UB Forward - 12/11/2020

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Published December 11, 2020

News and Updates

For all the latest news and updates, consult UB's COVID-19 site.

  • The saliva test used in UB’s COVID-19 surveillance testing was named by the Food and Drug Administration the best of its kind for detecting the virus in its earliest stages. The test, developed by Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences, was also cited as being among the most sensitive tests regardless of type, ranking 6th worldwide in detecting the virus. UB launched its surveillance testing program in September to monitor the prevalence of the virus among the university community. More than 31,000 tests have been conducted, yielding a very low positivity rate of less than 1%. 

  • UB’s COVID-19 planning and response site provided timely, accurate information to the UB community during the fall semester, garnering more than 300,000 views. When the plan for the 2021 spring semester is finalized and approved by SUNY, which is expected to take place soon, the site will be updated with new information. 

Resources for Faculty and Staff

    • Adopt-a-Family. Many UB offices and departments are sponsoring a holiday gift collection in conjunction with the Office of Community Relations’ annual Adopt-a-Family donation drive. This year, digital gift cards are requested to help reduce contact during the pandemic. Email Dylan Steed at dtsteed@buffalo.edu to participate.
    • Navigating Holiday Stress. This HR virtual workshop will offer support and tools to increase coping and resiliency and help people overcome the tensions of the season.
    • Work-from-home computer security. The UB VPN enables secure off-campus access to university resources. The UBIT website offers the latest version of UB’s recommended VPN client for Windows, MacOS and Linux. This webpage explains what users need to know.

Resources for Students

    • Cookie break. UB cookies are a hit on campus—and now fans can make their own at home this holiday season.
    • UB wellness coaching. Using a non-judgmental, strengths-based approach, wellness coaches can assist students in pursuing goals related to academic, physical, social, emotional, relational or spiritual wellness.
    • Emergency fund update. Emergency fund applications from students who face hardship as a result of COVID-19 continue to be received and reviewed. Some academic units have developed emergency funds for students studying within their programs. More details are available on this webpage.

* This information is for archival purposes. Some links may be out of date.