What's Happening in the Community?
- There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 happening in New York City. Stay home if you are sick. All New Yorkers should monitor their health carefully.
- Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency to contain the spread and ordered nonessential businesses to keep all of their workers home.
- The City of New York has established guidelines and is providing updates via NYC Health
I'm Sick. What Should I Do?
- Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
- Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with public health officials to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
- If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, follow the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What's Happening on Campus?
COVID-19 precautionary measures are being taken:
- University updates can be found on the Columbia University COVID-19 Website.
- Only designated personnel required to perform essential functions should report to work on-site (also see this). All other employees are asked to report to work virtually. All Columbia business travel, both international and domestic, is now suspended
- All classes will be conducted online until further notice.
- The Forum, the University Libraries, Dodge Physical Fitness Center, and St. Paul's Chapel are closed until further notice.
- The events policy has been updated to strongly discourage nonessential events of more than 25 people on all of our campuses. University Events Management will not be charge for space or catering if an event is cancelled in advance by visiting their website or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important & Useful Links
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or elbow, or cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Stay at home and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Recent COVID-19 Related News
There are currently more than 1,500 COVID-related trials ongoing, including more than 300 in the United States.
The University-wide volunteer program, which teaches K-12 children studying at home due to COVID-19, is expanding nationwide.
Information intended to help you understand COVID-19 tests and determine which may be right for you.