To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Louis Mayer, CFO, Vice President for Finance, and Treasurer and Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: December 7, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: COVID Vaccine Boosters; On-Campus Testing; Masking in Work Stations; Stevens COVID-19 Cases
Please note that this will be the last regular weekly Health Advisory email. Moving forward, we will email the Stevens community when significant developments regarding COVID-19 occur. Stevens’ COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be updated weekly with data regarding current positive cases for you to easily reference.
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that all eligible adults 18 and older get a booster. Every adult who received the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago and those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago should get a booster vaccine at this time. Eligible vaccinated individuals are permitted to choose which of the three approved vaccines they receive as a booster dose. Vaccine appointments can be made at many New Jersey locations; a prescription is not needed. Students, faculty, and staff will receive information in the coming weeks regarding uploading documentation of the COVID-19 booster vaccine for Stevens’ records; please remember to bring your vaccine card with you to the booster appointment. In the meantime, please get a booster vaccine as soon as you are eligible and retain the documentation of the vaccine.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Information
Weekly COVID-19 testing takes place on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Room on the first floor of Gateway North. Any student, faculty or staff coming to campus who is exempt from the vaccine requirement or who is not yet fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Stevens students and employees who are getting COVID-19 tests off campus and submitting their results to Stevens must use the updated form at www.stevens.edu/covidtesting. On-campus students, faculty and staff will be randomly selected to participate in weekly testing throughout the fall semester. Read more and register for a weekly test.
Masking in Workstations and Private Offices
Stevens requires mask wearing in all public spaces, which includes open areas where there are multiple workstations. Exceptions exist only while eating and drinking, or in private offices, private restrooms and residential rooms. In areas where workstations are occupied by people working in close proximity, masks should be worn at all times except while eating or drinking. As workstation configuration differs across campus, in areas where there is significant distance between workers, unit leadership may make a determination based on distance and occupancy. If a small group of regular collaborators are meeting in a private office, mask wearing should be the default unless all in the room agree they are comfortable to proceed without wearing masks. Please be reminded that if any member of the group is uncomfortable, masks must be worn by all. Stevens will not permit any pressure being brought to bear on any person who wishes to remain masked in such a group setting, and any such pressure will be considered retaliation in violation of Stevens’ policies.
Stevens COVID-19 Cases
Since the last email on November 30, 14 students and four employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Please see Stevens’ COVID-19 Dashboard for complete Fall 2021 data.
Please visit the Stevens COVID-19 website and FAQs for more information about Stevens’ operations and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your cooperation with and attention to this important information.