Published September 13, 2022
We know that this is a stressful time and we appreciate you reaching out for direction. Please know that our priority is your health. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to be able to help you navigate this. The answers to these questions come from the CDC and direction from SUNY.
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection).
If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
Isolate for 5 days and report your positive test to the University via UB's COVID-19 Reporting Form immediately and also: -
If you test positive for COVID-19, you can return to work when:
*Please note that our hospital partners, Roswell and the VA, require students to wait at least 10 days since symptoms have passed before returning to clinic.
A positive home test is acceptable if you are symptomatic. If your home test is negative, continue masking for the next five days. Symptomatic students should also consider getting a PCR test if the rapid antigen home test is negative as the PCR testing is more sensitive.
All students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to obtain a booster and submit documentation. If you have not already done so, submit proof of your booster shot to UB Health Services via the patient portal as well as to our office at Medical Student COVID Vaccination Record.
Please contact OME Deans: