Information for University of Nebraska students, residents, faculty and staff

What steps are the UNL and UNO health centers taking to screen for COVID-19?  

All patients who check in for any medical appointment are asked a series of questions about their recent travel. If it is determined that a patient has been potentially exposed to 2019-nCOV, staff will follow current CDC guidelines for risk assessment and management

If students, residents, faculty or staff have recently traveled, should they be monitored? Should family members of those who recently arrived still come to work or class?   

Those returning from a country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified as a Level 3 Travel Health location are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. (As of March 16, 2020, this includes China; Iran; South Korea; Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City; United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland)

If this applies to you, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Register with your local county health department and follow instructions for symptom monitoring:
  2. Notify us:
    • Employees: Contact your manager
    • Faculty members and providers: Contact your department administrator or chair 
    • Students: Contact your campus student health center:
      • UNL: 402.472.5000
      • UNO: 402.554.2374
      • UNMC: 402.559.5158
      • UNK: 308.865.8218
  3. During self-quarantine, if you experience a fever or respiratory symptoms, contact your county health department for further instruction.
  4. Receive authorization to return to work or class if you do not develop symptoms during your 14-day quarantine:
    • Employees, faculty members or providers: Contact Nebraska Medicine Employee Health at 402.552.3563
    • Students: Contact your campus student health center
      • UNL: 402.472.5000
      • UNO: 402.554.2374
      • UNMC: 402.559.5158
      • UNK: 308.865.8218
  5. At the conclusion of the 14-day self-quarantine period, if you are symptom-free and have checked in with Employee Health or Student Health, you will be welcomed back to your usual position and accustomed duties.  

Those returning from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Thailand: 

If you were in contact with a known case of COVID-19 or working in a health care facility, you are also required to institute the 14-day home quarantine. 

If this applies to you, here are the steps you should take:

  1. You must register with the public health department.
  2. Notify us:
    • Employees: Contact your manager
    • Faculty members and providers: Contact your department administrator or chair 
    • Students: Contact your campus student health center:
      • UNL: 402.472.5000
      • UNO: 402.554.2374
      • UNMC: 402.559.5158
      • UNK: 308.865.8218
  3. During self-quarantine, if you experience a fever or respiratory symptoms, contact your county health department for further instruction.
  4. Receive authorization to return to work or class if you do not develop symptoms during your 14-day quarantine:
    • Employees, faculty members or providers: Contact Nebraska Medicine Employee Health at 402.552.3563
    • Students: Contact your campus student health center
      • UNL: 402.472.5000
      • UNO: 402.554.2374
      • UNMC: 402.559.5158
      • UNK: 308.865.8218
  5. At the conclusion of the 14-day self-quarantine period, if you are symptom-free and have checked in with Employee Health or Student Health, you will be welcomed back to your usual position and accustomed duties.  

If you were not in contact with a known case of COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, you may return to campus and resume normal activities. 

If you develop symptoms (e.g. fever or respiratory symptoms) these are the steps you should take:

  1. Promptly remove yourself from campus and/or stay home.
  2. Notify us:
    • Employees: Contact your manager
    • Faculty members and providers: Contact your department administrator or chair 
    • Students: Contact your campus student health center:
      • UNL: 402.472.5000
      • UNO: 402.554.2374
      • UNMC: 402.559.5158
      • UNK: 308.865.8218
  3. Register with the public health department.
  4. We will coordinate with the public health department to have you evaluated and tested. This practice is also congruent with Nebraska Health and Human Services guidance.
  5. When you are ready to return to work or class, receive authorization:
    • Employees, faculty members or providers: Contact Nebraska Medicine Employee Health at 402.552.3563
    • Students: Contact your campus student health center
      • UNL: 402.472.5000
      • UNO: 402.554.2374
      • UNMC: 402.559.5158
      • UNK: 308.865.8218

Are there additional resources for international students who may have a language or cultural barrier? 

All health care facilities have interpreter services available if needed.