As you are aware, the university continues to closely monitor all available information and announcements about the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). UNLV is aware of the concern and anxiety that is being felt on our campuses, in our community, and worldwide. We would like to reassure you that leadership and key stakeholders have been meeting on response strategies since the outbreak began.
The university has launched unlv.edu/coronavirus on the Student Health Center website, which includes references and resources.
While this is a fluid situation, UNLV has precautionary measures and controls in place to ensure the health and safety of our university community. We continue to review and adapt our planning and strategies as more is learned each day. The health and well-being of every member of our UNLV family remains our top priority and we will continue to take all necessary precautions to that end.
We want to make you aware of the following actions that are taking place:
- UNLV assembled an interdepartmental planning team from across the university that continues to monitor the situation and consider future policy decisions for recommendations to leadership
- The team is working with Southern Nevada Health District and other local and state agencies and will continue to align our response with best practices
- UNLV suspended its programs in China and South Korea for the spring semester
- The university is monitoring other areas of concern in partnership with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
- Officials remain in close contact with students in all of our study abroad program areas
- Student international travel questions should be directed to the International Programs office at (702) 895-3896
- UNLV suspended all university-supported travel by faculty, staff, and students to China until further notice
Spring Break travel
If students are planning personal travel to an international destination, they may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home or accessing healthcare while abroad.
We sent an email to students on March 2, urging students to consult guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State prior to and during their trip, and exercise caution when traveling to countries with Level 2 travel advisories and reconsider travel to countries with Level 3 travel advisories.
The uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus have made travel to countries with extensive interactions with locations severely affected by COVID-19 more risky. As of February 28, 2020 the CDC has elevated the advisory level for China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran to Level 3 (Avoid Non-Essential Travel) and elevated the advisory level for Japan (Level 2 – Practice Enhanced Precautions). We urge students to stay informed and abide by U.S. government guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State.
UNLV will continue to monitor the situation as the outbreak progresses. U.S. citizens who must travel are encouraged to register travel through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Registration allows you to be easily located by embassy personnel in the event of an emergency.
If students health-related questions, please call the Student Wellness Center at (702) 895-3370.
UNLV celebrates its identity as one of the most diverse universities in the country and welcomes students, faculty, and staff from across the world. We would like to thank every member of our university community for staying true to our values of inclusivity and encourage you to continue supporting one another.
We will continue to monitor the situation as we work with our local and state partners, and provide updates to our university community.
What can the UNLV community do at this time?
This is the middle of flu season. Here are steps to help prevent the spread of infectious disease, such as the flu and COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often 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 as a preventive measure.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others or stay home from work or school to limit others’ exposure to illness.
- 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.
Where can we learn more about the global Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
You can also visit the CDC’s website
Students who have questions can call the UNLV Student Health Center at If you have any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at (702) 895-3370.
Faculty and Staff can call the FAST Center at 702 895-0630.
Are there any cases of COVID-19 in Southern Nevada?
As of March 5, The Southern Nevada Health District announced the first presumptive positive case in a Clark County resident. The patient is a male in his 50s who is hospitalized and currently in airborne isolation. The patient reported a recent travel history to Washington state, where community spread of the virus is being reported, and Texas, which recently reported its first travel-associated case. The Health District is working with its health care partners and leading the effort to quickly identify close contacts of the patient.
Test results are considered “presumptive positive” until the result is confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While the COVID-19 outbreak is a serious public health threat, the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County and the U.S. remains low at this time, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
Thank you for your attention to health concerns and for doing your part to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.