USF Sarasota-Manatee continues to experience the effects of red tide impacting coastal areas of Southwest Florida. A recent large bloom and prevailing onshore winds have exacerbated local conditions over the past few days. The university will continue to monitor the situation, however, no cancellations or closures at USF Sarasota-Manatee are planned at this time.
According to the Florida Department of Health, people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions should avoid red tide areas. Some people may experience eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath when exposed to red tide conditions. Outdoor activities should be relocated indoors or rescheduled to another date until air quality conditions improve. The use of electronic air fresheners is allowed, however open flames (candles) are not permitted inside buildings due to fire code compliance.
During this period of impact, USFSM employees experiencing effects from red tide should work with their supervisor to request sick leave if necessary in accordance with USF leave policies. USF Sarasota-Manatee students who may be experiencing effects from red tide should work with their instructors if they are unable to attend class. USFSM students also may make an appointment with a medical practitioner at the Counseling and Wellness Center, located on the New College of Florida campus, by calling 941-487-4254.
For additional information on red tide, please visit: mote.org/news/florida-red-tide or mymanatee.org/departments/parks___natural_resources/parks__preserves___beaches/red_tide_information___updates/