Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At this time, all patients and visitors are being screened prior to entrance for the safety of our patients and medical staff. Patients are strongly encouraged to call first to decrease your wait time.

Students who believe they may contact the Student Health Care Center at (352) 392-1161 to discuss evaluation and treatment for COVID-19.

Required Mask Usage

All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering when entering UF Health facilities, in public/common areas and in patient care areas.

Testing information

  • Evaluation and testing for possible COVID-19 is available 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday-Friday, and most Sundays 12-3, due to clinic hours and lab pick up times.
  • All patients must have an appointment (usually telehealth) with a provider who can then place an order for a COVID-19 test and provide further instructions. 
  • Test results can take 24-48 hrs to process, depending on the timing of the collection and lab pick-up.

Drive By Testing Instructions and Driving Directions (only applicable if you have already had an appointment with a provider and had a drive-by test already scheduled):

1.    See the directions and map below for Drive-By Testing location.

2.    Please drive yourself to the Drive-By Testing appointment if at all possible and do not use driving services such as Uber or Lyft to minimize infecting others.

From University Ave:

Turn right onto Gale Lemerand Drive (stadium on left and O’Connell on right). Go to next traffic light at Stadium Rd and turn left onto Stadium Rd.  Turn left on to Fletcher Dr the infirmary is on your left.  In between the infirmary and the SouthWest Rec Center, turn left down the alleyway (No street name, just a one way sign) pull up to the billboard marked for testing

From Buckman Dr:

Pass the Hub, just after the hub before the parking lot, turn left (right) on to Fletcher Dr.  The infirmary is on your left.  In between the infirmary and the SouthWest Rec Center, turn left down the alleyway (No street name, just a one way sign) pull up to the billboard marked for testing.

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.

Re-Testing after Negatives: We follow CDC recommendations and do not recommend re-testing after a positive test for non-health care workers.

Re-Testing after previous COVID Infection: Per CDC recommendations, previously infected, currently asymptomatic COVID-19 patients can shed non-infectious viral RNA particles for 12 weeks after infection.  Therefore, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection, as a positive test would not indicate re-infection. 

Helpful Links

University of Florida COVID-19 Homepage

Campus Brief Statement 08/06

UF Screen, Test and Protect
Screen, Test & Protect Dashboard

UF Health COVID-19 Updates