Frequently Asked Questions
Screen, Test & Protect

COVID-19 Exposure and Symptoms

Refer to our quick reference guide on what do if you experience symptoms, come in close contact with someone with COVID, or test positive for COVID.

Assess Your Risks

Use our reference guide to common campus and and community activities so you can take precautions to live and learn more safely.

How to Have Yourself a Healthy Holiday

Things to do before leaving town for the Thanksgiving or the winter holidays.

General

What is UF’s mask policy?

All patients, visitors, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and vendors are required to follow the University of Florida policy on masking and physical distancing. If two or more people are within 6 feet of each other outdoors they must wear a mask or cloth face covering. In addition, masks with exhalation valves or vents allow air to be expelled and are prohibited because they do not provide protection to others. They also are not permitted in UF Health facilities, regardless of whether a filter is present (unless a second ear loop or surgical mask is worn and completely covers the valve part of the mask). In addition, neck gaiters and bandanas should not be worn unless no other face covering is available.

Face masks and coverings have been shown to significantly decrease the risk of spreading viruses and other respiratory diseases by protecting people exposed to the wearer. 

It is important to use face masks correctly and follow the basic guidance below:      

  • Everyone should wear a face mask/cloth face covering when they have to go out in public — for example, to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Face masks/cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2 or on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do not use a face mask meant for a health care worker (N95), unless you are in a setting where there is the potential for direct exposure to a person/persons infected with COVID-19.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet (2 m) between yourself and others when possible. 
  • A face mask/cloth face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.​​

How are we using our COVID testing capabilities to bring faculty, staff and students back to campus?

Our goal is to screen more than 20,000 faculty, staff and students by July 1. When running at full capacity, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect can test more than 1,000 people per day at the various testing sites. It is important to remember there are a number of factors outside of our control that may impact the number of people tested per day or per week. UF will continue to send updated communications regarding the phased return as this plan evolves. 

Who is administering the test?

UF Health is administering the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program in coordination with the Florida Health Department.


Online Screening

What is the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program?

As the University of Florida works to restore full campus operations, all faculty, staff and students are required to complete an online screening questionnaire to determine if they have symptoms of COVID-19. They also will be asked if they have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or who has been diagnosed with the infection.

Because some people can be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, nasal swab testing for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect for all faculty, staff and students to determine whether they are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This testing is offered at no cost to you. After the screening questionnaire is completed, information will be provided about how to make an appointment for testing.

All students who remained on campus to live or work during the campus closure are also required to complete the online screening and many will be strongly encouraged to undergo testing. Students working in certain high-risk environments (e.g., clinical settings) or returning from “hotspots” (as defined by our UF Health professionals in conjunction with CDC guidance) may be required to undergo testing.

Who will be screened and tested for COVID-19?

As the University of Florida works to restore full campus operations, all faculty and staff are required to complete an online screening questionnaire to determine if they have symptoms of COVID-19. They also will be asked if they have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or who has been diagnosed with the infection.

Students are also required to participate in online screening to return to or continue living on campus.

Because some people can be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, nasal swab testing for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect for all faculty, staff and students to determine whether they are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This testing is offered at no cost to you. After the screening questionnaire is completed, information will be provided about how to make an appointment for testing.

All students who remained on campus to live or work during the campus closure are also required to complete the online screening and are strongly encouraged to undergo testing.

The test looks for the presence of the coronavirus and helps determine who can spread it. By testing as many people as possible, we hope to minimize the risk of infection on the UF campus and in the community.

When did screening start?

Screening and testing began for some UF administrators and staff on Wednesday, May 6. You will be notified by your work unit or supervisor if you are part of the group ready for online screening and/or when your department will begin screening. For more information on the process, please see the UF Human Resources website.

What happens if my screening questionnaire says I should be tested?

