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Sunday, January 17, 2021
COVID 19  |  UF

COVID-19 Update: 47 new cases on first day of classes

367 have tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 4

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As students settle into the Spring semester, saliva-based COVID-19 testing has ramped up to help seat students in face-to-face classes. 

Drive-thru testing is available at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts alongside walk-up testing at gate 7 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the ground floor of garage 4 between Newell Drive and Broward Drive.

Many professors elected to move the first day of in-person sections online as students wait for a “cleared” status on their One.UF portal. Students are cleared for campus after taking a test, not after receiving a negative result. If a student tests positive, their status will change to “not cleared”.

Since Jan. 4, 17,662 UF-affiliated employees and students have tested negative and 367 have tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, the 7-day average for positive percentage rate has remained at about 2%, according to UF’s COVID-19 dashboard.

UF isolation/quarantine room availability for students living on campus sits at 4% capacity as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, 1,119 UF-affiliated employees and students are currently in isolation or quarantine, almost double the last reported number of 607 individuals by the Alligator on Dec. 7.

Contact Manny Rea at mrea@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @ReaManny.

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