Quarantine and Isolation Support

Columbia Health has designed a series of programs and services to support your well-being needs while in quarantine or isolation in New York.

Medical Support

The Medical Services and/or Contact Tracing team will message all students in isolation and quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 to ask about symptoms and how they are feeling.

For those in isolation, nurse case managers will also follow-up during this time and notify students immediately when they are clear to return to campus.

Phone. Students can call 212-854-7426 to ask about symptoms, available 24/7.

Secure messaging. Exchange messages with your primary care provider at Columbia Health via the Patient Portal

All students in isolation or quarantine will receive a self-care kit after their gateway COVID-19 test. The kit includes:

  • Digital thermometer (for daily use)
  • Hand sanitizer (for times you can’t wash)
  • Alcohol wipes (for cleaning, as needed)
  • Water bottle (stay hydrated!)
  • Temperature and symptom log

Mental Health Support

Virtual support spaces are available throughout the term on a variety of topics including trauma, creativity and resilience, specific ethnic and gender identities, mindfulness, and more. Virtual support spaces are open to students who have paid the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee.

Visit the Support Groups page to find a support space for a topic you are interested in.

Well-being Programs

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Daily, Monday to Friday from 8/24 to 9/12

Responsible. Optimal. Authentic. Resilient. Have a health and well-being related issue of concern or challenge? Don’t know where

to start? Alice! Health Promotion is offering drop-in virtual Success Coaching: a confidential, strengths-based collaborative approach to helping you explore an issue of concern or challenge.

During this one-to-one coaching session, you will work with a strategic partner to help you identify and move forward toward desired goals. Your coach will help connect you to a community of support. Success coaching is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Join a drop-in session via Zoom.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Daily, Monday to Friday from 8/24 to 9/12

A daily moment of guided stress management strategies, including exercises for deep breathing and body scanning. Experts recommend these strategies to be prac- ticed about 20 minutes a day. The Alice! Health Promotion team will provide some guidance that could support the development of these regular practices.

Join via Zoom.

Wed. 9/2, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Thu. 9/10 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Join Alice! Health Promotion and New York Therapy Animals for a virtual Dog Therapy session.

Feel free to drop in and drop out of the meeting as you please. We look forward to connecting with you all at this virtual puppy play time! If you have a pet of your own, we welcome (and even encourage!) you to attend with them!

Please check back for registration links.

In partnership with Pacific College of Health and Science (PCHS), students may avail of virtual acupressure and integrative medicine support while in isolation or quarantine.

Virtual acupuncture includes a one-hour visit with a PCHS provider who will show you medical qigong exercises, dietary and life- style recommendations, and demonstrate acupressure techniques so you can use at anytime to address your complaints.

Schedule a telehealth appointment via the Patient Portal with your primary care provider at Medical Services who can speak with you about whether this option is right for you.

Well-being Programs for Survivors and Co-Survivors of Sexual Trauma (Sexual Violence Response)

Peace and Presence is a series of diverse holistic wellness workshops for student survivors and co-survivors of sexual trauma. These sessions will explore non-verbal and experiential healing techniques, self-calming tools, and guide you in incorporating mindfulness into your daily lives.

These programs are available to students from all affiliate schools.

Tuesdays at 6:45 PM ET: 8/25, 9/1, and 9/8. Register.
Thursdays at 9:45 AM ET: 8/27, 9/3, and 9/10. Register.
Thursday at 10:00 AM ET: 9/17. Register.
Thursdays at 6:45 PM ET: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19. Register.

In this Trauma-Informed Gentle Yoga class participants will be guided through breath, gentle stretches, and different yoga positions to tap deeper into the parasympathetic system, creating space to stay in the present moment while moving into a state of rest & restore.

Tue. 8/25, 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET. Register.
Wed. 9/16, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM ET. Register.
Fri. 9/18, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET. Register.

This webinar is a virtual setting for survivors and co-survivors to move from their headspace into full-bodied presence through awareness of our breath, gentle stretches, and guided/free movement. By incorporating mindfulness and movement therapy practices, participants will learn tools to support the body, process emotions and trauma, and release stress.

Thu. 8/27, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET. Register.
Tue. 9/15, 3:25 PM - 4:30 PM ET. Register.
Tue. 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM ET. Register.

This workshop guides participants to experience the intrinsic power of their voices through simple, accessible, and liberatory practices of creativity & sound, including toning, chanting, singing, and sound-making. The Voice Journey approach emphasizes not only strengthening vocal technique–expanding where you can take your voice– but also increasing awareness of the powerful nature of vocal vibration as it relates to physical, mental, and emotional states and exploring where your voice can take you.

Mon. 8/31, 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET. Register.
Wed. 9/22, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM ET. Register

This workshop will focus on creating a Circle of Protection, which beckons a safe sense of one’s own boundaries through self-created imagery. Weaving language into one’s mandala-like drawing, the workshop will emphasize creating a sense of wholeness within the the container of one’s being.

Wed. 9/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET. Register.
Tue. 9/29, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM ET. Register.
Fri. 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, and 11/20, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM ET: Register.

Participants will explore art as a way to connect, reflect, and express. We invite participants to gather paper and anything else they would like to draw with before class (i.e., pens, pencils, markers, crayons, or paint). This class is open to all levels of art making. No prior experience necessary.


Students can avail themselves of primary care visits at no cost by phone or the HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform Zoom Health. You can use a telehealth visit for routine and urgent medical care as well as general nutrition and eating disorders, sexual health services, reproductive and gynecological services, LGBTQ health care, and guidance on confidential HIV testing.

Schedule a same-day appointment online via the Patient Portal or by calling 212-854-7426.

Call 212-854-HELP (4357) to speak with a confidential resource for crisis intervention, emotional support, exploring rights and options, seeking medical help, assistance with online temporary orders of protection, referrals, accompaniment to on or off-campus resources, either in-person or telephonically.

This helpline is available to students from all affiliate schools.

Call 212-854-3500 or email SVResponse@columbia.edu to schedule a virtual appointment with one of our staff.

These appointments are available to students from all affiliate schools.

Disability Services will provide academic accommodations and support services for students in isolation and quarantine, such as test accommodations, e-text, note-taking, sign language interpretation, foreign language substitution, learning specialist sessions, CART, and captioning.

Students must be registered with Disability Services to receive accommodations.

Disability Services offers virtual drop-in hours for registered and non-registered students. Drop-in hours allow for an individual 15-minute discussion between a Disability Services staff member and a student with a quick or urgent question. Visit the drop-in page for more information.


University COVID-19 Website

COVID-19 Hotline

COVID-19 Test and Trace Program