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  • When is FIU reopening?

    At FIU, we will continue to operate under the guidance of the State University System and the Florida Board of Governors. FIU is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Jan. 3 and begin in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 10, as planned. 

  • What can I do to protect myself on campus?

    Before the start of each day on campus, please complete the P3 app questionnaire to help make sure everyone on campus is healthy and assist with contact tracing, should someone become ill. The P3 app is being modified to align with the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Please make sure you read each question closely. 

    In addition, there are three powerful tools against COVID-19 and the quickly spreading Omicron variant: The consistent use of well-fitting face coverings, testing and vaccines.

  • Do I need to wear a mask?

    Masks are strongly recommended on campus because they have been shown to help protect against the spread of COVID-19, which is primarily transmitted by breathing in the virus. Health officials say the best masks are those that cover your nose and mouth completely and fit snugly to avoid any gaps along the sides of your face.

    Vending machines and other distribution points at MMC, BBC, Engineering Center and FIU@ I-75 have been restocked with masks and are available for students free of charge by swiping the One Card.

  • When do I need to get tested?

    Testing continues to be pivotal to our ability to continue functioning as a society and a university. Testing is free, easy and widely available.

    If you have been to large gatherings or crowded public places in the last few days, please get tested – even if you are vaccinated and received a booster – to help avert the spread of the virus. 

    If you are fully vaccinated and boosted and have had close contact (less than six feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you do not need to stay away from others (quarantine) or be restricted from work unless you develop COVID-like symptoms. The CDC recommends that you get tested three to five days after your last exposure to someone with COVID-19.

    If you have not been vaccinated OR do not have the booster dose and received the Moderna and Pfizer dose more than 6 months ago or the Johnson and Johnson more than 2 months ago, you need to stay away from others (quarantine) for 5 days followed by 5 days of diligent mask-wearing.

    The CDC recommends that you get tested three to five days after your last exposure to someone with COVID-19.

    If you have symptoms please get tested right away and keep your distance from others while you await results. Especially if you have symptoms, it is very important that you isolate. If your test comes back positive, please follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isolation guidelines. The university is currently evaluating the CDC’s most recent changes to isolation and quarantine guidelines.

  • Where can I get tested on campus?

    There are several options for getting tested on campus.

    Curative operates two mobile units at MMC and one at BBC. Testing is by appointment only.

    Mobile testing unit on gravel lot east of PG5 at MMC: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Type of test: Rapid PCR. Results same day.

    Mobile testing unit in Parkview driveway at MMC: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Type of test: (week of Jan. 3) PCR. Results in 2-3 days based on volume. (starting week of Jan. 10) Rapid PCR. Results same day.

    Mobile testing unit near FIU Health at BBC: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday (may be temporarily closed due to staff shortages). Type of test: PCR. Results in 2-3 days based on volume. 

    FIU Lab at MMC Student Health: Will re-open on Monday, January 3, by appointment via P3 app. Appointments are available 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Testing takes place at Student Health. Results same day if you test by 9:30 a.m. If you test after 9:30 a.m., results will be received the next day. Type of Test: PCR

    FIU’s clinical sites: Will resume operations on Monday, January 3. Faculty and staff should call FIU Health at 305-348-3627 to schedule an appointment. Tests are administered Monday-Friday. Students should call the FIU Student Health Center at 305-348-2401 to make an appointment at MMC or 305-919-5620 to make an appointment at BBC. Type of test: PCR. Results in 2-3 days or more based on volume. Also available: Rapid Antigen. Results in 15 minutes. This test is most accurate when you have symptoms or have been exposed to a known COVID positive person. 

    Testing is also widely available in our community. The testing sites at Tropical Park and Zoo Miami have transitioned to a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. The testing site at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair grounds adjacent to MMC has reopened for drive thru testing from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Where is testing available off campus?

    Testing is also widely available in our community. The testing sites at Tropical Park and Zoo Miami have transitioned to a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. The testing site at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair grounds adjacent to MMC has reopened for drive thru testing from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Are COVID-19 tests reliable?

    Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests – molecular (RT-PCR) tests that detect the virus's genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Samples are typically collected with a nasal or throat swab, or saliva collected by spitting into a tube.

    Molecular tests are generally more accurate and mostly processed in a laboratory, which takes longer; antigen tests—which are sometimes referred to as 'rapid tests'—are processed pretty much anywhere, including in doctor's office, pharmacies, or even at home.

    Convenient home testing has become very popular, but it is important to know that these rapid antigen tests are most reliable when used by symptomatic people. If you have been exposed and have no symptoms, it is best to take the more reliable PCR test administered at one of the testing locations.

  • Where can I get vaccinated or boosted?

    Vaccines remain the most powerful tool against the spread of COVID-19. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after having had a series of two Pfizer or Moderna or one of J&J vaccine. If you are already vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to keep us safe.

    If you are not vaccinated, now is the time to do so. While evidence shows that people who are vaccinated can get COVID-19, their symptoms are usually milder. If you are unvaccinated, you are assuming a significant risk to your health and may be contributing to the spread of the virus.

    On-campus vaccinations will resume on Monday, Jan. 10 at the Student Health centers and the FIU Health Clinic. You can make an appointment by visiting our appointment website. For a list of off-site Miami-Dade County vaccination locations, you can visit FIU’s Panthers Protecting Panthers website. Vaccines are also widely available at pharmacies, usually by appointment.

  • If someone in my household is positive for COVID-19, do I return to campus as scheduled?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recently updated guidelines, the answer to this question depends on your vaccination status and whether you are symptomatic:

    • If you have received a booster dose or completed the primary two-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines within the last 6 months, or completed the primary single-dose series of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine within the last 2 months, quarantine is not needed after exposure but are recommended to wear a mask around others for 10 days.

    • If you are unvaccinated or are more than 6 months out from your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or more than 2 months after the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, and not yet boosted, the CDC recommends to quarantine for five days after exposure, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. If a five-day quarantine is not possible, the individual must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Vaccinated or not, if you have symptoms, you should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
  • What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Whether you are symptomatic or not, please isolate immediately to avoid spreading the virus. That means staying in a room away from other members of the household and using a dedicated bathroom if possible.

    Current CDC recommendations call for five days of isolation and five days of diligent mask wearing after symptoms subside.

    People who are immunocompromised or have other underlying conditions may experience prolonged infection. Depending on test results, your doctor may advise extending the isolation period.

    If you have questions, call the FIU COVID Response Team at 305-348-1919, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Who do I need to inform if I test positive for COVID-19?
    • Depending on the severity of your symptoms and any preexisting conditions, you may want to reach out to your doctor to discuss treatment options.

    • Consider reaching out to anyone you have had close contact with during the two days before you tested positive or developed symptoms. The CDC defines close contacts as someone who was less than 6 feet away from for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

    • You would also reach out to your supervisor or professors to make arrangements during your absence.

    • Call the FIU COVID Response team at 305-348-1919, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • There’s a lot going on. What if I need someone to talk to?

    If you find yourself in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. At FIU we have resources available to support our students through our Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) as well as our faculty and staff through our Office of Employee Assistance305-348-2469. As always, all services are offered in the strictest confidentiality.

    Also, there are reliable resources online that can help you find healthy coping strategies and ways to reduce stress and manage through this challenging time. 

  • I still have questions about my ability to return to campus. Who do I call?

    Faculty and staff can reach out to the Division of Human Resources at 305-348-2181, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Students may call 305-348-2797, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    If you have COVID-19-specific questions, please reach out to the FIU COVID Response Team at 305-348-1919, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.