The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally continues to increase at a significant rate and in a growing number of locations, including the New York City region. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) deems that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 for the American public is still low and that the greatest risk of acquiring the infection is from travel to areas of outbreak.
We strongly discourage all non-essential travel at this time. Specific instructions regarding business and personal travel is provided below:
- The University is banning nonessential business travel to countries for which the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The University also strongly advises all members of our community to avoid personal travel to any Warning Level 3 country.
- The University also strongly advised against travel to and participation in person at conferences or other events involving more than 100 people, regardless of where the event is occurring.
- The University also strongly encourages all members of our community to postpone or cancel nonessential travel, whether business or personal, to Warning Level 2 countries or to areas of concern within the US.
The University will continue its monitoring program for members of the community as follows:
- If you have been in any country for which the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 or 2 during the past two weeks OR if you have had contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 AND you develop a fever or sore throat or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath):
- Do not come to work.
- Stay at home and call your primary care provider for specific advice. If you do not have a primary care provider, call Rockefeller University Occupational Health Services at (212) 327-8414.
- If your symptoms are severe, or you cannot connect with a health care provider, you should seek medical evaluation at the closest Emergency Room. Try to call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms in advance. The telephone number for New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center is: (212) 746-5454.
- If you, or someone you have been in contact with, has been in any country for which the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 or 2 during the past two weeks:
- Complete the University’s on-line Travel Questionnaire.
- Based upon the responses to the screening questions, you may be instructed not to come to work and advised to self-monitor your temperature and symptoms at home for up to 14 days. This time away from work will be covered under the University sick leave policy.
Given increasing concerns about community transmission of COVID-19 within the U.S., some have inquired about the advisability of traveling to such places as Washington state, or one of the other states with significant numbers of reported cases.
As stated above, the University advises against travel to and in-person participation in conferences of other events involving more than 100 people anywhere in the world.
To date, the CDC has not provided specific guidance regarding domestic travel. However, those considering domestic travel should keep in mind their own individual risk factors (for example, if they have chronic illness or are immunosuppressed) and closely follow the CDC’s travel updates before and during travel.
The safety and health of the University employees and students remains a top priority. Thank you once again for your cooperation in promoting the health of our community.