If your answers to the screening questionnaire suggest your results require additional assessment for COVID-19, a one-time nasal swab test is strongly encouraged before returning to campus. This testing is offered at no cost to you. A representative of UF Occupational Health will contact you to schedule a telehealth appointment to evaluate the need for a medical assessment, including potential testing, and to discuss the process you need to follow before returning to your UF work location. You must quarantine at home, away from others, until told by a medical professional from UF Health Screen, Test & Protect that you can come out of quarantine. Please also notify your personal physician.

People at high risk of infection include those who have been exposed to a person infected with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection, or a history of travel within the past 14 days to or from an area known to have high levels of transmission.

Can I opt out of the screening process? Is there a religious exemption?

No. As we are in a public health emergency, participation in the screening process is required. A doctor’s note will not be accepted as an alternative to completing the online screening questionnaire.


Getting Tested for COVID-19

Is testing mandatory for everyone to come to UF campus?

No, but testing is strongly encouraged as part of the larger screening, testing and tracing program for faculty, staff and students, including those currently living and working on campus to return or continue to be on campus. If your answers to the screening questionnaire suggest your results require additional assessment for COVID-19, a one-time nasal swab test is strongly encouraged before returning to work. This testing is offered at no cost to you. Schedule a test today at ONE.UF by starting a new screening questionnaire.

Can I get tested at home before returning to campus?

You can get tested at home, but you will still need to complete the screening administered by UF Health as part of the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Program. If you are part of a required group or your screening indicates you need to be tested, you will need to be re-tested by UF Health.

Will I only get tested once or will I need to get tested again at a later date?

Additional testing opportunities are now available for students, faculty and staff, and we have introduced additional approaches to surveillance testing to identify areas where coronavirus may be spreading. For those whose test returns positive, UF Health will follow up using standard public health contact tracing procedures and may require further testing, as part of public health efforts to prevent and control the further dissemination of COVID-19 infection. Schedule a test today at ONE.UF by starting a new screening questionnaire.

I opted out of testing during the screening process, but I’ve changed my mind. How do I schedule a test?

Students, faculty and staff can now rescreen and schedule a new testing appointment on campus through ONE.UF by starting a new screening questionnaire.

What are the estimated wait times at the testing sites?

The appointment should last between 5 and 10 minutes. This timing is based on our experience testing thousands of individuals at various walk-up and drive-thru screenings we have conducted throughout North Central Florida.

Bring your Gator 1 ID card and, if you have one, your insurance card. Individuals will NOT be personally responsible for any payment amounts that are not covered by third party payors, including, but not limited to, non-covered or out-of-network services, deductibles, co-insurance and/or co-payments.

Would I ever need to be retested?

There are certain circumstances where retesting would be recommended for you:

Where is testing being offered?

In Gainesville: The UF Cultural Plaza parking garage, located at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. Testing is by appointment only. Please review a full list of locations where testing is available upon completing the ONE.UF screening and test scheduling.

How is the test performed?

The test is performed using a nasal swab, similar to a flu test. The sample is then sent to a lab to determine whether the virus is present.

How long will it take to get my test results?

Results will be available within about two days, with few exceptions. Employees and students will receive information about their results directly from UF Health either via an email or phone call.

I was tested for COVID-19 and my initial test says negative. Am I “safe” from now on?

No. The nasal swab test only detects whether you can infect others at the time the test was taken. If your test is negative, you are not contagious at the time of the test, but you can be infected at a later date, and if infected, can spread the infection to your co-workers or the community.  

Because testing tells us if you can infect others at the time of the testing, UF has established a variety of other measures to reduce the risk of infection on campus. Everyone in campus buildings must wear a face mask or cloth face covering in public areas, must maintain physical distancing between themselves and others, and must follow hygiene protocols such as frequent handwashing. If two or more people are within 6 feet of each other outdoors they must wear a mask or cloth face covering.

Employees who feel ill should go home or stay home, following the guidance on when you believe you may be sick, and should not come to work and should receive recommended testing and treatment as needed.

Students who feel ill should contact the Student Health Care Center immediately and should not go to classes or into public spaces.

Do I get a certificate or documentation that I was tested and was negative to share?

