Important updates on COVID-19

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COVID VACCINATIONS

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccines available from UF Health. As federal and Florida COVID-19 vaccination plans evolve, UF Health will update this site and keep you informed.

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REOPENING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND UF HEALTH SYSTEM

UF HEALTH SCREEN, TEST AND PROTECT INITIATIVE

The Screen, Test and Protect initiative uses public health guidance and best practices aimed at fostering a culture of care for our community while taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the University of Florida gradually returns faculty, staff and students to the campus environment.

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Information for Students:

Screen, Test & Protect – Spring 2021

UF will continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff in the spring. Testing through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will resume January 3; testing dates will be made available on December 21.

UF is also adding mandatory surveillance testing for some student groups. These student populations have a history of higher rates of infection and that congregate or live in close settings.

The decision to move toward mandatory testing comes amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States. UF will adjust these plans on the basis of needs that arise as UF measures positivity rates on campus.

Testing Plans for Spring Semester

UF will approach COVID-19 testing in the spring with a multilayered approach that includes Return to Campus and Routine Testing phases.

Return to Campus

All students will be marked “not cleared for campus” on Dec. 20. They will then have until Jan. 10 to complete an initial health screening questionnaire for the semester. The health screening questionnaire is available at One.UF.edu.

Undergraduates students living in residence halls and/or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction for the spring semester must complete the health screening questionnaire and must complete their test prior to the first day of classes.

Routine Testing

Beginning Jan. 11, select students will be included into routine testing where they must get tested every 14 days to be considered “cleared for campus.” The students in the routine testing plan include students living in residence halls or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction, or active members of UF’s Greek community who reside in or have a meal plan within a Greek residence.

All students, faculty and staff will receive a weekly health screening questionnaire and can schedule tests at One.UF.edu.

Routine Testing Groups

  • Students living in residence halls.
  • Active members of UF’s Greek community who reside in or have a meal plan within a Greek residence
  • Students in face-to-face classroom instruction.

Masking and Physical Distancing

UF’s face-covering policy has been revised as of September 16: Effective immediately, face coverings are now required outdoors on UF and UF Health property unless a physical distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. The full policy is available below.

UF Masking and Physical Distancing Policy:

All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in UF and UF Health facilities, with an exception for children less than 2 years old. If two or more people are within 6 feet of each other outdoors they must wear a mask or cloth face covering.  Masks with exhalation valves or vents allow air to be expelled and are prohibited because they do not provide protection to others. In addition, neck gaiters and bandanas should not be worn unless no other face covering is available.

Face coverings are to be worn in all classrooms, in patient care areas and when in public/common areas, including lobbies, conference rooms, elevators, stairwells, bathrooms and lounges. Face coverings are also required on employee and visitor shuttles, and on RTS buses. 

Exceptions include when in private offices, private workspaces with adequate physical barriers, and well-ventilated outdoor spaces where appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet or more can be maintained. All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a face covering when outside on all UF and UF Health property unless a distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. ​

Online classes

The University of Florida College of Nursing continues to follow university mandates and guidance to take precautionary measures to protect the health of faculty, staff, students and the public while continuing the delivery of courses using electronic methods. Your health and safety and that of the public are of utmost importance to us.

Library Resources

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, and for the purpose of protecting the health of our users as well as our staff and faculty, the physical Health Science Center Library will offer limited in-person services until further notice. The virtual library is 100% open and available, and library faculty and staff are here to help.

Contact reference@health.ufl.edu for reference help, instruction, consultations and other online services. You may also leave a voice message at 352-273-8408; library staff will be checking email and voicemail Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Journal articles, books, videos and other resources are available on the Health Science Center Library website.

We will still provide the majority of our services remotely, including instruction, research consultations, reference services, and digital interlibrary loan, as well as access to all of our digital collections, including journals, books, databases, and clinical tools.

Contact us at reference@health.ufl.edu for reference help, instruction, consultations and other online services. You may also call 352-273-8408 during open hours.

Our online journal articles, books, videos, and other resources are available on our website: https://library.health.ufl.edu.

In-Person Services:

  • You may request books from our collection to pick up. Use the following process:
    • Search for the item you want in the library catalog
    • Click the Request link next to the item call number.
    • Sign in on the UF Authentication page with your GatorLink credentials.
    • Library staff will locate the item and notify you via email when the item is ready for you to pick up.
    • After you receive email notification that your item is ready, visit the HSC Library Information Desk during our open hours to pick it up.
    • If you aren’t able to pick up books on campus, please request them through interlibrary loan instead.
  • Skulls and medical equipment are available for checkout from the 1st floor desk. We are not circulating headphones, chargers, HDMI cables, scientific calculators or other technology at this time.

More Virtual Services:

The Health Science Center Libraries team is committed to maintaining access to library resources, expertise, and services during the response to COVID-19.

Please contact Associate Dean & Fackler Director Melissa Rethlefsen at ml.rethlefsen@ufl.edu if you have any questions or concerns that have not been addressed here.

Local Wellness Resources

Internet Resources

If you live in an area with slow internet options. You can go to the following site and see if eduroam is available near you: Connecting to eduroam off-campus.

There are more than 100 Wi-Fi hot spots in Florida, including several state university campuses and community colleges. You don’t have to sit in a car – many locations have open spaces and communal rooms available so you can get online while socially distancing and following CDC guidelines in an air-conditioned space. Also, in Florida all of the UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers (REC) are equipped with eduroam, so if you live in a rural area of your county you can visit an REC to securely watch course videos and take care of your academic needs.  Here’s a link to all the eduroam sites in the U.S.: Eduroam US locator map.

Comcast:

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Cox:

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Spectrum/Charter:

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AT&T:

Open hotspot mentioned here (under community->keep Americans connected pledge): https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

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Employees AND students

WHAT IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS?

If you are currently experiencing symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea or shortness of breath: Go or stay home, isolate yourself and call the appropriate office for guidance, which may include your primary care physician/provider, to be evaluated.

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Information for Faculty and Staff:

Transitioning Back to UF

The University of Florida, UF Health Shands, UF Human Resources, and the Health Science Center has provided multiple resources regarding returning to the work during COVID-19. This page serves as a supplement, citing those original sources in a cohesive manner. To review those sources, click the appropriate button below:

Screen, Test & Protect

All UF, University Athletic Association and extension staff and faculty, regardless of location, are required to be screened prior to coming back on campus, and testing is strongly recommended. Faculty and staff who work in health care or on campus and who have been working since the beginning of the state shelter-in-place orders are strongly encouraged to be tested but it will not impact your work schedule.

Faculty and Staff of the College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health & Health Professions or the College of Veterinary Medicine:

  • Faculty and staff who have been working in clinical environments on the UF campus during the COVID-19 pandemic are still required to be screened, and are strongly encouraged to be tested, but the scheduling of testing will not impact your work schedule.
  • Faculty and staff who have not been working on the UF campus are strongly encouraged to be tested prior to returning to work. These plans are still being developed – we will communicate details when they are finalized.

Human Resources guidance

For information on working through COVID-19, including guidance on taking leave and working remotely.

Research Operations

Refer to Research COVID-19 Updates for information.

Returning to Work

Returning to work during the COVID-19 crisis is an additional stressor for many people during these uncertain times. UF Health psychiatrists Drs. Jody Brown and Carol Mathews discuss some ways to manage return-to-work anxiety.

Archer Family Health Care

Archer Family Health Care remains open and continues to see patients. If a patient is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed, they must call the clinic prior to coming in (352-265-2550). Patients will then be directed to next steps.

Additional Resources:

CDC Travel Recommendations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Health
National Institutes of Health
World Health Organization