UF Health Shands Hospital has its first confirmed case of a patient with novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, who was transferred from another hospital.
At UF Health, the safety of our patients, our caregivers and the community is a top priority. We are well-prepared to deal with any potential cases of COVID-19 and have robust protocols for addressing infectious diseases of this nature. We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and Florida Department of Health guidelines for identification and management of patients who meet CDC screening criteria. This currently includes symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath), travel from China, Europe, Iran, Japan and South Korea in the past 14 days, or close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from these countries. This also includes anyone experiencing symptoms who has been on a cruise in the last 14 days.