Students, Faculty and Staff Who Will Be On Campus
All students, faculty and staff who will regularly be on campus must be tested before coming to campus, and weekly thereafter. Please see below for information on receiving an initial test, and also for weekly testing thereafter. If you are teaching, conducting research, taking classes, working, or living on campus or in Stevens leased properties, you must be tested every week. If you fit this criteria and are not receiving testing emails and reminders, contact Human Resources (for employees) at [email protected] or Undergraduate Student Affairs (for undergraduate students) at [email protected] or Graduate Student Life at [email protected] to be added to the list. Those making a single, brief visit to campus should see information and protocols for visitors.
For Those Planning to Return to Campus Later in the Semester
If you fall into a group permitted to return to campus, and plan to begin to regularly visit campus later in the semester, you must start with an initial COVID-19 test no more than five days before your initial arrival on campus. Please notify Human Resources (for employees) at [email protected] or Undergraduate Student Affairs (for undergraduate students) at [email protected] or Graduate Student Life at [email protected] and inform them of the date you plan to come to campus. You will receive instructions regarding how and when to proceed with testing and your return to campus.
Initial COVID-19 Test
You must be tested for COVID-19 and submit a negative test result no more than five days before your initial arrival on campus. Test results should be submitted to [email protected] (students) or [email protected] (faculty and staff). 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. You will also be required to complete a brief educational module about COVID-19 before returning to campus.
You may use the test center of your choice for your initial test. Local testing sites near Hoboken are listed online. Anyone entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should 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 before traveling to NJ. At present time there are no state quarantine restrictions on people arriving from countries outside the U.S.; however, all members of the Stevens community arriving from international locations should consult state and federal requirements before arrival and check here for more information. Any student, faculty or staff member testing positive for COVID-19 should isolate, report the test result to Stevens Student Health Services, and follow the appropriate procedures.
At present, students and employees who would like a rapid COVID PCR diagnostic test at the Riverside Medical test site at 14th Street should call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at City Hall from Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 201-420-5621 to make an appointment. Be sure to identify yourself as a Stevens employee or resident of Hoboken, as appropriate. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, and from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. every other Saturday; the site is closed on Sundays. Insurance will be billed for testing at this site, and those tested are responsible for any costs not covered by insurance.
Employees (including student employees only on campus for work purposes) should email COVID-19 test results to Human Resources at [email protected] and students should email COVID-19 test results to Student Health Services at [email protected]. The email must include a 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. Employees whose test results are not received within this timeframe and before their planned return to campus must contact their supervisor and continue to work remotely until the test result is received. Students may not come on campus until the negative test result is confirmed received.
If you plan to use the on campus COVID-19 testing option described below for your initial test, you may visit the campus testing location during your appointment time for testing and must return home immediately after testing to wait for your results. Do not visit any other areas of the campus until you receive a negative test result.
Weekly On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
Stevens is providing a convenient on-campus testing option through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) for our community to ensure that there is a quick, easy, affordable and reliable way to test and monitor results for a large number of individuals. BNBMC will provide results directly to the tested individual and to Stevens and this process eliminates the administrative burden of tracking and communicating results to a large group. Those tested on campus do not need to send their results to Stevens, as the university will receive them from BNBMC.
The Rutgers’ RUCDR SARS-CoV-2 saliva test will be administered by staff from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in the parking lot next to the Student Wellness Center. Testing will be available on Wednesday and Thursday of each week, and appointments are required. The schedule may be adjusted for holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving). Please arrange your schedule to be available for testing on Wednesday or Thursday each week. Please note that this is not a rapid test; results are expected to be available in 72 hours.
Insurance and Costs
Your insurance will be billed for tests administered on campus; however, any costs that are not covered by insurance will be covered by Stevens.
Step 1: Register for Testing
If you were already tested on campus, you do not need to register again – you can skip to Step 2: Schedule an Appointment.
- You must have your insurance information and a form of identification (State Driver’s or Non-Driver’s License, Stevens DuckCard etc.) available. If you have insurance through Stevens and have not yet received your insurance card, please enter “Stevens Insurance” where you are asked for “Name of Insurance.”
- Register for your saliva test online. The link to register for a test is being sent to all who are required to undergo weekly testing. If you intend to come to campus, have not received the registration email, and need to be added to the testing group, 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].
- Please note that the registration survey engine follows all necessary requirements of HIPAA and has all required safeguards in place.
- It is important that each field in the registration survey is completed in its entirety to ensure a complete registration. If you encounter any difficulty during registration please email: [email protected].
Step 2: Schedule an Appointment
Do not proceed to Step 2 until Step 1 is complete.
