• 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. 

  • What can I do to protect myself on campus?

    Please complete the P3 app Safety Screening Checklist if you are feeling symptoms or are COVID positive, to help make sure everyone on campus is healthy and to assist with contact tracing, should someone become ill. Please make sure you update the app and read each question carefully.

    Vaccines remain the most powerful tool against the spread of COVID-19. On-campus vaccinations continue to be available at the Student Health Center for students and FIU Health (Ambulatory Care Center) for faculty and staff. Individuals must make an appointment at either of the centers by phone. Please visit our vaccination page for more information. 

    Testing is an effective way to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy. There are several options for getting tested on campus that provide same-day results. Appointments are required. Please visit our testing page for more information.

    At FIU, we continue to recommend the use of face coverings.

    The CDC relaxed its indoor face covering recommendations, indicating that in areas of low to medium COVID-19 risk, people may choose not to use a face covering indoors. However, if you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are immunocompromised, face coverings should be worn.

    In addition, Gov. DeSantis has issued a new policy advising against the use of face coverings in businesses and community settings and suggesting a five-day isolation period for adults and children who test positive for COVID-19. In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Levine Cava announced that face coverings are no longer required indoors at county facilities, citing a significant decrease in COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates.

  • Do I need to wear a mask?

    At FIU, we continue to recommend the use of face coverings.

    The CDC relaxed its indoor face covering recommendations, indicating that in areas of low to medium COVID-19 risk, people may choose not to use a face covering indoors. However, if you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are immunocompromised, face coverings should be worn.

    In addition, Gov. DeSantis has issued a new policy advising against the use of face coverings in businesses and community settings and suggesting a five-day isolation period for adults and children who test positive for COVID-19. In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Levine Cava announced that face coverings are no longer required indoors at county facilities, citing a significant decrease in COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates.

  • When do I need to get tested?

    Testing and staying up to date on your vaccinations continue to be pivotal tools to prevent COVID-19 and stop community spread.  

    • If you have symptoms, even if you’re vaccinated, get tested right away.  
    • If you have had close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19, get tested at least five days after exposure, even if you’re vaccinated.

    Visit the CDC website for more information and the most recent updates: 


    Students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to utilize the P3 app to report symptoms or a COVID-positive test.

  • Where can I get tested on campus?

    There are several options for getting tested on campus.

    FIU’s clinical sites

    Faculty and staff
    Faculty and staff should call FIU Health (Ambulatory Care Center) at 305-348-3627 to schedule an appointment. Tests are administered Monday through Friday at FIU Health’s MMC. Appointments must be made at least one day in advance.

    You can get the following tests at an FIU facility:

    • Nasal swab (RT-PCR) molecular test. Results in 24-48 hours. Patient’s insurance will be billed. If you have no insurance, the self-pay price is $100. (Offered at FIU Health MMC).
    • Antibody blood test. Patient’s insurance will be billed. If you have no insurance, the self-pay price is $60. (Offered at FIU Health MMC).
    • Antigen testResults in 15 minutes. Free for faculty and staff. (Offered at FIU Health MMC). This test is most accurate when you have symptoms or have been exposed to a known COVID positive person. 

    Students
    Students should call the FIU Student Health Center at 305-348-8385 to make an appointment at MMC or 305-919-5620 to make an appointment at BBC. Appointments must be made at least one day in advance.

    You can get the following tests at an FIU facility for free:

    • Nasal swab (RT-PCR) molecular test. Results in 24-48 hours. Offered at FIU Student Health MMC and BBC.
    • Antibody blood test. Offered at FIU Student Health MMC.
    • Antigen test. Results in 15 minutes. Offered at FIU Student Health MMC and BBC. This test is most accurate when you have symptoms or have been exposed to a known COVID positive person. 

    Curative trailers on campuses
    FIU is partnering with Curative to offer COVID-19 testing at on-campus walk-up testing stations for students, faculty and staff. Please note the testing station is a walk-up only; there is no designated parking in the vicinity. To make an appointment, please visit Curative.com.

    Anyone getting tested for COVID-19 at the Curative testing sites on campus must show proof of insurance. If you are insured, there will be no out-of-pocket cost; your insurance will be billed for testing. At time of registration, the uninsured will be asked pay for the test. 

    Locations and hours of Curative trailers:

    Trailer near Parkview (MMC): Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last appointment at 3:30 p.m.)
    Rapid RT-PCR (same day results)
    Regular RT-PCR  

    PG 5 Trailer (MMC): seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (last appointment is 5:30 p.m.)
    Rapid RT-PCR (same day results)
    Regular RT-PCR

    BBC Trailer (next to the BBC Student Health Center): Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last appointment 4 p.m.)
    Regular RT-PCR

    For more information, visit the testing page.

    Testing is also widely available in our community. 

  • 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.

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and eligible members of their households can access vaccines on our on-campus clinics: the Student Health Center for students and the Ambulatory Care Center for faculty and staff.  

    Individuals interested in getting vaccinated must make an appointment by phone. Students can call FIU Student Health Services at 305-348-8385. Faculty, staff and other members of the community may contact FIU Health at 305-348-3627. To learn more, visit the vaccination page.

    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:

    • Vaccinated or not, if you have symptoms, you should fill out the P3 app immediately before coming to campus and a member of the COVID Response Team will be in touch with guidance. You will need to quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
  • What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Fill out the Safety Screening Checklist in the P3 app and the FIU COVID Response Team will be in touch with you.

    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.

  • Who do I need to inform if I test positive for COVID-19?
    • Fill out the Safety Screening Checklist in the P3 app and the FIU COVID Response Team will be in touch with you.

    • 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.
  • 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.