8/30/20: Health Advisory: Update on COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Testing Requirements and States on the NJ Quarantine List

To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: August 30, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Update on COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Testing Requirements and States on the NJ Quarantine List

Please review the important information below as we work together to promote a stronger, safer Stevens. Please remember to abide by the Stevens Health Honor Code whether you are on or off campus and follow all requirements, including wearing a face mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Update on COVID-19 Positive Cases

Stevens Student Health Services has not received any notifications of positive COVID-19 test results since my last email to you.
If any member of the Stevens community tests positive for COVID-19 or has had 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].

We want to remind all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel, as well as gatherings and activities that might put you at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. As we continue the phased reopening of our campus, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or others at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing: Who Must Be Tested and How Often

All faculty, students and staff who will be on campus this fall must be tested for COVID-19 no more than five days before coming to campus for the first time and each week thereafter.

My office has received information from various offices on campus responsible for monitoring the faculty, staff and students who are coming to campus. On Friday and Saturday, using that information, I emailed approximately 1,500 students, faculty and staff members, who will be on campus, informing them of the process to get their initial test and to schedule weekly on-campus testing. 

Students and employees who are currently on campus have already received their initial negative COVID-19 test results and also received the email to schedule their weekly tests starting next week.

If you are planning to be on campus this semester, and did not receive an email from me regarding testing, 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] to discuss your status and to determine if COVID-19 testing is required. Please do not come to campus or attend class without providing a negative test result to Stevens at [email protected] (for students) and at [email protected] (for employees) and receiving permission to come to campus.

If your first time on campus will be later in the semester, you must be tested for COVID-19 no more than five days before you arrival on campus and submit the test results to Stevens at [email protected] (for students) and at [email protected] (for employees). Once your test results are received, you receive an email granting permission for you to come to campus and you will be included in the weekly testing group thereafter. 

COVID-19 Testing On Campus

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. The Rutgers’ RUCDR SARS-CoV-2 saliva test will be administered by staff from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Your insurance will be billed for the test, however, any costs that are not covered by your insurance will be covered by Stevens.

BNBMC will provide results directly to the tested individual, to Stevens Student Health Services and to the Hoboken Health Department through a secure portal. You will receive information about how to access the portal at the time of testing. This process eliminates the administrative burden of tracking and communicating results to a large group.

COVID-19 testing is offered on campus each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays in a tented area of the parking lot next to the Student Wellness Center. The testing schedule may be adjusted for holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving). Students, faculty and staff who are required to be tested weekly will receive an email each Thursday that will provide information for you to schedule your testing appointment for the following week.

If you plan to use the on-campus COVID-19 testing option for your initial test, you may visit the BNBMC 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.

COVID-19 Testing at Other Testing Sites

While we strongly encourage members of our community to take advantage of the on-campus testing option, we will accept test results from other testing providers. Students can send results to [email protected] and employees to [email protected]. Test results from testing sites other than the BNBMC testing site at Stevens must be received 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. 

Updated Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from 31 States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut recently revised the list of states and territories with high rates of COVID-19. 

Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from these states and territories are required to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after their arrival. This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state or territory with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive on a seven-day rolling average. 

Currently, the thirty-one states and territories that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin. This list will be updated each week. Check here for updates: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

We strongly urge all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel to these states and territories. No person who is required to quarantine pursuant to this restriction will be permitted on the Stevens campus or leased properties until the conclusion of such quarantine and COVID-19 testing. If you are currently working on campus or are planning to come to campus during the phased reopening plan and have recently traveled from a high risk state or territory, please remain at home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Health Services to receive guidance regarding quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Sign Up for Stevens Alerts

Please sign up for Stevens Alerts at https://www.stevens.edu/alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations. Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements. If you have already signed up, please review your information to be sure that it is up to date.

Additional Resources on COVID-19


8/21/20: Health Advisory: Two States Added to the NJ Quarantine List

To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: August 21, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Two States Added to the NJ Quarantine List

Updated Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut recently revised the list of states and territories with high rates of COVID-19. Alaska and Delaware have returned to the list of states under the Travel Advisory.

Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from these states and territories are required to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after their arrival. This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state or territory with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive on a seven-day rolling average. 

Currently, the thirty-three states and two territories that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin. This list will be updated each week.

We strongly urge all members of our community to follow this guidance and to avoid non-essential travel to these states and territories. 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. If you are currently working on campus or are planning to return to campus during Stevens’ phased reopening plan and have visited a high risk state or territory, please remain at home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Health Services to receive guidance regarding quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements. 

