Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
UCF Health is currently open and diligently following all of the latest health updates concerning COVID-19.
If you have any questions for your UCF Health medical Provider, we ask that you use your patient portal to send them a message directly and please watch your portal messages for further updates from UCF Health as that is our most timely way to communicate with all of our patients.
We appreciate your trust in us and we will continue to send updates.
If you are sick and are worried about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow these steps, according to the Florida Department of Health:
- Self-screen your risk: Do you have coronavirus symptoms – most commonly fever, cough and shortness of breath? Have you returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days? Or have you had close contact with someone who has recently returned from international travel or a cruise and is sick?
- If you answer yes to any of these questions, call your health care provider or your county health department. Do not show up to any healthcare facility, including UCF Health or a hospital Emergency Ward, without calling first. All healthcare facilities must take special steps to isolate you so you don’t infect others. That is why it’s imperative you call before you arrive and get your clinic’s instructions on how to proceed.
- The most important thing you can do if you feel ill is STAY HOME.
Here are sources for the most up-to-date, accurate information:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Florida Department of Health http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html
UCF’s Response to the Coronavirus https://www.ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus/
CDC 5-Step Guide https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html
Here are some precautions to help keep you as safe as possible as recommended by the CDC:
1. Don’t shake hands. Instead, do a slight bow or a fist/elbow bump.
2. Be cautious about what you touch – and wash your hands after touching any public surface. For example, do not use your hand to grasp a door handle – unless there is no other way to open the door. Open doors with your closed fist or hip. This is especially important when you open doors that have been used by many people – such as the bathroom or a commercial shop.
3. Use your knuckle to touch things like light switches and elevator buttons in public locations. At the gas station, hold the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or disposable glove.
4. Use disinfectant wipes at stores wherever they are available. Wipe both the handle and child seat of grocery carts.
5. Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a hand sanitizer that is greater than 60% alcohol whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.
6. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at home and in your car. Use the sanitizer after touching any public object.
7. Carry tissue. Cough or sneeze into the tissue and then discard it. Use your elbow only if you have to because clothing can contain an infectious virus for up to a week or more.
8. A primary route of coronavirus infection is through contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. So be vigilant to not touch those areas. By some estimates, we touch our face about 90 times a day.