(UPDATE AS OF 3-23-2020)
COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our nation, the Washoe County Health District is advising that anyone who has traveled out of state or by airline should self-isolate and monitor symptoms for a period of 14 days following their return in order to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washoe County. Follow 14-day self-quarantine protocols. Individuals who develop symptoms should contact their healthcare provider or the Health District at 775-328-2427. Students should contact the University Student Health Center at (775) 784-6598. Students must call ahead, and are advised NOT to arrive without having called and spoken with the Center’s staff prior.
International travel suspension. Due to the escalating severity of the COVID 19 outbreak, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State's issuance of a Global Level 4 – Do Not Travel alert, the Provost suspended all University-supported international travel by University of Nevada, Reno employees and students. Authorization for University employees and students traveling abroad has been rescinded and University of Nevada, Reno personnel have been directed to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. All University faculty and students returning from a foreign country will be subjected to a 14-day self-quarantine before being allowed to return to campus. These restrictions will be in place until further notice.
Domestic travel restrictions. Based on CDC recommendations to quell the spread of COVID-19, University of Nevada, Reno sponsored employee and student domestic travel will be restricted to only travel that supports essential functions and operations of the university. The employee’s or student’s supervisor will have the discretion to determine what deems essential travel and will have the subsequent authority to approve domestic travel for that specific purpose. When possible, we encourage faculty and students to utilize technological alternatives to decrease the need for domestic travel. These restrictions will be in place until further notice. See the note above: 14-day quarantine now recommended for air travelers arriving from out of state.
Personal international travel considerations. If University of Nevada, Reno employees or students choose to go on personal international travel, they will not be eligible for the University of Nevada, Reno's traveler’s insurance and the University will not be able to support them should problems occur. Additionally, all international travelers will be required to comply with the CDC's and Washoe County Health Department's 14-day self-quarantine protocols before returning to campus, work or classes. International travelers should also be aware that they may be subject to additional screenings and quarantines by the countries through which they are traveling. At this time, the University strongly discourage University of Nevada, Reno students and employees from travel internationally for any reason.
Personal domestic travel considerations. The nationwide prevalence of coronavirus has increased the likelihood domestic travelers will come in contact with infected individuals. Be aware that the new Washoe County Health District protocol is that any domestic traveler should self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return.
The University has recalled all faculty, staff and students from University-sponsored or University-affiliated international travel. All University students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to weigh all CDC and U.S. Department of State travel advisory and restrictions, along with the totality of the national and global impacts and risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, in regards to traveling at this time.
Mark Young, Risk Management Specialist