Masks still recommended for now

As you may have heard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided updated mask guidance, shifting the focus away from the number of COVID infections to the impact the disease is having on hospitals in communities throughout the country. To better guide the public, the CDC has provided a color-coded system to classify community levels. Based on the CDC’s guidance, Alachua County’s current community level remains in the “high” category.  

Given this guidance, it is still recommended that masks be worn indoors. The university’s medical advisory group will reassess the need to continue to wear masks after observing any impacts resulting from spring break travel.   

Faculty, staff and students may still schedule a COVID test or vaccine appointment via ONE.UF or by visiting the UF Health website to locate vaccine availability and booster locations. A second round of free COVID tests per household may also be ordered via