Updates from the Research COVID-19 Task Force: Aug. 17-21

News for Researchers

Posted August 17, 2020 by Dan Moser

Welcome back, Huskers! During the fall semester, the Research Task Force will continue sending updates about campus operations that affect research and creative activities during the pandemic. This message addresses topics for the week of Aug. 17-21.

On-campus COVID-19 testing site now open

The university, in partnership with Test Nebraska, has opened a free COVID-19 testing site for faculty, staff and students. The test site is located at the 17th and R streets parking garage. Same-day appointments are available Monday-Friday in the afternoon. The site is closed on the weekends. Visit the COVID-19 on-campus testing webpage for details about using this resource or the University Health Center.

Make the ‘Cornhusker Commitment’ pledge

Faculty and staff are urged to sign the “Cornhusker Commitment” pledge that demonstrates their commitment to taking precautions known to halt the spread of COVID-19.

August operational status

The following guidelines for August operations are described in further detail at research.unl.edu/covid-19.

>> Abide by local health guidance.

>> Follow all UNL health and safety policies.

>> Continue reducing workplace density and work remotely when possible.

>> Normal access to campus buildings resumed Aug. 10.

>> Package delivery to campus sites resumed Aug. 10.

>> International travel is prohibited. University-sponsored domestic travel outside Nebraska is highly discouraged and requires two levels of authorization approval. Travel authorization is routed through Concur, which is accessible through the Firefly portal under the business applications tab.

This communication is distributed to principal investigators with approved research and creative activity re-opening plans as well as the associate deans for research. Please share this guidance with members of your research team as appropriate.

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