- Schedule an appointment online. The appointment scheduling link will be shared via email with everyone who has followed the step above and registered.
- Testing will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- To schedule an appointment, select the date, then the time, and then enter your name, email, and phone number. Then Click on ‘book.’ You may enter multiple appointments for the month.
- You will receive an email confirmation for testing. You must present this email at check-in on the day you arrive for testing.
- The appointment schedule will close 24 hours prior to the day of testing, and appointments will not be able to be changed. If you have an urgent need to change your appointment after the scheduling system has closed, please report to the testing site on campus during testing hours and inform the staff. You may have a longer wait time, but you will be able to be tested.
Step 3: Planning For Your Test: When to Arrive and What to Expect
It is important not to eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for 30 minutes before arriving at the testing site.
It is important that you arrive during your scheduled appointment time (completed in Step 2). If you are late for your appointment or must reschedule and the appointment scheduling system has closed, please report to the testing site on campus during testing hours and inform the staff. You may have a longer wait time, but you will be able to be tested.
When you arrive for testing you will be greeted by a member of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center’s Mobile COVID Team, who will confirm your demographic and contact information. Make sure you have an ID with you to confirm your identity. Once your identity is confirmed, a medical staff member will review the testing directions with you and provide you with a testing kit.
You will then be directed to have a seat in the testing area. Once you have completed your test, you will drop your sample off, and exit the testing site.
Please review this video to learn more about how the test process will work.
Results and Repeat Testing
BNBMC will provide results through a secure portal that can be accessed by the tested individual, by Stevens Health Services and by the Hoboken Health Department within 72 hours after testing. If your test result is positive, you will receive a call and an email from BNBMC. You will be required to self-isolate and provide information regarding your close contacts.
To access your test results, you can login using the email invitation sent from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center or via this link to the portal.
For any questions on how to register for the portal or access your test results, contact [email protected].
For subsequent testing days you will receive an email each week with information that will allow you to schedule a time for your next weekly test.
Alternate Testing Sites for Weekly Testing
We understand that some individuals may wish to arrange for their own weekly testing. While we are strongly encouraging members of our community to take advantage of this on campus testing option, we will accept test results from other testing providers. Employees (including student employees) can send results to [email protected] and students to [email protected].
Results from testing sites other than the BNBMC testing site at Stevens must be received by Stevens by Sunday at noon each week. While your insurance may cover the cost of testing at other sites, Stevens will only cover the cost of testing after insurance for tests conducted at the BNBMC testing site on campus.
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 New Jersey residents, the State of New Jersey 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 Health Center (see below).
Students, Faculty & Staff Who May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
Students, faculty and staff must notify Student Health Services immediately if a close contact or family member tests positive for COVID-19.
These individuals will be provided guidance to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms and may be required to be tested for COVID-19; self-isolate at home or, if a residential student, in your residence hall room; or quarantine, based on health department guidance.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Stevens students, faculty or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate and notify Stevens Health Services via phone immediately for further instructions. These individuals may be required to quarantine at home or, if a residential student, in a designated room provided by Stevens.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 must also provide information about close contacts who may have been exposed to the virus, in order to allow for contact tracing. Stevens will follow privacy guidance from local and state governmental authorities and will not release the names of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Close contacts of these individuals will be notified that they have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must be re-tested at a later date and may not leave quarantine until permission is granted by a health professional and by Stevens Student Health Services.
Students seeking COVID PCR diagnostic testing in the Hoboken area or with rapid, same-day results should consider using the Riverside Medical test site at 14th Street. To make an appointment, please call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at City Hall from Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 201-420-5621 to make an appointment. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, and from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays; the site is closed on Sundays. Insurance will be billed for testing at this site.
Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must provide information on their close contacts so that these contacts can be notified to take health precautions.
Due to privacy regulations, the names of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will not be shared.
If relevant, the university will share available information including recollections of the infected individual, attendance records, seating charts and information from roommates and teammates in order to identify close contacts. Stevens will follow privacy guidance from local and state governmental authorities with this information, assisting the State of New Jersey and Hoboken Health Department in tracing close contacts of those in the Stevens community who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Stevens may also utilize a third-party vendor to provide contract tracing services if needed.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing Guidelines
Stevens will not require nor rely upon COVID-19 antibody testing at this time. If antibody testing becomes more reliable, Stevens may require antibody testing in the future.
Faculty, staff and students who choose to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, regardless of the results of the test, are still required to comply with Stevens' COVID-19 guidelines including COVID-19 PCR testing, wearing face coverings, social distancing, temperature monitoring and frequent hand washing.