolled at WGU. The initiatives will also produce equity-centered research and development designed to benefit the field at a national scale.

“We’re grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support of WGU’s commitment to identifying and dismantling equity barriers in higher education,” said Annalisa Holcombe, President of WGU Advancement. “Their belief in our work not only allows WGU to overcome our own internal gaps, but also to share our learnings with other institutions so the entire post-secondary system can become more equitable.”

WGU has outlined five distinct focus projects as part of the initiative:

  1. Identifying moments of impact during the student journey
  2. Understanding learner profiles for greater graduate success
  3. Increasing awareness of varying student engagement levels
  4. Identifying impact of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund on students
  5. Researching friction areas throughout student lifecycle

“We know a student’s chances of success are greatly increased when there’s a comprehensive suite of support services in place,” said Marni Baker Stein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at WGU. “From the day they enroll until the day they graduate, WGU students benefit from our personalized, one-on-one approach to support services. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s generous grant, we can strengthen and enhance these programs to ensure students have the tools they need to be successful now and after graduation.”

About WGU Advancement 
WGU Advancement is a nonprofit fundraising foundation created by Western Governors University to expand access to and accelerate innovation in education. A 501(c)(3) organization, Advancement’s focus is on complementing and enhancing the WGU vision to reinvigorate the promise of higher education. In addition to scholarships and other initiatives aimed at increasing access, Advancement raises funds to support development of innovative programs, research, and technologies that will improve educational quality and student outcomes. Learn more at wgu.edu/advancement.

New Intermountain Study Shows Benefits of Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

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New Intermountain Study Finds COVID Treatment Highly Effective in Preventing Hospitalizations, Severe Illness, and Death in Patients with Virus

In a new study, researchers from Intermountain Healthcare have found that treating high-risk COVID-19 patients with a monoclonal antibody treatment reduced severe illness and hospitalizations by more than 50 percent and saved many patients from dying due to complications from the virus. The key to effectively reducing severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths, is that the treatment must be administered within seven days of symptom onset of COVID.

Given the documented success of the treatment, and in light of the major COVID Delta variant surge in the United States, researchers say more resources are needed to fund and expand treatment for high-risk patients.

“In a real-world application, we found that these monoclonal antibodies are as effective as clinical trial results suggested,” said the study’s lead author, Brandon Webb, MD, infectious diseases physician at Intermountain Healthcare. “Based on our findings, we recommend putting resources towards monoclonal treatment programs because they help patients avoid poor outcomes, and because they are a powerful tool to prevent overflowing hospitals.”

Given the documented success of the treatment, and in light of the major COVID Delta variant surge in the United States, researchers say more resources are needed to fund and expand treatment for high-risk patients.

“In a real-world application, we found that these monoclonal antibodies are as effective as clinical trial results suggested,” said the study’s lead author, Brandon Webb, MD, infectious diseases physician at Intermountain Healthcare. “Based on our findings, we recommend putting resources towards monoclonal treatment programs because they help patients avoid poor outcomes, and because they are a powerful tool to prevent overflowing hospitals.”

Monoclonal antibodies are a drug treatment created to mimic the body’s natural immune response to COVID-19, designed to stick to the virus’ “spike” protein and neutralize it.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 remains the most effective way to prevent severe disease and death. However, for patients who do contract COVID-19, especially those at high risk for complications, monoclonal antibodies are a vital tool, researchers say.

Learn more about Intermountain Healthcare on their website.