Health Services will provide current University at Buffalo students (and their families) with the latest information and service announcements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can help yourself and your campus community by doing the following:
All students living and attending classes during the fall 2021 semester are required to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Exemption requests for medical or religious reasons will be reviewed. Students who are remote only can also apply for a one-semester exemption.
If you have symptoms or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, see below for testing options and required health and safety steps:
The university will require a quarantine for individuals awaiting the result of viral testing; who report close contact (being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes or receiving respiratory secretions via cough, sneeze or kiss) with people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2; or who report close contact with people whose symptoms are highly suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., the loss of taste or smell). The quarantine period is 10 days from the time of exposure. If you live on campus please contact Campus Living staff:
Once you have been moved to temporary quarantine/isolation housing, testing for COVID-19 can be arranged by contacting Health Services. If it is recommended that you go off-campus for testing (e.g.. due to insurance coverage limitations) and do not have private transportation, transportation assistance will be offered at no cost. For testing options on Saturdays and Sundays, residential students in quarantine/isolation housing should follow the instructions for off-campus students below.
The university will require a quarantine for individuals awaiting the result of viral testing; who report close contact (being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes or receiving respiratory secretions via cough, sneeze or kiss) with people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2; or who report close contact with people whose symptoms are highly suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., the loss of taste or smell). The quarantine period is 10 days from the time of exposure.
If you have private transportation: find a testing location near you in the table below or call the NYS testing hotline at 1-888-364-3065 and schedule an appointment.
If you do not have private transportation and live off-campus and were advised to get tested for COVID-19 by the Daily Health Check, your health care provider, or local health department:
(The transportation provided is to the testing site and back to the pick-up location, no additional or alternate stops can be accommodated.)
Erie County and NYS testing sites offer free testing. Other locations may bill your health insurance or expect payment at the time of testing. View a searchable map of additional testing locations beyond the table below.
|New York State Testing Center - Buffalo|| |
Call for locations.
|1-888-364-3065 or |
make an appointment online
|Well Now - Amherst||3921 Harlem Rd. Buffalo, NY 14226||Make an appointment online|
|Walgreens||3488 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214 |
|Make an appointment online|
|Rite Aid||2474 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215||Make an appointment online|
|CVS||392 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, NY 14223||Make an appointment online|
|WNY Immediate Care||2497 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216||Make an appointment online|
The university has a reporting process for students living on- and off-campus who have tested positive for the virus. University staff will record positive test results and provide students with important information regarding health, housing and academic resources as necessary.
As necessary, students will be referred to their primary care provider or to UB Health Services for medical care - this process is not intended for treatment, diagnosis or immediate medical support. For confidential reporting, please use the online reporting form.
Health Services does not provide notes relating to travel or completion of isolation/quarantine. Students in need of this documentation should complete the appropriate form provided by the Erie County Department of Health and submit this to the requesting party.
UB has implemented a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for asymptomatic community members. Learn more about this invitation-based preventative testing process
Per the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results or if you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your symptoms, you need to be in isolation until certain criteria are met. See the links below for the criteria and information on how to protect yourself and the community.
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Counseling Services is here to help with the following tips to help you manage your anxiety.
New York State residents can schedule a FREE appointment with a mental health professional by calling 1-844-863-9314.