Yes. It will be available in MyUFHealth (UFHealth.org/myUFHealth) or through a health records request from UF Health. Your college or work unit will be notified by UF Human Resources when you are cleared for work.

What happens if I test positive?

If faculty, staff or students test positive, they will be contacted by UF Health or the Student Health Care Center. Please follow these guidelines to ensure you have contacted the appropriate offices and are following current health guidance.

What will happen if faculty, staff or students refuse to provide a list of contacts if they test positive?

It is important to remember that tracing of contacts is a critical public health activity done under the authority of the Florida Department of Health. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, certain steps will be required, consistent with local and state laws and determined by public health authorities.

If a person tests positive, how will UF inform co-workers of an employee who is diagnosed with COVID-19?

UF Health may communicate test results to the University of Florida for use in the university’s return-to-workplace initiative. Employees will receive test results by email or via phone. No personal health information will be released to HR. HR will also receive a notification from the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team indicating if an employee is cleared to return to work.

UF Health may also follow up on positive COVID-19 test results using standard public health contact tracing procedures, as part of public health efforts in coordination with the Department of Health to prevent and control the further dissemination of COVID-19 infection. UF Health will disclose testing results to public health oversight agencies, as well as other regulatory entities, as may be duly authorized or required by applicable state or federal law, statutes or regulations. Disclosures of information by UF Health will apply only to the data obtained as part of this testing program and will not include disclosures of any other existing or future personal health information.

The UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team will work to confidentially inform individuals who have been in contact with the person with COVID, and with the permission of the positive person, may provide their name to the contacts.. The person who tests positive will be asked for as many contacts as possible. Given the nature of close contacts, anonymity is not always possible. This process is in keeping with standard public health practices.

Who has access to test results? How are you protecting that information?

Access to an individual’s test results will be held to the same standard as other protected health information and will be stored in EPIC, the HIPAA-compliant electronic medical record at UF Health. Access to an individual’s test sample and results will be held in a confidential manner by UF Health in a secure database and/or by the state of Florida Department of Health.

Who will pay for this test? Does my insurance cover it? Do the fees I pay to UF cover this cost? Is it free?

UF faculty, staff and students will NOT be personally responsible for any payment amounts that are not covered by third party payors, including, but not limited to, non-covered or out-of-network services, deductibles, co-insurance and/or co-payments.

What if I do not have insurance? 

See question above.

Is this antibody testing?

This is not an antibody test. Antibody testing for SARS-v2-COV is new and thus its contribution to COVID-19 testing is still undergoing evaluation. In the future, antibody testing may be used to identify those who have had a COVID-19 infection in the past. However, currently these tests do not provide information as to whether these antibodies can protect you from reinfection with the virus. The test can also be used to identify donors of plasma (a blood product where antibodies are in high concentration) that will be given to very sick patients with COVID-19. In time, research should help us determine what role, if any, antibody testing might play in our response to COVID-19.

Is this test approved by the CDC?

Yes, the testing is the same as the COVID-19 test you would receive at your doctor’s office or the hospital.

Is this test part of a research study?

No, this is not a research study.


Campus Safety Measures

What measures are in place to protect campus faculty and staff upon reopening?

Physical Distancing
Students, faculty, staff and visitors must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others while on the University of Florida properties and in common spaces until further notice. Per the CDC, limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additionally, any gatherings with more than 10 people are prohibited at this time.

Face Coverings
As part of an ongoing effort to keep the campus safe and in parallel with UF Health, the university is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces on the University of Florida properties. Face coverings are mandatory as of Wednesday, May 13, 2020 for those in all UF buildings and facilities. UF Masking and Physical Distancing Policy

Cleaning & Disinfection
Guidelines for routine cleaning and disinfection of community areas at UF, including but not limited to laboratories, classrooms, common sitting areas, meal rooms, etc., are available. Cleaning and disinfection services are available through UF Facilities Services.

Will UF require temperature checks on all UF faculty, staff, students and the general public before they are allowed in buildings?

