UF announced May 17 that face coverings are no longer required on UF property, as all operations prepare to transition to pre-pandemic norms. The updated policies were announced through an university-wide email, which also announced that classroom, recreational and athletic activity will return to full capacity.
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As of Tuesday, 107 UF students and 33 UF employees are currently quarantined or in isolation.
UF Health estimates three quarters of UF students have been vaccinated, county approaches 50% of population vaccinatedBy Juliana Ferrie and Alexandra Harris | May 17
Experts at UF Health estimate between 70% and 80% of UF students have been vaccinated. At least 70% of the population needs to be immune to reach herd immunity, but other factors, such as variants and how people interact, can affect this level.
As of Tuesday, 116 UF students and 39 UF employees are currently in isolation or quarantined.
From April 12 to Tuesday, nine UF employees and 70 students have tested positive for the virus — about half the number of employees and the same number of students who tested positive last week.
The Alligator spent two months analyzing and comparing state, county and university data. It found that the number of cases and tests reported by UF don’t match the cases in state reports. After talking to representatives and officials across the state, some pointed to different reporting methods and all directed to different agencies for explanations of how they report their numbers. Meanwhile, epidemiologists provided possible explanations for patterns and vagueness in university and state data.
A week after UF began vaccinating students, faculty and staff ages 16 and older, the university’s COVID-19 isolation numbers steadily decreased. Daily COVID-19 tests have also remained at a seven-day average positivity rate of 1% since March 12.
The same day Florida opened vaccine eligibility to people ages 16 and up, UF opened its landmark stadium to students, staff and faculty to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Since March 29, 15 UF employees and 126 students have tested positive for the virus at on-campus locations. In the seven days before that, 12 employees and 176 students tested positive.
As more students moved onto campus and registered for face-to-face classes, the university moved all of East Hall's residents out during the Fall to create an additional quarantine facility. However, the dorms have been used sparsely since January — East Hall hasn’t housed a single student this semester.
Since March 22, 12 UF employees and 176 students have tested positive for the virus at on-campus locations. The week before, nine employees and 109 students tested positive.
Since March 15, nine UF employees and 109 students have tested positive for the virus at on-campus locations. Total positive tests amount to 9,270 since March 18, 2020 as of Monday.
Since March 8, nine UF employees and 116 students have tested positive through on-campus sites. The week prior, 11 employees and 20 students tested positive.
With downward trending cases and increasing vaccine availability, things are finally starting to look up in Alachua County. But it comes after months of watching the number of cases and death toll rise. Here's how UF and Alachua County managed the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students have altered their lives to follow social distancing protocols, stressed over online classes and attended club meetings over Zoom. They missed packing Saturdays in The Swamp, crossing the stage in a cap and gown and spending Starbucks-fueled all-nighters in the library. A year later, UF students reflect on the impact of the past year. Some talk about their return to an empty campus, and others explain how their college memories have been confined to computer screens and kitchen tables.
On Sunday, the university’s positive cases recorded since March 18 totaled 9,013. Aside from a new cumulative milestone, infection trends continue to fall.
On-campus quarantines hit the semester’s lowest occupancy at 99% availability on Tuesday. The number of people in quarantine continues to drop to new lows, with 283 isolations Monday, a decrease of 173 since last week.
UF’s COVID-19 cases for students and staff continue to fall in daily positive results and quarantines.
The CDC released a study on Feb. 10 on how double masking or improving fit can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, as of Tuesday, no masking updates have been made to UF, University of South Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida nor University of Miami policies.
Since UF started tracking cases in March, 6,097 UF students and 1,364 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. In the last week, 113 students and 17 employees tested positive.