For more information on New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, you may view governor Murphy’s daily briefing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8YwF0eRl9E5lpGj8OaiLg

COVID-19 Update
If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

We want to remind all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel, as well as gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. As we begin the phased reopening of our campus, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

Additional Resources
Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:

Please sign up for Stevens Alerts at https://www.stevens.edu/alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations. Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements.

The Stevens Emergency Management Team (EMT) continues to monitor this situation and is committed to providing our community with the best information we have and supporting our students, faculty and staff members at this challenging time.

Please stay safe and healthy.


8/16/20: Health Advisory: One New COVID-19 Positive Case and COVID-19 Testing Updates

To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: August 16, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: One New COVID-19 Positive Case and COVID-19 Testing Updates

COVID-19 Update
We have had one report of a student testing positive for COVID-19. The student is asymptomatic, isolating at home and was last on campus in March.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

We want to remind all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel, as well as gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. As we continue the phased reopening of our campus, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement Reminder
In order to promote a safer, stronger community, Stevens has put a COVID-19 testing requirement in place. Before returning to campus, all students, faculty and staff must be tested for COVID-19 (diagnostic test) no more than 5 days in advance of their planned return to campus and quarantine until the results are received. 

In addition, Stevens is requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of all students, faculty and staff who are coming to campus. We are finalizing arrangements to have this testing offered on campus beginning the first week of classes. We will offer the Rutgers saliva test. An appointment system will be provided and insurance will be billed, however, Stevens will cover any costs of on campus testing that are not covered by insurance, including copays. We will share more information about this testing option later next week. Please follow your emails carefully for this important information.

Temporary Shortage of Rapid COVID-19 Tests at Riverside Medical in Hoboken
The City of Hoboken has informed the Hoboken community of a nation-wide shortage of rapid COVID-19 tests. The Riverside Medical Test Site at 14th Street does not have rapid tests available at this time, but they are confident that they will be re-stocked in the near future. Until the rapid tests are back in supply, they are currently offering a PCR test with a several day turnaround. Advance appointments are required; please contact their CERT line for an appointment as listed on the Stronger. Safer. Stevens. website

Prompt MD in Hoboken is also offering a PCR test with a three-day turnaround for Hoboken residents at a pop-up location at 605 Jackson Street. The Prompt MD pop-up site still has slots open for Monday, Aug. 17th and Tuesday, August 18th. To obtain a COVID-19 test from Prompt MD, please go to: www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd and schedule a slot between 8 AM and 3 PM.

Additional testing sites near Hoboken are listed online.

Initial COVID-19 Testing for Employees
Employees are responsible for making their own appointments and arranging their COVID-19 diagnostic testing. To arrange a COVID PCR diagnostic test at the Riverside Medical test site at 14th Street in Hoboken, employees should call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at City Hall from Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 1 PM at 201-420-5621 to make an appointment. Appointments are available from 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday, and from 8 AM - 12 PM on every other Saturday (they will be open on August 29); the site is closed on Sundays. Insurance will be billed for testing at this site. Note: Hoboken testing options are available to employees of Hoboken-based businesses and organizations and to residents of Hoboken. Employees who are not Hoboken residents should identify themselves as employees of Stevens. 

Employees must email COVID-19 test results (including test date) to Human Resources at [email protected]. The email must include employee 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. This information will be kept confidential. Human Resources will provide an email granting the employee permission to come to campus.

If test results are not received within this timeframe and before an employee’s planned return to campus, the employee must contact their supervisor and continue to work remotely until the test result is received. 

COVID-19 testing is a covered benefit under all Stevens medical plans. Co-pays will continue to be waived through August 31, 2020, for primary care physician and urgent care center visits when these visits are to identify possible COVID-19 infections. Lab charges will also be waived for COVID-19 testing providing it is doctor prescribed and conducted using an FDA approved test kit. 

Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Employees
Stevens is finalizing arrangements to have weekly COVID-19 testing offered on campus beginning the first week of classes. We will offer the Rutgers saliva test. An appointment system will be provided and insurance will be billed, however, Stevens will cover any costs of f on campus testing that are not covered by insurance, including copays. We will share more information about this testing option later next week. Please follow your emails carefully for this important information.

Initial COVID-19 Testing for Students
Students are responsible for making their own appointments and arranging for COVID-19 testing before coming to campus or leased properties. Students must email COVID-19 test results (including test date) to Student Health Services at [email protected]. The email must include student 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. This information will be kept confidential. If test results are not received within this timeframe and before a student’s planned arrival to campus, please email [email protected] with information about your testing date and await further instructions. 

