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Frequently Asked Questions

If I have been working remotely, can I continue to do so?
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect is a public health initiative designed to ensure a safer and healthier work environment for all faculty and staff as they return to the workplace, so regardless of whether you are continuing to work remotely, you should go through the screening process when prompted to do so. Working at an approved alternate location instead of physically traveling to a central workplace has been a work alternative supervisors were able to offer prior to this pandemic and may continue to offer when such requests meet the eligibility criteria established by the university’s Alternate Work Location Policy and when such working arrangements would benefit both the organization and employees.
What does the screening entail?
The screening includes a brief questionnaire to determine if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if you are caring for anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The questionnaire, administered by UF Health, will take approximately five minutes to complete. As part of this process, you are also encouraged to complete an in-person test for the virus through UF Health.
What if I don’t feel I can return to work?
UF will follow ADA guidelines for reasonable accommodations. A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that does not cause an undue hardship on the department or unit and which permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job the application process, to perform the essential functions of a job or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities.
If a condition affects your ability to perform essential job functions, you may request a reasonable accommodation. For more information, please visit UF’s ADA website.
I have continued to work on campus or at my assigned UF facility and elected to complete a COVID-19 test offered by UF. Do I need to stay home until I receive my results?
If you were working on campus or at your assigned facility as essential employee over the past several weeks, you may continue to work on campus while your test results are pending. This includes employees who worked 100% of the time at a UF facility as well as those who worked at a UF facility on a part-time basis or occasionally.
Once I complete screening and/or COVID-19 testing, when and how will I be notified that I am cleared to return to my work location and the return date?
You will receive an email from UF Health advising you of your test results; however, your HR representative or supervisor will let you know the specific date you can return to work. Departments may need time to balance workspace needs to allow for a safe return of all staff. Please do not return to your workplace until you have been notified.
How do I cancel or reschedule my COVID-19 test?
If you have a need to cancel or reschedule your COVID-19 testing appointment you may do so by emailing reschedule-covid@ufl.edu.
Should I complete the required COVID-19 screening if my work location is outside of Gainesville?
Yes, COVID-19 screening is required for all UF employees, regardless of work location. If your work location is outside of Gainesville, you can visit a local testing site, such as your county’s health department.

  1. Call your healthcare provider to schedule testing.
  2. Access testing at a community based testing site. Testing sites can be found at https://floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/.
  3. Schedule an appointment at your local county health department. Visit www.floridahealth.gov/all-county-locations.html to find your local county health department.
I accidentally opted out of the COVID-19 test, but I would like to be tested. Can I still schedule a test?
Yes. You may login to OneUF, complete the screening questionnaire again, and schedule a testing appointment.
Will there be consequences if I opt out of the COVID-19 test?
No, by opting out of the COVID-19 test on the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire, you will automatically be cleared to return to work and should follow your department’s instructions for returning to the workplace or continuing to work on-site.
What testing method does UF Health use?
At this time, UF Health is offers PCR saliva testing. If you require a nasal swab test, please contact STP at 352-273-9790 prior to your appointment.
How do I disclose my vaccination status to UF?
The university will not ask nor require employees to disclose their vaccination status, as that is their personal health information. You do not need to submit proof of vaccination to the university.
I have already been vaccinated. Can I opt out of the weekly screening emails?
No, you may not opt out of receiving the weekly screening emails. If you have been fully vaccinated, you may discontinue completing the screening questionnaire weekly. You will, however, continue to receive the email reminders. The reason you will continue to receive these emails is to serve as a reminder that, should you begin to experience symptoms, you complete the questionnaire and indicate those symptoms at that time. If this occurs, when the Screen, Test, Protect team reaches out, they will ask if you have been vaccinated as part of intake.