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COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present.

While UCF has taken enhanced health and safety measures to help reduce the likelihood of spread of COVID-19, these measures will not mitigate all risk of exposure to COVID-19. Be advised that by coming to a UCF campus or entering any UCF owned, occupied or controlled property, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Further, you agree to comply with UCF Emergency COVID Return Policy which outlines university requirements for being on campus, including completion of COVID-19 self-checker, use of facial coverings, and maintaining 6 feet or greater physical distancing.

What You Need to Know

  • If you are sick, have tested positive for covid-19, or have come into contact with a known positive patient, do not come to campus.
  • You are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with the UCF Emergency COVID Return Policy.
  • You must wear a facial covering, and maintain 6 feet or greater physical distancing.
  • If you are a vendor or contractor, you are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, in compliance with the most current CDC guidelines on appropriate precautions for work conditions and minimizing exposure risks. Plans should include at a minimum the following elements:
    • Active assessment and monitoring of employee health
    • Prompt identification and isolation of symptomatic employees
    • Infection notification and remediation
    • Personal hygiene
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage – specifically, masks
    • Jobsite cleanliness and sanitation
    • Social distancing on the jobsite
    • Travel
  • Preparedness and response plans should be shared with UCF upon request.

Testing and Tracing

Do I need a test?

  • If you have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 or do not feel well, you should monitor your symptoms.
  • If you are sick, stay home, contact your health care provider and avoid contact with others.
  • Notify your supervisor and/or UCF contact that you cannot come to campus.
  • Testing may not be appropriate for all individuals, according to CDC guidelines. With the current strain on testing and healthcare systems, it is important to consult with your health care provider about whether a test is necessary.
  • Your risk of exposure is greatly reduced if you have been wearing facial coverings and practicing physical distancing and sanitizing protocols.
  • While you exhibit symptoms or await a test or test results, stay home and avoid contact with others until you learn whether you are positive for COVID-19 or have been cleared by a health care provider.

I tested positive, now what?

  • Stay home.  Do not come to campus and do not report to work.
  • Notify your UCF point of contact. If you don’t know who that is, notify your supervisor.
  • Inform your supervisor and/or UCF contact that you cannot come to campus.
  • Avoid contact with others, and do not leave home for non-essential reasons. Consider contact-less methods for grocery shopping and picking up medication.  Do not engage in any activity where you could expose others.
  • Consult with health care provider before resuming normal activities, including returning to work.

Someone in my household tested positive. What should I do?

  • Stay home.  Do not come to campus and/or do not report to work.
  • Contact your health care provider to determine whether you should be tested.

I am a contractor and one of my employees tested positive. What should I do?

  • Require that individual to stay home and not return to work.
  • Prohibit individuals who had close contact with the employee – more than 15 minutes within 6 feet – from returning to work until they receive further guidance from their health care provider.
  • Notify your UCF point of contact.
  • Take other steps as appropriate based on the situation to minimize potential exposure to others (examples could include having more staff work remotely, posting additional signage, etc.)