COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
Attention NJCU Community:
We have reached one year since our nation began facing COVID-19 shutdowns. In our ongoing commitment to timely and open communications, the purpose of this weekly update is to provide continual information on cases within our community and pertinent news to our campus — while also distributing important updates from the city, county, state and federal governments — and helpful guidelines. Last night, President Biden addressed the nation discussing the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 shutdowns and that video can be watched below in our weekly communication. The President provided important news regarding vaccine availability.
NJCU Updates: March 12, 2021
As of March 12, 2021, there have been 195 total positive cases
within the NJCU community since September 1, including eight (8)
additional cases in the last week. Documentation of reported cases are update regularly and can be found on NJCU’s COVID-19 website dashboard
. Since February 15, our dashboard has been expanded to include daily
Surveillance Testing Continues
NJCU is utilizing a targeted testing approach based on the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the university community to identify those who may have COVID but are a-symptomatic. This method is known as surveillance testing.
Surveillance testing continues on campus this week and will be offered each week on Tuesdays and Thurdays until at least the summer. Each week, we encourage you to sign up for an on-campus appointment. Register anytime; there are 10 time slots available from which to choose. Appointments are available next week on Tuesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 18 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Learn more about COVID-19 Surveillance Testing at NJCU or signup for an appointment.
Procedures for Reporting Cases
What Does It Mean to Be a Close Contact?
What does it really mean to be a close contact? Currently, the CDC
and the State of New Jersey define what constitutes being a close contact, with the state guidelines
being the stricter of the two set of standards. Therefore, NJCU is following the guidance set force by the state. Click on each link in this section for additional information on the criteria.
NJCU has partnered with Diligent Urgent Care to provide COVID screenings, testing, and education for our NJCU campus. To schedule your Telemed visit: Click Here
Please visit our NJCU COVID website
for more information, including answers to FAQ’s (frequently asked questions).
Successfully dealing with the pandemic requires the shared responsibility of each and every one of us. For more information, please visit the NJCU COVID-19 responsibility statement
Please use the COVID Concern Report
to alert the COVID response team of a possible infection or any concerns regarding the utilization of our established safety protocols.
To learn more about our safety precautions and all plans for a safe return to teaching, learning, living, and working, please visit njcu.edu/safecampus
Video of the Week
In this week's video
, courtesy of USA Today, President Biden speaks to the nation with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the one-year anniversary since the start of shutdowns due to the virus.
Community COVID Testing Continues Next Weekend at NJCU
NJCU, in a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health
and Clinical Staffing Solutions
, announced it will offer weekend COVID-19 PCR testing to members of the local community. The next scheduled clinics are March 20 and 21
Testing will be available on alternate weekends through at least early April, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the second floor of the Gilligan Student Union Building on campus. Free parking will be provided in the NJCU garage, located on Culver Avenue, between John F. Kennedy Blvd. and West Side Avenue.
This event is open to the public. Pre-registration each weekend is recommended by visiting COVID.VLT.CO
. For all others, no appointment is necessary, and individuals will be offered a test on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be prepared to present a copy of your insurance card at the testing site; those without insurance will still be offered a COVID-19 test. Test results will be available within 3-5 days.
Please make sure to follow proper social distancing and PPE protocols. Appropriate face masks are required to enter all NJCU campus facilities.
- Saturday, March 20, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Sunday, March 21, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Saturday, April 3, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Sunday, April 4, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Join the COVID Community Corps
The New Jersey Department of Health
(DOH) and New Jersey Health Initiatives
have collaborated in an effort to share information about equitable vaccination efforts in communities across New Jersey. With vaccines anticipated becoming more readily available in the coming weeks and months, education efforts are crucial to ensure all residents have accurate information and can turn to trusted sources with questions, concerns or issues about getting vaccinated.
COVID Community Corps is an effort to build community-rooted knowledge and train individuals to help inform their neighbors, families and friends. Throughout the month, DOH is offering workshops and trainings in English and Spanish about the COVID Vaccine and the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS). They will also host a listening session on March 31 about ongoing Corps member trainings and outreach.
State of New Jersey Updates
There is continued good news on the statewide vaccination effort. Here are some key updates, according to Governor Murphy, as reported by ROI-NJ
- More than 2.5 million shots have been administered, including more than 500,000 at the state’s six mega sites. The 2.5 million figure ranks 10th in the nation.
- Governor Murphy said 861,000 resident are now fully vaccinated.
- Governor Murphy said New Jersey ranks eighth among all states in doses administered daily — an average of 67,000 administered doses per day.
- Governor Murphy expects the state to maintain its steady progress for the next three weeks with a massive jump at the end of March and the first week in April, thanks to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine reaching full production as well as a promised increase in output from Pfizer and Moderna.
As part of the federal government's $1.9 trillion stimulus package announced this week, the state is expecting more than $6 billion in direct federal support. The New York Times offers
a breakdown of how the federal stimulus will assist.
Finally, on March 10, Governor Phil Murphy announced Executive Order No. 230
, which will increase indoor capacity limits for certain businesses and increase both the general indoor and outdoor gathering limit. The state's mask mandate and COVID-19 health and safety protocols remain in effect. These changes will go into effect on Friday, March 19 at 6 a.m. Highlights include:
- Indoor capacity limits will be increased from 35 percent to 50 percent for restaurants, cafeterias, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, and bars, indoor recreation, amusement, and entertainment businesses, and personal care services.
- The general indoor gathering limit will increase from 10 people to 25 people.
- Indoor gatherings that currently have a higher limit – religious services or ceremonies, political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services, or performances – will remain unchanged.
- The general outdoor gathering limit will increase from 25 people to 50 people.
Sign Up for the COVID-19 Vaccine
The State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health, has launched a website for residents of the state to signup to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. To reserve your spot on the vaccine list and determine your eligibility, please pre-register by visiting the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS)
State Launches Call Center for COVID Vaccination Appointments
Recently, the State of New Jersey launched a COVID-19 vaccination call center for residents without a computer to make an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Live agents will staff the center — which can be reached at 855-568-0545
Additionally, a list of vaccination facilities is available online on the state's COVID-19 information hub
, which gives the phone numbers and websites to signup at each location. Smartphone users can use the portal above to register
, or they can go directly to a facility’s website.
Important Updates from the City of Jersey City
Last week, Mayor Fulop provided an update to the city on expanding the Jersey City vaccine program. In early January, the city began its local vaccination program through Bespoke Health at the Bethune Center. The City's vaccine program rollout will entail a fully staffed vaccination site in each ward. Every location requires state approval, so each additional site will open in a phased approach as the state allocates more doses. Mayor Fulop announced the second of those six locations has opened at Ferris High School.
Additionally, FEMA selected New Jersey as the first state to be a recipient of a community-based vaccine program grant. The State has selected Jersey City as one of its first cities for this program. The Fulop administration has been working closely with JCTogether on this initiative and last week held a conference call with more than 50 faith-based leaders with regards to their respective church, mosque, or temple facilitating sign-ups for vaccines. The Mayor encourages residents to reach out to their respective place of worship as another access point to secure a time for vaccination. This program will bring an additional 3,000 vaccines to Jersey City starting next week.
As the City of Jersey City distributes vaccines and eligibility increases, we are the only city in the state that has set up a free ride structure through a partnership with Uber
. This will make it easier for thousands of people in transit deserts to get the vaccine, and a fine example of the private sector working with government to overcome challenges to help our communities.