Published October 19, 2020
The required COVID-19 screening tool now features text reminders, as well as a change in requirements.
UB’s Daily Health Check is quickly becoming part of everyone’s routine, but a new update introducing text message notifications promises to make the COVID-19 screening tool even more effective and easier to complete. Students who have access to a smartphone are strongly encouraged to enroll their mobile number. By doing so, you will receive automated text reminders to complete the Daily Health Check — delivered right to your phone.
When you sign up for the NEW Daily Health Check text notifications, users enter their mobile number when prompted, verify via a follow-up text, and then create an account with their first and last name, email address, UBITName, person number and year of birth.
Every day after initial enrollment, users will receive a text notification between 7-8 a.m. All they have to do is click the link, authenticate their login with the first three letters of their last name and year of birth, and complete the health screening.
Users without smartphones may continue to access the tool directly via the web by clicking “none” within the chatbot, but they will no longer receive daily reminders via email; web users will have to remember to complete their Daily Health Check on their own and will be required to enter all the above individual information in full, every time. Accessible web forms will also continue to be made available.
No matter how users choose to complete their Daily Health Check, their individual information will always be kept confidential and secure. A small group of campus leaders will have access to the data for the limited purpose of screening, tracking and contact tracing, if needed, to preserve the health and safety of the UB community. 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 it 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.
This update to the Daily Health Check stems from UB’s commitment to protecting all aspects of health and safety — including the security of individual information — of all UB students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.