COVID-19 Notification

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is primary concern. Under responsibility to your health, and to comply with regulations related to Clery Act notification, you are informed that individuals of the campus community have tested positive for COVID-19. UNK and area healthcare officials have acted quickly and appropriate protocols are being followed.   

In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, we request your immediate attention to and compliance with the following health-authority-recommended practices – not only to ensure your own well-being, but the well-being of others:  

  • Familiarize yourself with the UNK COVID-19 plan 
  • Wear a face-covering/mask  
  • Self-screen. UNMC’s 1-Check COVID app is a good symptom tracker 
  • Avoid campus if you’re sick 
  • Keep distance from others (6 feet) 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Those who develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, should call their primary care provider or Student Health and Counseling, 308-865-8218 for further instructions.  

For more information, visit the CDC website,, and familiarize yourself with the links and policies below. 

COVID-19 policies set for fall semester; Masks required on campus

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has established a series of policies and best practices that will serve as a road map for students, faculty, staff and guests returning to campus for the Aug. 24 start of classes.

Personal protective equipment and masks, room occupancies, physical distancing, health screenings and self-monitoring are among areas of emphasis in the plan. Cleaning of high-touch areas, use of room foggers to disinfect buildings and installation of hand sanitizers across campus are also discussed.

People are required to wear masks when interacting with others in public and common areas on campus, and they should maintain physical distancing. Visitors, including vendors, are also required to wear a mask.

The plan envisions a progression of three phases, starting Aug. 21. At the end of each two-week period, data on disease prevalence on campus, in the Two Rivers Public Health District, plus other counties that are home to a high number of UNK students will be reviewed by the Emergency Operations Team and a determination made about moving to the next phase. If the number of COVID-19 cases is flat or in decline compared to the previous two weeks, the campus will progress to the next phase. An increase in disease would revert the campus to a previous phase.

A large section of the six-page document includes information about classrooms, labs and studios, including equipping classrooms with technology that will let students who are sick attend class remotely. Classroom population density, physical distancing and other protective measures are among areas covered.

Individuals, organizations, departments and units on campus are asked to develop and implement additional protections as appropriate to their specific situations, with the plan as the guide. 

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