March 19, 2020
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