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The update to the Daily Health Check allows users to receive daily reminders via text messages. Image: Bob Wilder


Published October 12, 2020

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. Beginning Oct. 13, members of the UB community who have access to a smartphone are strongly encouraged to enroll their mobile number. By doing so, they will receive automated text reminders to complete the Daily Health Check — delivered right to their phone.

Along with this update, UB has also changed requirements for employees and others who do business with the university. Previously, all UB faculty and staff, except those living outside of New York State, had to complete the Daily Health Check on their workdays. Now, completion is required

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U of T Faculty of Dentistry students, patients slowly return to campus clinics

After months of near total shutdown, students and their patients at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry clinics are gradually returning to campus while observing a host of new COVID-19 safety protocols.

The school’s graduate specialty clinics began slowly reopening on July 6, while undergraduate Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) students who are transitioning from year three to year four resumed seeing a backlog of patients as of Aug. 4th. The staggered reopening has involved a number of important adjustments, including a reduction of patient capacity and the implementation of new health and safety protocols.

Susie Son, a fourth-year student who is the Dental Students’ Society president, says she and her fellow classmates are thankful they can return to clinics.

“We want to be able to train and practise as much as we can before we graduate,” she says.

So far, Son says, it’s been an “unexpected, thrilling”

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