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To:  Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From:  Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date:   December 29, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Additional COVID-19 Cases and On-Campus Test Results; Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates; Testing Options for Off-Campus Local Students; COVID-19 Vaccine Update  

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.

If you have traveled during the holidays or have gathered with those outside your immediate household, we urge you to be tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine until you receive your results.

Update on Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in phases according to priorities set by the CDC and the State of NJ. Healthcare workers and medical staff who are in direct contact with patients as well as nursing home residents and their caregivers have been the first groups to receive the vaccine and are in Phase 1A. In line with these guidelines, Stevens’ Student Health Services staff members have received their first dose of the vaccine and expect to receive the second dose by February 1.

Phase 1B of vaccination will include frontline essential workers and individuals over 75 and 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. Following these phases, the general public (Phase 2) will be eligible for vaccination.

For additional information about the phases and priorities, please review this document: https://nj.gov/health/legal/covid19/NJ%20Interim%20COVID-19%20Vaccination%20Plan%20- %20Revised%2012-15-20.pdf.

We are in close contact with the State of NJ and the Hoboken Department of Health and will provide additional information as it becomes available. Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases

Since my email of December 22, four students and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the six staff members, five have been working on campus and one was working remotely. Of the four students, all were studying on campus.

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 will continue to require 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 328 of the 333 tests from on-campus testing conducted on Monday, December 21 from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) and seven were positive. We expect to receive the remaining five test results shortly.

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 Thursday, January 7 th or Friday, January 8 th . Testing will only be offered on those two mornings that week. If you are no longer coming to campus, 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, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have also completed their isolation period and are asymptomatic, are not required to re-test for COVID-19 for 90 days from the date of a positive test or onset of illness. Evidence to date suggests that reinfection does not occur within this 90 day window. Please contact Student Health Services if you are uncertain about when you must resume weekly testing.

December and January 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 student employees who have left campus must be tested 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 7 and 8 (Thursday and Friday):  (9 am – 12 pm ) Walker Gym
January 13 and 14:  (9 am – 12 pm) Walker Gym
January 20 and 21:  (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm) Walker Gym
January 27 and 28:  (9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm) Walker Gym

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

Students, faculty and staff coming to campus who require weekly testing but are unable to test on-campus at any point must make arrangements to be tested off-campus and submit results online at https://my.stevens.edu/covidtest

Off-Campus COVID-19 Testing For Local Students Living in Hoboken

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

Since appointments may be difficult to secure and lines can be long at walk-in locations, Stevens has asked Riverside Medical to prioritize rapid testing for local Stevens students.  Stevens students may call Riverside Medical between the hours of 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays at (862) 262-2614 beginning Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 5 for assistance with scheduling an appointment.  Riverside Medical accepts most health insurance.  If you test positive, please self-isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216- 5678 or [email protected]  

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

New Jersey has recently changed its requirements for quarantine. At this time, travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) must self-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after arrival.  No person who is required to quarantine pursuant to this restriction will be permitted on Stevens’ campus until the conclusion of such quarantine and COVID-19 testing.  Check here for updates.

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