Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At this time, all patients entering our main facility are being screened prior to entrance for the safety of our patients and medical staff. Currently, we are testing symptomatic individuals only for COVID due to limited supply of test kits.

We encourage patients to visit early in the day, but we are accepting patients for COVID evaluation up to 3:30 pm during regular business hours.

If you are concerned about flu like symptoms or recent travel, please call the Student Health Care Center at (352) 392-1161 or your care team directly to speak with a nurse for further guidance.

All patients visiting SHCC are encouraged to wear a mask. Below are guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) on techniques for proper mask usage:

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Additionally, patients can utilize cloth masks for protection. The CDC offers instructions for creating a cloth face covering from home and proper usage.

Testing information

  • Evaluation and testing for possible COVID-19 is available 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday-Friday, due to lab pick up times.
  • Due to a limited number of test kits at this time, testing is limited to patients who have been evaluated by our staff and are symptomatic.
  • Test results currently take several days to process. We will update as this improves.
  • Patients tested are required to self-quarantine.

Patients and parents, please refer to these instructions to help answer questions about what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you are under investigation, or if you may be around those testing positive or under investigation. Additional instructions for coming off of home isolation can be found at this link.

Testing for COVID-19 is determined by the clinician during their clinical assessment obtained through Telehealth or other screening. Fever, shortness of breath and cough may be indicators according to the CDC. Although not everyone needs testing, if you are tested, please note that it is taking several days to receive the test results.

One way to determine if you need testing is via Telehealth. Telehealth has many benefits:

  • Improved access to healthcare professionals and convenience.
  • More efficient medical evaluation and management.
  • Obtaining expertise of a distant specialist
  • Improved allocation of resources, decreased exposure and ease of use.
What is self-quarantine?

People who have contracted or been exposed to the COVID-19 should self-quarantine. Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts 14 days. 

You might be asked to self-quarantine if you have recently returned from traveling to a part of the country or the world where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, or if you have knowingly been exposed to an infected person.

Self-quarantine involves:

  • Staying at home
  • Not having visitors
  • Not sharing personal space areas, such as bathrooms and bedrooms
  • Not sharing things like towels and utensils
  • Using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently
  • Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household

Once your quarantine period has ended, if you do not have symptoms, follow your doctor’s instructions on how to return to your normal routine.

Helpful links:

University of Florida COVID-19 Homepage

UF Health COVID-19 Updates