Research Announcements

Effective 5/23/22: Change in UNMC Research Space Masking Guidance Specific to Laboratories

As community cases of COVID-19 increase, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine have changed their masking guidance. This is reminder that this guidance affects masking in laboratory spaces as well. Effective May 23, 2022, procedural masks (surgical, N95s, KN95s) are required again for all UNMC students, staff, faculty and visitors in all research laboratories and associated research spaces – unless an individual is alone in that space as well as all public spaces (UNMC Today article). Individuals may be unmasked if alone in a room with the door shut or when socially distanced while eating in a designated space or outdoors. A mask is required in all clinical spaces even if alone in that space.

Please use the 1-COVID app daily, take a COVID test, and stay home if you have any symptoms or have been recently exposed. Let your work group know if you test positive so they can test as well.

Our number one priority is to keep our UNMC community safe while we conduct our research. Please be respectful when reminding each other of this change. We look forward to relaxing these guidelines once the number of cases at UNMC and in the community decline.

For any concerns about this guidance, please contact the VCR Office.