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COVID-19 Coronavirus

The University of West Florida is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, to closely monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Message from the President

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to challenge us in ways we never imagined, it has also created opportunities for the Argo spirit to prove itself unbreakable.

We continue providing a high-quality education while prioritizing the health and safety of our Argos. It remains critical that we work together and assume individual responsibility to protect our own health, as well as the health of others.

Thank you for your cooperation with our safety measures and guidelines, and for your continued patience and adaptability as we navigate this season together. As circumstances change, we will make appropriate adjustments and communicate with the campus community. Stay safe and healthy and go Argos!

Sincerely Yours,

Martha D. Saunders

Faculty and Staff Experts

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Wes Farr, Lecturer, Department of Public Health, physician with specialties in Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Aerospace Medicine, who continues part-time work in Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Ashok Srinivasan, William Nystul Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor, Department of Computer Science, who heads the Viral Infection Propagation Through Air-Travel project which researches how infectious diseases are transferred through air travel.

Hospitality Industry

Dr. Ali Green, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Global Hospitality & Tourism Management, who is researching the coronavirus effects on local and global tourism.

Small Business Industry

Kelly Massey, Regional Director, Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF, whose areas of consulting include business and strategic plan assistance, financial and capital access assistance and market/sales growth assistance.

Dorian Zwierewicz, Associate Director, Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF, whose areas of consulting include business and strategic planning, cash flow management and start-up.

Coping and Support

Dr. Michele Manassah, Executive Director, Counseling and Wellness, spent 20 years in the Public Health industry providing mental health services and is an expert on coping mechanisms.

Dr. Athena DuPre, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Communication, author of “Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives” with expertise on the importance of people staying healthy by communicating while isolated.

International Affairs

Rachel Hendrix, Executive Director, International Affairs, oversees UWF student abroad programs, regional leader for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educations and board member for the Florida Association of International Educators.

Dr. Jacob Shively, Associate Professor, Department of Government, with expertise on how COVID-19 is impacting U.S. and foreign government operations.

Remote Instruction

Dr. William Crawley, Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies, longtime advocate for online teaching and is in discussions with local school districts about ways to transition during this dynamic situation.

Dr. Amy Crawley, Assistant Professor, Department of Movement Sciences and Health, instructs 40-plus students in an aging class that she moved to virtual coaching in response to COVID-19. Students partner with a senior citizen and they have developed a revised workout plan for the senior citizens to use at home.

Dr. Susan James, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, research expert on improving students’ reading and writing skills who taught in the classroom for 17 years and served as a high school guidance counselor in Florida.

Dr. Holley Handley, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Instructional Design and Technology, who teaches her courses online at UWF and as a former high school teacher and administrator in Florida is an expert on the challenges K-12 schools face in transitioning to remote instruction.

Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Professor, Department of Computer Science, expert on how to stay cyber secure while working or learning remotely.

COVID-19 Positive Case Statistics

UWF encourages students, faculty and staff to self-report any positive cases to the University using the Daily COVID-19 Pre-Screening, regardless of whether you have visited a UWF location or not.

These numbers include on- and off-campus positive cases reported to the institution. Statistics are updated weekly.

Comprehensive positive cases, beginning June 15, 2020:

Student reported positive cases
Faculty and staff reported positive cases

Week Ending May 9

0 Student reported
positive cases

0 Faculty and staff reported positive cases

2020 Total

228 Student reported
positive cases

26 Faculty and staff reported positive cases

Confidentiality laws prohibit disclosing individuals' information. In the event that an employee or student does not report that they have tested positive for COVID-19, the University would have no way of knowing about the case and it will not be reflected in these numbers.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the Daily COVID-19 Pre-Screening in MyUWF to properly report the case to the university.

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