COVID-19 employee guidance

Latest messages from the University

Each employee is responsible for monitoring their health for any of the following symptoms and should not report to work if any are present: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Face masks, testing and contact tracing

Face masks

Based upon legal guidance provided by NSHE, our University lifted the campus mask mandate. Pursuant to Nevada law, NSHE employees, students and members of the public are no longer required to wear face coverings while inside NSHE buildings irrespective of vaccination status.

N95 respirators available

The University is distributing N95 respirators to faculty, staff and students through individual schools, colleges and units. OSHA requires anyone receiving an N95 respirator to read the following information on voluntary N95 use during COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing

Free walk-in COVID-19 testing is available for University of Nevada, Reno students, faculty and staff at the Student Health Center. No appointment necessary. Hours are Monday, 1 - 4 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact tracing

Due to the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, contact tracing is limited to notifying the individual employee who has tested positive. An employee who tests positive should notify their supervisor and are encouraged to complete our COVID-19 self-reporting form. Supervisors are responsible for notifying other employees working in the immediate area of a person diagnosed that a positive case has been reported. Below is some suggested language for the notice to other employees:

I received notification today that an employee in the department tested positive. The employee was last in the department on mm/dd. Please review and follow all mitigation efforts. See FAQ on HR's COVID-19 guidance for employees page."


The following must be followed in the event of COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test


Faculty and staff COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters

COVID-19 vaccine requirement removed for NSHE employees

Current and new employees are no longer subject to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement. The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted to remove their emergency amendment to the NSHE Code, effective July 1, 2022.


Get voluntarily vaccinated or get a booster

Free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are available through the Student Health Center. Call (775) 784-6598 to schedule your appointment. Other providers include the following:


COVID-19 FAQ for instructors