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COVID-19 Updates

The Zucker School of Medicine continues working closely with Hofstra University and Northwell Health to develop and refine protocols in compliance with federal, state, and local public health guidelines and preserve the best of the Zucker School of Medicine experience while minimizing COVID-19 risk to our entire community. We remain committed to maintaining a learning environment that supports our students emotionally and intellectually and that aligns with the Zucker School of Medicine principles. This website will continue to be a critical source of information and will be updated regularly as the circumstances surrounding Covid-19 continue to evolve.

ZSOM COVID-19 Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to define operational expectations of all faculty members, staff members, students, and visitors of the Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) while inside the ZSOM facility. Every person who is a member of the ZSOM community is expected to follow and enforce these guidelines. Violations may be reported to a supervisor, the Office of the Dean, the Office of Student Affairs, or via this anonymous link.

Practices will be maintained including:

  1. Every person must adhere to vaccination guidelines as set forth by Hofstra University. As of January 2022, full vaccination includes booster for those eligible.
  2. Beginning Saturday, May 14, 2022, masks will be required in all public areas inside the ZSOM building with the following exception:
    •    Speakers for Large Group Sessions (LGS) may remove their masks during the session
    *Masks are required outside the ZSOM building for all patient care settings and all activities at CLI. 

    When you remove your mask to eat or drink, please replace it once you are finished. Surgical and KN95 masks are available at the front desk. 

  3. Per our visitor* guidelines, faculty and employees of Hofstra University or Northwell Health who are participating in regular curricular activities at the ZSOM are not considered to be visitors. A Northwell Health ID or Hofstra University ID should be worn in a visible place (i.e., on a neck lanyard, clipped to shirt) while in the building.

  4. Every person is expected to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizing solution.


Visitor Guidelines: 

Faculty members and staff members who would like to host a visitor are expected to share the ZSOM visitor protocols prior to the visitor’s arrival on campus and notify with the name, date/time of arrival, room visiting and organization/institution they are representing. 

*Who is a Visitor?

  • Members of Hofstra University or Northwell Health (e.g., administrators, staff, etc.) who are NOT participating in regular curricular activities at the ZSOM   
  • Outside visitors of the ZSOM who are not employed by Hofstra University or Northwell health (e.g., vendors, members of the media, parents of students, etc.)
  • All outside visitors must be on official business with the ZSOM. The host is responsible for asking that outside visitors upload proof of vaccination using this link.

* ZSOM students, staff, and core faculty are not visitors. Faculty and employees of Hofstra University or Northwell Health who are participating in regular curricular activities at the ZSOM are not considered to be visitors.

Visitor Protocols:

  • Upon arrival, all visitors must enter through one of the main lobby entrances and check in at the front desk. Outside visitors are required to sign in upon arrival.  
  • All visitors must comply with all ZSOM COVID-19 guidelines and procedures while in the ZSOM facility, practice good hand hygiene, and comply with maximum occupancy rules.

Booster Guidelines:

Everyone in the Hofstra/ZSOM community is required to get the COVID-19 booster shot within seven days of becoming eligible to receive it. According to the CDC, you are eligible to receive a booster five months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after receiving the single-dose Janssen/J&J vaccine. For more information on boosters, refer to the CDC's booster guidelines.Boosters are widely available, and a location near you can be found here (   

COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Guidelines for ZSOM Students, Faculty and Staff


Last Updated: 05/14/2022

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