Learn more about the Daily Health Check, UB’s COVID-19 screening tool for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
There are three ways to access your Daily Health Check:
The fastest way for students and employees to complete the Daily Health Check.
This is the fastest and simplest way to complete your Daily Health Check, and all UB students, faculty and staff with smartphones are strongly encouraged to sign up. Text message notifications are convenient, delivering a reminder to complete your Daily Health Check along with a unique URL for that day right to your phone. And enrolling saves you time by remembering your login information.
To sign up:
Once signed up, you will automatically receive a text message with a 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, and get on with your day.
A convenient option for users without smartphones and campus visitors.
Those without smartphones can still access the tool directly via a web browser by clicking “none” within the chatbot. However, if you do not sign up for text message notifications, you will not receive reminders; you will have to remember to complete your Daily Health Check on your own.
Every time you access the tool, you will also have to provide:
Accessible forms are available for students, employees and visitors who need them.
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.
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.
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.
The following students are required to complete the Daily Health Check every day during summer:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Health Check will ask, at minimum, whether the participant:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To sign up for text message reminders:
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.
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.
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.
Please direct any questions or feedback about UB’s Health and Safety guidelines here.