June 18, 2020
International and domestic travel update
Following weeks of careful health data study, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) will soon update current university-related travel restrictions for faculty, staff, and students.
University-related domestic travel can resume Wednesday, July 1. Travel should be carefully considered and should be limited to essential travel. For business travel within the U.S., travel will need to be approved in advance by the responsible Vice Chancellor or Senior Vice Chancellor.
Current university-related international travel restrictions will continue at least through Friday, Aug. 21. International travel policies are subject to change as university officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic up to and through Aug. 21.
As university-related domestic travel resumes, the following current travel guidance will remain in place:
- Any proposed exceptions for University-related travel will need to be approved in advance by the responsible Vice Chancellor or Senior Vice Chancellor.
- Personal international travel is highly discouraged.
- Personal domestic travel should be carefully considered. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
- All faculty, staff, and students returning to UNMC’s campus should self-monitor, if possible using the 1-Check COVID mobile app (on Android and iOS devices).
- All students, faculty, and staff returning from international travel will need to observe a 14-day self-quarantine while following CDC and Douglas County public health guidelines.
Study abroad planning is continuing for Spring and Summer 2021; however, travel is contingent upon relaxed CDC and U.S. Department of State travel guidance. Faculty, staff and students will be alerted to any travel status updates.
Future updates to the current University-related travel policies for domestic and international travel will be communicated through the necessary channels as information is made available.
May 22, 2020
New guidance on travel provided for UNMC
Based on new guidance from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, UNMC has updated its previous guidance on domestic travel.
Beginning June 1, an automatic 14-day quarantine no longer will be in effect for those who have traveled to another state. Instead, all faculty, staff and students returning to one of the UNMC campuses after travel within Nebraska or any other U.S. state should self-monitor using the free 1-Check COVID mobile app (on Android and iOS devices).
Those evaluated to be at “low COVID risk” can proceed to their campus, following the guidance put into place for mitigating risks on that campus (e.g., masks, social distancing, hand hygiene). Anyone returning from travel from any area who feels ill or screens at “moderate COVID risk or high COVID risk” on the app should stay home and contact your health care provider. All students, faculty and staff returning from overseas are also advised to use the mobile device application and will also need to continue to observe a 14-day self-quarantine.
If required to go into self-quarantine or self-isolation due to travel or symptoms, the individual must notify campus Employee Health or Student Health, as appropriate, for a standardized wellness screening and/or testing prior to returning to campus for any reason.
In addition, following recent guidance from the governor’s office, people traveling out of state for Memorial Day weekend will not be required to self-quarantine upon their return to Nebraska, although Gov. Ricketts urged the use of good judgment in avoiding destinations with high incidences of COVID-19 cases.
Other guidelines may apply to staff, faculty, residents, fellows and students who are involved in providing patient care or support for patient care at Nebraska Medicine, Children's Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha, and other clinical settings. If so, those individuals are expected to follow the rules set by the respective clinical institution or clinical unit.
April 2, 2020
Travel guidelines updated for faculty, staff and students
Based on the widespread activity of COVID-19 across every state in the U.S., UNMC is issuing new guidance to further protect all employees and students.
This policy is an update on the previous guidance given in relation to travel dated March 19 and updated March 23. Nebraska Medicine also has released updated guidance for health care workers returning to work after travel.
Upon returning from any travel outside Nebraska (domestic or international), all UNMC faculty, staff and students (with the exemptions noted below) returning to any community in Nebraska are required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. Due to the rapidly changing conditions in most states and countries and the challenges of knowing where there may be widespread transmission, this guideline is consistent with current recommendations from the CDC, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the county health departments for travelers returning from regions with widespread sustained transmission.
This rule does not apply to staff, faculty, residents and fellows who are involved in providing patient care or support for patient care at Nebraska Medicine, Children's Hospital of Omaha and other clinical settings who are expected to follow the rules set by the respective clinical institution or clinical unit.
This rule does not apply to personnel or students living in a neighboring state and who commute routinely to work or school at one of UNMC's campuses.
Who to Notify
If required to go into self-quarantine due to travel or symptoms, the individual must notify Employee Health or Student Health, and the local county health department as appropriate for a standardized wellness screening and/or testing prior to returning to work or campus for any reason.
March 11, 2020
Travel Restrictions for Nebraska Medicine and/or UNMC Faculty, Staff, Residents, Fellows, and Students Due to COVID-19
The following information includes the latest travel guidance from UNMC and Nebraska Medicine for faculty, providers, colleagues and students. This is intended to slow the progression of COVID-19 in our community and protect our patients, families and each other from infection with COVID-19. Children's Hospital & Medical Center also is following this practice. The policy will be reassessed every one to two months.
In order to slow the progression of COVID-19 in our community and protect our patients, families, and each other from infection with COVID-19, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, in conjunction with Children's Hospital, are implementing travel restrictions on international and domestic UNMC- and/or Nebraska Medicine-related travel, effective immediately and until further notice and providing the following travel guidelines for all faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students. This policy applies to regional, national and international travel regardless of the mode of transportation (air, rail, or automobile). This policy does not apply to travel within Nebraska or surrounding states that is considered part of routine assigned duties or an approved educational program of the employee/student/resident. The policy will be reassessed every one to two months.
