Mar. 10, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Your health and well-being continues to be UNLV’s top priority. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on our campuses. 

As new COVID-19 cases are reported, it is important to remember that immediate risk from the virus to the general public remains low at this time, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. So far, the Southern Nevada Health District has identified two presumptive positive cases in Clark County. 

We are closely following the COVID-19 situation. We continue working with local and state health authorities, and we are following their guidance. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most up-to-date information about the status of COVID-19 in the United States, prevention measures and what to do if you are feeling ill.  

So far, the majority of people who become ill from COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate symptoms and will fully recover. It is important to keep in mind the “common cold”, influenza and seasonal allergies are also prevalent at this time of year, and these can produce some of the same symptoms as COVID-19, such as coughing. Learn more about the pollen and mold levels in Southern Nevada here:

In order to help our campus community make informed decisions about their health, the UNLV Student Health Center and Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center would like to offer the following information. 

If I feel ill:
If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary care provider or the Student Health Center (702) 895-3370 or Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center (702) 895-0630. Members of our health care team will provide you with advice on what to do next. If it is outside of normal business hours, call or visit after hours care. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 or seek immediate care at the nearest emergency room. 

COVID-19 emergency warning signs:
If you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion or lack of alertness, high fevers or bluish color to your lips, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.  

If I have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19:
If you have been in close contact with someone who has, or is suspected to have, COVID-19, call the Student Health Center at (702) 895-3370 or the Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center at (702) 895-0630. If it is outside of normal business hours, visit after hours care.

If I am at higher risk:
People with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or lung disease, and older adults are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people at high risk take everyday precautions to prevent infection, such as handwashing, cleaning surfaces frequently, staying away from people who are sick, and avoiding crowds.  It may be best to try to stay home as much as possible. People who have compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions should also consult with their health care provider(s) to obtain guidance on their specific situation.

If I feel worried or anxious:
Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 may seek help at Student Counseling and Psychological Services. Call (702) 895-3627 or email for an appointment. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program at (877) 234-5151. If it is outside of normal business hours, visit after hours care.

If I am planning to travel:
If you plan to travel within the United States or abroad, consult the CDC site for the most up-to-date  information on travel alerts and guidance. The U.S. Surgeon General has recommended that all individuals avoid cruise travel.  Those at higher risk of severe illness should avoid non-essential air travel.

For more information:

Kathy Underwood, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Executive Director
Student Health Center & 
Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center