To: The Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: September 1, 2020
Subject: Health Advisory: Update on COVID-19 Positivity Rate and Recent Change to 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 on or off campus and follow all requirements, including wearing a face mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing. Also, a reminder that only the members of our community who have submitted an initial negative COVID-19 test result and who are participating in weekly COVID-19 testing are permitted to be on-campus at this time.
As we anticipate and plan for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, please avoid non-essential travel (especially to the 33 states identified by NJ as having a high risk of COVID-19) 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 Update on Positive Cases
Stevens Student Health Services has not received any notifications of positive COVID-19 test results since my last email to you.
Of the 148 students, faculty and staff who were tested on campus on Thursday, August 27, all were negative – a zero positivity rate.
1,250 students, faculty and staff have registered and will be tested for COVID-19 on campus on Wednesday, September 2nd and Thursday, September 3rd. I will report on the positivity rate from those testing dates to the community on Tuesday, September 8th and each Tuesday thereafter.
If any member of our 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].
COVID-19 Testing Update
Registration is closed for on-campus testing for Wednesday, September 2nd and Thursday, September 3rd. If you will be coming to campus and did not register and make an appointment for your on-campus weekly COVID-19 test, you must arrange for your own testing off campus. While your insurance may cover the cost of testing off campus, Stevens will only cover the cost of testing after insurance for tests conducted at the BNBMC testing site on campus.
Students must send results to [email protected] and employees to [email protected]. Results from testing sites other than the BNBMC testing site on campus at Stevens must be received by Stevens by Sunday at noon each week.
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 your arrival on campus and submit the test results to Stevens at [email protected] (for students) and at [email protected] (for employees). Once your negative test results are received, you receive an email granting permission for you to come to campus and will be included in the weekly testing group thereafter.
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-three states and territories that are impacted by this requirement are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, 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. Check here for updates.
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 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.
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Returning to Campus: A Stronger, Safer Stevens Website
Use this link for more information about Stevens’ Return to Campus Plan.
Additional Resources on COVID-19
- U.S. State Department
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- The New Jersey Department of Health
- State of New Jersey COVID-19 Website
- NJ Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Cases 24-hour public hotline: 800-222-1222