Flu season, COVID-19 testing and case reporting

Oct. 13, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, 

As we reach the halfway point of the fall semester, I want to thank you all for your efforts to keep the UNLV community safe against the spread of COVID-19. It’s truly been a team effort, and I encourage you to stay vigilant because, as we’ve learned, this is a marathon, not a sprint.  

The traditional flu season is upon us and the holidays are around the corner. That, combined with the growing urgency to have things “return to normal,” makes the likelihood of a resurgence of COVID-19 possible in Southern Nevada. We cannot and should not let our guard down and ignore the public health guidelines we’ve been following. 

Please continue to wear your face coverings, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and keep your hands away from your face. It’s also important to stay home if you’re sick and monitor for symptoms every day for signs of COVID-19. These simple steps can help minimize the spread, and I urge everyone to follow them when you come to campus and when you’re out in public. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, complete the reporting form right away so we can conduct contact tracing within our community. To further enhance the university’s efforts to share information within the UNLV community, we recently updated our website with information about confirmed cases of COVID-19

I also wanted to inform you that COVID-19 testing at the Thomas & Mack Center is now available Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing is free, appointments are available online and walk-in testing is welcomed. You also can find an updated schedule and other testing locations on the Southern Nevada Health District.

I know all of this can be exhausting and stressful, but the most effective action we can all take right now is prevention. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and our UNLV family healthy and safe.

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
UNLV President