COVID-19 Information

Last Updated March 14, 2022, 4:30 p.m. EST

AdventHealth University is pleased to lift its masking and social distancing restrictions.

If you feel ill, have been exposed to someone with COVID, or test positive for COVID-19, please plan to recover at home. The university continues to monitor COVID-19 community transmission rates and CDC recommendations. Thank you for taking care of one another.

Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities. In accordance with our service standard of "keep me safe," AdventHealth University continues to monitor the health and safety issues surrounding COVID-19 and its variants. Any policy changes and updates will be posted on this COVID-19 page and through normal AdventHealth University communication channels. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding.

Vaccinations

We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated, if you have not already done so. The benefit far outweighs the risks associated with a COVID-19 infection.

Health and Safety

Please remember the CDC guidelines regarding things you can do to prevent illness and avoid being exposed to the virus. To protect the health of students, employees, visitors and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your household.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people. Do not gather in groups and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Monitor your health. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Symptomatic students, or students exposed to COVID-19, should exercise caution and quarantine per the Florida Department of Education Symptomatic Decision Tree.

University Planning

AdventHealth continues to monitor, identify, and plan for various scenarios related to COVID-19. Updates will be provided to faculty, staff, and students here and through other AHU approved methods of communication.

University Messages and Updates

AdventHealth University will communicate through the AHU website and email as the situation develops and information is received. In the event of cancellations or closures, the University will send a message through the emergency notification system.

Inclusive Campus

AdventHealth University is an inclusive community with faculty, staff, and students from around the world. As such, it is important that members of that community take care not to make assumptions or discriminate against others based on perceived symptoms or ethnicity and/or national origin. Learn more about the University's Non-Discrimination policy.

Resources for Spiritual and Mental Health

AHU recognizes that the ongoing situation with COVID-19 may cause stress for members of the University community, especially those with family and friends affected in other areas of the nation and the world. Students can contact the AHU Mental Health Counselor or Chaplains through email:

Mental Health Counselor
Betty Varghese, betty.varghese@ahu.edu

Chaplains
Reynold Acosta, reynold.acosta@ahu.edu
Niesha Steinke, niesha.steinke@ahu.edu

AdventHealth Church Resources

AdventHealth has created a Coronavirus Hub for churches, universities, schools, and other faith communities

AdventHealth Church Resources

Community Resources

Community Resource Hub

AdventHealth has launched www.CoronavirusSignsAndSymptoms.com where consumers can get answers on top COVID-19 questions, such as:

  • Am I at risk?
  • What should I know if I am pregnant?
  • How can I protect myself?

Coronavirus Information Line

AdventHealth is launching a free phone service for Floridians who have questions about COVID-19, including the opportunity to speak with a nurse as appropriate. The AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ (877-847-8747), is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves as a one-stop-shop to connect Floridians with resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

While the phone line is not intended to replace a physician-patient relationship, nurses can answer general medical questions and will refer the caller to the appropriate next steps, such as connecting them to a nurse, AdventHealth Centra Care, AdventHealth eCare or other health care provider.

Additional Resources

For information regarding the current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health website. AdventHealth University will also continue to monitor reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we actively plan for various scenarios and potential short- and long-term impacts.