No, we are not recommending temperature and symptom screening for UF building entry. Temperature screening and screening for symptoms are of some value in certain settings (i.e., hospitals and clinics, as was done at UF Health) and where testing is limited. However, symptoms due to COVID-19 vary and many who have COVID-19 do not have a fever; people may spread the virus before they start feeling sick, or even in the absence of any illness. Also, in settings with low levels of transmission, only a small percentage of people with fever are actually infected with COVID-19. The University of Florida requires all employees, students and visitors who have symptoms suggesting they are sick (including fever, shortness of breath, cough or diarrhea) to stay at home. 

There are exceptions to this as mentioned above. UF Health outpatient practices and hospitals may require a temperature or symptom screen before allowing entry.

  • The UF College of Dentistry, based on recommendations from the American Dental Association, is taking and recording temperatures for everyone who enters a UF dental facility — dental patients as well as dental faculty, staff, residents and students.
  • Baby Gator Development Schools is also using temperature screening in keeping with CDC guidelines for child care facilities.
  • The UF Student Health Care Center is requiring temperature checks on all patients entering the SHCC building for appointments. In addition, only patients with scheduled appointments, picking up prescriptions or visiting the lab will have access to the SHCC. In order to enter the building, patients must also be able to show their clearance status in ONE.UF to the screeners and must be cleared for campus.

Faculty & Staff

Is the online screening questionnaire required for all UF faculty and staff?

Yes, all faculty and staff are required to take the online screening questionnaire. Testing is strongly recommended for all.

Does this apply to Jacksonville-based faculty, residents, fellows and staff?

All University of Florida faculty, residents, fellows and staff working on the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North campuses as well as outpatient practices and other locations are expected to follow these requirements.

Does this apply to UF Health Jacksonville employees?

Currently, the screening requirements only apply to University of Florida faculty, residents, fellows and staff. Eventually, UF Health Jacksonville employees will be expected to follow these requirements. More information will be provided in the near future.

I am a UF employee, but I do not work on the main UF campus. Does this apply to me?

Yes, all University of Florida faculty and staff, regardless of location, will be required to complete the online screening questionnaire. Plans for faculty and staff outside of Gainesville and Alachua County are currently underway. For now, and until further guidance is provided, you may continue to follow your department’s current protocols until more information is available.

Does this apply to UF IFAS Extension faculty and staff?

Yes, UF/IFAS Extension faculty and staff were screened in phases early in the summer for return-to-work. Screening participation is required, and UF/IFAS off-campus faculty and staff were offered testing opportunities. They continue to participate in the screening process and abide by UF’s COVID-19 policies.

Does this apply to University Athletic Association (UAA) staff?

Yes, UAA employees were screened prior to returning to the UF campus. Screening was mandatory through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. In addition, select athletic department staff, along with all coaching staff and immediate support staff, are also required to participate in the Southeastern Conference’s in-season third-party testing program, per league policy.

What if I have been working on the UF campus as an essential staff member the entire time? Do I still have to be screened?

Yes, all faculty and staff are required to take the online screening questionnaire. Testing is strongly recommended for all.

I am a researcher and have heard about a research resumption plan. Is this different?

The UF Office of Research is implementing a Research Resumption Plan with specific guidelines for resuming research in the field and in laboratories. Please review these guidelines for your research endeavors. Environmental Health & Safety provides additional guidelines for continuing research and opening/working in lab environments.

If I test positive and do not have enough vacation or sick time to cover the 14-day quarantine, can I teach or work from home during those 14 days?

Yes, if you are feeling well enough to work from home and your department has granted you permission to work at an alternate work location, you may work from home. If you are not feeling well enough to work, there are several options for taking leave or you may also apply for additional leave through UF’s leave donation program. Please review the UF HR guidelines for these programs.


Students

Is UF offering COVID-19 testing in the spring?

Yes. UF will continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.

What is UF’s testing plan for the spring semester?

UF will approach COVID-19 testing in the spring with a multilayered approach that includes Return to Campus and Routine Testing phases. For a breakdown of the requirements for specific student groups, please visit Getting Cleared For Campus.

