In the interest of the health and safety of the Maverick community, as well as transparency, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Health Security provides daily updates. By example, today’s report indicates that 16 students have tested positive for COVID-19 – 13 of which are student-athletes. To date, since the beginning of the summer, UNO has reported 44 total cases, 35 of which are students and nine of which are employees, with no hospitalizations that the university is aware of.
Consistent with NCAA requirements, UNO Athletics conducts baseline testing for all student athletes in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Nebraska Medicine, and UNO’s Office of Health Security. The 13 student-athlete cases, all asymptomatic, were confirmed through tests conducted on Friday, August 28. An additional three cases unrelated to athletics have also been identified. Today’s update to the dashboard will reflect this total increase of 16 cases.
The Office of Health Security at UNO has worked closely with UNO Athletics, UNO Residence Life and the Douglas County Health Department to conduct contact tracing. Three of the 13 cases identified have been classified as campus acquired.
These proactive baseline testing efforts have provided UNO with an opportunity to intervene before COVID-19 continued to spread among the university’s student athletes.
Four athletics programs have paused all workouts due to quarantine requirements. Any student who tests positive and lives on campus will be given options to relocate to campus housing specifically designated for quarantine purposes or to quarantine off-campus.
The health and safety of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors have been at the forefront of UNO’s planning for resuming in-person learning, teaching, and working for the Fall 2020 semester. UNO’s COVID-19 Health Reporting Dashboard will continue to be updated regularly to reflect the latest information regarding cases of COVID-19 impacting the UNO campus community.
We continue to work closely with our students, faculty and staff as well as the public health professionals to communicate the importance of the key measures support to on campus learning. We underscore the importance of social distancing, face masks and the use of the 1-Check UNO smart phone application. These measures are truly critical!
Additional information about UNO’s return to campus and efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 can be found on UNO’s Fall Forward website at unomaha.edu/fall-forward.