Restrictions on Business Travel (UNMC-and/or Nebraska Medicine-Sponsored)
All UNMC- and/or Nebraska Medicine-related travel is suspended effective immediately:
Travel that is being planned for the future, but not yet approved or booked will not be approved or booked during the restriction.
Travel through June 30, 2020, that is already approved and booked and paid for by UNMC, Children's Hospital or Nebraska Medicine should be cancelled in such a manner so as to minimize financial loss.
Travel through June 30, 2020, that is already booked and paid for by entities other than UNMC, Children's Hospital or Nebraska Medicine, but involves traveling under an approved absence from UNMC should be cancelled in such a manner so as to minimize financial loss.
For travel that is already booked and paid for in part by the employee or student and has not yet been reimbursed, reimbursement will be arranged through the appropriate academic unit for those portions of the trip that are related to the approved travel that the college had agreed to support.
Reimbursement for personal activities that have been booked as an addendum to the UNMC- and/or Nebraska Medicine-approved travel will not be reimbursed.
For UNMC travel, travel arrangements should be cancelled via the Concur booking tool, or for guest bookings, contact FOX World Travel at 855-694-4287. Any questions can be sent to Melody Stark at the NU Travel Office (Melody.Stark@nebraska.edu).
Exceptions to this travel restriction for UNMC faculty, staff, or students will be made only for travel that is deemed to be essential as approved by the Dean/Director of the UNMC College/Institute, upon the request for review by the traveler. For some colleges, exemption requests should first be reviewed and endorsed by the individual's department chair (College of Medicine), assistant dean, or other supervisor. Please check with the dean's office for current policies
In the case of faculty or staff employed by Children's Specialty Physicians, approval of the exception by the Children's Hospital Chief Clinical Officer will also be required.
In the case of faculty or staff employed by the Chancellor's office, approval of the exception will be made by the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.
In the case of individuals employed solely by Nebraska Medicine, the exception will be made by the CEO or their designee.
Exceptions will be granted only after thoughtful consideration of the essential academic and/or business need for the travel, virtual attendance options, and the potential impact on the provision of patient care or other essential functions.
Restrictions on Personal Travel
Employees and students are highly discouraged from travel to areas with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Notices, regardless of level, or anywhere outside of the continental United States or on travel by cruise ship. Domestic travel should also be carefully considered and should be limited to essential travel, particularly if the traveler is at increased risk (based on age or the presence of co-morbidities) or lives with individuals who may be at increased risk, if infection with COVID-19 occurs.
Students should be aware that personal travel outside the United States may result in delay or quarantine, which may delay the completion of their academic program.
Employees and students must notify their supervisor in advance to allow for planning upon return. Employees should regularly consult the CDC website to understand the changing COVID-19 status of their destination and should adhere to its guidelines related to travel.
Return from Travel
Upon completion of any travel, the faculty, staff, resident, fellow, or student may be required to self-quarantine for a period of up to 14 days based on current recommendations from the CDC, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the county health department. If required to go into self-quarantine, the traveler must contact Employee Health or Student Health as appropriate for a wellness screening prior to returning to work or class. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.
After traveling internationally, the traveler is required to contact Employee Health or Student Health as appropriate for a wellness screening prior to returning to work or class. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.
Attendance and pay guidelines specific to any required quarantine or time off from work will vary depending upon whether the faculty or staff member is employed by UNMC or UNMC and Children's Specialty Physicians, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, or Nebraska Medicine. Faculty, staff, residents and fellows will need to discuss the situation with the appropriate human resources officer(s) for their specific circumstances. Students should contact their office of student affairs regarding student absence and attendance policies for their college.
March 5, 2020
Study Abroad During Spring Semester 2020
We have suspended any spring break university-sponsored study abroad programs for students outside the continental U.S. and Hawaii for the remainder of the spring semester.
Students already overseas on education abroad programs may continue to remain on those programs as long as the CDC level for the country they are in remains below level 3. Students in countries that are identified by a CDC level 2 may be asked to return at the discretion of campus leadership.
We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and evaluating whether to extend this cancellation of student university-sponsored travel through the summer. We expect to make that determination by March 15 and will share it with our campus at that time.
The sponsoring departments must register all international visitors in order to assure that all compliance requirements including Canvas trainings, background check, export control check, immunizations and health insurance are fulfilled.
Please ensure that all international visitors have been registered using the following link: www.unmc.edu/ihme/international-visitors/. Some visitors will need to register with the Douglas County Health Department.
- Leaders update guidance to staff, students who recently traveled
March 5, 2020
- Leaders offer guidance to staff, students who recently traveled
February 28, 2020
- Guidance for faculty, providers, staff and students who recently traveled to China.
February 10, 2020
- Announced that travel to China was restricted based on the CDC’s Warning Level 3 advisory.
February 5, 2020