Coronavirus Updates

(As of September 30, 2021)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the paramount importance of public health is evident. Our community has risen to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with compassion, resilience, and expertise to protect the health of our community; to help slow the spread of the virus in our region and improve population health; and to ensure the continuity of our teaching, research, and service mission.

For the latest news on health advisories, Campus Services, and other activities, visit the COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Columbia Community, and the CUIMC resource page, which are updated regularly with resources and information. The School will also send email alerts as new information, guidance, or protocols are announced. For other School-specific questions, please email us at msph_covidsupport@cumc.columbia.edu; if you have a confidential matter, please email the Office of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources at msph-hr-fac-affairs@cumc.columbia.edu.

  • Our School’s re-opening plans call for a slow increase in the number of employees onsite, in carefully organized phases. If you have any questions about return-to-campus planning for employees, please contact your supervisor.

  •  See the latest information for Academic Year 2021-2022.

Health and Safety Protocols
 

  • Currently, when indoors, face coverings are required for everyone. For unvaccinated individuals, both face masks and distancing are required, indoors and outdoors. For vaccinated individuals, face coverings and distancing are not required outdoors. 

  • For those who are on campus, we are taking every precaution to ensure your health and safety, including enhanced cleaning of our spaces. Visit the Facilities Management Website for a full list of enhancements.

  • For information on testing, tracing, and quarantine, please see COVID-19 Public Health Protocols

  • For updates on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, please see COVID-19 Vaccine Information for CUIMC Employees and Students.

Return to Campus Planning and Requirements
 

Building Access
 

  • Those employees and students who need to access School buildings but who are not authorized to work on-site will need to need to make arrangements: students please contact the Office of Student Affairs at msph-osa@columbia.edu or 212-342-3128; faculty and staff please contact Eric Ruberte, director of operations, at er2958@cumc.columbia.edu.

The University has suspended all Columbia-related travel, both international and domestic, for all affiliates until further notice. Consistent with CDC guidance, Columbia advises all affiliates who have returned from ANY international travel, stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Follow the self-isolation guidance found on the Columbia COVID site. Additionally, all Columbia affiliates are strongly urged to postpone any non-essential personal travel abroad. Clinical staff should review CUIMC's Coronavirus Information for Providers and Clinical Staff.

Commuting
 

  • To improve commuting options for essential onsite employees, the University will launch a shuttle service focused on Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx this month. The fare will be $4.50 each way, and the shuttles will make stops throughout the day. For the current intracampus and Hoboken shuttle schedule, please see Columbia’s transportation website for details.

The well-being of our community is our priority and we are actively monitoring the situation. We are following the guidance of the NYC Department of HealthUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and Columbia University. As this is a continually evolving situation, we are also developing and implementing contingency plans and policies with the University and Medical Center, including contingency plans for remote learning and working, should the need arise. To stay abreast of travel advisories in the tri-state region, please visit New YorkNew Jersey, and Connecticut travel advisory pages.

As a School of Public Health, we also have the unique opportunity to tap into the expertise of our faculty, which includes some the of world’s top infectious disease experts, as we plan.