Two UNLV Employees Test Positive for Coronavirus

Both are in self-isolation and receiving treatment.

March 25, 2020 - 3:58 pm

UNLV confirms two of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Both are in self-isolation and receiving treatment. One employee tested positive out of state and had been working remotely for an extended period of time. The person was last at UNLV March 10 and indicated there was no contact with anyone on campus that day. Another employee who tested positive was traveling out of state on university business early in the month and was last on campus March 11. Those in direct contact with the person were notified. No other details were given about either person's identity or job title. 

These are the first known cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in connection to the university. Students are currently studying remotely with virtual online instruction during the 30-day Nevada shutdown of non-essential businesses. The Southern Nevada Health District or UNLV Wellness Center will contact students or faculty members directly if it's believed anyone needs to be quarantined or tested. Otherwise, anyone involved with the university is encouraged to visit for information and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We understand this may increase concern and anxiety for the members of our university community. The best thing we can do right now is to continue to follow protocols for prevention, maintain social distancing, seek medical care when it is needed, and care for ourselves and care for each other," said UNLV President Marta Meana in a prepared statement. "We remain committed to taking necessary actions in the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff – which has included remote/virtual instruction, reducing population density to achieve social distancing in our residence halls, moving to takeout-only service in our dining facilities, and working remotely, among other changes," 

She added: "Your health and wellbeing remain our top priority, and I take comfort in knowing we are supporting each other. Thank you for being part of our UNLV family."