By Fariss Samarral
A new, personal health assessment phone app and web-based program, “HOOS Health Check,” will become available Monday for use by the University of Virginia and UVA Wise community. Students, faculty and staff members will be required to use the app to check for symptoms related to COVID-19 every day that they plan to be on Grounds.
HOOS Health Check is one of many components to the University’s plan to safely return students and employees to Grounds for the fall semester.
Employees and students who exhibit symptoms on any given day, such as a cough, fever or muscle aches, will need to contact Student Health and Wellness or Employee Health, depending on status, for instructions on how to proceed, such as possibly self-isolating or being tested for COVID-19.
Students, faculty and staff members will be required to use HOOS Health Check each day they plan to be on Grounds.
“HOOS Health Check is part of our overall strategy to control the spread of the virus in the UVA community,” said Dr. Mitch Rosner, the Henry B. Mulholland Professor of Medicine and chair of UVA’s Department of Medicine, who has provided expertise and guidance to the University’s leadership team during recent months. “Our goal is to promote personal responsibility to protect our community.”
A pan-University team developed HOOS Health Check as a user-friendly health assessment program designed to help raise awareness of personal health among members of the UVA community so they can take appropriate steps to care for themselves and prevent the spread of coronavirus. Team members from the Office of the Provost, Student Affairs, UVA Health, Human Resources and Information Technology Services all contributed to designing the program for ease of use, and for helping each member of the University community share the responsibility of protecting each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University partnered with Charlottesville-based software developer WillowTree to produce the custom-designed app and website for HOOS Health Check. The company’s designers and engineers worked closely with UVA physicians, lab teams, data scientists and information technology experts.
Dr. Mitch Rosner, the Henry B. Mulholland Professor of Medicine and chair of UVA’s Department of Medicine, has helped guide University leadership during the pandemic.
Beginning Monday, members of the University community will be able to download HOOS Health Check to their phones from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store, or they may access the HOOS Health Check website using a personal computer. For employees who do not have a smartphone or computer, a paper-based HOOS Health Check form will be available.
Any student or employee who does not intend to visit Grounds on a particular day will not need to complete the health check.