To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: October 20, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Update on COVID-19 Cases and On-Campus Test Results; COVID-19 Testing during Thanksgiving Week

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 1,370 test results for on-campus testing by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) on October 14th and October 15th have been received; 1,369 tests were negative and one was positive. A staff member who was last on campus on October 15th tested positive and is isolating at home. One additional staff member who was a close contact is quarantining at home. 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 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. 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.

An employee of UG2, the vendor that provides cleaning and mechanical services at Stevens, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 19th. The employee is recovering at home while remaining in isolation. Two close contacts also employed by UG2 are quarantining at home. UG2 is following all Stevens protocols for contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation.

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Results

If any student, faculty, or staff member (living on campus or off campus) 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].

Planning for the Thanksgiving Break and COVID-19 Testing

An email was issued on October 5th addressing questions about the Thanksgiving break. Please review the email carefully as you make your plans. On-campus COVID-19 testing for Thanksgiving week will be available on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. If you will not be able to be on campus on November 23rd or November 24th for testing, please make arrangements to be tested at another location that week and submit your results to [email protected] (for students) and at [email protected] (for employees). 

Guidance on Travel from New Jersey: Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire are advising travelers from New Jersey to self-quarantine for 14 days when visiting. In Massachusetts, those who violate the quarantine restrictions face fines of up to $500.

Please carefully check travel restrictions and quarantine requirements before planning a trip out of state.

Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut from States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19

New Jersey is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases and travel advisories coordinated with New York and Connecticut have been impacted and delayed. At this time, the states on the NJ quarantine list have not been updated. Check here for updates when available.

At this time, 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.

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. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please have your insurance card available to upload.
 
COVID-19 testing through Riverside is available for Hoboken residents or employees of Hoboken businesses 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 the 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

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 for 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. Please retain a copy of your flu vaccine documentation in case your plans change and you come to campus in the future.

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: COVID-19 Testing: Who Must Be Tested and How Often

All faculty, students, and staff who are or 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 your 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 will 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