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COVID-19 Trigger Information

UCF has developed a list of triggers for additional on-campus restrictions and increased or full remote learning and working.

The UCF COVID-19 Clinical Oversight Committee and the Emerging Issues and Crisis Response Team (EICRT) have developed decision triggers that consider COVID-19 impacts on campus and in the surrounding community. These triggers will be used to advise on when to make changes to campus operations and are informed by evidence-based science and expert opinions. This list will be reviewed and updated as needed to reflect changes in public health guidance. All decisions in response to COVID-19 surges will be made in consultation with the Florida Department of Health at Orange County.

A combination of campus and community criteria may lead to further campus restrictions; the need to increase remote learning and working; or a full return to remote learning and working. Depending on the situation and analysis of any surge, changes in campus operations may be temporary or long-term.

Possible responses to a surge on campus or in our community may include, but are not limited to:

Movement of an in-person class or classes to remote, temporarily or long-term

Closure of a residence hall, temporarily or long-term

Closure of a building or facility, temporarily or long-term

Further restriction of activities on campus

Full return to remote learning and working

Campus Triggers

  • COVID-19 related death(s) of students, staff, or faculty
  • Sustained increases above 10% threshold in percent positive testing
  • Sustained upward trajectory of documented cases or percentage of positive tests (with flat or increasing volume of tests) for 14 days
  • Sustained upward trajectory of flu-like illness and COVID-19 syndromic surveillance within a 14-day period over baseline rates
  • Rapid sustained increase in cases of community transmission with no known source in the student population
  • On-campus clusters overwhelm our ability to quarantine/isolate and contact trace
  • The number, location and type of cluster
  • Personal protective equipment shortages impacting the ability to test and care for COVID-19 patients
  • Inability to adequately test due to vendor or supply chain problems
  • Employee absenteeism impacting critical operations necessary to maintain current health measures, including sanitation and disinfection efforts
  • Degradation of containment capabilities

Community Triggers

  • Significant, applicable action by the governor or other public official
  • Escalation of Orange County Mayor’s Office’s COVID-19 risk-based guidelines
  • Significant, sustained increase in Orange and Seminole County hospital admissions
  • Insufficient ICU beds and respirators in the region
  • Trends among sister institutions in the Florida State University System
  • Sustained upward trajectory of flu-like illness –when compared to traditional rates–and COVID-19-like syndromic surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Sustained upward trajectory of documented cases or percentage of positive tests (with flat or increasing volume of tests) for 14 days
  • Degradation of robust testing capacity in the community, including screening and contact tracing for symptomatic individuals

Reference

American College Health Association. “Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era.” https://www.acha.org/documents/resources/guidelines/ACHA_Considerations_for_Reopening_IHEs_in_the_COVID-19_Era_May2020.pdf