UB continues to adjust our workplace to protect our community during this fast-changing and unpredictable pandemic. UB employees are advised to stay informed of the university’s most recent COVID-19 protocols.
UB advises all faculty, staff and visitors to stay informed of and follow the university’s health and safety guidelines.
If you feel sick or are concerned that you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home (do not report to work) and contact your healthcare provider for help or advice. Please do not come to campus until your doctor confirms you do not have COVID-19 or you are tested negative for the virus.
For help or to report a suspected or verified case of COVID-19, please contact UB Human Resources.
If you are tested positive for COVID-19, notify your supervisor and UB Human Resources as soon as possible:
All UB faculty, staff and visitors who come to a UB or UBMD campus must complete the Daily Health Check every day you are on campus. Employees working remotely are not required (but are strongly encouraged) to complete the Daily Health Check.
All students, faculty, and staff who live on campus or who visit campus regularly need to be tested weekly. Invitations to register for the weekly testing will be generated by the Daily Health Check data submitted.
Employees who work remotely are not required to come in for surveillance testing.
Even if your results come back negative, you must continue to follow UB’s Health and Safety Guidelines. Wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick.
The university will immediately notify the state and local health departments of known confirmed positive cases on a UB campus.
If a member of the campus community is tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, UB will support the Erie County Health Department’s contact tracing procedures in accordance with the New York State Contact Tracing Program. Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations.
The use of proper face coverings is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the most recent scientific evidence gathered by the CDC. To protect their own health and that of their classmates, colleagues, friends and families, members of the UB community must commit themselves to wearing a face covering at all times.
Most physicians and medical authorities agree that there are very few medical conditions in which a face mask will be unsafe. In the unlikely event that you suffer from one of these medical conditions, you may be granted an exempt from wearing a face mask if you provide a doctor’s note verifying that you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsafe.
The American Lung Association has stated that even individuals with underlying chronic lung disease should be able to wear a non-N95 facial covering without affecting their oxygen or carbon dioxide levels.
If you think you have cause for a medical exemption:
Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) is highly recommended by the CDC. To promote physical distancing, the university has modified spaces and/or restriced the use of classrooms and other places where people tend to congregate, so people can stay at least 6 feet apart in all directions.
Even when physical distancing is possible, face coverings still must be worn at all times when in public spaces on UB’s campuses – indoors and outdoors – because some risk of transmission still exists at distances greater than 6 feet.
UB’s health and safety guidelines outline the university’s expectations for quarantine for all employees.
You can learn more about UB’s and New York State’s guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 from these resources: