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Looking ahead to our safe return

Working in consultation with the Florida Board of Governors, USF and the other 11 State University System institutions are planning to transition to pre-COVID operations and pre-COVID classroom capacity beginning at the start of the Summer B session on June 28. We will also return to full in-person participation in athletic and social activities on our campuses, including fan participation in stadiums and arenas.

May 6, 2021COVID-19

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USF launches study to identify impact of COVID-19 vaccinations on hurricane evacuation behaviors

The University of South Florida is helping prepare offices of emergency management across the nation for the upcoming hurricane season by determining how COVID-19 may impact evacuation behaviors.

May 4, 2021COVID-19

Black child receives a vaccine.

Back translation saves lives: USF team translates critical vaccine information

After uncovering numerous errors in the Swahili language translations of a vital COVID-19 vaccine informational sheet, the USF Multilingual Team has retranslated and recirculated the materials, helping prevent the spread of misinformation throughout refugee communities.

April 27, 2021COVID-19

A vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

NIH study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines begins at USF Health

USF Health is participating in a National Institutes of Health clinical trial to determine whether highly allergic people or those with mast cell disorders are at greater risk for severe, immediate allergic reactions to the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines. A mast cell disorder is caused by a type of white blood cell that is abnormal, overly active or both, predisposing a person to life-threatening reactions that resemble allergic reactions.

April 14, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation, USF Health

Donna Petersen, dean of USF's College of Public Health, sits down with USF President Steven C. Currall to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Q&A: COVID-19 Vaccines

Donna Petersen, dean of USF's College of Public Health, sits down with USF President Steven C. Currall to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

April 5, 2021COVID-19

Tampa VA's COVID-19 vaccination clinic at USF's Yuengling Center.

USF’s Yuengling Center serves as vaccination site for veterans and family members

The University of South Florida is helping the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics (Tampa VA) and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County’s (DOH-Hillsborough) expand their vaccination operations by hosting a drive through clinic at USF’s Yuengling Center.

March 30, 2021COVID-19

USF College of Public Health building

Pandemic spreads surge of interest in public health programs

The USF College of Public Health has seen a record increase in student applications for many of its degree programs.

March 22, 2021COVID-19, University News

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USF community demonstrates critical leadership in year-long response to COVID-19

The leadership demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by the University of South Florida has become a true testament to the spirit of faculty, staff and students – a spirit of perseverance, collaboration and community partnership, despite the emotional and often taxing circumstances that have become part of many daily lives.

March 12, 2021COVID-19, USF Health, University News

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Global Virus Network names USF Health the GVN Southeast U.S. Regional Headquarters

The Global Virus Network, a coalition comprising the world’s foremost experts in every class of virus causing disease in humans and some animals, today announced that USF Health, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., will serve as GVN’s Southeast United States Regional Headquarters.

February 23, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation, University News

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USF joins national business leaders in co-organizing Florida supply chain event, includes discussion on impacts of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business is partnering with various industry giants to co-organize the 2021 Florida Supply Chain Summit. The virtual event, slated for March 9 from 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., is especially timely as consumers’ eyes have been opened to significant shocks to the global supply chain during the pandemic.

February 22, 2021COVID-19, University News

Mikayla Maddison, graduate research assistant

USF epidemiologists analyze the prevalence of COVID-19 variants in Tampa Bay

Researchers in the USF College of Public Health are conducting genomic sequencing of positive pooled samples to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 variants in Tampa Bay. This data will be utilized to project how emergent variants could influence the course of the pandemic.

February 19, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation

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Traffic reductions due to COVID-19 boost air quality in some states but not all

Dramatic decreases in traffic caused by COVID-19 shutdowns improved air quality in car-dependent states but didn’t offset additional forms of pollution in other parts of the country. Those findings by a University of South Florida researcher suggest that while decreasing the number of vehicles on the road is a good first step toward creating cleaner air, additional measures aimed at reducing other sources of air pollution, such as coal plants or industrial factories, must also be considered.

February 8, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation

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