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COVID-19 cases continue to increase: Please get tested to avoid spreading the virus

COVID-19 cases continue to increase: Please get tested to avoid spreading the virus

December 20, 2021 at 9:00am

Reports of increased positivity rate and hospitalizations in Miami-Dade County due to the spread of the Omicron variant have continued this weekend. It is critical to remain vigilant and take the necessary steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.  

If you have been at large gatherings or crowded public places in the last few days, please get tested – even if you are vaccinated and received a booster – to avoid spreading the virus. If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, please get tested right away and stay away from others while you await results. Should your test come back positive, please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isolation guidelines, which call for 10 days of isolation.

To help keep our university community safe, please fill out the P3 app any time you come to campus.

Below is the schedule for COVID-19 testing on campus, through our partnership with Curative. Testing is by appointment only.

 PG5 trailer at MMC: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Parkview at MMC: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

BBC: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Please note that all sites will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Only the PG5 at MMC site will open during regular hours of operation on December 31.

Testing will also be available at FIU’s clinical sites. 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. Testing at our clinical sites will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

Testing is also widely available in our community. The Tropical Park testing site will open Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Vaccines remain the most powerful tool against the spread of COVID-19. If you are already vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to keep us safe. Remember that boosters are now widely available. 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.

FIU will be open and fully operational for the Spring 2022 semester, and on-campus vaccinations will resume on Monday, Jan. 10 at the Student Health centers and the FIU Health Clinic. For a list of off-site vaccination locations, you can visit FIU’s Panthers Protecting Panthers website.

Here are other things you can do to help slow the spread of Omicron, especially during the holidays:

  • Whenever possible, avoid crowded indoor spaces and use face coverings where they make sense to protect yourself and others.
  • If you plan to visit campus, please complete the P3 app questionnaire before arriving.
  • COVID-19 is not the only airborne disease: We are in the middle of flu season. Flu vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies and at our clinic sites on campus.

Please remain alert to the fast-changing situation over the holidays and look for additional updates from FIU and the local media. Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to keep our Panther family safe and healthy.