Current Cornell COVID-19 Alert Level

Green: New Normal

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Testing Data**

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Cornell COVID-19 Alert Levels

We must all be aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has not ended, and the emergence of variants and other evolving conditions may warrant changes in Cornell’s guidelines about specific restrictions. As one example, it is possible that recommendations for masking indoors may change, even for those who are vaccinated. Such changes will be communicated to the campus if needed. Public health officials recommend vaccination as the first and best way to ultimately protect our community against COVID-19.

Updated Sept. 24, 2021

The university, in partnership with the Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health System, continues to monitor a variety of indicators to determine what actions may need to be taken should conditions change, including:

  • Number of cases among students, faculty and staff studying, teaching or reporting to work at Ithaca campus facilities
  • Community spread of COVID-19 in the greater Ithaca area
  • Quarantine/isolation capacity
  • Local hospital capacity
  • Resource availability/supply chain (e.g., PPE, testing capacity)
Green: New Normal Yellow: Moderate Risk Red: High Risk
What does it mean?
Cases are rare and transmission is controlled. Incidence has increased above baseline modeling and indicators show rates of infection are increasing. Significant increase in incidence with limited quarantine, isolation and/or local hospital capacity.
What to expect:
All faculty, staff, students and visitors must wear masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoor masking is recommended but not required for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. All students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear masks whenever indoors; or outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. All students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear masks indoors; or outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students, faculty and staff are required to participate in surveillance testing.

Vaccinated undergraduate and professional students continue with surveillance testing as directed.

Some vaccinated faculty and staff will continue to participate in surveillance testing based on the nature of their student-facing roles.

Depending on local and on-campus transmission rates, surveillance testing of vaccinated students, faculty and staff may continue or increase. Surveillance testing continues for unvaccinated individuals. Depending on local and on-campus transmission rates, surveillance testing of vaccinated students, faculty and staff may continue or increase. Surveillance testing continues for unvaccinated individuals.
Classrooms and labs are configured normally. All faculty, staff and students must wear masks when indoors. Classroom and lab capacity may be reduced or seating may be reconfigured. Some classes may move online. All faculty, staff and students must wear masks when indoors. Classroom and lab capacity may be reduced or seating may be reconfigured; additional classes may move online. All faculty, staff and students must wear masks when indoors.
Campus facilities are configured normally and operate at full capacity (e.g., dining halls, gyms, libraries). Capacity of some, or all, campus facilities may be reduced; seating or equipment may be reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Certain facilities, such as gyms, may temporarily close. Other facilities, such as dining halls and libraries, may have restricted capacity and physical distancing requirements.
Cornell-sponsored events, student activities and other gatherings of Cornell students, faculty and staff may take place (indoors or outdoors). Rooms can be filled to capacity but, whenever possible, designate enough space to allow for physical distancing that could be used by unvaccinated individuals, or by vaccinated individuals who may not feel comfortable sitting near others. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks when indoors. Cornell-sponsored events, student activities and other gatherings may be limited or canceled. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks when attending events regardless of location (indoors or outdoors). Cornell-sponsored events, student activities and other gatherings may be further limited or moved fully online.
Travel for Cornell-related business or research is allowed; prior authorization for international travel is required. Faculty, staff and students should exercise caution when traveling; international travel for unvaccinated individuals is discouraged. Supplemental testing for unvaccinated individuals is strongly encouraged upon return from travel. Supplemental testing is also available for vaccinated individuals. Travel for Cornell-related business or research is allowed; prior authorization is required for both domestic and international travel. Supplemental testing is required for unvaccinated individuals upon return from travel and strongly encouraged for vaccinated individuals. Travel for Cornell-related business or research is temporarily suspended. Depending on location, travel may be approved on a case-by-case basis with prior authorization from a dean/vice President. Personal travel is strongly discouraged. Those returning from travel (personal or business-related) are required to obtain a supplemental test before accessing campus buildings or facilities, or re-entering surveillance testing.
Visitors are allowed on campus, but must follow all public health guidance, including masking. Events with members of the public must adhere to guidelines detailed on the events page. Visitors are allowed on campus, but access to facilities and services may be limited. Visitors must follow all public health guidance, including masking. Visitors are not allowed to access campus facilities without prior approval. Approved visitors must follow all public health guidance, including wearing masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Green: New Normal

Yellow: Moderate Risk

Red: High Risk