This is Bwog’s Weekly Roundup of how COVID is progressing at the Columbia community.

At Columbia

This week, there were 8121 tests conducted with 26 tests coming back for a 0.32% positivity rate. The positivity rate is the same as last week. There were 432 fewer tests conducted this week compared to last week. 46 people are in isolation, 79 are in quarantine, and 2 are hospitalized. This week’s positivity rate is slightly lower than the cumulative positivity rate (0.39%).

Of the 6674 tests conducted at the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Lamont-Doherty campuses, 0.34% of students are positive, 0.31% of faculty and staff are positive, and 0% of other affiliates are positive. Of the 1447 tests done at the CUIMC campus, 0% of students are positive and 0.43% of faculty and staff are positive.

Since June 22, 2020, Columbia has conducted 191,713 tests with 757 being positive for a 0.39% positivity rate

At Barnard

This week, there were 2494 tests conducted with 14 tests coming back positive for a 0.48% positivity rate. The positivity rate is up from 0.23% last week. There were 98 fewer tests conducted this week compared to last week. 18 people are in isolation and 48 are in quarantine.

Since August 8th, 2020, Barnard has conducted 38,483 tests with 97 being positive for a 0.25% positivity rate


The FDA has approved the Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen vaccine! Healthcare workers, people 50 and older, and essential and at-risk New Yorkers are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Starting Tuesday, March 23, residents age 50 and older, as well as teachers, can be vaccinated at non-pharmacy locations. As of March 17th, “public-facing government and nonprofit workers and public-facing essential building workers” are eligible. In New York State,5,285,610 residents (26.5% of the population) have received one dose of the vaccine, and 2,758,842 residents (13.8% of the population) are fully vaccinated. In New York City, 2,367,899 residents received one dose and 1,255,537 are fully vaccinated.

New York City is continuing to open up. Starting April 1, Governor Cuomo has announced that the required quarantine period for out-of-state travelers will be dropped. Indoor dining capacity has increased to 50%. Restaurants and bars still have to close all seated dining from 11 PM to 5 AM daily, with takeout still being available after. Masks are required in all venues unless eating or drinking. On March 22nd, 488 public NYC high schools will reopen, however, according to the New York Times, only around a third of all city students will be attending in-person classes, while the other 700,000 will continue remotely. As of Friday, November 13th, private indoor gatherings of 10+ people are not allowed, with the indoor maximum capacity being 100 people. However, from March 22nd, outdoor gatherings at private residences will be capped at 25 people.

Currently, New Yorkers are expected to maintain 6 feet of distance or wear a face-covering/ mask when this is not possible, like on public transportation.

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