LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Two UNLV employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and are self-isolating, according to the university.
UNLV President Marta Meana shared a statement confirming the cases, saying they are the first two cases of COVID-19 at the school.
She urged the UNLV community 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."
Read the full statement below:
MAR. 25, 2020
Dear University Community,
We have learned within the last 24 hours that two members of our UNLV family have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). These are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UNLV. We knew this day would come as the number of cases continues to grow in Nevada and across the nation.
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.
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.
This COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation in Nevada and throughout the country, and we will continue to share information specific to UNLV through official channels, including unlv.edu/coronavirus. The site includes links to health resources, university operations, current announcements, and other important information.
We will share additional confirmed cases involving members of the UNLV community at unlv.edu/coronavirus/confirmed-cases. This notification complies with requirements under the Clery Act.
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.
Marta Meana, Ph.D.