Health, wellness, and testing

Daily symptom checker

Students, faculty, and staff who are on campus are required to use a daily symptom checker and respond appropriately to the guidance it provides. (Note: Students are required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to campus and before accessing the daily symptom checker.)  The symptom checker can be found at it.miami.edu/daily-symptom-checker or via the UMiami mobile app.

COVID-19 HOTLINE

Students, faculty, and staff on the Coral Gables and Marine campuses who are experiencing possible symptoms consistent with, or who have been potentially exposed to, COVID-19 should contact the University’s COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U. Members of the Medical Campus should contact 305-243-8378. For additional questions, email covidcmo@miami.edu

Face coverings, physical distancing, and cleaning/disinfecting

Face coverings are required on campus. Review tips from the CDC on how to protect yourself and others.

Here is a quick reference guide for health, wellness, and testing.

Symptoms or exposure

Employees: University employees who are experiencing possible symptoms consistent with, or who have been potentially exposed to, COVID-19 should contact the University’s COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hotline staff can assess the specific circumstances related to your condition, offer guidance and access to testing, and provide directions on isolation and quarantine.

Students: Students who are experiencing possible symptoms consistent with, or who have been potentially exposed to, COVID-19 should contact the University’s COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U and should follow the guidance on the Student Health Service website at miami.edu/shs-covid.

Personalized medicine program

The University has developed a personalized medicine program specifically for faculty, on-campus staff, and students to promote the importance of good health and provide guidance and care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you need care or support, there are many options available to you through UHealth and Student Health Service. To reach a provider 24 hours a day, seven days a week, please call the COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U.

Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed University of Miami Chief Medical Officer for COVID-19, and can be reached directly at covidcmo@miami.edu.

Additional information for faculty and staff is available here.

Additional information for students is available here.

Shared behaviors

  • Face coverings are mandatory at all times while in public spaces on our campuses, whether indoors or outdoors. Failure to follow this requirement will result in disciplinary action for students, faculty, and staff. This is a matter of public health in which the entire community must act in concert to help one another. The CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal, everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
  • Students, faculty, and staff on all campuses are required to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, as already required for clinical employees on our Medical Campus. We will grant exemptions for legitimate health and religious reasons.
  • All students, faculty, and staff planning to be present on any University of Miami campus or access any of its facilities must complete a daily symptom checker and abide by the instructions provided. It takes no more than two minutes and provides an easy way to keep the U healthy. The symptom checker can be found at it.miami.edu/daily-symptom-checker or via the UMiami mobile app.

Testing for students upon arrival to campus

  • All students will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before attending any in-person programs, classes, or work shifts on any campus. Testing will occur upon a student’s arrival to campus as outlined below, and students are asked to limit their activities until results are received. Specific instructions will be shared with students as appropriate.
  • New/incoming undergraduate students: Regardless of whether a student will be living on or off campus, all new students will be required to test while checking in for the ’Cane Kickoff orientation program.
  • Resident students: On-campus testing will be integrated into the move-in process.
  • Non-resident students (including graduate and law): Students who live off campus should return to the South Florida area three to four days before the start of classes to allow sufficient time to be tested at Pavia Garage and receive their results. Hours of operation for the Pavia Garage testing site are listed below.
  • Students at the Medical Campus: Beginning Jan. 4, all first- and second-year medical and graduate students on the Medical Campus will be tested by appointment only at the Center for Family Studies on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Graduate students at the Marine Campus: Graduate students on the Marine Campus can visit the testing site located in the campus parking garage without an appointment. Marine Campus site hours of operation are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Students who have tested positive in the past 90 days: Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days is exempt from the pre-semester testing requirement. Students who tested outside of the University must upload proof of their positive result to Student Health Service.

Spring semester testing for students

  • Any student who will be on any University of Miami campus at any point during the spring semester will be required to take a COVID-19 test at least once every week through the UScreen Testing Initiative. Students will receive emails and/or text message alerts to schedule their on-campus testing appointments. Testing sites will be located at the Gables, Medical, and Marine campuses.
  • Although exempt from testing upon arrival, students who have tested positive since Nov. 1 will be required to schedule weekly tests once they receive a text alert from UHealth.
  • To ensure students receive timely alerts, all students must confirm that their local address and phone number are correct in CaneLink. Additionally, if students opted out of text alerts last semester, they must text UNSTOP to 833-572-0565 to receive reminder text alerts again.
  • Students who are not in compliance with the weekly testing requirement should not attend any in-person classes, programs, or work shifts on any University campus and will not have access to the Daily Symptom Checker until testing is completed. A “Good to Go” daily symptom checker clearance message is required in order to enter University facilities, including residential dining and other facilities.
  • Beginning Feb. 8, the Daily Symptom Checker automatically receives real-time test information from UChart. If a student was not tested for COVID-19 in the week prior (defined as Monday through Sunday preceding the current week) the Daily Symptom Checker will not show the “Good to Go” screen. It will instead display a message instructing that residential students go to Pavia Garage for a walk-in appointment as soon as possible, and non-residential students schedule a testing appointment as soon as possible by visiting their MyUHealthChart account or contacting the UScreen team at 305-284-5390 or uscreen@miami.edu. The purpose of this change is to help keep the campus safe by enforcing compliance with the University’s testing protocols.
  • In addition to the weekly testing protocol, any student who travels outside of Florida (by any means of transportation) or by air travel within the state of Florida must receive a COVID-19 PCR test upon their return and be cleared before returning to in-person classes and other on-campus activities. Students are responsible for returning in sufficient time to obtain the mandated testing plus the 24-48 hours to receive the result. Students are also required to complete the Daily Symptom Checker upon return from travel and must follow the instructions it provides.
  • Students who do not comply with the weekly COVID-19 testing policy will be subject to immediate disciplinary action per the University’s Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

