COVID-19 Information Center

Ensuring the Health of the Public Higher Education Community

On June 30, 2023, the Board of Regents approved a resolution providing that the Nevada System of Higher Education will continue to follow any health and safety directives of the State that are intended to ensure a safe workplace and educational environment for faculty, staff, and students; and acknowledging the Presidents’ duty to provide leadership in the planning and implementation necessary for the safe and successful operation of their respective institution.

Vaccines

At its June 30, 2022, meeting the Board of Regents repealed its emergency COVID-19 vaccination policy. However, NSHE continues to strongly encourage students and employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about where to get a vaccine here: www.immunizenevada.org.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Please click here for more information regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution for the NSHE community.

For more information contact the state Department of Health and Human Services’ Nevada COVID Vaccine Call Center at 800-401-0946. The Hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Also, you can find the latest information on vaccinations through NVCOVIDFighter.org and NVHealthResponse.nv.gov .

Compassion

As we transition into a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, compassion and patience are recommended towards all students and colleagues.  Employees may choose to continue wearing a face covering, even those who have been vaccinated.  They should be permitted to do so without judgment or criticism.

Honesty

All students and employees are obligated to follow codes of conduct and workplace policies that demand honesty.

Perspective

We are reminding the state-wide NSHE community to please keep perspective about what is happening, demonstrate empathy to others, and show respect. We must avoid stereotyping or stigmatizing any individuals, ethnicities, or nationalities on our campus communities.  There continue to be a number of unknowns, but NSHE is urging everyone to stay calm, stay informed, and be prepared.

Practice Social Distancing and Remain Vigilant

Local counties retain authority over COVID-19 social distancing, building, and event capacity requirements. NSHE institutions must continue to follow their local county directives.

We all still must remain vigilant and follow appropriate health protocols, including monitoring personal health and continuing healthy hygiene practices, as the fight against COVID is not over.  COVID-19 policies remain subject to amendment whereby mitigation efforts or restrictions may be strengthened or relaxed.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NSHE has strictly adhered to all federal, state, and local directives to keep our community healthy and safe.  NSHE will continue to follow this practice.

Financial Hardship Help

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has information for anyone facing financial hardship that is causing housing insecurity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For help and guidance to temporarily halt an evection to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click here. The Declaration Form to prevent an eviction can be found by clicking here. Visit the CDC’s website to learn more. The CDC’s eviction moratorium will expire on December 31, 2020.

Governor Sisolak has issued Directive No. 36, which sets forth a Nevada moratorium on residential evictions due to COVID-19 and the inability to pay rent until March 31, 2021. Visit Nevada Health Response: Governor’s Directives and Declarations website to learn more about Directive No. 36.

Stay Informed and Be Prepared

For the NSHE community, we continue to emphasize:

“STAY INFORMED and BE PREPARED”

For information on how best to be prepared at each campus please check the institution specific websites below. These web pages contain the latest information from a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from COVID-19.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Reno
College of Southern Nevada

Desert Research Institute
Great Basin College
Nevada State College
Truckee Meadows Community College
Western Nevada College

Health, Wellness and Prevention

The best line of defense against novel coronavirus is to use the “best practices” associated with the CDC’s prevention guidelines. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If You Are Sick

NSHE is encouraging the Nevada public higher education community to be mindful of their own health and contact a health-care provider if they are experiencing any of the known symptoms. Students at NSHE institutions should contact the campus Student Health Center.  NSHE institution leadership and faculty are working together to ensure that if students miss class due to illness, opportunities will be provided to make up missed work.

More Information

Please contact each NSHE institution for more information specific to that campus.

If you require information from NSHE System Administration, please contact our communications team at media@nshe.nevada.edu.

Menu