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About the School of Medicine

Covid-19 Updates

The Zucker School of Medicine Reopening Committee has been working closely with Hofstra University and Northwell Health to develop protocols that align with local, state and federal public health guidelines and preserve the best of the Zucker School of Medicine experience while minimizing COVID-19 risk to our entire community. Fall 2020 will be different in many ways, and our plans are a work in progress because the public health situation locally and nationally continues to evolve. This website will be a critical source of information and it will be updated regularly as additional details become available.

ZSOM COVID-19 Guidelines


The purpose of these guidelines is to define the operational expectations of all faculty members, staff members, students, and visitors of the Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) while inside the ZSOM facility.

  1. Masks are required in all areas of our building, except in the following circumstances:
    • If you are alone* in an office, conference room, classroom, or study room;
    • If you are in a designated eating area and at least six feet apart from others;
    • If you are outside and at least six feet apart from others.
    • Please note*: if you are alone in an office, conference room, classroom, or study room, and another person approaches to enter, you must apply your mask immediately, so please keep your mask with you and readily available at all times when you are in the ZSOM building
  2. Every person is expected to remain at least six feet apart from others whenever possible.
  3. Every person is required to wear a Northwell Health ID or Hofstra University ID in a visible place (i.e., around a neck lanyard, on a shirt).
  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.
  5. Every person is expected to comply with the maximum occupancy rules. The maximum occupancy in any particular room will be limited based on the size of the room and the room layout. The maximum occupancy of each room will be noted on the door of the room.
  6. Every person is required to complete a health screening questionnaire each day they come to campus (employees can find the health screening questionnaire on the Hofstra portal – see FAQs for more information).

Mask Requirements:
Cloth masks must have two layers of cloth with a filter in between and they must be washed daily. Procedure masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks are all acceptable. Bandanas and scarves do not meet the ZSOM’s requirement. Masks with a valve or vent will not be permitted.

SOM building is not open to visitors.Safe Start Zucker