Operational Updates

Mar. 18, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last 24 hours, Governor Sisolak and President Meana revised their recommendations directing our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Governor Sisolak directed that only essential services remain open. These include fire, police, transit, and health care.

The UNLV School of Medicine and UNLV Medicine are essential healthcare services.

We will continue our unwavering commitment to patient care, education, and research to combat the frightening effects of this pandemic.

To accomplish this mission, we recognize that there are individuals who can fulfill this goal by working remotely and others who cannot.

Today, I directed key leaders and supervisors in the school of medicine to work with human resources and create a process that will allow some of our essential employees to work from home. These leaders and supervisors will ensure that the operations of the school of medicine and its clinical workforce continue without interruption.

Later today, you should receive further instructions from human resources and your supervisors.

This is a fluid situation designed to support uninterrupted operations while protecting all of you who work here. I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during these complicated times.

I know that many of you are experiencing change fatigue. We are making every effort to be responsive and thoughtful with our business decisions and to communicate them to you as quickly and clearly as possible. I will continue to keep you informed as circumstances change.

Please know I am extraordinarily proud of the work that you do and grateful for your support. 

Our top priority is to protect the health of our students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff, and the public we serve. We want as many people as possible to work from home while still fulfilling our mission.

Together we will get through this.

Dr. John Fildes, Dean