UNMC has extended the date of its "stay at home" directive for employees until June 1.
The decision comes in an abundance of caution and after careful consideration of the continued impact of COVID-19 cases. The University of Nebraska announced in April a stay-at-home directive, and that UNMC and other university campuses would monitor local conditions and consider their own path forward.
"Upon careful monitoring and assessment of the safety, science and data related to COVID-19, we have decided to extend UNMC's stay-at-home directive until June 1," said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. "Our focus continues to be the safety of faculty, staff and students as we collectively work to minimize the impact of this pandemic across Nebraska. As a result, we ask individuals to continue to work remotely, unless their job requires them physically to be on campus. We will reassess the impact of the pandemic on our community as we approach the Memorial Day Holiday and continue to provide updates."
Until June 1, only employees whose physical presence has been officially designated as necessary will be permitted on campus; all others will continue to work remotely. Letters issued earlier for designated personnel will remain valid through this extended period. Employees who may need to be on campus prior to June 1 to support critical functions, should contact their supervisor.
Previous decisions related to campus operations remain as follows:
- Summer classes also will be remote unless otherwise specified.
- All study abroad is postponed through the summer.
- While some campus buildings and facilities are accessible for employees, they remain closed and ID badges are required for access.
- Students and the public can communicate with UNMC staff, who are working remotely.
- All faculty, staff and students on a UNMC campus should wear a mask in public places and common areas such as lobbies and elevators.
Employees are reminded that they may take up to 160 hours of emergency paid administrative leave for absences related to COVID-19. Additionally, recently passed federal legislation provides other options for paid leave for COVID-19 related absences. Complete details are available here. Employees are encouraged to contact their campus Human Resources office with questions about their leave options and their supervisor regarding return to campus.
"Thank you for all you are doing to protect the health and safety of our campus and our statewide community," Dr. Gold said. "We recognize and appreciate the unwavering commitment of our faculty, staff and students to keep working, teaching and learning as we work together through this unprecedented time."
Dr. Gold said the campus would continue plans to resume in-person teaching and learning in the fall 2020 semester, noting a variety of non-pharmaceutical interventions will be part of the "new normal."