Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update #3

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update #3

The Command Decision Team continues to monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and implement plans in the event the disease impacts South Florida. The University is currently operating normally.

Late Sunday, state officials announced 2 cases of COVID-19 in Florida: 1 in Manatee County and 1 in Hillsborough County. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County, but the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is currently monitoring close to 200 people and more cases are anticipated. The latest available DOH information can be found here.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and it is important all members of the University community stay informed and follow CDC guidelines.

All advisories communicated previously regarding hygiene and travel restrictions remain in place. Proper handwashing continues to be the primary method of preventing coronavirus disease 2019


  • Recent analysis indicates coronaviruses may survive on surfaces for up to 9 days, so cleaning surfaces is essential, including shared equipment like computers.
  • If you take daily medication it is advised to have a two-week supply on hand. In addition, individuals may want to purchase items to prepare for symptomatic relief of colds and flu for 14 days.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and those who are showing symptoms.


Any individuals experiencing any of the following should remain at home:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Students should report symptoms to Student Health Services (SHS) at 305 800-3750.   If you reside in campus housing, remain in your room and contact your Resident Advisor and Student Health at 305 899-3750.

Employees should report symptoms to their primary health care provider, remain at home and contact their supervisor.

Reporting Travel

Reporting any planned or recent personal travel to destinations with CDC Level 2 or 3 Travel Advisories  toStudent Health Services ( is required. Students, Faculty and Staff must also register University-related travel to any destination with the Safe Travel Program, reporting personal  travel is strongly encouraged.

The Command Decision Team will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will provide updates as needed. All communications will be posted to