Daily Health Check

Learn more about the Daily Health Check, UB’s COVID-19 screening tool for faculty, staff, students and visitors.

On this page:

Accessing the Daily Health Check

There are three ways to access your Daily Health Check:

Quick and Easy

Text Message Notifications

The fastest way for students and employees to complete the Daily Health Check.

Self-Directed

Web Browser

A convenient option for users without smartphones and campus visitors.

Accessible

Web Forms

Accessible forms are available for students, employees and visitors who need them.

Keep your Daily Health Check access pass handy

Campus officials may ask you to demonstrate that you have completed your Daily Health Check and are cleared for on-campus activity. For a convenient option to retain proof of completion, consider taking a screenshot of your access pass and saving it to your device.

Want to stop receiving text message reminders?

Reply “STOP” to your most recent text message reminder. You can always sign up again by replying “START” to that same thread or sending a new message to 65975.

Need-To-Know

The Daily Health Check…

  • Must be completed by:
    • Students living on campus.
    • Students taking one or more in-person courses.
    • Student employees or volunteers working on campus.
    • Students utilizing on-campus services (e.g., dining, recreation facilities and libraries).
    • Employees and volunteers who come to a UB or UBMD campus.
    • Tenants/affiliates residing in UB facilities who come to a UB campus.
    • Vendors who come to campus and perform work that involves staying on campus for longer periods.
    • Campus guests on the day(s) they visit.
  • Is an important part of UB’s Health and Safety Guidelines to protect the campus community from COVID-19.
  • Screens for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
  • Clears users without COVID-19 symptoms or exposure for on-campus activity. Save your access pass presented at the end of the chat to be prepared to demonstrate to campus officials.
  • Provides campus health officials with real-time information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community and helps stop the spread.

Daily Health Check FAQ

Who is required to complete the Daily Health Check?

Students who live on campus, those who live off campus but have one or more in-person classes, student employees/volunteers working on campus and students who utilize on-campus services (e.g., dining, recreation facilities and libraries) 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.

Do students have to continue to complete the Daily Health Check over summer?

The following students are required to complete the Daily Health Check every day during summer:

  • On-campus residents.
  • Student employees working on campus.
  • Students taking in-person summer courses.
  • Students utilizing on-campus services (e.g., dining, recreation facilities or libraries).

Additionally, anyone visiting campus must complete the Daily Health Check on the day of their visit.

Students who do not live or work on campus and are not taking summer classes are not required to complete the Daily Health Check, though they are encouraged to do so out of concern for their own health and the health of those around them.

What if I already complete a health attestation for another organization?

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.

I have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I have to continue to complete the Daily Health Check?

Yes, in addition to observing all other applicable campus health and safety guidelines (i.e., hand washing, wearing a face covering if not fully vaccinated, etc.), all individuals who are required to complete the Daily Health Check must continue to do so whether or not they have been vaccinated.­­

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving the last required dose of their specific vaccine series. For example, individuals who receive a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose in the series, whereas individuals who receive a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson) are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their first dose.

When do I need to complete the Daily Health Check?

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. 

How does it work?

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.

What does the Daily Health Check ask about?

The Daily Health Check will ask, at minimum, whether the participant:

  • Has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the past 10 days.
  • Has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 10 days.
  • Has had contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.

What if I indicate COVID-19 symptoms or exposure?

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.

I entered an incorrect response that doesn’t accurately reflect my current health. What do I do?

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.

How do I correct personal information that was entered incorrectly when signing up to receive text notifications for the Daily Health Check?

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:

  1. Log in to the chatbot using the first three letters of your last name and birth year.
  2. Click “Unsubscribe” in the menu (☰) in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. Select “Yes, discontinue text reminders.”
  4. Go directly to the Daily Health Check to create a new account with the correct information. Do not click on a link from a previous text message.

What individual information is collected?

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.

How is UB using my information? How is my data protected?

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.

LifeLink, UB’s partner in deploying the Daily Health Check, underwent a rigorous vetting process to demonstrate that they could meet the university’s stringent privacy and data protection requirements. As part of the agreement with UB, LifeLink has no claim to ownership of any UB user data and is contractually obligated to protect that data in accordance with industry standards, which include a network firewall, intrusion detection technology and regular security vulnerability assessments. For more information, LifeLink provides a webpage on their privacy policy.

How is the Daily Health Check being enforced?

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.

Campus officials may ask for proof of Daily Health Check completion upon your entry into testing sites, labs, recreation facilities and other locations. If you’re cleared to come to campus, make sure you save a copy of that day’s access pass to present when asked. For a convenient option to retain proof of completion, consider taking a screenshot of your access pass and saving it to your device.

Student Compliance

If students living, working or taking classes on campus fail to complete the Daily Health Check, they will receive a series of warnings culminating in administrative action, which will include a mandatory public health education course.

Students seeking additional information about compliance should visit the Public Health Behavior Expectations page from Student Life.

Employee Compliance

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.

Reporting Noncompliance

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.

How do I sign up for Daily Health Check text message reminders?

To sign up for text message reminders:

  1. Open the Daily Health Check.
  2. Enter your 10-digit mobile phone number when prompted.
  3. Click the link in a follow-up text message to verify your phone number and finish enrollment.
  4. Enter your first and last name, email address, 8-digit person number, UBITName and year of birth. This information will only need to be provided once if enrolling in text message notifications.

Once signed up, you will automatically receive a text message with a unique 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.

I no longer want to receive Daily Health Check text message reminders. How do I stop them?

Reply “STOP” to your most recent Daily Health Check text message reminder. You can always sign up again by replying again with “START” to 65975 in your old Daily Health Check text message thread. If you have unsubscribed, you will need to resubscribe by following the “Quick and Easy” instructions on buffalo.edu/health-check.

If you are not included in one of the populations noted in the Need-To-Know section of the Daily Health Check webpage, you no longer need to complete the Daily Health Check, but are strongly encouraged to do so out of concern for your personal health and the health of the entire community.

I stopped receiving Daily Health Check text message reminders but want to start getting them again—how can I do that?

If you had been receiving text message reminders but chose to stop them, you can always sign up again by replying “START” to 65975 in your old Daily Health Check text message thread. If you have unsubscribed, you will need to re-subscribe by following the “Quick and Easy” instructions on buffalo.edu/health-check.

Contact

Questions?

Any questions or issues with the Daily Health Check, please contact UB-DailyHealthCheck@buffalo.edu.

Any questions about testing for students, please contact Student Health Services.

Any questions about testing for employees, please contact HR.

Feedback?

Please direct any questions or feedback about UB’s Health and Safety guidelines here.