Students seeking COVID PCR diagnostic testing using the Riverside Medical test site at 14th Street must make an appointment. To make an appointment, please call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at City Hall from Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 1 PM at 201-420-5621 to make an appointment. Appointments are available from 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday, and from 8 AM - 12 PM on every other Saturday (they will be open on August 29); the site is closed on Sundays. Insurance will be billed for testing at this site. Note: Hoboken testing options are available to employees of Hoboken-based businesses and organizations and to residents of Hoboken. Students who live in Stevens housing should identify themselves as new residents of Hoboken, listing their address if required.

At this time, Stevens’ Student Health Insurance provided through Wellfleet through August 17, 2020 covers the cost of COVID testing under certain conditions outlined on their website. Stevens’ Student Health Insurance provided through United Healthcare from August 18, 2020 until further notice has waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing. 

Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Students
Stevens is finalizing arrangements to have weekly COVID-19 testing offered on campus beginning the first week of classes. We will offer the Rutgers saliva test. An appointment system will be provided and insurance will be billed, however, Stevens will cover any costs that are not covered by insurance, including copays. We will share more information about this testing option later next week. Please follow your emails carefully for this important information.

State of NJ Travel Advisory
Anyone entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 must 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 regularly and before making any travel plans.


8/11/20: Health Advisory: One Positive COVID-19 Case and Thirty-One States, along with Two Territories Are Now on the NJ Quarantine List

To: The Stevens Community
From: Louis J. Mayer, CFO, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Date: August 11, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: One Positive COVID-19 Case and Thirty-One States, along with Two Territories Are Now on the NJ Quarantine List

Updated Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from States and Territories with High Rates of COVID-19
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut recently revised the list of states and territories with high rates of COVID-19. Hawaii, South Dakota, and the Virgin Islands were added to the list, while Alaska, Ohio, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington were removed.

Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from these states and territories are required to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after their arrival. This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state or territory with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive on a seven-day rolling average. 

Currently, the thirty one states and two territories that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin. This list will be updated each week.

We strongly urge all members of our community to follow this guidance and to avoid non-essential travel to these states and territories. 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. If you are currently working on campus or are planning to return to campus during Stevens’ phased reopening plan and have visited a high risk state or territory, please remain at home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Health Services to receive guidance regarding quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements. 

For more information on New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, you may view governor Murphy’s daily briefing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8YwF0eRl9E5lpGj8OaiLg

COVID-19 Update
Stevens Student Health Services has been informed of one new COVID-19 case since my last email. The individual is a student who has not been on campus since March 2020 and is currently recovering at home.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

We want to remind all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel, as well as gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. As we begin the phased reopening of our campus, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

Additional Resources
Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:

Please sign up for Stevens Alerts at https://www.stevens.edu/alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations. Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements.

The Stevens Emergency Management Team (EMT) continues to monitor this situation and is committed to providing our community with the best information we have and supporting our students, faculty and staff members at this challenging time.

Please stay safe and healthy.


8/4/20: Health Advisory: Thirty-Five States Are Now on the NJ Quarantine List

To: The Stevens Community
From: Louis J. Mayer, CFO, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Date:  August 4, 2020 
Subject:  Health Advisory: Thirty-Five States Are Now on the NJ Quarantine List 

Updated Guidance on Travel to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from States with High Rates of COVID-19

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut recently revised the list of states with high rates of COVID-19.  Rhode Island was added to the list.  Delaware and District of Columbia were removed from the list.

Individuals traveling to NJ, NY and CT from these states are required to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 approximately five days after their arrival.  This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive on a seven-day rolling average. 

Currently, the thirty five states and jurisdictions that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. This list will be updated each week.

We strongly urge all members of our community to follow this guidance and to avoid non-essential travel to these states.  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.  If you are currently working on campus or are planning to return to campus during Stevens’ phased reopening plan and have visited a high risk state, please remain at home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Health Services to receive guidance regarding quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements. 

For more information on New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, you may view governor Murphy’s daily briefing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8YwF0eRl9E5lpGj8OaiLg

COVID-19 Update
We have not had any new reports of COVID-19 infection or positive test results from members of our community since the last email on this issue.

If any member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].

We want to remind all members of our community to avoid non-essential travel, as well as gatherings and activities that might put them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection.  As we begin the phased reopening of our campus, it is the responsibility of each member of our community to avoid activities that might put themselves or members of their communities at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.

Additional Resources
Other useful information related to COVID-19 may be found at:

Please sign up for Stevens Alerts at https://www.stevens.edu/alerts, which is the system Stevens uses to notify our community of time-sensitive, urgent situations.  Stevens Alerts is used only to transmit urgent and emergency notifications, not routine campus announcements.

The Stevens Emergency Management Team (EMT) continues to monitor this situation and is committed to providing our community with the best information we have and supporting our students, faculty and staff members at this challenging time.

Please stay safe and healthy.