Published: July 16, 2020
UT Partners With Local Firm Rapid-Trace for Contact Tracing
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and help protect the local community, The University of Tampa has partnered with Rapid-Trace, a local firm that aids businesses and educational institutions with contact tracing services.
Rapid-Trace contact tracers will work for UT under the supervision of the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, which is operated by Tampa General Hospital. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, Rapid-Trace will identify and inform those who may have been in contact with the confirmed case, so they can take the necessary steps to prevent further spread of the disease.
“The University of Tampa and Rapid-Trace are committed to keeping our community members safe and offering support in the event of a positive case or close contact,” said Gina Firth, associate director of wellness at UT.
In addition to working closely with UT's health and wellness staff, Rapid-Trace also works closely with — and is in compliance with all guidelines of — the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"As locals, Rapid-Trace is intimately invested in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We consider it an honor to partner and provide support to entities such as The University of Tampa, as they create an effective plan to resume classes this fall," said Cynthia Matthews, director of outreach solutions at Rapid-Trace.
The University of Tampa fully intends and is planning a safe resumption of face-to-face teaching, learning and campus life for Fall 2020. The administration has added many safety adjustments and precautions to help protect the campus community, including mask, physical distancing and self-assessment requirements. UT plans to start classes on Aug. 26. For more information about UT’s fall semester plans, including its health and safety initiative, see ut.edu/fall2020.