To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: April 6, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: Updated NJ Travel Guidance; COVID-19 Test Results; Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates; 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.
New Guidance on Travel to and from New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health recently issued new COVID-19 travel guidance that follows updated travel recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine and persons who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months who are traveling domestically within the United States do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before or after travel to New Jersey and do not need to self-quarantine upon return.
In addition, certain categories of visitors whose travel is essential may visit New Jersey for less than 24 hours without quarantining or testing. Please review State travel guidelines as you consider your plans.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated and do not meet requirements for an exemption should continue to quarantine for seven days and test 3-5 days after their return to NJ if they have traveled outside the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware). All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff returning from travel must follow these guidelines and submit a negative test result online before arrival at Stevens.
State travel guidelines, including information for domestic and international travel for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, are available online. Please check this page before making any travel arrangements as this information may change.
Update on Weekly Testing for Vaccinated Individuals Coming to Campus
After consulting with our health advisors at Hackensack Meridian Health, Stevens will no longer require that fully vaccinated faculty and staff participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. To qualify for a release from testing, fully vaccinated faculty and staff must provide a record of COVID-19 vaccination to Stevens via Workday (see instructions below). An announcement regarding fully vaccinated students will be shared later this week.
Stevens follows CDC guidance to determine the definition of fully vaccinated for each type of vaccine. Based on this guidance, fully vaccinated means:
- Two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it has been less than two weeks since your single-dose shot or since your second shot in a two-dose series, or if you still need to get your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, you are not fully protected and should continue to practice all prevention steps, including participating in the weekly testing, until you are fully vaccinated.
Information about COVID-19 Vaccines, Eligibility and Registration for Vaccination
Higher education faculty and staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, Governor Murphy announced that all individuals ages 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning April 19.
For more information about eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations, and to preregister for a vaccination, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
Providing A Record of COVID-19 Vaccine (Employees)
The Division of Human Resources is collecting evidence of vaccination from employees so that Stevens can remain informed about the health and welfare of its community and make informed decisions concerning the densification of the campus.
All faculty and staff who have received both the first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should promptly submit evidence of the vaccination (such as a CDC-issued vaccination card), including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, to the Division of Human Resources through Workday. For instructions on how to submit your documents, please click on this link. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential.
No one will be asked to provide, and no one should provide, any medical or genetic information with their proof of vaccination. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential. Stevens will not share information about employees’ vaccination status with anyone except those who need to know for purposes of contact tracing.
Vaccinated Employees and Students Must Continue to Follow All COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines, Policies and Procedures on Campus
COVID-19 vaccination is a critical component of Stevens’ efforts to support a safe and healthy campus and reduce COVID-19 transmission, which is in addition to, and not a replacement for, other COVID-19 mitigation efforts on campus. Therefore, after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, all employees must continue to follow all COVID-19 prevention guidelines on campus, including:
- Wearing a mask
- Engaging in social distancing
- Weekly COVID-19 testing (for individuals not yet fully vaccinated)
- Regularly checking Stevens’ COVID-19 website for updated guidance and information
Please note that fully vaccinated people still must complete a fourteen-day quarantine following exposure to COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines
The CDC has emphasized the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and their effectiveness in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine website, available here, provides up-to-date, current vaccine information. Individuals who live outside of New Jersey may receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey if they are eligible or they may receive the COVID-19 vaccination in their home state if they are eligible there. Individuals can register for a vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, available here.
The State of New York has provided information to determine if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment for the vaccine; check here.
The City of Hoboken has launched a pre-registration process for those currently eligible for the vaccine. More information and registration are available here.
Jersey City has provided a website with vaccine information for its residents, located here.
Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases
Since my email on March 30th, 31 students and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Six of the COVID-19 positive students and both positive staff members have been on campus recently; the rest are studying or working remotely.
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 COVID-19 Test Results from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC)
We have received 2,076 test results from on-campus testing conducted from March 29 - April 2 through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) and 13 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 should not 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 should resume weekly testing.
Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates and Locations
COVID-19 testing will continue to be provided on campus for students, faculty and staff who come to campus regularly during the spring semester. You may choose to 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 coming to campus.
If you arrive without an appointment, you will be asked to schedule an appointment later in the day or on another day. To avoid that outcome, please register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment in advance for on-campus COVID-19 testing.
Appointments are not needed for in-season athletes testing on Friday mornings.
Please remember to refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes before your test to ensure the most accurate results. The BNBMC staff will require individuals who eat or drink within 30 minutes of their test to reschedule their test at a later time.
Below are upcoming dates for testing. All testing is conducted in Walker Gym.
- April 7: (Wednesday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 5pm)
- April 8: (Thursday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm)
- April 9: (Friday) (7am – 10am) (In-Season Athletes only)
- April 12: (Monday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 6pm)
- April 14: (Wednesday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 5pm)
- April 15: (Thursday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm)
- April 16: (Friday) (7am – 10am) (In-Season Athletes only)
- April 19: (Monday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 6pm)
- April 21: (Wednesday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 5pm)
- April 22: (Thursday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm)
- April 23: (Friday) (7am – 10am) (In-Season Athletes only)
- April 26: (Monday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 6pm)
- April 28: (Wednesday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 5pm)
- April 29: (Thursday) (9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm)
- April 30: (Friday) (7am – 10am) (In-Season Athletes only)
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 and outdoor gatherings. For more detailed information, please review https://covid19.nj.gov/. The majority of COVID-19 cases we are seeing at Stevens involve individuals gathering indoors with others or traveling out of state; we encourage you to continue to gather only with those in your household and to wear masks and social distance when gathering with individuals outside of your household.
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 or the same test, you must still isolate for 10 days from the date of your initial positive test result. The CDC revised its guidelines and shortened the amount of time required for quarantine. However, since Hoboken and the surrounding communities are continuing to see increases in COVID-19 infection, 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).
Additional Resources on COVID-19