UF’s COVID-19 Response

To all Members of the University of Florida Community:

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is our primary concern. We are writing to inform you of recent developments relating to COVID-19. Over the past few weeks, President Kent Fuchs and other University leaders have communicated warnings and developments daily via mass emails, social media alerts, and a UF COVID-19 Updates website dedicated to our response to COVID-19. We continue to work in concert with the guidance and response efforts of the federal government, the state of Florida and local authorities. This communication provides the required warning related to these events. Ongoing updates regarding the University of Florida’s actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted on http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/ and updates on UF COVID-19 cases on http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/covid-19-cases/.

We take this opportunity to remind our community of important information regarding COVID-19. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, we are requesting your immediate attention to and compliance with the following health-authority-recommended practices – not only to ensure your own well-being, but the well-being of others:

How to protect yourself:

  • Engage in social distancing of six or more feet
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home when ill or if other family members are ill
  • Leverage telework options
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C)

What to do if you think you are sick:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • If you are sick, separate yourself form other people in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Monitor your symptoms

For more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For Gainesville/Alachua county residents and students who are remaining on campus, please be sure to check the Alachua County website for official updates: https://alachuacounty.us/Pages/AlachuaCounty.aspx

For Jacksonville campus students, faculty and staff, please be sure to check the City of Jacksonville’s website for official updates: https://www.coj.net/welcome/welcome-news/visit-jaxready-com-virus-for-updates

For Florida Department of Health Updates on COVID-19, please visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ 

For UF Human Resources’ Guidance on Taking Leave, please visit: https://hr.ufl.edu/covid-19/

To contact the UF Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for resources, please visit: https://eap.ufl.edu/ 

For UFHealth’s Updates on COVID-19, please visit: https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/

For information on services provided by departments under UF Business Affairs: https://businessaffairs.ufl.edu/covid-19-update/

For UF Compliance and Ethics updates on COVID-19, please visit: https://compliance.ufl.edu/covid-19-updates/

We encourage you to continually check for updates from your community in response to COVID-19.

As stated above, ongoing updates regarding the University of Florida’s response to COVID-19 will be posted on http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/.

If you have any questions regarding UF’s response to COVID-19, we encourage community members to contact the UF Rumor Control hotline at 866-UF FACTS (866-833-2287).