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Coronavirus COVID-19

Weekly COVID-19 Updates

November 20, 2020

  • Leading up to Thanksgiving, we must continue to take precautions to prevent contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to loved ones, including following this advice from the State University System.
  • If you have concerns about exposure, be positive you have tested negative prior to visiting with family or friends. If you test positive or are in quarantine because someone close to you has, you must not travel or be around others, even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Testing is available in Garage A six days a week, with most insurers covering the cost. To be screened for testing, call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509.
  • Students, remember to complete your Student Perception of Instruction forms for your fall courses. This is an opportunity to rate your instructors’ performance and provide faculty members with feedback. The process is confidential and anonymous, and results are provided to faculty members only after grades are posted. The forms are available in myUCF.
  • Please keep in mind that the Student Perception of Instruction forms are not the method you should use to report complaints about inappropriate conduct or unethical behavior. Those complaints should go to the IntegrityLine. To receive independent, confidential and impartial advice related to UCF concerns, call the Ombuds Office at 407-823-6440.
  • To report a variety of other issues, visit the UCF Tips section in the UCF Mobile app. While you’re in the app, be sure to complete the COVID Self-Checker if you are coming to class, work or other activities at any UCF property. UCF Housing residents are expected to fill out the Self-Checker daily.

November 6, 2020

  • As we prepare for more face-to-face classes in the spring, there will be a new process for faculty and staff members to request medical exemptions from in-person work.
  • Although UCF cannot hold in-person commencement ceremonies right now, we are launching a new Grad Walk component for fall and spring and summer graduates to complement virtual commencement ceremonies. Registration is required.
  • We are compiling a celebration video to share with this fall’s graduating class, and all members of our UCF community are invited to record a short video congratulating our graduating Knights.
  • We continue to offer COVID-19 testing in Garage A, with most insurers covering the cost. To be screened for testing, call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509.
  • Anyone coming to class, work or other activities at any UCF property must fill out the COVID Self-Checker available in the UCF Mobile app or online. This also includes daily completion by UCF Housing residents.

October 23, 2020

  • Happy Homecoming Week, Knights! There are still opportunities to show your UCF spirit, especially by cheering on our Knights during the homecoming football game against Tulane at 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • No matter where you go, please continue to Armor Up. Wear your mask, maintain physical distance, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands frequently. Regularly taking these steps will protect your health and the well-being of those around you.
  • In recognition of employees’ incredible work during this difficult time, President Alexander Cartwright has approved eight paid days off in December, in addition to state holidays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • UCF is working to offer substantially more face-to-face classes in the spring than we have this fall, and we are sharing more information about how this will impact students and faculty and staff.
  • To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Spring Break is rescheduled from March to April 11 through 18. UCF also will move to entirely remote instruction following that week, although residence halls and campus offices will remain open, similar to what is happening this fall after Thanksgiving.
  • All students, including on-campus Housing residents, and employees must continue to fill out the COVID Self-Checker available in the UCF Mobile app or online every day before going to class or work or participating in any activity on UCF property.

UCF COM Updates and Information

UCF College of Medicine Updates and Information

Updates regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) and official notices from the University of Central Florida, specifically regarding the College of Medicine, will be posted here as they become available. Please be aware that the HSL Staff will try to keep this guide as current as possible, however, all UCF members should be monitoring the official UCF Coronavirus website: www.ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus and official UCF communications channels, such as UCF Alert, for the most up to date information.



04-03-2020
Governor DeSantis Issues 30-Day "Safer at Home" Order

 

On April 1st, Florida Govenor Ron DeSantis issued a state-wide, 30-day, "Safer at Home" Order that went into effect at 12:01am on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 and remains in effect until April 30th, 2020. See Execuative Order #20-91 to read the full-text of this stay-at-home order.

Per this Order, all people in the State of Florida should stay at home unless they are providing an Essential Service, or if they are performing an Essential Activity (grocery shopping, doctor appointment, etc.). Anyone involved in an Essential Service or Activity should be practicing Social Distancing at all times. Please see the FAQs for Executive Order 20-91 for further information on what qualifies as Essential Services and Activities.

03-25-2020
Orange County Stay-At-Home Order

 

Orange County is mandating an emergency “stay at home” order that takes effect at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 26, for at least two weeks through 11 p.m. Thursday, April 9. This is an expansion of the previously announced curfew in Orange County and is a concerted effort to reduce further spread of COVID-19.

The order applies to all individuals within Orange County, with exceptions for essential workers and essential activities as outlined in the order. Frequently asked questions are addressed here: newsroom.ocfl.net/2020/03/stay-at-home-to-flatten-the-curve-orange-county-issues-stay-at-home-order-effective-march-26-2020-faqs.

