The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences cares deeply about the health and academic progress of our students, as well as the safety of our faculty, staff and their families. We are committed to supporting the Jacobs School community, working together to take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about the Daily Health Check, UB’s COVID-19 screening tool for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
There are three ways to access your Daily Health Check:
The fastest way for students and employees to complete the Daily Health Check.
This is the fastest and simplest way to complete your Daily Health Check, and all UB students, faculty and staff with smartphones are strongly encouraged to sign up. Text message notifications are convenient, delivering a reminder to complete your Daily Health Check along with a unique URL for that day right to your phone. And enrolling saves you time by remembering your login information.
To sign up:
Once signed up, you will automatically receive a text message with a URL to the Daily Health Check every day between 7-8 a.m. Simply click the link in the message, provide the first three letters of your last name and your birth year to authenticate, complete the Daily Health Check the way you normally do, and get on with your day.
A convenient option for users without smartphones and campus visitors.
Those without smartphones can still access the tool directly via a web browser by clicking “none” within the chatbot. However, if you do not sign up for text message notifications, you will not receive reminders; you will have to remember to complete your Daily Health Check on your own.
Every time you access the tool, you will also have to provide:
Accessible forms are available for students, employees and visitors who need them.
Whenever you are on campus, you may be asked to demonstrate that you have completed your daily screening.
The Daily Health Check…
Students who live on campus, those who live off campus but have one or more in-person classes, and all other students who live in Erie or Niagara counties must complete the Daily Health Check every day, including weekends and holidays, whether or not they plan to visit campus on a given day.
All faculty, staff and volunteer faculty/staff who come to a UB or UBMD campus must also complete the Daily Health Check.
Volunteers, adjunct faculty, tenants/affiliates residing in UB facilities, vendors, visitors and invited guests to campus who are otherwise not affiliated with the university are required to complete the Daily Health Check prior to their arrival on campus.
Please note that UB students, faculty and staff who are not required to complete the Daily Health Check are strongly encouraged to do so out of concern for their personal health and the health of the entire community.
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. The Daily Health Check helps UB 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 also enables timely diagnosis of new cases and initiation of care as needed, and assists 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 tool offers users helpful instructions and authoritative information customized to their situation and based on that day’s responses.
COVID-19 impacts everyone. The health and safety of the campus community depends on your participation.
Yes. All populations who were required to complete the Daily Health Check during the fall semester must continue to do so. Please see the first FAQ on this list for more information about individual requirements.
Although you may not be coming to campus with the same frequency as before break, the Daily Health Check continues to be a critical resource for your personal health. Should you ever indicate COVID-19 exposure and/or possible infection, the Daily Health Check can provide need-to-know information on where and how to get necessary care and protect those around you. Taking personal responsibility for your health and safety will be even more important during the winter holidays, and continuing to complete the Daily Health Check will give you crucial information about your personal health.
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.
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.
Students living on campus must complete the Daily Health Check before leaving their residence hall for the day.
Signing up for text message notifications makes it easy to complete your Daily Health Check. You’ll receive a reminder between 7-8 a.m. with a link for that day.
After being cleared for on-campus activity, you will receive an Access Pass for that day.
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.
The Daily Health Check will ask, at minimum, whether the participant:
If a user has symptoms consistent with 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 with similar information to guide next steps.
Please retake the Daily Health Check as soon as you are able and provide the correct answers. Your most recent attestation will overwrite your prior submission. Student Health and Human Resources receive real-time notifications for those who indicate a health risk, so you may receive a follow-up email. In your reply, indicate that you retook the attestation to reflect correct responses.
In order to correct personal information for text notifications, you must unsubscribe within the chatbot on your cell phone and register again with the correct information, as follows:
In October 2020, the Daily Health Check was updated to include text message notifications and expanded personalization options. As part of this update, the tool now requires first and last name, email address, 8-digit person number, UBITName, 10-digit mobile phone number and year of birth.
No matter how users complete their Daily Health Check, their individual information is always kept confidential and secure in accordance with all applicable data privacy laws. Data will only be used for the purposes of screening, tracking and contact tracing, if needed, to preserve the health and safety of the UB community. Only a small group of campus leaders have access to the data for these limited purposes, and personally identifiable information is not transferred to other individuals outside this group. Summary data may be reported but will not include any individual personal identifiers.
When you physically come to campus to live, work, dine, attend classes or 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, symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19, and that you have not returned to New York State within the past 14 days from a location on New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory list.
Throughout the spring semester, campus officials may ask students for proof of Daily Health Check completion, especially when entering a secure lab or clinical setting, or in an on-campus situation where physical distancing is challenging. Therefore, students must be prepared to demonstrate that they have met their obligation for that day.
To protect the health and safety of students across the university system, SUNY has mandated that all students, faculty and staff who are returning to campus must begin screening daily for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks prior to their return to campus. UB students must use the Daily Health Check to complete this requirement.
Students seeking additional information about compliance should visit the Compliance Questions page from Student Life.
Per New York State Department of Health guidance, employees are required to complete the Daily Health Check (according to their individual obligation) and adhere to all other aspects of the Health and Safety Guidelines.
As with other parts of the Health and Safety Guidelines, any UB faculty member, staff person or student who has concerns about compliance or witnesses cases of noncompliance may report them via this website.
Please direct any questions or feedback about UB’s Health and Safety guidelines here.