COVID Check App

The University of Cincinnati is utilizing COVID Check to help safeguard the campus community. Members of the UC community are asked to use the app to complete a Daily Health Check, based on CDC guidelines, and self-report if diagnosed with COVID-19.

Download the COVID Check App

UC's COVID Check app is free and easy to use. It can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web-based REDCap survey is also available.

The app is synched with the university’s secure Single-Sign On system. The University of Cincinnati takes individual privacy seriously. The app does not use GPS tracking.

Daily health check

Students are required to complete a daily health check and show their Daily Green Pass to enter some campus buildings including dining centers, the Campus Recreation Center, libraries and Tangeman University Center. Faculty may also request to see a Daily Green Pass from students before allowing classroom or lab entry.

The app also includes information about symptoms of COVID-19 and self-reporting capabilities if a member of the UC Community is diagnosed with COVID-19. The Daily Health Check includes a series of short questions based on CDC guidelines. Non-app users can complete daily health checks using the web-based Red Cap survey. 

How to use the UC COVID Check app

  • Log in using UC's secure Single Sign On system. UC guests can create a guest account.
  • Once logged in, users answer a series of health-related questions, based on CDC guidelines, as part of the Daily Health Check.
  • Based on answers, users receive a “Green Pass” to come or move about campus; a “Yellow Pass,” which limits campus access; or a “Red Pass” to quarantine or isolate. If a "Red Pass" is issued, a member of UC’s COVID response team personally connects with the user within 24-48 hours to provide additional information and next steps.
  • Information from the app is sent to the secure case management system to track cases and identify trends including potential hot spots allowing science to guide decision-making.

Frequently Asked Questions

You should continue to use the COVID Check App every day for your daily health check.

Depending on your answers to your daily health check, your COVID Check App will either remain “Green” or turn to “Red.” If any of your responses or symptoms turn the App to “Red,” the COVID Response Team will get in contact with you.

Also, recall that students who live in UC Housing or who have other in-person activities on campus will receive notification of when they are selected to participate in ongoing mitigation testing during spring term.

If a student receives a positive test result from ongoing mitigation testing or if a student fails to participate in mitigation testing (and has not received an exemption), the COVID Check App will ultimately move to “Red.” Consequences for failing to participate in required mitigation testing throughout spring term will follow a step-ladder approach. (Please allow up to 72 hours for processing of any exemption request.)

All students began Spring Semester with a UC COVID Check App “Yellow Pass.” On January 5 when the COVID Check App status of all UC students  turned "Yellow," it signified limited access to campus facilities until students completed (and received results from) the free, fast Return to Campus COVID-19 testing offered 7 days a week Jan. 6-24.

On Monday, Jan. 25, the COVID Check App turned to "Red" for students who had not yet met their testing requirement. (Because you are not reporting symptoms, a positive test result or other risk factor, this “Red” designation will not trigger outreach from the COVID Response Team.)

Your January 25 “Red” pass will limit campus access, but you can still take action to obtain a “Green” pass by participating in free, fast, on-campus COVID testing in order to meet the requirement for testing. Ongoing throughout Spring Term, UC will offer both required and voluntary testing four days a week on campus. Find information on this testing page regarding both required and voluntary testing options.

If you are not able to participate in one of the testing events offered through the university, you may submit a test result from another provider. Please note that it must be a PCR test (rather than an antigen test) and it must be taken within 7 days before you return to campus. Moreover, any costs associated with opting for off-site testing is the responsibility of the student.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in UC testing. Testing at UC helps to assure a more seamless completion of your requirement. Going through testing at an alternative, off-campus site may result in a delay, as external testing must be manually processed once submitted to University Health Services.

  •  Off-site test results should be uploaded to uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu (Please note that if you participate in the Hamilton County Test and Protect testing offered on UC's campus every Wednesday and Friday as listed on the UC testing page, you will not need to submit those to this email address.)
  • Please use ‘Exemption’ in the subject line and attach your test results.
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All students began Spring Semester with a UC COVID Check App “Yellow Pass.” On January 5 when the COVID Check App status of all UC students  turned "Yellow," it signified limited access to campus facilities until students complete (and receive results from) the free, fast Return to Campus COVID-19 testing offered on campus thru Jan. 24.

Your COVID Check App turned “Red” as of Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Because you are not reporting symptoms, a positive test result or other risk factor, this “Red” designation will not trigger outreach from the COVID Response Team.)

Your January 25 “Red” pass will limit campus access, but if you do want to come to campus, you can still take action to obtain a “Green” pass by participating in free, fast, on-campus COVID testing in order to meet the requirement for testing. Ongoing throughout Spring Term, UC will offer both required and voluntary testing four days a week on campus. Find information on this testing page regarding both required and voluntary testing options.

If you are not able to participate in one of the testing events offered through the university, you may submit a test result from another provider. Please note that it must be a PCR test (rather than an antigen test) and it must be taken within 7 days before you return to campus. Moreover, any costs associated with opting for off-site testing is the responsibility of the student.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in UC testing. Testing at UC helps to assure a more seamless completion of your requirement. Going through testing at an alternative, off-campus site may result in a delay, as external testing must be manually processed once submitted to University Health Services.

  •  Off-site test results should be uploaded to uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu (Please note that if you participate in the Hamilton County Test and Protect testing offered on UC's campus every Wednesday and Friday as listed on the UC testing page, you will not need to submit those to this email address.)
  • Please use ‘Exemption’ in the subject line and attach your test results.
  • Please be sure to include your full name, date of birth and M number.Replace this text component with your accordion's content.

A "Yellow Pass" signifies limited access to campus facilities. These include:

  •  The "Yellow Pass" precludes students with a UC meal plan from using the traditional dining halls. Meal plan students with a "Yellow Pass" are required to use food service carry-out options on campus.
  • Students retaining a "Yellow Pass" for failing to comply with testing requirements or to receive an exemption to required testing will also be unable to physically access libraries, Tangeman University Center or Campus Recreation Center spaces (though online access to both will remain). 
  • The same is true for in-person classes, work, research or other activities on campus. Faculty are encouraged to check the App of their students for a "Green Pass" for participation in in-person classes, research, labs, work or other in-person activities.  
  • Finally, students will a "Yellow Pass" may not have guests in their UC Housing rooms or apartments. 

If you receive Red Pass status on the COVID Check App, someone from UC's COVID Response Team will contact you within 24-48 hours to review your status and determine next steps.

See UC's Food Services site for how and when you can pick up food if necessary.

The app is a way to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible to come to campus, classes and activities on a daily basis.

Members of the campus community are asked to complete a brief Daily Health Check, based on CDC guidelines to receive a Green Pass to come to or move about campus. The UC COVID Check app also has self-reporting capabilities.

It helps ensure that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 does not interact with the campus community. The app also helps us identify and care for those in need and make informed decisions to protect our campus community.  

Faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus.  

Students are required to use the app if they come to campus or live on campus, but every member of the campus community is encouraged to participate to help keep everyone safer. The university relies on each and every community member to do their part to help keep the campus community healthy.

The App will be checked for those seeking admission to: 

  • In-person classes or labs
  • Research labs and facilities
  • Libraries  
  • Dining Halls 
  • Tangeman University Center
  • Campus Recreation Center 

Faculty may also request to see a Daily Green Pass from students before allowing classroom or lab entry.

Please note that if you are under the age of 18, you must obtain consent from your parent/guardian to use the COVID Check App.  By using this App, you are verifying that you have obtained consent from your parent/guardian.

A web-based survey, REDCap is available for individuals who do not want to use the App. A Green Pass can be given if you complete the Daily Health Check using REDCap.  

If you have symptoms, you will receive a call and/or email within 24-48 hours from our case investigators, who will provide guidance on next steps.

If further action is deemed necessary, such as testing or contact tracing, the case investigator will obtain necessary details like onset dates of symptoms, close contacts, etc. The name of any individual reporting symptoms will not be shared in the contract tracing process.

Remember that if you maintain strict social distancing and remain at least 6 feet away from others, you will not likely be exposed to any infectious virus. The exception to this is roommates who share a sleeping space. Roommates sharing a sleeping space will require quarantine.

The UC COVID Check app is available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

A web-based survey, REDCap is available for non-app users. If you experience technical trouble with the app, please contact the IT@UC Help Desk.  

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Your information will be used to help keep you and others safe. Privacy will be pursuant to FERPA and in accordance with the University Data Governance and Classification Policy.  

All students will begin Spring Semester with a UC COVID Check App “Yellow Pass.”  On January 5 when the COVID Check App status of all UC students  turned "Yellow," it signified limited access to campus facilities until students complete (and receive results from) the free, fast Return to Campus COVID-19 testing to be offered on campus thru Jan. 24.

If your Return to Campus COVID test is negative, your COVID Check App will turn to a "Green Pass," and you will receive notification at your UC email regarding your negative test result.

If your Return to Campus COVID test is positive, your COVID Check App will immediately turn to a "Red Pass" as results return from Wild Health Laboratories. You will subsequently be personally contacted by a member of UC’s health care response team to provide you additional information and next steps.