It is essential for health and safety that the following notifications occur promptly regarding any member of the UNL community who tests positive for COVID-19:
- Any UNL faculty or staff member or student who tests positive for COVID-19 should promptly notify the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or via text message at 402-266-6865.
- Any UNL employee (faculty, staff, or student worker) who tests positive for COVID-19 should also promptly notify their direct supervisor.
- UNL supervisors whose supervisee self-reports a positive COVID-19 test should promptly notify the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team, including the employee's name, at email@example.com or via text message at 402-266-6865, including employee name.
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 should promptly notify their instructors to determine how to address any missed course activities or requirements.
- Instructors, student support staff, or others to whom a student might report that they tested positive for COVID-19 should promptly notify the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or via text message at 402-266-6865. Notifications should include the student’s full name and NUID, if available.
- UNL supervisors or other employees who learn of a positive COVID-19 case should NOT notify anyone besides the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team of the community member’s positive status. This includes not notifying others that may share a workplace, classroom, or living environment with the individual who tested positive. Making such notifications is the work of the Public Health Advocacy Team and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
The Public Health Advocacy Team is a small number of UNL staff who interface with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department 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 Public Health Advocacy Team will keep confidential the identities and health information of those who test positive, sharing information only as needed with LLCHD to coordinate contact tracing and with identified close contacts of the individual to notify of exposure.
Notifications to close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases will be made through a coordinated effort by the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team and the LLCHD. Such notifications 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 are urged to follow the UNL positive test reporting protocol.
- Employees with concerns about how disclosure of a positive test may affect their employment should consult the administrative and sick leave policies designed to help support employees in this situation.
- Students with concerns about how a disclosure of a positive test may affect their course standing are assured instructors have been asked to offer flexible alternatives for students in this situation. The Office of Student Advocacy and Support can help as needed. See Student Support During COVID-19 for a comprehensive resource of support services for students.
- Students with concerns about how knowledge of their positive test may affect the operation of a student group (e.g. club sport, Greek house, RSO, etc.) to which they belong are reminded that the quicker the UNL Public Health Advocacy Team learns of a positive test, the quicker action can be taken to minimize an outbreak of COVID-19 that could affect campus activities.