Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information about the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

UNLV is following current CDC guidance on precautionary measures and response.

For additional questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370.
Faculty and staff can call the FAST Center at 702-895-0630.

General Information

What if I feel ill?

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary care provider or contact one of these other health care resources. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 or seek immediate care at the nearest emergency room.

What are 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.

Am I at higher risk?

People with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, asthma, or are older adults are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people at high risk take everyday precautions to prevent infection, including avoiding contact with people who are sick, frequent handwashing, cleaning surfaces often, and staying home. 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. Review the CDC’s frequently asked questions.

Will UNLV provide updates?

Yes, UNLV will continue to provide updates to the campus community as needed and post pertinent information here.

Are there any cases of COVID-19 in Southern Nevada?

The State of Nevada Health and Human Services has launched a dashboard with the latest information on the state’s current cases of COVID-19.

What can the UNLV community do at this time?

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and directed Nevadans to only leave their home for essentials, including groceries and necessary doctor visits.

Here are the CDC’s recommendations for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wear a mask if you are sneezing, have a cough, or feel ill to prevent the spread of infection to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work or school when you are ill to limit others’ exposure.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Practice other good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used items, such as telephones, computers, desks, door handles and countertops.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t already received one.
Where can we learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Please review the CDC’s recommendations and the situation summary related to COVID-19.

You can also visit the CDC’s website.

Our state, county and cities have declared a “State of Emergency” on Sunday. What does that mean?

By declaring a state of emergency, the cities, county and state are able to access more resources, provides flexibility for staffing concerns, and have greater administrative leniency in ordinances, policies, regulations, rules, purchasing and other public agency functions. It also opens the door to receive state and federal assistance.

Information For the Campus Community

If UNLV faculty, staff, or students are diagnosed with COVID-19, will we be notified?

Anyone who has been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be contacted by public health officials. UNLV will notify the university community as appropriate.

Is UNLV planning to quarantine students, faculty, or staff who have returned from abroad and are not exhibiting symptoms?

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors coming to the United States from a CDC-designated Level 3 Travel Health Notice country will need to follow health measures as directed by the Southern Nevada Health District for 14 days from their last day in that country. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Travel Health Advisory that all U.S. citizens should avoid all international travel, and citizens who are abroad should return immediately.

I have symptoms consistent with coronavirus. What should I do?

If you are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, you should call your primary care physician or one of these options for after hours care. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 or seek immediate care at the nearest emergency room.

What if I am experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 or concerns about family in an area where COVID-19 is present?

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 or concerns about family in areas where COVID-19 is present may seek via the Student Counseling and Psychological Services. Call 702-895-3627 or email caps@unlv.edu.

Is a surgical mask/facemask helpful in preventing transmission of coronavirus?

The CDC does not currently recommend the use of facemasks among the general public for prevention purposes.

Information For Students

Should I register for Summer Term?

Summer courses are expected to proceed as normal at this time. Any changes to delivery, i.e. remote/virtual instruction, will be communicated with students as soon as a determination is made. The Summer Term I payment deadline is May 15 for students who have not set up a payment plan through the Summer Term Office.

I'm an international student at UNLV. How does remote learning affect my status and completing my classes?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently allowing students on nonimmigrant visa (F-1 and J-1) to be fully enrolled in online classes if their school has made that decision. UNLV OISS has contacted its students to convey that message and to offer its support and assistance. Please reach out to OISS at 702-774-6477 or oiss@unlv.edu.

My roommate was recently traveling abroad and has not been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with coronavirus, and is not exhibiting any symptoms. Am I at risk?

Your risk is very low if you avoid sustained periods of close contact, practice good hygiene, including frequently washing your hands and avoiding touching your face, and frequently disinfect surfaces that are often used. However, if you still have concerns, please call the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370 with questions.

What if I am experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 or concerns about family in an area where COVID-19 is present?

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 or concerns about family in areas where COVID-19 is present may seek help at the Student Counseling and Psychological Services, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (closed holidays). Call 702-895-3627 or email caps@unlv.edu for an appointment.  If it is outside of normal business hours, visit after hours care.

Should I be concerned about sharing a bathroom?

The novel coronavirus is a respiratory virus, most easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing. Follow good hygiene practices, including washing hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow or sleeve.

Use disinfectant wipes to sanitize sink handles, toilet handles and bathroom door fixtures after use and before you wash your hands.

Information For Faculty, Instructors and Staff

What type of office cleaning should be done if there is a case of coronavirus?

As with any seasonal respiratory illness, routine cleaning is effective. Routine cleaning products are effective and bleach is not necessary.

I have students in my class or visiting my office who have recently traveled abroad. Is it safe for them to attend class or come to my office?

Students who have recently returned to the U.S. will need to follow health measures as directed by the Southern Nevada Health District for 14 days from their last day in that country.

Students and faculty may call the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370 for the most up-to-date information and guidance. In many cases, students are allowed to attend classes and office hours as long as they do not have a fever or any symptoms of illness.

Can I cancel classes?

No. Classes are continuing through alternative modes of instruction, such as WebCampus-Canvas or WebEx. See President Marta Meana’s recent communication regarding remote/virtual instruction. Review all announcements regarding classes and operations on the Announcements page.

Faculty can contact the Office of Online Education at online@unlv.edu or call 702-895-0334 for help in providing online instruction and course materials.

Should I cancel any special activities I have planned with my classes (field trips, etc.)?

Yes. The university has advised cancellation of all events through April 12.

I am hosting an event on campus. Should I cancel it?

Yes. The university has advised cancellation of all events through April 12.

If my department has someone in a Level 3 Travel Notice country as a result of travel restrictions, whom should I consult for ongoing assistance?

UNLV administration is working with affected departments on this issue. If you have questions, visit the International Travel Policy page or contact Cecilia Maldonado, associate vice provost for workforce development, at 702-895-3410 or cecilia.maldonado@unlv.edu.

If I become aware of someone on campus who is diagnosed with coronavirus, what should I do?

You may contact the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370 or shc@unlv.edu.