Over the course of the next few months, UF Health will perform COVID-19 screening and testing on UF and UF Health faculty and staff, including those who have remained at their work locations throughout the last several weeks. Faculty and staff who have been working remotely will be screened and tested prior to returning to campus. Screening and testing will also be conducted for health care workers who are currently working in the UF Health system.
The initiative will take a thoughtful, coordinated and phased approach to facilitate a safer process for faculty, staff and students to return to campus. Not everyone will be asked to return to campus at the same time, however. The screening and testing will be conducted over time, with colleges, units and departments identifying clusters of personnel to be screened and tested during each phase. Employees with research responsibilities or many of those working in certain clinical areas will be among the first to be screened.
Scheduling an Appointment for Testing
Faculty and staff will be notified via email when they have been identified for screening. Clear instructions will be provided on how to schedule a testing appointment, including an online option and a phone number. Due to the structured nature of this effort and the number of those who will need to be tested, faculty and staff should wait to be notified before scheduling a testing appointment.
- Testing is by appointment only. You will be unable to schedule an appointment until you have completed the online screening questionnaire.
- If you are unable to register online, we will give you a call to schedule an appointment.
- Please bring your Gator 1 ID card and 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.
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not come for a testing appointment; instead, please contact your health care provider.
Additional details on the process UF Human Resources will follow in determining the order of which employees will be tested is available on the Screening and Return to the Workplace page.
Gainesville Campus (Appointment Only)
The tests will take five to 10 minutes and the testing centers will be managed by UF Health medical professionals in a safe and secure environment and involve nasopharyngeal swab. This is not an antibody test. In the future, antibody testing may be used to identify those who have already been exposed to the coronavirus.
The lot is off of Hull Road, across the street from the Southwest Recreation Center.
Other UF Locations in Florida
As Screen, Test & Protect plans are put into place for UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Central Florida and other University of Florida locations around the state, we will provide information on how these processes will work at these locations.
Getting Your Results
Results are provided in 48 hours, with few exceptions.
A Negative Result
- If your test result is negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected, and you will receive an email within 24 hours detailing your eligibility to return to return to a UF work location in accordance with your unit’s protocols.
- You will be contacted by your work unit with information about when and where to return to the UF workplace.
- This does not mean you will not get sick in the future. It only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Once back at work, please continue to follow the university’s and your unit’s COVID-19 physical distancing and masking protocols, as well as washing your hands frequently and staying home if you feel sick.
A Positive Result
If your test result is positive and you have been working remotely, stay at home, away from others, and contact your personal health care provider for further instructions. You may continue working remotely if you feel well. If you have been working at a UF work location and test positive, you will need to stay home, away from others, and must contact your personal health care provider. In either case, please do not return to work until you have met the requirements of the quarantine and return-to-workplace protocols provided by HR and/or your supervisor. You may also be contacted by staff from the State of Florida Department of Health to help reduce the risk of spread to others in our community.
Call Your Personal Physician About A Positive Test Result
You will receive a copy of your test result and will be responsible for communicating the result to your personal health care provider and for arranging any clinical follow-up care that might be indicated by the testing result. UF’s return-to-workplace initiative and UF Health Screen, Test & Protect are not responsible for the subsequent clinical care of individuals tested by the program, including the clinical care of individuals who may be found to have a positive test for COVID-19.
Students, faculty or staff who test positive for coronavirus will be interviewed by State of Florida Department of Health personnel trained in epidemiology or public health to identify as many of their recent contacts as possible. Those contacts will include immediate family members, roommates, boyfriends or girlfriends, acquaintances, service workers and anyone else you have interacted closely with. They also will be asked to self-quarantine.