Thinking about the impact of COVID-19 can stir a variety of emotions. For some, the past year has brought us closer to family while in quarantine, taught us how to stay active without a gym, or shown us new hobbies that spark joy. For many of us, COVID-19 has also brought feelings of isolation, pain, anger, sorrow or even numbness. Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re fundamentally different than we were one year ago. But we’ve learned we are resilient.

To reflect on that change and see just how far we’ve come, we’re looking back on our journey — to honor loved ones we’ve lost, celebrate our front-line heroes and prepare for the continued trek ahead until the virus is defeated. From developing masks made from existing hospital materials when demand was critically high at the start of the pandemic to designing low-cost, open-source ventilators, from launching the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program to help reopen campus to administering the first vaccine dose in Florida, see how we’ve come together as a campus to help serve each other, the community and the state of Florida.

We’re grateful for the support of our Gator community, here in Gainesville and around the world, who have made progress possible … and who have helped bring us all hope.

By The Numbers

As of March 1st, 1,252,443 masks (1,086,650 disposable masks, 73,423 cloth masks and 92,370 N95 masks) have been distributed.
As of March 1st, more than 1,300 hand sanitizing stations have been installed and 3,234 gallons of hand sanitizer has been used.
As of March 1st, 195,149 COVID-19 tests have been administered.
As of March 1st, 40,623 people have received their 1st dose and 35,642 people have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.



Across campus, professors found creative ways to teach their classes online, while still providing the world-class education students expect from UF.

Image: Students on campus, masked and social distancing



UF researchers responded to a future of uncertainty and risk with an all-hands-on-deck approach to science.

Image: Research



When COVID-19 struck close to home, UF jumped into action on many fronts to lend a hand.

Image: UF Health conducts off-campus COVID-19 testing at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, FL. Photo Credits: UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones



A look at the milestones of the last year, from the beginning of the pandemic to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Image: Nika Radhajkrishnan, M.D., chief of the UF College of Medicine


In Pictures

The stories of our patients, our caregivers and the community as seen through the eyes of UF Health photographers.

Image: UF Health COVID-19 Patient Discharged After 18 Days on ECMO