Exposure to COVID-19

What to do if you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive through the Columbia Testing Program (or reported their outside positive test result to [email protected]), you will receive be contacted by a member of the Columbia Contact Tracing team who will instruct them to follow health and safety protocols, based on their vaccination status and whether they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Learn more about the Contact Tracing program here.

For additional information, visit the Quarantine section of the Public Health protocols page for more information. 

You may also refer to this guide on whether to isolate or quarantine.

Managing anxiety

The emergence of a new virus and prolonged quarantine can cause worry. This is natural. 

While gathering information from reputable sources and being properly informed can help, some people may need additional support. Check out the range of coping tools available from Columbia Health and CUIMC Student Health, including hotlines, apps, and online resources.

Last updated: June 17, 2020, 11:45 AM

Supporting someone else who is sick

If they have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, they should seek medical care immediately. Many providers are offering virtual visits. Before going to the provider’s office or emergency room, have them call ahead and describe any current symptoms. 

Students with questions should call their campus health service (Medical Services for Morningside students and Student Health on Haven for CUIMC students). Faculty and staff should call their primary care provider.

If you are the primary caregiver, visit the CDC website for additional guidance.