To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: October 13, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Update on COVID-19 Cases and On-Campus Test Results, 38 Hotspot States: 3 States Added, Hackensack Meridian Health Endorsement

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

As of 5 pm today, all 1,359 test results for on-campus testing by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) on October 7th and October 8st have been received and all were negative. Despite these encouraging results, we must not let our guard down. Please continue to take every precaution to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please remember to register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing for Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th. It is important that everyone who is coming to campus is tested weekly. Please be aware that coming to campus without being tested is a violation of the Stevens Health Honor Code and disciplinary action will be taken.

An employee of Compass One, the vendor that provides dining services at Stevens, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 8th. The last time the individual was on campus was on October 2nd. The Health Department has done contact tracing and has determined that there was no close contact with any Stevens students. The employee is recovering at home while remaining in isolation. Since they are in regular contact with members of the Stevens community, the following vendors are now testing their employees weekly for COVID-19: Compass One (dining and catering), UG2, (cleaning services) and Barnes and Noble (bookstore). These vendors will follow all Stevens protocols for contact tracing, quarantine and isolation.

Update on Violations of Stevens Health Honor Code

Unfortunately, we have become aware that a number of students attended an off-campus party last week in violation of the Stevens Health Honor Code. All students who attended the party are now in quarantine and will be tested during their 14-day quarantine period. 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. 

Earlier in the semester, we became aware that Phi Sigma Kappa held a party at their off-campus house. After an investigation, the fraternity has been suspended. Violations of Stevens policies, including the Stevens Health Honor Code will not be tolerated since these actions jeopardize the health and safety of the Stevens community, as well as our friends, families and neighbors.

Hackensack Meridian Health Endorsement of Stevens Reopening Plan

In August, Stevens contracted with Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) to participate in their Reopening America Assist Program. Following an extensive review of Stevens reopening plans, yesterday, Stevens received the Hackensack Meridian Health Reopening America Seal of Approval. HMH will continue to provide guidance to Stevens and review our plans to promote health and safety and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 moving forward.

Information from the City of Hoboken

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey, the Mayor of Hoboken had recommended that travel to these counties be avoided if at all possible. Please sign up for weekly alerts from Hoboken here.

For Residents of Hoboken and Employees of Hoboken Businesses: New method of scheduling COVID-19 test with Riverside Medical
 
Starting today, the City of Hoboken has worked with Riverside Medical Group to start a new process of scheduling COVID-19 tests at Riverside’s site under the 14th Street Viaduct. Instead of calling the CERT hotline, appointments should be scheduled by visiting www.hobokennj.gov/riverside on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please have your insurance card available to upload.
 
COVID-19 testing through Riverside is available for Hoboken residents or Hoboken business employees only. Residents must bring government identification or a utility bill to verify residency, and business employees must bring proof of employment with them at the time of testing.

COVID Alert NJ App 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.

This app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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. 

Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from 38 States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19: Ohio, Michigan and Virginia added.

Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from 38 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 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, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, 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 or 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

The flu vaccination is required by November 15, 2020 of all students, faculty and staff who are on-campus for fall 2020. This includes students and faculty who are attending in-person classes, students living in residence halls, student employees working on the campus, and faculty and staff who are coming to campus. Submit a photo or scanned image of the flu vaccination documentation, including your name and the date of vaccine administration, to [email protected](students) or [email protected] (staff, faculty, and student employees). Please review the email announcement for additional details.

Students, faculty and staff who are not currently on campus for fall 2020 are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu as per current public health recommendations.

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