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

At Columbia

This week, there were 8289 tests conducted with 34 tests coming back positive for a 0.41% positivity rate. The positivity rate is slightly higher than last week’s positivity rate of 0.32%. There were 168 fewer tests conducted this week compared to last week. 54 people are in isolation, 67  are in quarantine,  and 1 is hospitalized. This week’s positivity rate is slightly higher than the cumulative positivity rate (0.40%).

Of the 6700 tests conducted at the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Lamont-Doherty campuses, 0.41% of students are positive, 0.51% of faculty and staff are positive, and 0% of other affiliates are positive. Of the 1589 tests done at the CUIMC campus, 0.41% of students are positive and 0.39% of faculty and staff are positive.

Since June 22, 2020, Columbia has conducted 200,002 tests with 791 being positive for a 0.40% positivity rate

At Barnard

This week, there were 2489 tests conducted with 8 tests coming back positive for a 0.39% positivity rate.  The positivity rate is lower than last week’s positivity rate of 0.48%. There were 5 fewer tests conducted this week compared to last week. 16 people are in isolation and 21 are in quarantine. 

Since August 8th, 2020, Barnard has conducted 41,130 tests with 105 being positive for a 0.26% positivity rate


Currently, all people 30 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine in New York. Starting April 6th, residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine.

In New York State, 5,971,395 residents (29.9% of the population) have received one dose of the vaccine, and 3,463,736 residents (17.3% of the population) are fully vaccinated. In New York City, 2,685,931 residents received one dose and 1,596,291 are fully vaccinated. Pharmacies administering vaccines will increase to 40,000 by mid-April in a push by the federal government to get more of the population 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. As of Friday, March 19th, 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. Public schools of all grade levels have now resumed in-person learning. 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. 

Alma via Bwog Archives