Employee testing

  • Pavia Garage will be open on the days and times listed below for any staff or faculty member who wishes to be tested for COVID-19 at no charge and without the need for an appointment. Surveillance testing will continue for staff and faculty members throughout the remainder of the semester.
  • The Marine Campus testing site will be open on the days and times listed below for any Rosenstiel School staff or faculty member who wishes to be tested there.

Pavia Garage testing site hours of operation

Marine Campus testing site hours of operation

  • The Marine Campus testing site, located on the first floor of the MTLSS building garage, will be open Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., throughout the spring semester.
  • The Marine Campus testing site is exclusively for asymptomatic testing of Rosenstiel School graduate students, as well as Rosenstiel School faculty and staff. Students must make weekly testing appointments for their weekly surveillance testing; faculty and staff may walk in on an as-needed basis.

Symptomatic testing

  • Faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms or believe they have been exposed to the virus, are not to come to campus, and should call the University's COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-8378. The employee’s exposure risk will be evaluated, and a test will be scheduled if indicated (based on CDC guidelines). If an employee is directed to a campus location to receive the COVID-19 test, they are to remain quarantined until the results of the test are known. They are not to return to work until informed to do so by the employee health office and their manager.
  • Any students with symptoms of COVID-19, or those who are a close contact to a known positive person, will have access to timely testing at an on-campus testing facility by calling the University's COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-8378 and selecting option #3. For more information, please visit the Student Health Service website.

Positive tests and isolation

  • Any faculty, staff, or student who tests positive will be required to self-isolate based on CDC guidelines, and all positive persons will be asked to identify their close contacts, or those individuals with whom they have spent more than 15 minutes of time within less than 6 feet of space in the 48-72 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. We will be providing testing to close contacts as symptoms develop and/or based on personal risk.
  • Resident students who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed in an isolation room. Residents will receive support by a home health agency and designated University case manager. When necessary, the student’s room is sanitized.
  • Students who live off campus and who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate at their place of residence before returning to campus.

Important information regarding testing

  • Your exposure risk will be evaluated, and a test will be scheduled if indicated (based on CDC guidelines).
  • It is rarely required to have testing done the same day you develop symptoms or have an exposure. In fact, it takes days after exposure for a polymerase chain reaction test—the predominant coronavirus test—to turn positive.
  • Test results are generally not available immediately. Result times vary depending on the test and testing site, but results are provided as soon as they are available and typically one to two days after testing.
  • If you need medical care, your primary care physician (for employees) or Student Health Service (for students) should manage your care. The emergency department should only be used if you experience a medical emergency.

Reporting positive tests conducted outside the University of Miami

  • Faculty, staff, and students who have a COVID-19 test result from an outside testing facility should email the results report to utrace@miami.edu so contact tracing can be conducted.

Facilities

  • Our facilities and operations teams are working to maintain a healthy environment for our University community. View the latest facilities actions update.
  • Protocols to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the wastewater for all three campuses have been developed and will be implemented shortly. Similar to random testing, this information will help us map and respond to any potential community spread.
  • Access to common areas on the Coral Gables and Marine campuses will vary depending on the space. Some spaces will be closed, others, if conditions allow, will be rearranged to decrease density on campus.

Cleaning and disinfecting of spaces utilized by a person testing positive

  • Based on CDC guidance, enhanced cleaning will be conducted for any on-campus space utilized in the last seven days by a person who has tested positive. Faculty or staff supervisors or academic department chairs who are notified of a person testing positive should enter a request for enhanced cleaning via the following form:
  • In the request please include a specific list of known spaces utilized by the individual (i.e. offices, labs, break rooms). Please do not include specific information identifying the individual.
  • Enhanced cleaning of common touchpoints at building entrances (i.e. front door, back door, main office area entry door) and exits are performed as part of regular cleaning protocols and do not need to be included.