What do you get when you combine Maverick Spirit and public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has purchased tens of thousands of black reusable cloth face masks to be distributed to students, faculty and staff in preparation for a return to in-person teaching, learning, and working. The masks are black and feature an embroidered Maverick logo as well as the phrase “Maverick Strong.”
Each mask will cover the wearer’s nose and mouth while elastic bands on either side loop over an individual’s ears to keep the mask in place. All students, faculty and staff members will be provided with two reusable cloth masks at no charge with additional masks available for purchase. Additional child-size masks have been purchased for children who may need them in UNO’s Child Care Center.
"Throughout this pandemic, our No. 1 priority has been the safety of our students, faculty, staff and their loved ones,” said UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “Providing masks to our UNO family is an important step as we continue to navigate the pandemic and protect the health and wellbeing of our entire community. This is one of the many evidence-based ways that we protect each other and the community that we serve every day."
In alignment with guidance from the CDC and the Douglas County Health Department, cloth face coverings or masks are currently recommended for individuals on-campus. Research has shown that facemasks protect others, lower the likelihood of transmission, and help guard the individual wearer.
The university has not yet received its full shipment of these reusable cloth masks. Information on how masks will be distributed to students, faculty and staff will be shared soon.
Ordering Additional Supplies
Additionally, Facilities and Procurement have established a campus COVID-19 supply storeroom for disinfecting department offices, suites, conference rooms, and lab equipment. Supplies have been ordered in bulk to assure product availability and help lower costs to departments. Products are available for departments to order through eSHOP using the COVID-19 Supplies Order form. Available items include disposable masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes.
In order to help plan for fall supply planning, all departments are asked to complete the COVID-19 Fall Planning Supplies form, which is also available in eSHOP. Providing an estimated monthly quantity of supplies needed on hand for areas such as office spaces, conference rooms, and lab equipment will help assist Facilities and Procurement with ordering enough items for the Fall 2020 semester.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.