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Most Recent Community Update

March 25: Positive Cases on Tampa Campus

Dear USF community,

The University of South Florida is working diligently to monitor the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, providing you with important updates as they happen.

Today we learned that a student from USF Tampa who had been traveling abroad tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to the U.S. This student, who has not been on campus this semester, is self-isolating in another state and will continue to be monitored by health officials.

We have also been informed that an employee in USF Innovative Education on the Tampa campus has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is being monitored by health officials, following guidance established by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The employee has not been on campus since March 13.

Students and staff members who may have come into close contact with these individuals are being contacted separately with appropriate health guidance.

We sincerely wish both members of our community a full and rapid recovery.

As a reminder, students are strongly encouraged to remain off campus for the rest of the spring semester. USF employees (faculty, staff and OPS) should continue to work remotely with supervisor approval until further notice.

Students who need guidance or medical assistance should contact Student Health Services:

  • Tampa Student Health Services (SHS100) at 813-974-2331
  • St. Petersburg Wellness Center (SLC 2200) at 727-873-4422
  • Sarasota-Manatee Counseling and Wellness Center (5805 Bay Shore Rd.) at 941-487-4254

Faculty and staff who are concerned about their health should contact Dr. Lynette Menezes in USF Health at

I would also like to share an update on our future process to notify students, faculty and staff about confirmed cases within the USF community.  We have established a new page of our coronavirus website dedicated to providing information about positive tests. The website will be continually updated as USF is informed of any individuals who test positive.  When USF becomes aware of a confirmed case, we will also reach out to the leadership of a potentially impacted college, department or unit to offer information that can be provided to their constituents.

We also encourage you to continue to follow updates on the Florida Department of Health’s website regarding positive testing data by county and across the state.

As always, the health and safety of our community is of paramount importance as we work closely with our local, state and federal partners.


Steve Currall
President and Professor