Important updates related to COVID-19

May. 20, 2021

Dear University Community,

We are reaching out to share important updates related to COVID-19. The Nevada System of Higher Education has adopted the CDC’s guidance, issued last week, permitting people who are fully vaccinated to stop wearing masks in most environments. The guidance has been adopted by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask. Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

NSHE also has directed institutions to comply with and follow their county’s guidelines related to social distancing, events and gatherings, and capacity in outdoor and indoor spaces. Clark County announced this week it will suspend all restrictions on gatherings, remove social distancing requirements and restore spaces and events to full capacity beginning June 1.

We continue to strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get your COVID-19 vaccination at UNLV or at a location near you. Getting fully vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading to others, including those who are vulnerable to serious illness.

As we look to resume additional in-person operations beginning July 1, we will continue to monitor the local public health environment and update you on any changes. We expect to share a finalized Flexible Work Policy and information on other workplace practices in the coming weeks. Human Resources is rescheduling its Return To Campus Manager’s Guidelines Q&A and discussion sessions to June 8 and 9. Business Affairs will also share updates related to workplace modifications and in-person operations. Courses for the summer and fall will be offered in the mode currently scheduled (e.g. in person or remote).

Questions can be submitted to coronavirus@unlv.edu.

Ongoing prevention efforts

We know this is a significant change from how we’ve operated as we’ve endured this global pandemic. We strongly recommend continuing many of the practices we’ve adopted over the last 15 months that promote good health and minimize the spread of germs. These include everyone wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, frequently washing our hands or using hand sanitizer, forgoing a handshake for an elbow bump or a wave, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces and holding virtual meetings as an alternative to in-person.

A few preventive measures we’ve implemented on our campuses include installing hundreds of hand sanitizing stations, upgrading to MERV-13 and MERV-14 air filtersincreasing sanitizing and cleaning of surfaces, and providing supplies for personal workspace cleaning. UNLV will continue to provide cleaning supplies and disposable masks.

In line with CDC, state and local directives, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks on UNLV campuses. Individuals may continue to wear masks even if they are fully vaccinated. We want to ask everyone that if you see someone wearing a mask not to make judgments or assumptions. Let’s all continue to be kind and supportive of each other.

You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home when you are sick, including following all CDC guidelines if you are exposed to someone who tests positive or you test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, voluntarily report it to UNLV to assist in case tracking and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

There is good reason to believe we have made it through the worst of this terrible pandemic but we must continue to remain vigilant. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to keep our university and our community safe and healthy.

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
President

Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost