Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

DRI COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated February 11, 2022.

On February 11, 2022, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he is lifting Nevada’s mask mandate, effective immediately.  The lifting of the mandate is inclusive of all state and NSHE employees, regardless of vaccination status.  As such, masks are no longer required to be worn at DRI’s campuses. The lifting of the mandate does not prevent the wearing of masks on campus.  Anyone who wants to wear a mask may continue to do so and masks are strongly encouraged in crowded areas.

All employees and campus visitors are still encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccination. To find a vaccine provider, please visit Immunize Nevada.

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