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To:  Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From:  Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: January 12, 2021   
Subject: Additional COVID-19 Cases and On-Campus Test Results; Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates; COVID-19 Vaccine Information; 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 with those outside your immediate household.

Update on Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine

Each state has developed its own guidelines and distribution system for COVID-19 vaccines. While anyone working, living or being educated in New Jersey can receive the vaccine in New Jersey, you should check with the state where you reside to determine if you may be able to access the vaccine more quickly in your home state.

New Jersey Vaccine Guidance

  • You are eligible to receive the vaccine in New Jersey if you live, work, or are being educated in New Jersey and can self-identify as meeting the criteria for the current sub-phase, as described below.
  • We encourage you to pre-register for the vaccine even if you are not yet eligible, so that you are notified as soon as you become eligible. Please use this link: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/.
  • If you are coming to campus to work, take hybrid/in-person classes or to attend athletic practice or competition, you will still be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 even after you are vaccinated. After you receive the COVID-19 vaccine (both doses), please retain a copy of your documentation. 
  • At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in phases according to priorities set by the State of New Jersey. Those in Phase 1A and some individuals in Phase 1B are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Phase 1A: Individuals in Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as residents and staff of long-term congregate settings.
  • Certain individuals in Phase 1B includes sworn law enforcement, fire professionals, and other first responders (including search and rescue and similar personnel not included in Phase 1A under the health care professional definition). These professions, as first responders, are the first priority group within Phase 1B.
  • An announcement from the State of New Jersey regarding when additional frontline essential workers and individuals at high risk will be eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B and Phase 1C will be forthcoming.
  • Phase 1C will include other essential workers, adults 65-74 and persons aged 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.
  • Phase 2 will include the general public. 
  • For additional information about the phases and priorities, please review this website: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine Please check back regularly as the guidance changes often.

New York State Vaccine Guidance

Guidelines for New York State can be found here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

  • As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.
  • To determine if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment, check here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
  • If you are coming to campus to work, take hybrid/in-person classes or to attend athletic practice or competition, you will still be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 even after you are vaccinated. After you receive the COVID-19 vaccine (both doses), please retain a copy of your documentation. 

Hoboken Vaccine Guidance

  • The City of Hoboken has launched a pre-registration process for seniors in Hoboken to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. All Hoboken seniors 65 years of age and up are invited to register with the City at http://www.hobokennj.gov/seniors.
  • Seniors will become eligible to receive the vaccine once the State of New Jersey moves into the next 1B and 1C phases of vaccinations. It has not been announced by the State if the 1B phase will include seniors ages 65 and up or restricted to 75 and up; however, the registration process will allow the City of Hoboken and medical partners, including Riverside Medical Group and Hoboken University Medical Center, to begin scheduling vaccine appointments to seniors without a substantial delay.

Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases

Since my email of January 5, three students and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the four staff members, one has recently been working on campus and three staff members have not been on campus since December. Of the three students, two were studying on campus in the fall but have not been on campus recently and one student is studying remotely and has not been on campus since March 2020.

All COVID-19 positive individuals are isolating and their close contacts have been identified and notified to quarantine. In cases where students have attended classes or employees have been on campus, their classmates, instructors and co-workers who are not close contacts but who may have had minimal contact have been notified to monitor their health for symptoms and continue weekly testing. Please be aware that Stevens has a robust protocol for disinfecting areas on campus where those who test positive for COVID-19 reside, take classes or work. This is in addition to the cleaning already in place.

The CDC recently revised its guidelines and shortened the amount of time required for quarantine. However, since Hoboken and the surrounding communities are seeing increases in COVID-19 infection and are considered “hotspots,” the Hoboken Health Department continues to recommend that those exposed to COVID-19 positive individuals quarantine for the full 14 days. 

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

We have received all 376 test results from on-campus testing conducted on January 7 and 8 from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) and two were positive. 

If you will be coming to campus during the Winter break, please remember to register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing from 9 am – 12 pm on Wednesday, January 13 or Thursday, January 14. Testing will only be offered on two mornings this week. If you are not coming to campus in January, you may continue to come to campus to be tested, however, you are not required to be tested until the week before your planned return to campus and then weekly thereafter.

Based on CDC guidance, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have completed the isolation period and no longer have COVID-19 symptoms, you are not required to be tested for COVID-19 for 90 days after your positive COVID-19 test date. Evidence to date suggests that reinfection does not occur within this time window. Please contact Student Health Services if you are uncertain about when you must resume weekly testing. 

January and February On-Campus Testing Dates and Locations

COVID-19 testing will continue to be provided on campus throughout the Winter break and Winter Intersession for students, faculty and staff who have been coming to campus regularly during the Fall semester and those remaining on campus through the Winter Break and Winter Intersession. Faculty, staff, and students who have left campus must be tested and receive a negative test result prior to returning to campus. You may be tested on campus or may use an off-site testing location and submit a negative test result online at https://my.stevens.edu/covidtest before returning to campus. 

Please remember to register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing. 

Below are upcoming dates and locations for testing: 
January 13 and 14: (Wednesday and Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm) Walker Gym
January 20 and 21: (Wednesday and Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm) Walker Gym
January 27 and 28: (Wednesday and Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm) Walker Gym
February 1: (Monday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 8 pm) Walker Gym
February 3: (Wednesday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 4: (Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 8: (Monday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 8 pm) Walker Gym
February 10: (Wednesday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 11: (Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 15: (Monday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 8 pm) Walker Gym
February 17: (Wednesday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 18: (Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 22: (Monday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 8 pm) Walker Gym
February 24: (Wednesday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym
February 25: (Thursday) (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm) Walker Gym

If you are experiencing difficulty in accessing your test results through the portal, please contact [email protected] for support.

Off-Campus COVID-19 Testing

If you have traveled or have gathered with those outside your immediate household, we urge you to be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine until you receive your results. The City of Hoboken is offering COVID-19 testing for Hoboken residents at several locations. 

Stevens maintains a list of local, off-campus test sites on the Student Health Services website. Additionally, the State of New Jersey has a comprehensive testing website that provides information about testing options throughout the state. 

State of NJ Guidance on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

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 is treated as a single “room”. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 25. For more detailed information, please review https://covid19.nj.gov/.

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

Students, faculty and staff traveling from states, countries and territories outside the immediate region (NY, CT, PA and DE) to New Jersey need two negative COVID-19 tests – one negative test 1-3 days before travel and another negative test 3-5 days after travel. After arrival in NJ, individuals must quarantine until they receive the second negative result, and then must continue to quarantine until they have quarantined for seven days from when they arrived in NJ. A negative test result must be submitted online before arrival to Stevens. 

Individuals who receive a positive test result from their first or second test should isolate for ten days from the date of the test, refrain from travel and notify Student Health Services.

 Check here for updates since this information may change.

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. 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