COVID-19 Timeline at UF Health
March 2020 marked the beginning of Florida’s battle against COVID-19, and with it came a flood of fundamental changes to our everyday lives. “The new normal” was becoming the reality everywhere, and this dark time in history certainly cast its shadow on The Sunshine State in a variety of ways.
COVID-19 has taken us through a range of feelings, with many of us experiencing loneliness, pain, anger or sorrow, just to name a few. Still, we’ve learned we are resilient. For some, grief has led to gratitude. Isolations have led to innovative connections. Roadblocks to our favorite pastimes and hobbies have opened avenues to new ones.
We’ve come a long way as a campus, as a community and as a state. Here, we take the opportunity to reflect on the path we’ve taken since the start of the pandemic, highlighting the many milestones we’ve reached.
March 1, 2020
The first cases of COVID-19 in Florida are reported in Hillsborough and Manatee counties.
March 6, 2020
A UF study published in Science shows the limits of travel bans in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
March 11, 2020
UF Health Shands Hospital admits its first patient with COVID-19.
March 14, 2020
March 15, 2020
The UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team forms, aiming to conduct contact tracing on local COVID-19 cases and assist with disease investigation.
A group of researchers, students and lab technicians across UF came together and built a high-throughput testing lab in the Emerging Pathogens Institute in just 10 days.
March 17, 2020
UF moves all classes completely online.
March 23, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 1, 2020
April 5, 2020
UF Health Central Florida’s clinical laboratory team, working with UF Health Shands Hospital, develops a rapid, in-house COVID-19 test for patients under investigation.
April 7, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 5, 2020
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect launches an initiative to test and contact trace faculty, staff and students.
June 1, 2020
June 30, 2020
UF approves a policy requiring face coverings and physical distancing inside all UF and UF Health buildings.
July 10, 2020
UF launches its reopening plan for the fall semester.
Aug. 26, 2020
Aug. 31, 2020
Fall semester begins at UF, with more than 900 class sections in-person.
Sept. 1, 2020
Oct. 3, 2020
The first physically distanced Gators home football game is held with an estimated 15,000 fans in the stadium — far fewer than the normal 90,000-plus crowd. (The Gators beat South Carolina, 38-24).
Nov. 18, 2020
UF reports a record number of applications for fall 2021: 48,066, up 3.6% over the previous year.
Dec. 14, 2020
Dec. 15, 2020
Dec. 16, 2020
Dec. 17, 2020
Dec. 23, 2020
Jan. 11, 2021
Spring semester begins at UF with more than 4,200 in-person class sections — nearly as many as spring 2020.
Jan. 19, 2021
UF Health Jacksonville discharges the 1,000th patient recovered from COVID-19.
Feb. 1, 2021
UF releases official enrollment numbers for 2020: 57,841 — a new record.
Feb. 5, 2021
More than 1,100 Alachua County residents ages 65 and older are immunized.
March 1, 2021
April 5, 2021
The University of Florida sees its first students vaccinated through a collaboration between the Florida Department of Health and UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. Thousands of UF students, faculty and staff 16 years and older were vaccinated at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.