To promote the safety of our Clinical Research Center (CRC) staff and vulnerable patient populations and to prevent the spread and infection of the COVID-19 virus, study visits cannot be scheduled or conducted in the CRC with participants who have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease or who are symptomatic at the time of the visit. All Research Participants and their Caretakers coming for study visits to the UF CRC will be screened upon arrival for history and symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Principal investigators and study teams are urged to pre-screen participants before scheduling and prior to coming to the CRC to avoid unnecessary travel or exposure.
Front Desk Screening
- The Administrative Assistant will greet the Participant and Caregiver upon arrival to the CTRB.
- The Administrative Assistant will provide a mask and Purell for the Participant and Caregiver to use.
- The Administrative Assistant will implement the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire (APPENDIX A).
- If the Participant and or Caregiver answer in the affirmative to any of the questions regarding health history, the Administrative Assistant will notify the CRC nursing staff before Participant and or Caregiver will be allowed to enter the CRC unit. *
- The CRC nursing staff will evaluate the participant and or caregiver for evidence of infection or pertinent history and will take their temperature.
- After the nurse’s evaluation, if there are any indications of COVID-19 infection then the nurse will notify the Principal Investigator or member of the study team. The study visit will need to be rescheduled.
* COVID-19 guidelines are fluid and change with areas of community spread, please refer to the DOH/CDC guidelines for up to date information.
COVID-19 Screening Questionaire
Have you had any of the following COVID-19 related symptoms that have newly developed today or over the previous week with no other pre-existing condition that can explain the symptoms including COVID-19 vaccination within the last 72 hours (for example, athsma, chromic headaches, medications, irritable bowel syndrome, seasonal allergies)?
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
Over the previous 14 days have you had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a total of 15 cumulative minutes. For those who work in health care or research, please do not include any expected, routine exposures while wearing full PPE.
If the person answers yes to any of the above questions they will not be allowed in the CRC, their Study PI/coordinator will be notified and their study visit will need to be rescheduled.
All persons entering the CTRB are required to wear a mask at all times in public and patient care areas of the CRC and must practice social distancing.