Coronavirus Updates

(As of September 21, 2020)

In times like this, 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.

If you have an urgent health question, Columbia Health’s COVID-19 phone hotline is available for questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday: 212-854-9355. Columbia Health has also shared coping tools here.

What You Need to Know

  • If you are returning to campus for work or education, you must follow Columbia University’s Health Protocols including a daily symptom check, COVID-19 testing, and other public health precautions, and sign the Community Health Compact. Our re-opening plans call for a slow increase in the number of employees onsite, in very carefully organized phases. The Mailman School Guide to Returning Safely Onsite provides information specific to Mailman School faculty and staff.

  • The majority of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health academic programs will be online for the 2020-2021 academic year. See the latest information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Brian Byrne, director of operations, at bb2505@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.

The well-being of our community is a top 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.

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.