UF Health to Provide Coronavirus Test-and-Trace Program to Help Reopen University (UF Health Newsroom)

UF Health to Provide Coronavirus Test-and-Trace Program to Help Reopen University

University of Florida Health is rolling out plans for a rigorous “test-and-trace” program to support the phased reopening of UF, an expansive data-driven effort that will allow students, faculty, and staff to return to campus as safe as possible while minimizing the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus.

The program builds on UF Health’s enormous expertise and capacity to combat the spread of the coronavirus, providing a pragmatic framework to guide decisionmaking and allow the university family to gradually return to campus with confidence.

“We are following public health principles that have long proved to be effective in mitigating the spread of infectious disease,” said David Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “We are not helpless in the face of the coronavirus. We can begin to return to our classrooms and our offices and our laboratories. But we need to do so smartly and with an eye toward protecting the most vulnerable among us.”

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