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Health and Wellness

Daily Health Screenings

Students and employees will have to answer three questions before coming to campus or attending class. The online screening is available via the Hofstra portal and a smartphone app:

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  1. Indicate if you have experienced ANY of the symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 within the past 10 days. Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
  2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days?
  3. Have you knowingly had close or proximate contact with someone in the past 10 days who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has had symptoms of COVID-19?

Student responses will be reviewed by Student Health Services (SHS), which will follow up where appropriate.

Working with Northwell Health, our partner in the Zucker School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, we have built an extensive COVID-19 testing program that goes beyond what the CDC has recommended for college campuses.

If a student tests positive, Student Health Services will work closely with the Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing.


Isolation is when people with a contagious disease are separated from those who are NOT sick.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

What to Expect in COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate, in accordance with Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidance. In addition, students who have had close contact with anyone who has tested positive will be contacted by the New York State Department of Health and required to quarantine.

Whenever possible, students are encouraged to isolate or quarantine in their permanent residence. However, if a residential student cannot return to their permanent home, the University has separate townhouse residence halls set aside as isolation and quarantine housing. Special services for food delivery and health care will be made available for all students who are isolated or quarantined on campus.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

  • The student is ordered by the Department of Health to isolate for at least 10 days.
  • The Department of Health will do wellness checks every day.

A student who tests positive can discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • On Day 10 of isolation, the student has not had a fever for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Motrin, etc.).
  • Other symptoms have improved.
  • For students who test positive, but never developed symptoms, isolation and other precautions may be discontinued 10 days AFTER THE DATE OF THEIR FIRST POSITIVE RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

If you have been determined to have had close contact with someone infected with COVID-19:

  • You must quarantine for 10 days.
  • If you are quarantined and you develop symptoms, you should contact SHS and make arrangements for a test.
  • If you are quarantined and NOT symptomatic, you can arrange for a test after you have been in quarantine for 3-4 days, because it generally takes a few days for a positive result to register.
  • If you are tested while in quarantine and are found to be positive for COVID-19, your isolation period will run during the same time that you have been in quarantine. Please note that a single negative test does not mean that you will remain negative at any time after that test. If you choose to be tested at the end of the quarantine period and test positive, you will then have to begin a new, 10-day period of isolation at that time.

The Department of Health will provide documentation to the student clearing the student from isolation or quarantine. The student should call Student Health Services and upload their Department of Health clearance form into the Medicat system. Once this is completed, Student Health Services will clear the student to return to campus.


For more information about quarantine and isolation, check out this chart from our partners at Northwell Health.

New York Travel Advisory

International travelers must comply with all current CDC requirements for testing and quarantine.  There are no quarantine requirements for asymptomatic, domestic travelers to New York state. However, all domestic travelers who have been outside the state for more than 24 hours and are entering New York from a non-contiguous state must complete a state traveler health form.  Additional details about the New York state’s COVID-19 Travel Rules can be found here.  Please note: The University advises all members of the campus community – particularly those who are not fully vaccinated – not to travel during the semester. If you must travel, we ask that you limit your travel to contiguous states whenever possible.

How to Use the Student Health and Counseling Center

The Student Health and Counseling Center will be mostly by appointment only. Students seeking health services should call 516-463-6745 for telemedicine triage, during which they will be given further instructions and an appointment for in-person services if necessary. Appointments can also be made through the Hofstra portal.

Student Counseling Services offers individual and group counseling, both in person and virtually. Students seeking counseling services should call 516-463-6745 for more information, or to set up an appointment.

What to Do if You Don’t Feel Well:

  • Stay home.
  • Call your healthcare provider or the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC) for further instructions. Don’t show up at a doctor’s office without calling first.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

A wide range of symptoms have been associated with COVID-19, and the virus can affect different people in different ways:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Personal Hygiene and Protective Equipment

  • Personal Protective Equipment:
    Masks must be worn in all campus buildings, including residence halls, except for your own room, suite, or office. Masks are also required outdoors when at least 6 feet of physical/social distance is not possible. Students were given a health and wellness kit upon arrival/move-in, which includes three reusable masks, hand sanitizer, and a digital thermometer. Cloth masks should be washed after each use. There will also be dispensers with disposable paper masks in every academic building.

