Cornell Health provides consultation, diagnostic testing, and care for students who have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19. We also provide COVID vaccination for students.
Refer to Cornell’s COVID-19 website as the main source for campus-wide updates and information.
Experiencing symptoms? Concerned about exposure?
If you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, limit contact with others and pick up a symptomatic test kit as soon as possible at one of Cornell's pick-up locations. Refer to our COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing page for guidance.
If your symptoms are severe or worrying, call Cornell Health for consultation: 607-255-5155 (24/7). (Severe symptoms include fever >102F, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chest pain, severe headache, severe sore throat, vomiting.)
COVID exposure (no symptoms)
If you have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but you do not have any symptoms, you do NOT need to quarantine as long as you are fully vaccinated and boosted. Students should wear a mask around others for 10 days after the last day of exposure, and get a supplemental COVID test on day 5.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students should quarantine at home for 5 days from last exposure, get a COVID test on day 5, and wear a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days.
Cornell Health provides limited diagnostic testing for students who come to us for care and who meet diagnostic criteria. (Please note that Cornell Health does not oversee the university's mandated arrival, surveillance testing, and supplemental testing programs.)
Cornell testing options:
- Testing for cause: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should pick up a symptomatic test kit at one of Cornell's pick-up locations (refer to our COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing page for details). If your symptoms are severe or worrying, call us for consultation: 607-255-5155 (24/7).
- University-mandated testing: Please visit Cornell’s COVID-19 website for information about arrival testing, surveillance testing, and supplemental testing. If you have questions about university-mandated testing, contact the Cornell's COVID-19 Support Center.
- Testing for Ithaca students in Geneva or NYC: If you are an Ithaca campus student located in Geneva or in New York City (e.g., AAP in NYC), and your Daily Check status turns red, call Cornell Health during business hours: 607-255-5155. If a Cornell Health clinician determines that you need a diagnostic COVID-19 test, they can order a test for you. You can access and print your order through myCornellHealth and bring it to a testing site of your choice.
If you test positive for COVID
All students who test positive for COVID-19 (by antigen or PCR test) are required to self-isolate at home for a full 5 days from symptom onset or test date following the isolation guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department, regardless of vaccination status or whether you experience symptoms.
Please visit our COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing page for more detailed information.
COVID-19 vaccination & boosters
Cornell Health provides COVID-19 vaccination and boosters for students (no charge). Please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccination page for information.