UCF has taken strategic actions to depopulate the campus over the past several weeks.

By tonight, students who reside in UCF Housing should have returned to their permanent residences. Those with extenuating circumstances remaining on campus and students in off-campus housing must abide by the order. Students currently off campus should not return to UCF until further notice.

The period of remote work for employees will continue until further notice.

Starting Friday, March 27, only those employees who have been identified as essential; whose job functions require them to report to campus; and whose supervisors have approved them continuing to work on campus should be at UCF. Only essential employees who meet all three of these criteria will have key card access to campus buildings. If you are unsure about how this applies to you, talk to your supervisor about what the “stay at home” order entails.

Starting Friday, March 27, through April 9, UCF will provide paid administrative leave to employees who are unable to work on campus and unable to work remotely. This leave applies to faculty, administrative and USPS employees. Beginning April 1, when the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act takes effect, faculty and staff—along with eligible OPS employees—may qualify for emergency leave. All other faculty, administrative, and USPS employees who do not qualify for the federal aid and who cannot work remotely will be provided administrative leave. Employees not available for work due to illness or personal time must take sick or annual leave per UCF policy.

More detailed guidance about the federal legislation will be shared soon with employees, supervisors and HR liaisons.

Additionally, the Office of Research had earlier this month identified and approved researchers who could continue to have limited access to their labs. In response to the “stay at home” order, the list will be further reduced to only allow access to personnel critical to maintaining facility operations. Those individuals will be selected by their college deans or directors and approved by the Vice President of Research. More information will be forthcoming.

UCF will continue to share regular updates here: ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus.

We thank you for your understanding and support during this dynamic, unprecedented time. Please continue to take steps to keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe.

03-20-2020
Coronavirus Case Confirmed at UCF

 

Today, UCF learned that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.

The incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days, and we believe the risk of anyone who came into contact with him developing symptoms at this point is very low. Out of an abundance of caution, his residence hall and classrooms will be decontaminated for everyone’s safety.

The student is recovering away from UCF, and he has our best wishes for good health.

Additionally, a military contractor who works at the Partnership IV Building in the Central Florida Research Park adjacent to the main campus has tested positive for the coronavirus. Several of his colleagues also have submitted to tests.

While a small number of UCF Institute for Simulation and Training employees work in the same building, they aren’t believed to have come into contact with the military contractor. The UCF employees have already been working remotely and have been advised to monitor their health. Partnership IV will be closed for two weeks following thorough decontamination.

UCF also is aware of other students who have exhibited symptoms and are being tested and observing self-quarantine. While we believe their risk is low, this is a wake-up call that COVID-19 is at UCF and all of us must be vigilant.

This news hits close to home for UCF. But we must understand that as testing becomes more widely available across Central Florida, the number of positive cases will grow.

The realities of this pandemic are why we have moved to remote instruction for all students and remote work for most employees. COVID-19 is something we must all take seriously.

Social distancing is key in reducing further spread of COVID-19. It’s also important to take personal health precautions, such as practicing proper hand-washing and avoiding touching your face and frequently-touched surfaces.

UCF leadership, including Interim President Thad Seymour, Jr., continues to make decisions in consultation with public health officials and state leaders that prioritize the health and safety of everyone at UCF and in our broader community.

We are sharing answers to frequently asked questions, and resources for help if this news is affecting you here.

Michael Deichen, MD, MPH
Associate Vice President of UCF Student Health Services

03-20-2020
*UCF Alert* Orange County Curfew

 

For the community’s safety in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has instituted a county-wide curfew.

The curfew starts at 11 p.m. tonight, March 20, and lifts at 5 a.m.

This mandatory curfew will be in effect daily until further notice. Only certain people are exempt, including first responders, health care professionals and those traveling to and from work.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.

03-17-2020
*UCF Alert* Remote Instruction Extension

 

UCF and all state universities are extending remote instruction through the end of the spring semester, under official direction from the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.

This extension is meant to further reduce the introduction and spread of COVID-19, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given this extended period of social distancing, students who continue to reside on campus should return to their permanent residences if they are able. We understand that some students have no alternative; those students may remain in campus housing but should avoid gathering as groups.

In addition, following Board of Governors direction, we will not hold our spring commencement ceremonies. We know commencement is a special day for our students and their families, and we are looking into how and when we can best provide that experience to our spring graduates.

These decisions are based on our top priority: the safety of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the communities where COVID-19 could spread.

UCF will be sharing more information soon. For updates and FAQs, continue to visit https://www.ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus/.