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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Clinical Capabilities

National Quarantine Unit

The National Quarantine Unit, the nation’s only federal quarantine facility, is located in the new Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center at UNMC. Part of the national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center (TSQC), this 20-bed facility will be the primary destination for people exposed to high-consequence infections. UNMC and Nebraska Medicine have extensive experience in quarantine and monitoring of patients with possible exposure to high-consequence infections – including during the 2020 COVID-19 oubreak, and in 2018 and 2015, when U.S. health care workers experienced high-risk exposure to Ebola.

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Nebraska Public Health Laboratory

Located on the UNMC campus, the Nebraska Public Health Lab is the result of a collaboration between UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and Nebraska’s state Department of Health and Human Services. The biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab became the first state public health laboratory in the U.S. to test specimens that were positive for the Ebola virus, and played a key role in the successful biocontainment care of two Ebola-infected patients in 2014. The lab was integrally involved in testing for COVID-19 in 2020.

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