    Masks must be cloth masks or single-use procedural masks, based on CDC guidelines. The mask must cover your nose and mouth, without large gaps. Bandanas, or masks with a valve or vent, are not permitted.
  • Hand Sanitizer:  
    If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. Rub your hands until the sanitizer has dried. The University will be adding more hand sanitizer stations across campus, with a focus on high-volume, high-traffic areas. We expect to have more than 500 hand sanitizer stations installed across campus by August 15, 2020.
  • Temperature Screening Kiosks: 
    Temperature screening kiosks have been placed in residence halls, in the Mack Student Center and in South Campus locations for quick temperature checks. Signage instructs students with a fever to return to their homes or residence hall and call Student Health Services for further instructions. Students with a fever are not to go to class or other public places. View a map of kiosk locations.
  • Hand Washing:

    Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent illness. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water often, and especially at key times such as before eating, after using the restroom, and after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.

  • Keep Your Distance:
    Stay at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible. Avoid shaking hands and hugging when greeting people.
  • Avoid Touching Your Face
  • Cough Into Your Elbow, Sleeve or a Tissue, Not Your Hands
  • Watch What You Touch:
    Use caution when touching shared surfaces such as doorknobs and elevator buttons. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching shared surfaces.

Campus Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures

University custodial staff are sanitizing common spaces on campus at least daily, if not more often, depending on the location. But we need your cooperation by following the University's personal hygiene guidelines to ensure the entire campus community remains #HofstraStrong and healthy.

Cleaning Products and Equipment: Our Custodial Operations staff uses disinfectant wipes and sprays that are approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill the COVID-19 virus. In addition, we have purchased 65 electro-static disinfectant sprayers, which are used to safely and quickly disinfect large areas.

Cleaning Schedule:

In general, common high-touch spaces will be cleaned several times daily, and cleaning supplies will be provided so students, faculty, and staff can clean areas on their own after each use. In addition, we continue to develop cleaning protocols for specific campus spaces:

Residence Halls
All residence halls have been cleaned and sanitized with electro-static disinfectant sprayers.

All residence hall common areas are cleaned and disinfected daily, and high-touch surfaces are disinfected twice daily. Disinfectant wipes are provided in all common kitchen areas (except in the Graduate Residence Hall).

All residence halls have wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrances and in the elevator lobbies.

Dining Facilities
Public high-touch areas are sanitized every 30 minutes, as are all back of house/food preparation surfaces. All areas are disinfected daily. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are widely available throughout public dining spaces for individual use.

Academic Areas:
Classrooms and labs are cleaned daily, and cleaning supplies are provided so students, faculty, and staff can clean spaces on their own after each use.

Building Ventilation Improvements

The University is adhering to CDC recommendations, and has taken numerous actions to improve overall ventilation in our campus buildings:

  • Increased the percentage of fresh outdoor air supplied by mechanical ventilated systems installed in buildings across campus.
  • Following CDC safety protocols, we reduced overall occupancy of large classrooms and meeting spaces to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between occupants. The room capacity reduction (30% of full capacity) has the additional advantage of effectively increasing the amount of supply air per person within the space.
  • For mechanical ventilated buildings, we disabled demand-control ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy (CO2 levels).
  • We disabled energy-saving temperature setback controls to maintain full building ventilation even during unoccupied times to maximize building dilution ventilation.
  • We replaced building ventilation system air filters with higher efficiency MERV-13 rated filters throughout campus when applicable. These MERV 13 filters are effective for bacteria and virus removal, and are frequency used in hospital settings.
  • All exhaust fans in building restroom facilities were checked to be functional and operating at full capacity.
  • For buildings using natural ventilation, we are increasing outdoor air dilution by opening windows when environmental conditions and building requirements allow. Window AC units are being placed on fresh air supply in lieu of full recirculation.

Beginning in July, we operated all building ventilation systems 24/7 with outside air dampers full open to achieve a complete flush out prior to occupancy, as the CDC recommends.