To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: October 6, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Four Positive COVID-19 Tests, Update on COVID-19 Test Results and 35 Hotspot States, Quarantine after International Travel, COVID Alert NJ
Please review the important information below as we work together to promote a stronger, safer Stevens. Please remember to abide by the Stevens Health Honor Code whether on campus or in your community and follow all requirements, including wearing a face mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing.
Update on COVID-19 Test Results for Students, Faculty and Staff Coming to Campus
As of 5 pm today, all 1,368 test results for on-campus testing on September 30th and October 1st have been received and two were positive.
Please remember to register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing for Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th. It is important that everyone who is coming to campus is tested weekly.
Four Positive COVID-19 Test Results
Since my last email to you, Student Health Services was informed that two residential undergraduate students who were tested on campus by BNBMC and two upper class undergraduate students who were tested off campus and are living together in Hoboken have tested positive for COVID-19. The two off-campus roommates have not been on campus since March 2020 and are isolating at home. Each student’s roommates and close contacts are quarantining for 14 days, some at home and some in the residence halls. Following Hoboken Health Department guidance, Student Health Services staff members have informed the instructors and classmates of the COVID-19 positive students and asked them to monitor their health and continue to be tested for COVID-19 each week.
Unfortunately, we have become aware that one of the residential students who tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend was in attendance at a party and may have exposed a number of other Stevens students to COVID-19. All students who attended the party are now in quarantine and will be tested five days after the start of their quarantine. Hosting or attending this party was in direct violation of the Stevens Health Honor Code and the Office of Student Affairs has begun an investigation into this incident. Students found in violation of the Stevens Health Honor Code or the Stevens Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion.
COVID Alert NJ Launched
New Jersey has announced the launch of COVID Alert NJ, our state’s new exposure notification app. This app does not replace existing contact tracing protocols and notifications that are required by Stevens and the Hoboken Department of Health. Students, faculty and staff members are required to notify Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected] if they test positive for COVID-19 or are in close contact with an individual who tests positive. In addition, those who test positive must provide information about their close contacts to enable contact tracing.
COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey’s free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. The State of NJ is encouraging everyone with an Android (version 6 or above) or Apple (iOS version 13.5 or above) phone to use COVID Alert NJ. The app’s effectiveness depends on public collective participation: the more people who use it, the more effective it will be. COVID Alert NJ will notify you if you’re likely to have been exposed to another app user who tested positive for COVID-19 and verified their result on their app. Knowing your exposure status and following public health guidelines such as self-quarantining and seeking timely medical attention allows you to protect your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. COVID Alert NJ helps New Jersey stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you have questions about the COVID Alert NJ app, please view the website.
Planning for the Thanksgiving Break
An email was issued on October 5 addressing questions about the Thanksgiving break. Please review the email carefully as you make your plans.
Reminder: Avoid Travel on the October 12th Holiday Weekend
Although Stevens is open on Monday, October 12th, classes are cancelled. Under normal circumstances, students might consider traveling home and faculty members might consider a long weekend away. Due to the pandemic, we urge all members of our community to avoid travel, gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. At this time, if you travel to any of the 35 states on the NJ quarantine list, you will be at higher risk of infection and will have to quarantine for 14 days after your trip. It is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from 35 States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19; New Mexico added.
Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from 35 states and territories with high rates of COVID-19 infection are required to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after their arrival.
Currently, the thirty-five states and territories that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. This list will be updated each week. Check here for updates.
We strongly urge all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel to these states and territories. No person who is required to quarantine pursuant to this restriction will be permitted on Stevens’ campus until the conclusion of such quarantine and COVID-19 testing. If you are currently working on campus or are planning to return to campus and have visited a high risk state or territory, please remain at home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Health Services to receive guidance regarding quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.
Quarantine Requirements after International Travel
The State of New York has issued guidelines requiring individuals traveling from a large number of countries outside the United States to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Only 31 countries are exempt from this requirement at this time. We expect New Jersey to follow this requirement and therefore Stevens will be abiding by this guidance. While Stevens currently does not allow international business travel, those who travel internationally for personal reasons and are taking classes at Stevens must abide by these requirements and quarantine and be tested for COVID-19. For more information, please review this website.
Flu shots are required for all members of the Stevens community who are coming to campus. You will receive more detailed information on this requirement shortly, as well as information to request an exemption. In the meantime, if you have received or plan to receive a flu shot, please retain a copy of your receipt to provide to Stevens at a later date.
Reminder: Visitors Must Have Permission to Come to Campus
If you are a Stevens employee and are not coming to campus regularly and wish to come to campus for a short visit or if you are requesting permission for a visitor to come to campus, please request permission by following these instructions and completing the online form.
Only individuals who have received permission may visit the Stevens campus and leased properties.
Reminder: COVID-19 Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff Not Coming to Campus
While you may not be coming to campus this semester, we encourage you to monitor your health and be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have had close contact with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19. For NJ residents, the State of NJ provides a list of testing sites. It is important that we do all we can to protect our communities, especially our hometown of Hoboken, from the spread of COVID-19. Hoboken is offering COVID-19 testing for Hoboken residents at several locations. Positive test results, even for students living off-campus, should be reported to the Stevens Student Health Services (see below).
Reminder: Reporting Positive COVID-19 Results
If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19 or has close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].
Reminder: COVID-19 Testing: Who Must Be Tested and How Often
All faculty, students and staff who will be on campus this fall must be tested for COVID-19 no more than five days before coming to campus for the first time and each week thereafter.
If you are planning to be on campus in person this semester, and did not receive an email regarding testing, please email Human Resources (for employees) at [email protected], Undergraduate Student Affairs (for undergraduate students) at [email protected], or Graduate Student Life at [email protected] to discuss your status and determine if COVID-19 testing is required. Please do not come to campus or go to class without providing a negative test result to Stevens at [email protected] (for students) and at [email protected] (for employees) and receiving permission to come to campus.
If your first time on campus will be later in the semester, you must be tested for COVID-19 no more than five days before you arrival on campus and submit the test results to Stevens at [email protected] (for students) and at [email protected] (for employees). Once your negative test results are received, you receive an email granting permission for you to come to campus and will be included in the weekly testing group thereafter.
Reminder: Sign up for Stevens Alerts
Please sign up for Stevens Alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations. Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements.
Additional Resources on COVID-19