Aug. 26, 2020

Dear University Community,

I am reaching out to let you know UNLV has been notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Maryland Parkway campus. This is the first confirmed case of the fall 2020 semester. The individual, who was asymptomatic, received positive test results today and was last on campus yesterday, Aug. 25. The individual is now isolated and the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is engaged in contact tracing to notify close contacts.

We know that COVID-19 is present in our university and broader community, and across the country. We also understand this may increase concern and anxiety among our students, faculty, and staff. The most effective action we can all take is prevention.

Please continue to follow all of the on-campus health requirements, including practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering or mask, practicing proper hygiene, staying home when you’re sick, and monitoring for symptoms every day. If you are in close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone who has COVID-19, the SNHD and public health officials advise you to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19. 

UNLV remains committed to taking necessary actions in the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff, including rolling out university-wide training, shifting 80 percent instruction to remote delivery, reducing population density to maintain social distancing, and minimizing person-to-person contact. Additionally, UNLV’s School of Public Health is directly engaged with SNHD and supporting its efforts, including assisting with contact tracing. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and share information specific to UNLV through official channels, including Information about subsequent confirmed COVID-19 cases will be posted at This notification complies with requirements under the Clery Act.

Your health and wellbeing remain our top priority. The actions each of us take can help to stop the spread of COVID-19 at UNLV and in our community. Thank you for your commitment to protecting yourself and others.

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
UNLV President