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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Additional COVID-19 Campus Guidance

The University of South Florida has been guided in its COVID-19 mitigation efforts by data and science and by governmental directives. We are fortunate to have many eminent scholars among our faculty who bring us the latest evidence, and we carefully monitor guidance from the CDC and from the State of Florida to shape our strategies.

As we enter the summer and continue to prepare for fall, the USF COVID-19 website has been updated with new guidance for the topics listed below. This guidance is effective immediately and applies university-wide unless otherwise stated.

Note that this information is subject to change, and we remain committed to promoting the health and safety of all members of our university community.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this transition together. Please continue to visit this site for the latest updates.


Vaccinations

The university strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated. The State of Florida has made vaccines widely available to everyone medically eligible. Our vaccine page provides information on the many ways to get vaccines in the community. For the convenience of our students, faculty, and staff, Student Health Services is hosting vaccine clinics on each campus once a week beginning May 17th. Pop-up vaccine clinics are being arranged at various sites on campus for the convenience of specific groups of employees.

In addition, USF Health continues to offer vaccines at the Morsani Clinic; please write to covidvaccine@usf.edu to request an appointment at USF Health.

The Return to Campus Assessment

Every member of the university community is required to complete the Return to Campus Assessment every semester. The summer communication was issued on May 10; if you missed the email, find the Return to Campus Assessment at MyUSF. The fall communication will be issued in August; everyone must complete both. 

By popular demand, respondents will now be able to change their returning status multiple times throughout the summer based on participation in Summer A, B or C and after the drop-add deadline in the fall, should their returning status change (not coming to campus, coming regularly, coming occasionally, coming rarely). 

Incident Reporting

Those who test positive or learn of a positive case or a possible exposure should report that information to assesscovid@usf.edu. This facilitates a rapid exposure assessment, triggers disinfection of the space if appropriate, and allows us to provide guidance regarding testing or isolation recommendations.

Following All Posted Signs and Placards

Though some of the mitigation guidance has changed based on our evolving understanding of the virus, its transmission, vaccination effectiveness, etc., all members of and visitors to the university community on any campus should continue to follow any posted signs and placards relating to COVID-19 mitigation. The university is in the process of removing signage about required face coverings and required physical distancing.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals. Face-coverings are recommended for unvaccinated individuals, although not required. Face coverings are required for all individuals in healthcare settings, including Student Health Services, the Counseling Center and USF Health clinics.

Hand Hygiene, Disinfecting

It is abundantly evident that our collective commitment to keeping our hands clean and our surfaces disinfected not only helped mitigate COVID-19 transmission but contributed to one of the least active cold and influenza seasons on record. Frequent, effective handwashing (20 seconds in warm soapy water) is a proven method of preventing the spread of infectious diseases and as such, the university will continue to provide hand sanitizer/disinfectant and encourage its use. These are good habits to keep. 

Travel

For domestic travel, no prior approval is required. In keeping with CDC travel guidance, international travel remains restricted; exceptions will be reviewed by USF World and the COVID-19 Task Force. To request international travel: https://veoci.com/v/p/120679/workflow/ru7xegcsjzxn

Please refer to CDC guidance regarding specific travel recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Meetings and Events

In-person meetings and in-person events, on or off campus, can take place. However, it is still prudent to meet remotely when possible as we work through this transition and as we move toward the Future of Work at USF, which embraces flexibility as appropriate for the nature of each job. Thoroughly review the university’s Event Safety Manual prior to hosting an event.

Requests for in-person events hosted by university employees, students, and guests should follow existing university policy: https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy6-028

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Coronavirus Updates

This is an evolving situation. Please refer to the most recent information presented.

USF students, faculty and staff: Please check your USF email frequently. Your email will be used to convey targeted information.

The University of South Florida continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as university leaders work closely with local, state and federal agencies to share the most updated information.