Health & Safety

Prevention & Care

Vaccination remains the number one way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. All members of the Cornell community are asked to:

  • Respect the decision of others who choose to wear a mask.
  • Practice physical distancing and minimize close contact with others, especially indoors with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if washing is not an option.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick; call ahead before seeking medical care at Cornell Health or elsewhere.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

What should I do if I’m feeling ill?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do the following:

  • Ithaca and Geneva campus students, faculty and staff experiencing mild to moderate symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 can pick up an antigen test kit. Students with severe symptoms should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155 (24/7) for consultation, and faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician.
  • Cornell Tech students may call Weill Cornell Medicine at 646-962-7300 and identify yourself as a Cornell Tech student. The call center staff will schedule a virtual appointment for you with a doctor, which will be conducted on the Weill Cornell Medicine portal app via video phone conference.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with someone who has recently tested positive, please self-monitor for symptoms and get tested.

If you test positive for COVID-19, report your result using this form, which helps track the prevalence on campus and provides academic support for students while you recover and enables employees to receive appropriate workplace guidance. More information can be found on this site for students and faculty and staff.

Even if you test negative for COVID-19, you may still have a contagious illness. If you attend class, work or social gatherings, wear a well-fitting mask until your symptoms have resolved.

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