(Updated Wednesday, September 30)
Acceptable Mask Use at UF Dental Facilities
- Masks are required inside all UF dental facilities unless you are inside a private space with a closed door, and no one else is present. Masks with valves are prohibited unless you are wearing another mask to cover the valve. According to CDC guidance, “Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others.”
- On September 16, the University of Florida updated the on-campus masking and physical distancing policy. You can access the full policy here. Masking on campus is now required outdoors when individuals are not socially distanced from others — six feet away.
- For additional information about face masks and COVID-19, please visit the CDC website here.
Oral Health Care & COVID-19
Local media recently contacted us to find out more about steps we are taking to deliver care and handle positive test results of our personnel. We wanted to share our response with our patients and college below.
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect
The Screen, Test & Protect initiative uses public health guidance and best practices aimed at fostering a culture of care for our community while taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the University of Florida gradually returns faculty, staff and students to the campus environment.
- UF College of Dentistry COVID-19 FAQ
- UF Health COVID-19 FAQs and Website
- University of Florida FAQs
- University of Florida COVID-19 Tracking
- CDC Travel Recommendations
A Letter to Our UFCD Patients from Dean Isabel Garcia, DDS, MPH |March 20, 2020
College of Dentistry Resources
Information on processes and protocols compiled by Dr. Micaela Gibbs, UFCD interim chair of community dentistry and behavioral science, as we navigate the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) together.
Protecting Yourself and Others
Please heed all recommendations to protect our loved ones and our communities by following CDC guidance about how to prevent COVID-19 illness and recognize symptoms.
- How to protect yourself
- Disinfecting your home if someone is sick
- Steps to take if you think you are sick
- Caring for yourself at home
Contact Us Before Coming to the Dental Center If You Have:
- Traveled recently to China, Iran or any European country and/or had close personal contact with someone who has returned from these areas.
- Flu-like symptoms
- Fever greater than 100
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- And/or close personal contact with someone who has these symptoms.
We encourage everyone to follow precautions to protect your health and the health of those around you. For updated information, here are some recommended sites: