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November 16, 2020

As we enter the holiday season, it is incredibly important to remain focused on protecting ourselves, our loved ones and others from COVID-19.

UCF will move to remote instruction following Thanksgiving, with residence halls, dining facilities and other campus services and offices remaining open and employees, including student-employees, continuing to report into work.

The holidays are a time of celebration and togetherness, but we must remain vigilant to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Holiday celebrations are still possible but require some extra thought and planning. I encourage you to read College of Medicine Dean Deborah German’s advice for having a safer holiday celebration that is in accordance with CDC guidelines.

One of health professionals’ greatest concerns is asymptomatic people going home for the holidays and unknowingly infecting family and friends.

Leading up to the holidays, it’s especially important to continue to take precautions to prevent contracting the virus, including always wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing and washing your hands regularly. I encourage you to self-quarantine or at least minimize the number of people with whom you come into close contact.

If you have any concerns about exposure, get tested for COVID-19 prior to visiting with loved ones in an effort to prevent additional spread. If you test positive or are in quarantine because someone close to you has tested positive, you must not travel or be around others, even if you do not have symptoms.

COVID-19 testing is readily available across Central Florida and continues to be offered at UCF in Garage A, with most insurers covering costs. To request testing, students and employees should call the UCF COVID Line at

I also encourage you to get your flu shot to help protect yourself during this year’s cold and flu season.

Finally, remember to complete UCF’s COVID Self-Checker to help you screen your symptoms and protect your fellow Knights. Everyone coming to or residing on any UCF campus or university-owned property must complete the self-checker every day they will be on campus. This includes our UCF Housing residents, who must complete the screener daily.

Thank you for always keeping your and others’ health and well-being top of mind. Armor Up, Knights, and Charge On!

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