To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: November 22, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Mayor Bhalla Announces Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites in Hoboken and Jersey City

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 household.

Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites in Hoboken and Jersey City

On Saturday, Hoboken Mayor Bhalla provided information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Hoboken and Jersey City. Please use this link to review these options. The Stevens Student Health Services website also has a list of local testing site options. Please remember that even if you receive a negative COVID-19 test, you should continue frequent handwashing, social distancing, mask wearing and avoid gatherings with those outside your household.

If you live in NJ but outside of the Hoboken area, the State of NJ provides a list of testing sites

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff Coming to Campus Before the Thanksgiving Break

On-campus weekly COVID-19 testing for those coming to campus will be available on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. Please be aware that you will not have your results for 48-72 hours. 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) by Sunday, November 29. 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.

Thanksgiving Gatherings and Travel

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and around the country, the CDC, the State of New Jersey and the City of Hoboken have all issued guidance asking that we avoid Thanksgiving gatherings with those outside of our households and limit travel that might increase the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19.

Health experts strongly discourage Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends outside of the immediate household and recommend that we celebrate with our households this year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also recommended that residents not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and stay home. Additional information about the Thanksgiving holiday and travel precautions can be found here:

If it is absolutely unavoidable and you must travel and/or gather with those outside your household, the New Jersey Department of Health recommends the following:

  1. Get a COVID-19 test
  2. Insist all participants get a COVID-19 test
  3. Quarantine until Thanksgiving
  4. Keep the number of family and friends outside the household to a minimum
  5. Stay outdoors as much as possible
  6. Wear face masks and social distance at all practical times

Residential and Off-Campus Students

We encourage students living in Stevens housing or in their own off-campus apartments in Hoboken and surrounding communities to remain on-campus or in their apartments for the Thanksgiving break to avoid spreading the virus to family and friends.

All students coming to campus for the fall semester must complete the Thanksgiving Break election form. The deadline for completion has been extended to Monday, November 23rd. If you are a residential student and have recently decided to remain on-campus during the Thanksgiving Break, please email [email protected] to inform the Residential Education staff as soon as possible of your presence on campus. Those remaining on campus will receive information about a special Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday and other events on campus.

If you must travel outside of New Jersey, please review the quarantine requirements below to determine if you must quarantine for 14 days and be tested upon your return to New Jersey.

New State of NJ Guidance on Indoor Gatherings: Limited to 10

Effective November 17th, the State of New Jersey has limited the number of individuals at indoor gatherings that are not religious services or celebrations, political activities, wedding ceremonies, funerals, or memorial services to 10 persons. Any private residence or residential unit shall be treated as a single “room”. View more information and details of the Executive Order here.

Hoboken Imposes Fines of up to $1,000 for Indoor Gatherings of more than 10

Due to the increase in COVID-19 positive cases, the City of Hoboken has approved a measure to allow the Hoboken Police Department to issue fines of up to $1,000 for house parties that exceed 10 people and violate other ordinances. 

Guidance on Travel to New Jersey from States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19 - Vermont added

New Jersey has announced a list of states with high rates of COVID-19 infection; Vermont has been added since last week. Check here for updates. Individuals traveling from these states are required to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after their arrival. 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.

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

I wish you a happy, healthy and socially distanced Thanksgiving!