Return to Campus

All students will be marked “not cleared for campus” on Dec. 21. 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.

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 complete a test by Jan. 10 to be cleared for campus.

Routine Testing

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

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

Is testing required?

We plan to continue with the core strategy of targeted testing for high-risk individuals and are expanding our routine testing plans to include students living in residence halls and those participating in face-to-face classroom instruction or who are active members of UF’s Greek community who live in or have a meal plan at a Greek residence. Students in these groups will get tested every two weeks. Adjustments will be made on the basis of current risks and needs that arise during the ever-changing pandemic.

Are there any exclusions?

Students in the routine testing groups who have previously been investigated by the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team for a positive PCR test within the preceding 90 days will not be required to get a test at the start of the semester. After the 90-day mark from the onset of symptoms, they will be added back into the surveillance testing rotation.

How long will surveillance testing last?

Routine surveillance testing begins at the start of the semester, continuing with testing every two weeks. UF Health professionals will be monitoring the positivity rate within the testing cycle as well as other factors and will reassess, as necessary.

What kind of test will UF be using?

UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will continue using noninvasive, saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in spring semester 2021. Nasal swab testing may be requested at the testing site if medically necessary.

Why is there an expansion of the testing plan for spring?

The decision to move toward routine testing comes amid a resurgence of the pandemic in the United States. And while UF Health Screen, Test & Protect helped UF “flatten the curve” in the fall, UF Health officials want to act proactively in case a touch of “COVID-19 fatigue” has caused some individuals to relax their guard.

Routine testing is required among student populations with a history of higher rates of infection and that congregate or live in close settings.

When will testing for the spring semester begin? What date?

Testing through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will resume Jan. 3. Students can schedule their test as early as Dec. 21 through One.UF.edu.

If campus capacity for testing is 2,400/day, how will that accommodate all who need to be tested?

Testing will be staggered over with an initial Return to Campus phase followed by the routine testing. There is limited testing capacity each day. Please schedule your test as soon as possible.

Which groups are required to get tested?

Students living in residence halls or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction, or who are active members of UF’s Greek community who live in or have a meal plan at a Greek residence, must get tested every 14 days as part of the routine testing plan.

How often will these students be tested?

Students in the routine testing plan will be tested every two weeks at the start of the semester, beginning Jan. 11. Every two weeks, these students will have a 48-hour window to schedule their test. Testing must be completed with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.

What happens if I decide not to get tested?

If a student in the routine surveillance testing program fails to schedule a test within their testing window, they will be placed in a “not cleared for campus” status on One.UF.edu. If a student is not cleared for campus, they will not be permitted to attend in-person classes or student events, or use campus facilities, including the libraries, Newell Hall, RecSports and the Reitz Union. After Jan. 10, a student must be cleared for campus to live in a residence hall.

If I live in Graduate & Family Housing, will I be part of the routine surveillance testing?

No. Students who live in UF Graduate & Family Housing are not mandated to get tested, unless they have face-to-face classes. Voluntary testing is available to them.

What about student athletes?

Student athletes who live in resident halls or attend undergraduate in-person classes will participate in the Return to Campus screening and testing program.

What about student assistants or teaching assistants?

Student assistants and teaching assistants do not have to get tested, unless they fall into an identified routine testing group. Voluntary testing is available to them.

Do I have to test negative to move-into the residence halls, start classes or move into a sorority or fraternity housing for spring 2021 semester?

You need to have scheduled a test but do not need to have your test results to move into the residence halls or start classes for spring 2021 semester. But if you are an undergraduate student with in-person classes or an undergraduate student who lives in the residence halls, you must complete your health screening questionnaire and schedule a test by Jan. 10.

If you live in a Greek chapter house, remember that houses and the terms of your lease agreement may have additional requirements related to their move-in processes. To avoid delays, please check with your house director to determine if there are any additional requirements you must fulfill prior to returning to your house (e.g., obtaining a negative test result).

Can I get tested by my physician or at an emergency care location?

