For the Cornell community:
Cornell University COVID-19 Updates
Information for the graduate and professional student community:
Cornell Health remains open! If you are concerned about your physical or mental health, call Cornell Health 24/7 at 607-255-5155 or reach out online. Some other services are being provided by phone consultation or secure messaging.
- Medical appointments: All patients should call before coming to the health center so your concern can be triaged appropriately. When you call us, we will advise you about whether your appointment will be in-person or through phone consultation or secure messaging. We may ask you to contact us again after the pandemic has passed for routine health care needs.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Currently, limited counseling and psychiatry services are available by phone. Learn more on our Counseling webpage.
- Physical Therapy: PT is offering limited services by phone or video. See the PT webpage for more information.
- All other appointments: Staff members are currently conducting some appointments, consultations, and referrals by phone.
- Pharmacy: Our pharmacy will continue to provide limited prescription services and other essential health supplies. Students must call ahead for pharmacy services. Pharmacy staff are prepping prescriptions and purchases to be ready for pickup to minimize students needing to walk into the building.
Please be aware that Cornell Health has implemented social distancing measures and pandemic protocols across all of our services, in accordance with CDC guidelines. This means that all students and visitors must call Cornell Health before coming to the building (607-255-5155).
Student Health Plan (SHP)
The Student Health Plan (SHP) covers testing at no cost and treatment will be covered with cost shares. Please see the link to the See the SHP website for more info. The SHP covers tests anywhere in the world, and the plan year ends on July 31, 2020. There is not yet information on the location of testing centers but you can contact Cornell Health if you have symptoms or believe you were exposed. They can identify testing facilities if that is medically indicated.
No-Cost Student Health Plan (SHP) for Qualified Self-Pay Students
We know that many students will be dealing with exceptional financial pressures in the coming months. If you are a self-pay student and will reside in New York State for the 2020-2021 academic year you may qualify for Student Health Plan Plus (SHP Plus). The plan has no premium costs, no copayments, and no coinsurance. SHP Plus is an option for qualified students with modest household incomes under a partnership with New York State. Many graduate and professional students meet the income and residency requirements, even if they have just arrived in NY.
The deadline for enrolling in the fall is June 1, 2020 for an August start, but students who apply in August can convert their regular SHP into SHP Plus beginning in October and receive a refund their plan premium. For more information Visit the Student Health Benefits website. This plan is not available to fully funded students with Cornell fellowships or assistantships.
- Health Resources Recommended for the Cornell Community
- Student Health Plan – The SHP covers COVID-19 testing at no cost and treatment will be covered with cost shares.
- Find SHP participating providers anywhere in the U.S. – The SHP covers students anywhere in the world and ends on July 31, 2020.
- New York State Health
- Tompkins County (Includes health information)
- Tompkins County COVID-19 Testing Statistics
- Tompkins County COVID-19 FAQ
- The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Traveler’s Health Notices
- World Health Organization
- A hotline is available for New Yorkers to call for information about COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065