COVID-19 Exposure and Symptoms: What Should I Do If…?
Quick Reference Guide

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea and/or shortness of breath not explained by another known condition.

Non-clinical UF faculty or staff member

  • If you are a non-clinical UF faculty or staff member, you should inform your supervisor that you must GO HOME or, if you are already at home, STAY HOME. Call your primary care physician/provider to be evaluated. To schedule a test with Screen, Test & Protect, visit ONE.UF.edu and complete the screening questionnaire.
  • Discuss with your supervisor about using leave and/or working from home during this time. Your supervisor should contact their UF Human Resources liaison, who will follow up with the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team.
  • Supervisors need not take additional steps at this point.

Non-clinical student

  • If you are a non-clinical student, call your personal physician or the UF Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161 to be evaluated for testing and to receive further instructions about returning to campus.

What should I do if I’ve come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19? Am I allowed to continue to work?

If you think you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and do not have symptoms:

Non-clinical UF faculty or staff member, or non-clinical student

  • If you are a non-clinical UF faculty or staff member or a non-clinical student, call UF Health Screen, Test & Protect at 352-273-9790 (8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Maintain strict adherence to masking and other precautions, and await further instructions regarding work.

If you think you have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 AND you have symptoms:

Non-clinical UF faculty or staff member

Non-clinical student

What do I do if I test positive?

Non-clinical faculty or staff member, or non-clinical student

  • If you test positive, GO HOME or, if you are already at home, STAY HOME. Call the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team at 352-273-9790 (8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) so they can initiate isolation and contact tracing. Discuss with your supervisor about using leave and/or working from home during this time.
  • If you are a non-clinical faculty or staff member and you think you need medical care, you should notify your primary care physician/provider or UF Occupational Medicine at 352-294-5700.
  • If you are a non-clinical student and you think you need medical care, you should notify your primary care physician/provider or the UF Health Student Care Center at 352-392-1161. Resources are available to students who test positive and need to isolate.

How is my return-to-work/campus status determined? What are the criteria?

Your return to work/campus will be determined by disease investigators with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect or representatives from UF Health Shands Occupational Health or UF Occupational Medicine, working with your employer.

  • Please note that if you have symptoms, the timing of your return is determined by the date you first developed symptoms, not by the date you received confirmation of a positive test result. If you do not have symptoms and you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the timing of your return to campus is determined by the date of testing.
  • If you have symptoms, STAY HOME in quarantine until your test results are back.
  • In addition, you can be infectious even after you no longer have symptoms. You will not be cleared to return to campus until at least 10 days after your symptoms started.

Employed by the University of Florida (faculty, staff, housestaff, students) and not working in a clinical setting

  • If you are a UF employee not working in a clinical setting, your return to work is determined by the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team (call 352-273-9790 for more information) or your local county health department.

Employed by UF Health Shands (hospital employee) or by UF and working in a clinical setting