To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: January 26, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: Increase in Off-Campus COVID-19 Cases; On-Campus Test Results; Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates; COVID-19 Vaccine Information
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.
BNBMC Server Continues To Experience Problems
BNBMC continues to work on their server problem and you may experience difficulties scheduling a testing appointment this week. If you normally test on Wednesdays and have been unable to schedule an appointment, you may come to campus tomorrow to be tested without an appointment or you may wait until the server is available and schedule a Thursday appointment. We will keep you updated on the status of the BNBMC server.
Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases: Increase in Off-Campus Cases
Since my email of January 19, fifteen students and five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the five staff members, three have recently been working on campus and two staff members have not been on campus since the end of the fall 2020 semester. Of the fifteen students, none have been on campus recently. We are learning that students are gathering off-campus and not taking appropriate precautions such as social distancing and mask wearing. We ask that you limit gatherings to your immediate household.
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.
Update on More Contagious COVID-19 Variants
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the new COVID-19 variants are more contagious and may lead to a spike in cases. We urge you to take every precaution to avoid contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to your close contacts.
Update on Providing Insurance Information for On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
Since Stevens has changed insurance for employees to Cigna as of January 1, 2021 and some individuals may also have changed insurance, we ask that all individuals participating in on-campus testing complete or update your registration before you schedule your next appointment.
Update on COVID-19 Test Results from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC)
We have received all 516 test results from on-campus testing conducted on January 20 and 21 from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) and two were positive.
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 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 before returning to campus.
Below are upcoming dates and locations for testing:
- 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 symptoms of COVID-19, have traveled or 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 New Jersey’s COVID-19 website.
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.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and test negative at a later date or with a different test, you must still isolate for 10 days from the date of your initial positive test result.
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.
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).
Update on Eligibility and 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.
The State of New Jersey has established guidelines for distribution of the vaccine. At this time, supply is limited. We encourage faculty and staff to pre-register in order to receive the most up to date information on when you may be eligible and how to schedule an appointment.
- To pre-register in New Jersey, please use this link. For additional information about the phases and priorities, please review this website. Please check back regularly as the guidance changes often.
The State of New York has provided information here to determine if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment for the vaccine.
The City of Hoboken has launched a pre-registration process for those currently eligible for the vaccine. These groups are healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, seniors 65 years of age and older, as well as those ages 16-64 with medical conditions (as defined by the CDC that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus). More information and registration is available here.
Jersey City has provided a website with vaccine information for its residents.
Additional Resources on COVID-19