To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: October 21, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Update on New COVID-19 Cases and Revised Travel Advisories

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 Two COVID-19 Cases

A residential student has tested positive for COVID-19 at an off campus testing site. The student is symptomatic and in isolation. The student’s roommate is quarantining. Contact tracing is underway in consultation with Hoboken Health Department and close contacts will be advised to quarantine and those who have had minimal contact with this student will be advised to monitor their health and continue to be tested weekly.

A student living off campus with family in New Jersey has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is isolating at home, has not been on campus since March and is taking classes remotely. The student has not had contact with any Stevens students, faculty or staff.

We send our best wishes to these students for a swift and complete recovery.

Reminder: Weekly COVID-19 Testing and reporting Positive COVID-19 Results

Please remember to register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing each week. Appointments are still available for 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.

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].

Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut from States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19: Arizona added; Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware Meet Criteria as Hotspots

New Jersey is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases and travel advisories coordinated with New York and Connecticut have been impacted. At this time, although neighboring states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware meet the criteria for New Jersey's travel advisory, due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey and the three states, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging non-essential travel to and from New Jersey, but are not mandating that travelers quarantine due to the interconnected nature of the region and economy.

At this time, individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from 39 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, Arizona, 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, including Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware. 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.

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.

Additional Resources on COVID-19