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To: Students, Faculty and Staff Members
Sara Klein, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: December 30, 2021
Subject: Updated COVID-19 Guidance: Booster Requirement; Isolation and Quarantine Periods, COVID-19 Testing; Reporting Positive Test Results; Hoboken Indoor Mask Mandate

As COVID-19 continues to spread quickly in our local area and in many places across the country, the Stevens leadership will be meeting in early January to evaluate the circumstances and determine if any changes to campus protocols are needed.

Please read carefully below for updated Winter Break guidance.

Get Boosted During Winter Break
All members of the community are urged to get boosted during the winter break. Stevens requires that all faculty, staff and students receive the booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible and no later than March 31, 2022. Individuals become eligible for a booster vaccine six months after their primary vaccination series. If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, you may receive a booster vaccine once your symptoms have resolved and after you complete your isolation period. Those who received the initial vaccination series outside of the U.S. may receive any of the FDA-approved booster vaccines. Documentation of the booster vaccine must be submitted through Workday by following these instructions for students and for employees. Find a vaccination site here.

Updated Isolation and Quarantine Protocols
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently shortened the isolation timeline for many individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. Those who are still experiencing symptoms that are not resolving after 5 days should isolate for the full 10-day period. Additionally, unvaccinated individuals or individuals who are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or two months out from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and not yet boosted who come into close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 5 days, followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. This updated quarantine guidance further emphasizes the need for all eligible individuals to get their booster vaccine as soon as possible.

Get Tested for COVID-19
Please get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms, before and after travel on public transportation, if you have had exposure to a person who has tested positive, and before and after any gatherings. In addition to testing options available at pharmacies and urgent care centers, you can use an at-home test kit, or take advantage of the free at-home COVID test kit for New Jersey residents.

Report Positive Test Results
If any student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected]. The Student Health Services staff is responding to reports of positive tests and contact tracing during the Winter Break and Winter Intersession periods.

Indoor Mask Mandate for the City of Hoboken
Mayor Bhalla issued an Executive Order on December 27, 2021 under which all residents and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or face-covering while inside any public building or commercial establishment in the City of Hoboken, except when actively eating or drinking. Stevens already has an indoor mask requirement which will continue until further notice.

We wish you a safe and healthy New Year.