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 issued a Stay At Home directive on April 1 and called for the closure of all non-essential businesses on March 17. The Stay At Home directive permits Nevadans to leave their home only for essentials, including groceries and necessary doctor visits. Review the Governor’s Directives and Declarations related to COVID-19 on the Nevada Health Response website.

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.

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 when you go out in public.
  • 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.
Our state, county and cities have declared a “State of Emergency.” 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 only post information on confirmed cases through which other members of the university community may have been exposed to COVID-19. These can be found on our Confirmed Cases page.

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

Visit the CDC website and the U.S. Department of State website for more information about current travel restrictions and recommendations.

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?

Visit the Student Wellness Center website for resources related to mental health, including Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

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

The CDC is currently recommending wearing face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Visit the CDC website for more information.

Information For Students

Should I register for Summer Term?

Summer Term I and II will be delivered via remote/virtual instruction; change to delivery of Summer Term III has not yet been determined. Learn more at summerterm.unlv.edu.

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. You also may review the CDC guidelines for prevention and protection.

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. Review the CDC guidelines for prevention and protection.

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?

Please follow CDC guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting.

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 will need to follow guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the CDC regarding international travel and steps to take upon return to the U.S.

Students and faculty may call the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370 for the most up-to-date information and guidance.

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 May 31.

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

Yes. The university has advised cancellation of all events through May 31.

If my department has someone in a Level 4 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 at UNLV who is diagnosed with coronavirus, what should I do?

You may contact the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370 or shc@unlv.edu. Any individuals who test positive are asked to voluntarily submit their information through the online form on UNLV's Confirmed Cases page.