To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: August 16, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: One New COVID-19 Positive Case and COVID-19 Testing Updates

COVID-19 Update
We have had one report of a student testing positive for COVID-19. The student is asymptomatic, isolating at home and was last on campus in March.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

We want to remind all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel, as well as gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. As we continue the phased reopening of our campus, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement Reminder
In order to promote a safer, stronger community, Stevens has put a COVID-19 testing requirement in place. Before returning to campus, all students, faculty and staff must be tested for COVID-19 (diagnostic test) no more than 5 days in advance of their planned return to campus and quarantine until the results are received. 

In addition, Stevens is requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of all students, faculty and staff who are coming to campus. We are finalizing arrangements to have this testing offered on campus beginning the first week of classes. We will offer the Rutgers saliva test. An appointment system will be provided and insurance will be billed, however, Stevens will cover any costs of on campus testing that are not covered by insurance, including copays. We will share more information about this testing option later next week. Please follow your emails carefully for this important information.

Temporary Shortage of Rapid COVID-19 Tests at Riverside Medical in Hoboken
The City of Hoboken has informed the Hoboken community of a nation-wide shortage of rapid COVID-19 tests. The Riverside Medical Test Site at 14th Street does not have rapid tests available at this time, but they are confident that they will be re-stocked in the near future. Until the rapid tests are back in supply, they are currently offering a PCR test with a several day turnaround. Advance appointments are required; please contact their CERT line for an appointment as listed on the Stronger. Safer. Stevens. website

Prompt MD in Hoboken is also offering a PCR test with a three-day turnaround for Hoboken residents at a pop-up location at 605 Jackson Street. The Prompt MD pop-up site still has slots open for Monday, Aug. 17th and Tuesday, August 18th. To obtain a COVID-19 test from Prompt MD, please go to: www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd and schedule a slot between 8 AM and 3 PM.

Additional testing sites near Hoboken are listed online.

Initial COVID-19 Testing for Employees
Employees are responsible for making their own appointments and arranging their COVID-19 diagnostic testing. To arrange a COVID PCR diagnostic test at the Riverside Medical test site at 14th Street in Hoboken, employees should call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at City Hall from Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 1 PM at 201-420-5621 to make an appointment. Appointments are available from 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday, and from 8 AM - 12 PM on every other Saturday (they will be open on August 29); the site is closed on Sundays. Insurance will be billed for testing at this site. Note: Hoboken testing options are available to employees of Hoboken-based businesses and organizations and to residents of Hoboken. Employees who are not Hoboken residents should identify themselves as employees of Stevens. 

Employees must email COVID-19 test results (including test date) to Human Resources at [email protected]. The email must include employee name, cell phone number, Stevens ID number (located on the back of your DuckCard), date of COVID-19 test, and a scanned or photographed image of the test result documentation. This information will be kept confidential. Human Resources will provide an email granting the employee permission to come to campus.

If test results are not received within this timeframe and before an employee’s planned return to campus, the employee must contact their supervisor and continue to work remotely until the test result is received. 

COVID-19 testing is a covered benefit under all Stevens medical plans. Co-pays will continue to be waived through August 31, 2020, for primary care physician and urgent care center visits when these visits are to identify possible COVID-19 infections. Lab charges will also be waived for COVID-19 testing providing it is doctor prescribed and conducted using an FDA approved test kit. 

Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Employees
Stevens is finalizing arrangements to have weekly COVID-19 testing offered on campus beginning the first week of classes. We will offer the Rutgers saliva test. An appointment system will be provided and insurance will be billed, however, Stevens will cover any costs of f on campus testing that are not covered by insurance, including copays. We will share more information about this testing option later next week. Please follow your emails carefully for this important information.

Initial COVID-19 Testing for Students
Students are responsible for making their own appointments and arranging for COVID-19 testing before coming to campus or leased properties. Students must email COVID-19 test results (including test date) to Student Health Services at [email protected]. The email must include student name, cell phone number, Stevens ID number (located on the back of your DuckCard), date of COVID-19 test, and a scanned or photographed image of the test result documentation. This information will be kept confidential. If test results are not received within this timeframe and before a student’s planned arrival to campus, please email [email protected] with information about your testing date and await further instructions. 

Students seeking COVID PCR diagnostic testing using the Riverside Medical test site at 14th Street must make an appointment. To make an appointment, please call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at City Hall from Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 1 PM at 201-420-5621 to make an appointment. Appointments are available from 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday, and from 8 AM - 12 PM on every other Saturday (they will be open on August 29); the site is closed on Sundays. Insurance will be billed for testing at this site. Note: Hoboken testing options are available to employees of Hoboken-based businesses and organizations and to residents of Hoboken. Students who live in Stevens housing should identify themselves as new residents of Hoboken, listing their address if required.

At this time, Stevens’ Student Health Insurance provided through Wellfleet through August 17, 2020 covers the cost of COVID testing under certain conditions outlined on their website. Stevens’ Student Health Insurance provided through United Healthcare from August 18, 2020 until further notice has waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing. 

Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Students
Stevens is finalizing arrangements to have weekly COVID-19 testing offered on campus beginning the first week of classes. We will offer the Rutgers saliva test. An appointment system will be provided and insurance will be billed, however, Stevens will cover any costs that are not covered by insurance, including copays. We will share more information about this testing option later next week. Please follow your emails carefully for this important information.

State of NJ Travel Advisory
Anyone entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days, even if they have received a negative COVID-19 test result. (Here is a list of those states provided by the NJ Government). The list of “hot-spot” states is evolving so check it regularly and before making any travel plans.