Welcome to the spring 2021 edition of Academic Matters, the quarterly newsletter of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.
After a full year, we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges of a pandemic that has infected more than 120 million people worldwide, including more than 30 million in the United States. Tragically, our country recently surpassed 549,000 deaths due to COVID-19. In Florida alone, we have had more than 2 million cases and have exceeded 33,000 deaths.
Within the past 12 months, we have admitted more than 1,660 COVID-19 patients. I’m proud to say we have saved the overwhelming majority of them. On Jan. 20, we discharged our 1,000th unique COVID-19 patient. While we grieve for the lives lost, let’s remember to celebrate those we have saved because that is what helps keep us going.