UCF has been taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since January and encouraging members of the UCF community to do the same.
UCF’s regular housekeeping protocols were expanded to include cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, and hand sanitizer has been more readily available at locations across campus.
Additionally, upon confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19, UCF is bringing in an external vendor for a thorough disinfection of affected spaces.
How many positive cases of COVID-19 are there at UCF?
On March 19, UCF was informed that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. He has not been to campus since March 9 and is recovering away from UCF. UCF sends our thoughts and best wishes for good health.
UCF has been in touch with the student’s roommates, classmates and faculty members and asked them to be especially mindful of their personal health.
UCF also learned that 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. 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.
I live on campus. What should I do?
Residents Still on Campus With No Summer Agreement
Residents physically remaining on campus with no summer agreement need to vacate their room by 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, unless they are granted an exemption. These residents should visit the Housing Portal in myUCF to sign up for an appointment time and follow the move out instructions below.
Residents Still on Campus With Summer Agreements
Residents physically remaining on campus with a summer agreement still need to vacate their room by 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, unless they are granted an exception. These residents should visit the Housing Portal in myUCF to sign up for an appointment time and follow the move out instructions below.
At this time, Housing does not know the status of residents’ ability to return for campus for the summer. They are encouraged to use their best judgement on whether to take all belongings, especially if it could be a hardship to get them at a later date.
Exceptions for Extenuating Circumstances
We are working quickly to review requests for exemptions also submitted through the Housing Portal for international students unable to travel, residents without permanent housing and those with other hardships. Please know these are being handled on a case-by-case basis. More information will be shared as soon as possible, and residents requesting exceptions should stay tuned to their email.
This is only for residents who haven’t already left campus. Residents that are not physically on campus at this time will receive instructions about completing their move out at a different time. Do not return until you receive instructions from us.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
COVID-19 symptoms are generally flu-like and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure, and a person can be contagious but not symptomatic. Like seasonal flu, COVID-19 infection in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. When severe, pneumonia, respiratory failure and even death are possible.
Why is UCF moving to online classes?
With new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Florida every day, this decision prioritizes the safety and well-being of our campus community members – many of whom have traveled during spring break. It also aligns with guidance from the Florida Board of Governors and the steps all public universities in Florida are taking.
Could I have gotten the virus?
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the globe, and that reality is something we all must be conscious of.
Based on the information the Department of Health shared with UCF on March 19, it is unlikely that members of the UCF community who haven’t yet experienced flu-like symptoms of their own will start to if they crossed paths with our ill student.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is 14 days, which means that is the period in which those exposed to the virus are contagious and pose a risk to others. Because our student has not been on campus since at least March 9, we are close to the end of that 14-day window.
I traveled recently. Should I self-quarantine?
COVID-19 has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, and global travel is restricted. Everyone is expected to monitor their health, limit interactions with others, and upon showing symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their health care provider.
Any faculty and staff members or students returning from a country that has a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, which now includes almost all of Europe, should not come to campus and must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. Employees who have to self-quarantine should reach out to their supervisors to discuss possible telecommuting options. Personal domestic and international travel by all students and employees is strongly discouraged during this unique time in an effort to best protect you and those around you.
At UCF, anyone with additional questions may call UCF Student Health Services at 407-823-2509.
COVID-19 remains dynamic, and travel advisories are subject to change. Travelers should closely monitor travel information from the CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
What should I be doing?
COVID-19 is a serious global pandemic, and at this time everyone everywhere should be monitoring their symptoms.
UCF is sharing information about preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 here: ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus/#prevention. It’s also important to practice social distancing, which means avoiding mass gatherings and settings with large numbers of people and maintaining distance from others when possible.
Could there be more cases at UCF?
Yes. As testing becomes more widely available across the country, the number of positive cases everywhere will grow.
What should I do if I develop symptoms?
If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny nose, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, contact your primary care physician, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. Avoid contact with other people and avoid social gatherings as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you are worried about the possibility, please call UCF Student Health Services at 407-823-2509 and we can share advice or have you seen by one of our practitioners, whatever is in your best interest.
Notify your supervisor that you are ill and will not be able to work.
I am a UCF employee. Should I continue to report to work?
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.
Will UCF offer refunds for services that cannot be accessed during the period of remote instruction?
UCF and the State University System Board of Governors are reviewing all student services and the impact of moving to an online platform for the remainder of the semester. Since the COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented event that affects students, faculty, and staff across all of Florida, any operational and financial decisions are being made with the greatest concern to all impacted.
UCF will share more information as soon as it becomes available. Please be patient as we all work through this very difficult and ever-changing situation.