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Phase III+: The University is open for expanded research operations; only authorized personnel will be admitted on campus. More info here.

Updates on COVID-19

Updated: April 15, 2021 at 3:55 p.m.

The University has been in Phase III+ since September 28th. Phase III+ operations continue to have the goal of minimizing risk to the safety and health of all personnel and likelihood of community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 on campus, while allowing up to 100% occupancy levels in the Laboratories.

We expect the current Phase III+ operational status to continue into the summer.

Access to campus continues to be restricted to those personnel who have been authorized by their lab head or supervisor to be on campus. Access for third-party service/support personnel and/or external collaborators must be arranged and approved in advance of their arrival. Rockefeller IDs must be used to enter (and re-enter) campus and must be displayed while on campus. Social distancing and hand hygiene practices are in effect. Face coverings or masks must be worn at all times while on campus except in single-occupancy offices.

Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our community. In support of that, beginning January 4th, the University mandates weekly COVID-19 testing for all University personnel who work on campus, and we continue to require any personnel to complete the RUHealthy checklist prior to coming to campus on any day. The Rockefeller response team meets regularly to evaluate conditions and make decisions that are informed by guidance from city, state and national agencies in addition to input from key University stakeholders.

Please see the Phase II and Phase III Restart and Guidance website (VPN required) for further information about Phase II and Phase III. Additional information is available in the Restart FAQ.

If you have questions about the University’s preparedness and response activities, please send an email to

Archive of University Communications on COVID-19


Rockefeller University Hospital FAQs




Employees who report to University facilities to conduct work activities during Phase III operations are required to complete and submit a health self-assessment checklist before each work shift. Employees working remotely are encouraged but are not required to complete the checklist before starting their remote work shifts. Please click on the button below to complete the checklist.

RU Healthy

Employees who report to the University campus to conduct work activities during Phase III+ operations are required to submit a sample for testing through RUStrong (or provide a receipt confirming testing at a third-party COVID-19 testing facility) at least once a week. For those who report to campus to conduct work activities only once a week or less frequently are required to submit a sample for testing through RUStrong or provide a testing receipt on the days they report to campus

RU Strong

Occupational Health Services