COVID-19: SON-Specific Information

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Daily Health Check

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, the university has deployed the Daily Health Check. This virtual screening tool is an important part of the campus Health and Safety Guidelines and is critical to UB’s ability to monitor the health of the entire community in real time. It utilizes advanced chatbot technology and the latest scientific research to help catch potential warning signs and cases of COVID-19 infection early, and to provide users with relevant, authoritative instructions and resources customized to their responses.

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Who is required to complete the Daily Health Check?

All students must complete the Daily Health Check every day, including weekends and holidays, whether or not they plan to visit campus.

All employees are required to complete the Daily Health Check on the days they are scheduled to work, even if working remotely, whether or not they are coming to campus. Employees are not required to complete the Daily Health Check on the days they are not working, including holidays, scheduled days off and sick days; however, doing so even on the days when it is not required is strongly recommended out of concern for your personal health and the health of the entire UB community.

State, Research Foundation and UB Foundation employees, as well as volunteers, adjunct faculty, vendors, visitors and invited guests to campus who are otherwise not affiliated with UB, must also complete the Daily Health Check prior to their arrival on campus.

Students, faculty and staff who are working/learning entirely remotely and outside of New York State, do not have to complete the Daily Health Check.

Why do students and employees have to complete the Daily Health Check if they are not on campus and working/learning remotely?

The Daily Health Check is an important part of the campus Health and Safety Guidelines. Together with wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distance, washing hands and staying home when sick, daily health screenings like this one are an effective way to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Your everyday completion of the Daily Health Check helps UB to gauge the health of the UB community and provide immediate support as needed. Through the Daily Health Check, UB health officials receive critical data that serves as our first early warning signal for the possible development of new infections in the UB community. The Daily Health Check will also enable timely diagnosis of new cases and initiation of care as needed, and will assist in preventing further spread of the virus, thereby increasing the ability of health officials to better protect everyone.

In addition to providing the university with real-time data, the evaluation offers users helpful instructions and authoritative information customized to their situation and based on that day’s responses.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious viral disease and impacts everyone; the health and safety of the campus community depends on your participation.

When do I need to complete the Daily Health Check?

You should complete the Daily Health Check early in your day. If you plan to be on campus on a given day, you must complete the Daily Health Check before you arrive. After being cleared for on-campus activity, you will receive a notification badge for that day.  

How does it work?

The Daily Health Check is a chat messaging interface, in which the program asks users specific questions about their recent history and current status in regard to COVID-19. The virtual screener currently runs in a web browser.

What personal information will be collected and how will UB keep my information safe?

In September, the technology will be updated to include text message notifications and expanded personalization options. With this update, all users will be asked to provide personal identification details, including first and last name, person number, UBIT name, mobile phone number and year of birth. After this initial login with a mobile device, users will no longer be asked to provide this level of detail, and only the first three letters of your last name as well as birth year will be required. This information will be kept confidential and secure and will only be used for the purposes of screening, tracking and contact tracing if needed.

What does the Daily Health Check ask about?

The Daily Health Check will ask, at minimum, whether the participant:

  • Has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 10 days.
  • Has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the past 10 days.
  • Has had contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
  • Has traveled to a location on New York State's COVID-19 Travel Advisory list for more than 24 hours (except to and from Canada) in the past 14 days.

What if I indicate COVID-19 symptoms or exposure?

If a user has symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with established infection, the Daily Health Check will outline appropriate next steps, including, in the following order, where to get tested, when to contact a health care professional and how to quarantine pending test results. It will then provide important contact details. Finally, the individual will receive a secure email requesting additional information so that the university may follow up.

Is the Daily Health Check being enforced?

The university expects that each member of the UB community, and visitors coming to campus, will complete the Daily Health Check.

When you physically come to campus to live, work, dine, attend classes and activities, or visit the library, you are demonstrating that you have completed the Daily Health Check and you attest, to the best of your knowledge, that you do not have COVID-19 infection or exposure.

In certain situations, such as entering a secure lab, clinical settings or in a situation where social distancing is challenging on our campus, individuals may be asked to show proof of Daily Health Check completion.

What if I already complete a health attestation for another organization?

Individuals who complete a daily health attestation for another organization, such as a hospital or health care facility, are not required to participate in UB’s Daily Health Check, but are asked to do so.

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Questions?

Any questions or issues with the Daily Health Check, please contact UB-DailyHealthCheck@buffalo.edu.

Any questions about testing for students, please contact Student Health Services.

Any questions about testing for employees, please contact HR.

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Please direct any questions or feedback about UB’s Health and Safety guidelines here.