Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

DRI COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated July 30, 2021.

DRI’s campuses in Reno and Las Vegas are officially reopened as of July 1, 2021. All employees and campus visitors are encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccination. To find a vaccine provider, please visit Immunize Nevada.

In response to a directive issued by Nevada Governor Sisolak, all unvaccinated and vaccinated DRI employees and members of the public will be required to wear a face covering while inside any building or structure on any NSHE campus or property, including DRI’s Reno and Las Vegas campuses, effective Friday, July 30, 2021.  This new mandate may remain in effect until the vaccination rate increases and the level of COVID-19 transmissions decreases in Nevada’s high-risk counties.

COVID-19 Vaccine Locator

Find a local vaccine provider from the Immunize Nevada website.

COVID-19 News & Notifications

DRI communications below contain information regarding COVID-19 on our Reno and Las Vegas campuses.

Research Campus Operations and COVID-19 Resources

For the most current information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Desert Research Institute is working with local and state health authorities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our state. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most up-to-date information about the status of COVID-19 in the United States, prevention measures and what to do if you are feeling ill. To remain vigilant and prepared, DRI will continue to align our communication and information sharing with the Washoe County Health District, the Southern Nevada Health District, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Questions? Contact Us

If you have a question about DRI’s response to COVID-19, or a question about ongoing research collaboration, laboratory partnership or service agreement, or potential project with a DRI faculty or staff member please email –

Thank you, DRI Office of External Affairs and Communications