FAQs About COVID-19

Published January 24, 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.

What is a "close contact"?

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).

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

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.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Isolate for 5 days and report your positive test to the University via UB's COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Email Dr. Milling, Dr. Silvestri and Dr. Lesse as well as your course director to report your positive test.  

When can I return to school/clinic rotation after I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you can return to work when:

  • at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  • at least 72 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  • symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have resolved or are improving. Rhinorrhea, if present, has fully resolved.

*Please note that our hospital partners, Roswell and the VA, require students to wait at 10 days since symptoms have passed before returning to clinic.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19? If you

If you are asymptomatic, you can participate in pool testing offered at UB.

The times for pool testing are:

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Room 2211
Wednesday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Allen Hall, Room 100, South Campus Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Talbert Hall, Room 11, North Campus Monday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Talbert Hall, Room 11, North Campus Tuesday 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Talbert Hall, Room 11, North Campus Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Check out when and where to get tested for more updated information.

If you are symptomatic:

Call UB Student Health Services at 716-829-3316 to see if they have any appointments (afternoons only), or go to any of the Erie County COVID testing sites.

Where can I get my COVID-19 booster shot?

You may get vaccinated for COVID-19, the booster shot, and the flu shot at Jacobs School of Medicine, Room 2211 on Thursdays from 11am-2pm.

Do I need to provide proof of my COVID-19 booster shot?

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 by Monday, January 31, 2022.

If you are not yet eligible to receive a booster by January 31, you must obtain your booster and submit your documentation within one week of becoming eligible.

Questions ?

Please contact OME Deans:

Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs

Milling, David

David Milling, MD

Associate Professor

955 Main Street Room 1201 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: 716-829-2802; Fax: 716-829-2798

Email: dmilling@buffalo.edu

Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs

Silvestri, Nicholas

Nicholas Silvestri, MD, FAAN

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs

Office of Medical Education Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2802; Fax: (716) 332-4245

Email: njs6@buffalo.edu

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum

Lesse, Alan

Alan Lesse, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education; Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main Street, Room 7165 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-3467

Email: camlesse@buffalo.edu