Student Health COVID-19 Updates

Health Services will provide current University at Buffalo students (and their families) with the latest information and service announcements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Testing - UB Surveillance

UB has implemented a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for asymptomatic community members. Learn more about this invitation-based preventative testing process

Testing - Showing Symptoms/Close Contacts

If you have symptoms or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, see below for testing options.

Closest Testing Locations
Facility Address Phone Number
New York State Testing Center - Buffalo

125 Perry St, Buffalo, NY 14204   

1-888-364-3065 or
make an appointment online
Well Now - Amherst  3980 Sheridan Dr. Amherst NY 14226 Make an appointment online
Well Now - Amherst  3921 Harlem Rd. Buffalo, NY 14226 Make an appointment online
Walgreens 3488 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214

 

Make an appointment online
Rite Aid 2474 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215 Make an appointment online
CVS 392 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, NY 14223 Make an appointment online
WNY Immediate Care 2099 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228 Make an appointment online
WNY Immediate Care 2497 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216 Make an appointment online

*Erie County and NYS testing sites offer free testing. Other locations may bill your health insurance or expect payment at the time of testing.

View a searchable map of additional testing locations.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Appointments are no longer needed at any state-run or county-run vaccination site. 

COVID Positive Reports

As part of UB’s comprehensive efforts to monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the university has established a reporting process for students living on- and off-campus who have tested positive for the virus. 

  • University staff will record positive test results and provide students with important information regarding health, housing and academic resources. 
    • As necessary, students will be referred to their primary care provider or to UB Health Services for medical care - this process is not intended for treatment, diagnosis or immediate medical support.

For confidential reporting, please use the online reporting form.

COVID-19 Related Documentation

Health Services does not provide notes relating to travel or completion of isolation/quarantine.  Students in need of this documentation should complete the appropriate form provided by the Erie County Department of Health and submit this to the requesting party.

Doctors Notes/Excuses

> We cannot provide travel clearance documents relating to COVID-19.

> We can not/do not provide documentation regarding your health infection status.

> We do not issue class excuses.

Upload Your COVID-19 Documentation to Patient Link

4/1/21: Registered UB students can now upload COVID-19 vaccine documentation to their medical record via the secure Patient Link portal! Please wait until you’ve completed the vaccine series before uploading your document. Visit the portal and log in using your UBIT information.

Frequently Asked Questions

These answers are in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and New York State Health Department guidance.

  • Under what circumstances do I need to quarantine, and why is it for 10 days?

    The university will require a quarantine for individuals awaiting the result of viral testing; who report close contact (being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes or receiving respiratory secretions via cough, sneeze or kiss) with people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2; or who report close contact with people whose symptoms are highly suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., the loss of taste or smell). The quarantine period is 10 days from the time of exposure. If you develop symptoms, please contact your health care provider and local health department.

    The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state or another country, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

    Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.  For full guidance and updates, please visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

    These answers are in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and New York State Health Department guidance.

    Updated April 12, 2021

    Authoritative Source: Health Services

    quarantine, travel, symptoms
  • Under what circumstances do I need to remain in mandatory isolation, and for how long?

    The answer will be dependent on the type of testing:

    Updated April 12, 2021

    Authoritative Source: Health Services

    quarantine, travel, symptoms, pool testing

COVID Vaccine and Documentation

Starting April 6, anyone aged 16 years or older residing in NYS will be eligible to receive vaccine, but eligibility doesn't mean availability. Health Services currently doesn't have vaccine. To find a vaccination site and make an appointment, visit the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination website; outside NYS, search the national vaccine directory.

Once students have completed their vaccine series, they can upload a copy to the student's patient portal.

NY's Excelsior Pass is a smartphone app that may be used at participating businesses and venues as part of NY's safe reopening. It is not medical documentation since it doesn't provide us with the name of vaccine or dates of administration.

Students vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines not authorized in the United States

Some students may receive a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. In some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but authorized for emergency use by WHO
    • People who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    • People who are partially vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO
    • People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

For more information related to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by WHO, visit their website.

Using Health Services

You can help yourself and your campus community by doing the following:

  • Do not come to Health Services without an appointment
  • Attend scheduled appointments alone, wearing your face covering
  • Arrive at your scheduled time to avoid contact with other patients
  • Set up voicemail on your smartphone. Make sure your voicemail box is not full, and check your messages throughout the day. If you are determined to be a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracers will need to reach you
  • E-mail, mail or fax forms to our office 
    • Fax is the best option for submitting forms   

Immunization Records

We are aware that incoming students may have difficulty obtaining immunization records with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To make things as easy as possible for our students, we will accept records via mailfax, or email. Here are some ways you may be able to obtain a copy of your records:

Health Insurance Support

If you have any questions regarding health insurance or need to make a payment, please email our office. A payment link will be sent in the reply email for any payments. 

The SUNY International Student Health Insurance Program with UHC offers comprehensive coverage for those students that need COVID-19 testing or contract the virus.

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Support

Mental Health Counseling

Educational Workshops

Self-Help Resources

NYS & Community Resources

Suicide Intervention and Prevention

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety

Counseling Services is here to help with the following tips to help you manage your anxiety.

Quick Links

Mindfulness Library is FREE for everyone!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAO has decided to make our Mindfulness Library free for everyone. Please feel free to share with family, friends, or anyone else who might benefit from enhancing their mindfulness practice.

All exercises are available in both English and French: https://www.taoconnect.org/mindfulness-exercise/

Free NYS Mental Health Crisis Line Available

There is now a free mental health crisis line for residents of New York State. A person can schedule a FREE appointment with a mental health professional by calling 1-844-863-9314.

Campus Updates

Latest on coronavirus

Authoritative Sources

COVID-19 Hotline

The Erie County Department of Health has created a hotline for COVID-19 related calls: 716-858-2929

Health Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

NYS Vaccination Clinics

UB's Health Services is unable to provide information about the NY State Department of Health’s COVID vaccination clinics being held at Harriman Hall on UB’s South Campus. For information about these clinics, including eligibility and to make an appointment, please call the NYS Health Department’s COVID vaccine hotline phone number: 1-833-697-4829 (1-833-NYS-4-VAX) or refer to their website.