To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: October 28, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Additional COVID-19 Cases; On-Campus Test Results; Travel Advisory

Please review the important information below as we work together to promote a stronger, safer Stevens. All members of the Stevens community must abide by the Stevens Health Honor Code whether on-campus, off-campus, or in your home community and follow all requirements, including wearing a face mask, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding non-essential travel and gatherings outside your immediate circle.

Since my email of October 26, an additional six Stevens students and one faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19. The increase in positive cases in the student population has occurred primarily from gatherings off-campus. 

Update on COVID-19 Test Results from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC)

We have received all of the 1,390 test results from on-campus testing conducted on October 21th and October 22nd from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC). 1,384 tests were negative and six were positive. We ask that you 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 28th and Thursday, October 29th. Appointments are still available for October 29th. 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.

Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases

Since my last email, one faculty member who has been teaching remotely has tested positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus testing location. The faculty member has not been on campus since March 2020 and is isolating at home. 

In addition, six undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19 since my October 26th email. Of the six students who tested positive, five are living off campus in Hoboken and have not been on campus since Spring 2020. One student is living on campus. All were tested at off-campus locations. Stevens Health Services staff, working closely with the Hoboken Health Department, has notified these students to isolate and their close contacts to quarantine.

We wish everyone a speedy and full recovery.

And finally, we ask members of our community to be more vigilant than ever and reduce or eliminate your interactions with those outside of your household. Not only are you at risk when you are in contact with someone within six feet or without a mask, you put your roommates, teammates, friends, family, and neighbors at risk as well. 

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

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 some neighboring states 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 these states, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from states with high COVID-19 rates, 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 nature of the region and economy.

At this time, individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from 41 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. This list will be updated each week. Check here for updates. 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. 

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms and/or Positive COVID-19 Results

If any student, faculty, or staff member (living on-campus or off-campus) experiences COVID-19 symptoms, 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]. This protects you and those with whom you have been in close contact.

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 since travel to most states outside of NJ will require that you quarantine for 14 days upon your return to campus. Even travel within the tri-state area should be limited, especially if you will be in close contact with individuals outside of your household. Please consider limiting your travel and your close contacts.

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). You will not be permitted to return to campus in person on Monday, November 30th unless you have a negative test result from testing conducted Monday, November 23 – Sunday, November 29th.

Reminder: COVID-19 Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff Not Coming to Campus

While you may not be coming to campus this semester, please 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, for students living on or off campus as well as faculty and staff, should be reported to the Stevens Student Health Services (see above).

Additional Resources on COVID-19