Routine surveillance testing for specific UF student groups must be completed through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect at our on-campus locations. The saliva-based test is free, fast and convenient.

How will I know the result of my test?

You will receive email notification of your test results. Results should take 48 or so hours to be processed, and you will be cleared for campus while you wait for your results. Visit testing and getting results for more information.

Is there a possibility to have students schedule a test prior to them leaving for winter break?

Yes, students will receive an email on Dec. 21 and will be able to schedule a test prior to winter break.

How do I find out if I have been cleared to access main campus facilities?

Students can check their status at One.UF.edu.

What if I test positive?

If you test positive, please start to isolate from others. Call UF Health Screen, Test & Protect disease investigators at 352-273-9790 to learn your next steps.

Will students need to isolate or quarantine if they are a close contact or test positive?

Yes, students will need to continue to follow quarantine and isolation protocols.

When will testing dates be made available for students to begin scheduling?

Early January testing dates will be made available on Dec. 21.

Will students get emails prompting them to schedule?

Yes, students will be notified to schedule their tests beginning in mid-December through email.

Where are the testing location sites?

At this time, the spring semester testing locations are the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gate 7, Broward Garage 4 and the Philips Center on Hull Road. If additional testing sites are added, we will update our campus community.

What testing options are available to students in face-to-face scenarios at extension offices?

Testing options for students in face-to-face scenarios at extension offices are still being determined. More information will be forthcoming.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Student-screening@ufl.edu

Will the weekly screening questionnaire continue for students given the spring semester 2021 plan?

Yes. The weekly screening questionnaire will continue for all students, faculty and staff.

Is the air exchange quality in classrooms OK?

In our response to COVID-19, factors such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a face covering and practicing personal hygiene are important to maintaining the teaching and research missions of the university. UF facilities and their associated air quality also play an important role in maintaining a safe workplace. Accordingly, UF Facilities Services recently evaluated the air change per hour rates of more than 350 instructional spaces across campus. The results show that these spaces meet or exceed commonly accepted standards of air changes per hour. Further, these results were reviewed by a team of medical experts at UF Health. UF Health concluded that the levels of air change found within the instructional spaces across campus do not put students or faculty members at risk for COVID-19. We will continue to monitor air exchange rates regularly and will work with faculty and the Registrar’s Office to take instructional spaces falling below standards established by UF Health offline for the spring semester.

Can you test my pets?

No. We will not be testing pets.

Who do I report my results to? Do I have to report my results to the Registrar’s Office, Dean of Students or my program office?

When you get tested through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect or through UF Student Health Care Center, you do not need to report your results to anyone.

How can I attend classes if I test positive? Will there be online options?

If you test positive, you will be contacted to let you know your test results. The Care Team in the Dean of Student Office will then work with you on any class accommodations you need.

If I test positive and I get sick, will my student health insurance cover the costs of treatment?

Yes. Health insurance will cover your medical needs.

What do I do if I test positive and can’t move into my residence hall?

If you test positive, you will be contacted about your test results. The Dean of Students Office and Housing and Residence Life will then work with you on any accommodations you need.

What if someone in my residence hall or sorority/fraternity house tests positive? Do I need to quarantine myself or get retested?

If someone tests positive and you have had direct connection with them, you will receive a call from UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and you will need to self-quarantine. You are not permitted to self-quarantine in the residence halls. The university has a plan to support students who need to do so. If a student lives on campus or in a sorority or fraternity house, we have held spaces on and off campus to temporarily relocate them for the duration of their quarantine. We will be working with students who live on and off campus to provide support and resources ranging from outreach to academic assistance.

What happens if a student in the residence halls gets sick from COVID-19? 

If a student lives on campus in a residence hall or in a sorority or fraternity house and needs to be withheld from campus, the University of Florida will provide students alternative housing for a proper quarantine or isolation length.

If a student lives in Graduate and Family Housing and needs to be withheld from campus, that student may remain in their apartment.

What sort of safety/cleaning measures are being implemented in housing?

