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With COVID cases continuing to rise, questions about taking leave resurface


Published: August 3, 2021 2:35 pm

Over the past week, the number of COVID-19 cases throughout Florida has continued to rise rapidly. While there is hopeful news that nearly 250,000 more Floridians received vaccinations last week, UF has seen an uptick in cases among both employees and students as well. Questions about taking leave associated with COVID-19 have resurfaced in recent […]

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As COVID cases rise, some guidance and reminders


Published: July 27, 2021 1:47 pm

As the state of Florida sees increased cases of COVID-19, unfortunately so does UF. At present, approximately 100 UF employees are currently being withheld from work due to having tested positive for COVID-19 or as the result of being a close contact of someone who has. UF encourages all its employees to get vaccinated. Vaccinated […]

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Wondering how to help a colleague or student in distress?


Published: July 21, 2021 2:14 pm

At one time or another, most of us have experienced personal difficulties that have impacted the way we behave, our work habits or our overall well-being. As we approach the fall semester, in addition to showing empathy to those around us, it can also be helpful to know how to assist colleagues or students we […]

With cases on the rise, vaccinations critical to slowing spread of COVID-19


Published: July 21, 2021 2:12 pm

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise again throughout Florida, faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already done so. While the Delta variant appears to be more contagious — affecting between two to three times the number of those who come into contact with someone who is […]

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COVID screening no longer required for employment


Published: July 8, 2021 11:29 am

In response to the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, the University of Florida has removed its screening requirement for employment. While current employees will continue to receive email reminders encouraging them to complete a screening questionnaire should they begin to experience symptoms, the screenings will not be required at any point. With the […]

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Kartik Cherabuddi addresses concerns about delta variant


Published: June 29, 2021 9:54 am

The coronavirus continues to mutate and evolve, and the delta variant is causing particular worry among infectious disease specialists. The variant has a small but rapidly increasing foothold in the U.S. and is already dominant in the United Kingdom. In a recent UF Health article, Kartik Cherabuddi, M.D., associate professor and epidemiologist in the UF […]

Views from a pandemic


Published: June 29, 2021 9:49 am

In the Summer 2021 issue of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions News magazine, some of the college’s faculty, staff and students shared the struggles, surprises and silver linings in an unforgettable year. While there are many universalities in the COVID-19 experience, the article notes, it has affected everyone differently. “I’ve worked […]

CDC appoints Center for Arts in Medicine Director Jill Sonke as senior adviser to COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force


Published: June 22, 2021 2:37 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently appointed UF Center for Arts in Medicine Director Jill Sonke as senior adviser to the Vaccine Confidence and Demand Team on the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Sonke will help develop guidance for promoting vaccine education and confidence through health system connections to public engagement organizations, such […]

Caregivers can help early learners thrive amid pandemic disruption


Published: June 22, 2021 2:36 pm

At the close of another year of learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes for preschoolers and their caregivers are particularly high. The years from birth to age 5 are essential to lifelong success and well-being: social and emotional skills develop rapidly as infants and young children learn to communicate, express emotions and engage […]

UF Health pediatrician offers COVID-19 vaccine advice for parents


Published: June 1, 2021 5:22 pm

In May, the FDA and CDC authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. Vaccine eligibility is expected to be expanded to even younger children in coming months. To answer questions from parents on COVID-19 vaccinations and the continuing need to be vigilant in protecting children, UF Health […]


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