The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team are working together to conduct coordinated contact tracing for the UNL community.

The Public Health Advocacy Team is a small number of UNL staff working with the LLCHD to conduct coordinated contact tracing for the UNL community. The team is also a resource to help faculty, staff and students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 navigate school and work.

The LLCHD and Public Health Advocacy Team will communicate with UNL faculty, staff and students by phone, text or email to conduct contact tracing and notify close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Faculty and staff members and students should answer their phones and frequently check their email during this time.

  • Individuals who test positive will in most cases be contacted by phone to conduct a contact tracing interview with the LLCHD.
  • Close contacts will in most cases be notified of exposure either by phone from the LLCHD or by email from covid19@unl.edu.

Notifications to close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases will convey only as much information as necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the UNL community. In most cases, the individual who tested positive need not be identified.

Faculty, staff and students notified that they were in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 should NOT begin notifying others in the UNL community, such as others in their workplace, classes, or living environment. Making such notifications is the work of the LLCHD and the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team.

For information about what to do if you test positive, see UNL COVID-19 isolation guidance. For information about what to do if you are identified as exposed to COVID-19, see UNL COVID-19 exposure guidance.

Information about on-campus COVID-19 testing can be found on the Spring 2022 on Campus page.