What You Need to Know

  • President Bollinger issues an update on the impact of COVID-19 and commencement.
  • On Monday, April 13 at 12:15 PM, join the virtual University Life Forum: Your Questions Answered on COVID-19. This Q&A will focus on the scientific, public health and medical aspects of the novel coronavirus and will feature leading medical and public health experts from across Columbia. A recording of the forum will also be available on the University Life website after the event.
  • The University has suspended all Columbia-related travel. Consistent with CDC guidance, Columbia advises all affiliates who have returned from ANY travel, to stay home for 14 days after returning, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Follow the self-isolation guidance found on the Columbia Preparedness COVID-19 FAQs. Additionally, all Columbia affiliates are strongly urged to postpone any non-essential personal travel abroad.
  • 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. Healthcare workers may refer to the CUIMC website for guidance.
  • The university is open for essential personnel only. Many services are reduced or closed. Contact the specific University department to learn about service adjustments.
  • The University strongly encourages social distancing and the wearing of face cloth coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult maintain. 
  • Community transmission means that COVID-19 is circulating widely in NYC and that we should act as if we are all exposed. If you are sick, stay home. All New Yorkers must monitor their health carefully at this time.

Last updated Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT.


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 CDC.

CUIMC has established two fever and cough clinics where people with respiratory symptoms can see a health care provider and, if clinically warranted, be tested for COVID-19. Walk-ins are NOT accepted. To schedule an appointment, individuals must first be screened by a healthcare provider in the Columbia system, which can be done by phone or via a tele-health visit. After this initial screening, the provider can electronically schedule an appointment for the patient in the fever and cough clinics. Individuals who do not have a Columbia health care provider can connect with one by calling 877-426-5637.

For guidance on symptoms and treatment, students should call 212-854-9355. Today, the hotline is open until 5:00 pm.


Latest Updates

April 9, 2020

The Bubble at Columbia’s Baker Athletics Complex Becomes a Field Hospital

Capable of treating as many as 288 patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms, the facility will help to alleviate demand on the main NYP/CUIMC hospital facilities.

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April 9, 2020

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, and Columbia Launch Community Relief Fund

The fund will support and co-sponsor a variety of initiatives for those most severely impacted by the pandemic in upper Manhattan.

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April 9, 2020

Columbia Opens Two Additional Residence Halls to Healthcare Workers

To expand support to the frontline workers of New York City hospitals, the University has made a total of 455 beds available. 

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April 8, 2020

In Memoriam: Susan Chuang

The School of Social Work honors the memory of MSW student Susan Chuang, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19, with a memorial page and invites you to share a tribute.

COVID-19 Research at Columbia

Columbia Starts Screening COVID-19 Survivors for Antibodies That May Save Others

CUIMC's pathology lab will determine if patients have enough antibodies—proteins made by the immune system that can neutralize viruses—to serve as a treatment against COVID-19.

'Stealth Transmission' Fuels Fast Spread of Coronavirus Outbreak

A computer model of the outbreak shows that undetected cases, many of which were likely not severely symptomatic, were largely responsible for the rapid spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

Mapping the Areas Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Hospitalizations

An interactive mapping tool to shed light on healthcare capacity in counties with populations particularly vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection and the need for a hospital visit.

The Value of a COVID-19 Vaccine Would be Worth Trillions

A pharmaceutical industry expert uses research on the effect that new drugs have had on society between 1981 and 2013 to estimate the value of a vaccine given the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Columbia Preparedness

Check here for detailed information on the virus’s symptoms, the latest updates, and current recommendations.

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Medical Support

For guidance on symptoms and treatment, students should call 212-854-9355. Faculty and staff should call their primary care provider. Students on the Medical Center campus can contact CUIMC Student Health Service.

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Discrimination and Harassment

COVID-19 brings with it collective challenges that must be dealt with as a community. We are all responsible for creating and maintaining an environment built on respect and free from discrimination and harassment. Learn how to file a report.

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Public Safety

Morningside: 212-854-2797
Emergency On Campus: 4-5555

Manhattanville: 212-853-3301
Emergency On Campus: 3-3333

Medical Center: 212-305-8100
Emergency On Campus: 305-7979

COVID-19 in the Media

COVID-19 Biobank Opens at Columbia University

 The purpose of the biobank is to collect, process, store and disseminate specimens and health data for researchers.

The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say

Scientists who have fought pandemics describe difficult measures needed to defend the United States against a fast-moving pathogen.

Famed AIDS Researcher Is Racing to Find Coronavirus Treatment

Columbia’s David Ho is leading a group that’s trying to compress a five-year process into one.

How to Grocery Shop Safely During a Pandemic

Can you get COVID-19 off a cereal box? Do veggies need to be bleached? Experts weigh in with current best practices.

Columbia News

African American middle school-aged girl with her hair braided and fastened with colorful rubber bands wears a white pocket t-shirt and works on a laptop at a desk while her father and younger brother sit together on a sofa in the background
Tele-Schooling the K-12 Set

After New York City closed its public schools to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Columbia faculty launch a free website with 70 courses to help students explore new ideas and structure their day during uncertain times.

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Africa Is in the Eye of the Coronavirus Storm

With some 300,000 confirmed cases worldwide, the entire African continent has reported fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. But we cannot count on this good news lasting. To prevent a tragedy, the global community must act now.

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Stay Calm and Create a Daily Routine During the COVID-19 Crisis

Veteran war and disaster correspondent Judith Matloff shares her tips for surviving the new normal—social distancing and self-quarantine—during the virus outbreak.