Over the past few months Southern Nevada has seen a slow but steady increase in COVID-19 transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today assessed our community level of transmission to be in the “high-risk” category.
The CDC looks at the combination of three metrics, including new COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, to determine the COVID-19 community level. Data on new cases acts as an early warning indicator of potential increases in health system strain in the event of a COVID-19 surge.
In response to the CDC’s assessment, the Southern Nevada Health District now recommends individuals wear masks when in public indoor places.
Although not mandated, at UNLV, we recommend wearing a mask while in hallways, elevators, meeting rooms, office cubicles, restrooms, classrooms, labs, building lobbies, advising offices, libraries, the Student Union, the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, athletic facilities, and any other indoor public place where people may gather.
UNLV continues to urge individuals to get fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot when eligible to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
UNLV faculty and staff and their dependents who are 18 and older can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center, (702) 895-0630. Students can call 702-895-3370 to make an appointment at the Student Health Center.
The UNLV Pharmacy has free at-home test kits available to students, faculty and staff with a UNLV identification card. Individuals can obtain up to two tests free every seven days, while supplies last.
If you test positive, complete the voluntary online reporting form or provide consent to someone to submit it for you. The UNLV contact tracing team and the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) use this information to inform you of next steps and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
As we head into the summer season, we ask that everyone on our campuses continue to exhibit kindness, understanding, and tolerance toward one another – regardless of the personal decision to wear, or not wear, a mask. Thank you for your continued support.