ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Of the 1,322 University of Central Florida students who have moved into campus housing for the fall term, 2.8 percent — or 37 residents — have tested positive for COVID-19, housing officials said. 

What You Need To Know

  • All students living on campus must get tested

  • They are being asked to live in “relative quarantine” until they get results

  • Should be “mindful of mask-wearing and physical distancing”

As part of UCF's overall reopening plan, students are moving in over a 16-day period that began August 8 and ends August 23, the university told Spectrum News. Each move is being scheduled by appointment to maximize physical distancing, and students have also been offered a delayed move-in option.

Everyone is being asked to avoid large gatherings where COVID-19 could be transmitted.

Most of the students who tested positive chose to return home to self-quarantine, and arrangements on campus were made for the others, housing officials said.

UCF is aware of 540 total cases but said there has been a two-week downward trend.

In an email sent to Spectrum News, Associate Vice President of UCF Student Health Services Dr. Michael Deichen said 185 of the positive cases were self-reported by students, staff members, and faculty.