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 – Summer 2021

As UF continues to promote the health of our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Florida is currently maintaining our Routine Testing Plan during summer A for students determined by UF Health experts to present the highest risk for contracting and transmitting the virus.

As data has shown cases trending downward, we will adjust these plans accordingly.

Testing Plans for Summer Semesters

All students who attend a face-to-face class, live in a residence hall or are an active member of UF’s Greek community and reside in or has a meal plan within a Greek residence, are included in UF’s routine testing plan and will be tested every two weeks to remain clear for campus, except those who are exempt due to their vaccine status. You will be placed on a “not cleared for campus” status beginning May 10 until you have completed a test with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. Once you have completed a test approximately four hours later, you will be marked “cleared for campus.”

Students determined by UF Health experts to present a high risk for contracting or transmitting the virus will be included in the routine testing plan, where they will be tested every two weeks beginning at the start of the summer session.

MAY 17: TRANSITION TO NORMAL CAMPUS OPERATIONS

Given recently released national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.

Within UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including dentistry practices and veterinary hospitals, masks will continue to be required. UF Health will support UF in implementing these policies as safely as possible and urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so. You may click below for information on how and where to receive your vaccine.

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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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.

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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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Information for Faculty and Staff:

Transitioning Back to UF

Looking ahead, UF will transition to pre-COVID normal operations for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year June 28, as previously announced. Changes include returning to pre-pandemic classroom capacity for Summer B and Fall semesters. We will also resume full in-person participation in athletic and other activities on our campuses, including fan participation in stadiums and arenas.

As always, please visit UF’s COVID-19 website or coronavirus.UFHealth.org for more information. We will continue to update these sites as any new information becomes available.

Please note that while we are encouraged by the progress we are making, we will continue to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, closely monitor the pandemic, and take appropriate steps aimed at continuing to safeguard our university community should it become necessary to do so.

As we begin our summer sessions and look forward to a new academic year, our admiration and gratitude go out to our UF students, faculty and staff, who have excelled, innovated and advocated for the measures implemented to ensure we had a successful academic year while contributing to the greater good across the state and beyond. In addition, we applaud all those who have served tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic, including our healthcare workers. To you, we owe our deepest debt of gratitude.

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