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William & Mary launches digital health tool during pandemic

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Aug 06, 2020

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William & Mary has launched a digital tool to help students, faculty, and staff track their health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Right now, William & Mary is set to begin in-person under graduate instruction after Labor Day. Students, faculty, and staff will have to take a four question survey to monitor their health.

The program is called Daily Health Check and is available through the university's mobile app and website. Users will get a prompt every day to complete the survey. If they don't do it after 72 hours, some IT features at William & Mary could be frozen.

“We are creating a culture of compliance that requires community members to take an active role in their personal health and wellness,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler said in a post on the university's website. “We do that partly by setting clear expectations and also empowering people with the tools and information they need to be compliant. If you are going to be on our campus this fall, the Daily Health Check will become a part of your regular routine.”

The university says they're tracking to see if people use it, but is not seeing the information they enter.

The university collaborated with other schools in developing the tool, including George Mason University.

The university is also encouraging people to download the state's COVIDWISE app, which notifies people if they've potentially been exposed to COVID-19.

"Being able to see who is using this app is one of many pieces necessary to a safe reopening and a health campus," said Corinne Picataggi, the Chief Technology Officer at William & Mary.

ODU and UVA also have similar programs.

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