This week, additional steps were taken to address our $38.2 million budget shortfall in state-aided funding in the next three fiscal years.
As I mentioned in a June communication to campus and discussed in our fall campus-wide town halls with faculty and staff in July, the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to date on our institution is substantial. While we are doing better financially than many other institutions, addressing this shortfall is requiring us to make tough choices and to take very difficult immediate and proactive financial adjustments.
Today we are releasing data related to the COVID-19 cases among our UNL community and will be providing daily updates going forward. We have had 107 positive cases reported to us by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) since Aug. 12, among 889 tests. This includes tests done on campus, at the UNL TestNebraska facility and at the University Health Center, as well as those done elsewhere.