UF’s custodial team is continuing to conduct their usual, daily, disinfecting cleaning in areas such as public restrooms, along with doing a deeper disinfecting cleaning in all common/lobby spaces. They are increasing the daily wiping down of high-touch surfaces in all residence halls to include:

  • Doors, door knobs, handrails, elevator push buttons
  • Desks, tables, chairs, arm rests of chairs
  • Counters, offices, phones, keyboards, laptop keypads in common spaces
  • Bathroom fixtures, toilets, sinks
  • Water fountain push buttons

Areas are being cleaned using microfiber cleaning cloths, which are frequently changed and disinfected using Diversey Oxivir TB.

Supervisors are monitoring desk area locations to ensure hand sanitizer bottles are kept replenished at the desk and not allowed to run low.

Staff are focusing on after-hours cleaning as it relates to areas that are visibly soiled and immediately cleaning those locations.

As usual, if students have a cleaning concern, they can submit an iService ticket.

Are there quarantine requirements for international students or out-of-state students when they first arrive in Gainesville?

Students should check for any travel restrictions, and they will need to complete the weekly health screening questionnaire..If a student has an face-to-face class this spring or lives in a residence hall, they are required to get tested as part of the mandatory surveillance testing program.

Will international students be provided with alternative housing if another wave of COVID-19 disrupts housing and dining operations?

International students will be able to remain on campus.

If I test positive and am required to self-isolate, will I be staying in my residence hall?

You are not permitted to quarantine and self-isolate in the residence halls. The university has a plan to support students who need to do so. If a student lives on campus or in a sorority or fraternity house, we have held spaces on and off campus to temporarily relocate them for the duration of their quarantine. We will be working with students who live on and off campus to provide support and resources ranging from outreach to academic assistance.

Currently, we have held more than 400 spaces on campus and have off-campus spaces available as needed.

What if I need an accommodation and can’t wear a face covering?

If you need any accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center at DRC@ufsa.ufl.edu or 352-392-8565.

How do you plan to distribute masks to students? 

Masks will be distributed to students via our University Housing and Residence Life team, Sorority and Fraternity Affairs, Reitz Union staff, Cultural Centers and other high-traffic locations to be identified. Masks will be included in Gator Care Kits, which will be made available to all UF students.

Is there financial support for students impacted by the pandemic?

The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), postdoctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Will the university give housing/dining refunds if they must go back online due to a second wave?

There are no refunds planned for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters.

As a parent or guardian of a student, if my student gets coronavirus, can they leave and come home to self-isolate?

Yes, they can.

As a parent or guardian of a student, can I help my student move into the residence halls?

Since your family members are temporary visitors, they do not need to get tested to help you move in. They are required to practice CDC-recommended behaviors, including wearing masks or cloth face coverings on campus and in the residence halls or apartment buildings.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Student-screening@ufl.edu

If you have any questions, not covered by the FAQ, please use your Gatorlink and submit your question to our team. If you are a UF student and believe you have symptoms, have come into close contact with a COVID-19 person, or test positive, please follow our guidance on who to call in each circumstance. You can now schedule testing through ONE.UF by starting a new screening questionnaire.


UF Health Patients

As a patient who has to visit a doctor’s office, do I have to get screened or tested before coming into the hospital or practice?

UF Health outpatient practices and hospitals are screening all visitors and patients when they arrive, not online prior to arriving. You are not required to be tested for COVID-19 unless you are undergoing a procedure or surgery or will be admitted to the hospital. In that case, your physician will discuss this process with you. For full details on hospital and outpatient screening, please review the Visitor Guidelines.

I need to go to the ER or to my doctor’s office, but I am afraid because I might be exposed to someone with COVID-19. What are you doing to keep me safe?

UF Health hospitals and outpatient practices have implemented several measures to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff. Please review all UF Health safety measures.


Media

Who can provide an interview about UF Health Screen, Test & Protect?

Please contact UF Health Communications media relations coordinator Ken Garcia, 352-273-9799, or University of Florida AVP for Communications Steve Orlando, 352-846-3903.