Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

DRI COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated July 22, 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.

The Clark County Commission implemented a new mask mandate for businesses.  All employees on our Las Vegas campus and Boulder City facility will be required to wear masks in public spaces and when gathered together in offices as of Thursday, July 22, 2021, regardless of vaccination status.

Employees and campus visitors who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a face-covering on our Reno campus or at DRI offsite locations located outside of Clark County. We recognize that many who are fully vaccinated prefer to continue to wear a face covering, and that is welcome.

Employees and campus visitors who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to continue to wear a face-covering in all indoor public settings. Please note that in general, people are considered fully vaccinated: two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. 

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