COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
Attention NJCU Community:
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. Beginning this weekend, NJCU, in a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health
and Clinical Staffing Solutions
, has announced it will offer weekend COVID-19 PCR testing to members of the local community. Additionally, beginning this week, we are updating the COVID-19 campus dashboard
on a daily basis. We also will offer helpful information on new quarantine guidelines.
NJCU Updates: February 19, 2021
As of February 19, 2021, there have been 174 total positive cases
within the NJCU community since September 1, including seven (7)
additional cases in the last week. Documentation of reported cases are update regularly and can be found on NJCU’s COVID-19 website dashboard
. The 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 this week. Each week, we encourage you to sign up for an on-campus appointment. There are 10 time slots available from which to choose. Register anytime for tests on Tuesdays or Thursdays now through March 11. Appointments are available next week on Tuesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 25between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m..
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
NJCU to Offer Weekend Community COVID Testing
NJCU, in a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health
and Clinical Staffing Solutions
, has announced it will offer weekend COVID-19 PCR testing to members of the local community.
Testing will be available on alternate weekends through early April, beginning Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 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 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, February 20, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Sunday, February 21, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Saturday, March 6, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Sunday, March 7, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- 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.)
Video of the Week
In this week's video
the CDC offers practical advice to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
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
Earlier this month, 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.
State Loosens Certain Indoor Restrictions
Earlier this month, the state announced the loosening of indoor capacity restrictions for some activities. Effective Friday, February 5, indoor capacity limits, currently set at 25%, will be raised to 35% for religious and political activities — including wedding ceremonies, memorial services or funerals — for entertainment centers where performances are viewed or given, and for addiction support groups. However, the maximum capacity is no more than 150 individuals, regardless of venue size. More information on the updated limits can be viewed on the state's COVID-19 Information Hub
Additionally, Governor Murphy has also announced that the statewide requirement that all bars and restaurants end indoor service as of 10 p.m. has been lifted. On February 12, effective immediately, the Governor also issued an executive order
permitting up to two parents to attend their children's school sporting events. Full details are available on the state's website
Important Updates from the City of Jersey City
Mayor Fulop recently announced that the City of Jersey City is one of the few cities in the state setting up multiple, city-sponsored vaccine PODs, to ensure that residents have easy access to getting the vaccine. There will be six (6) PODs company to set up 6 PODs — one in each ward. Additional announcements regarding the PODs will be announced in the coming weeks and that information will be shared with the NJCU community.
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.
Local Rent and Utility Relief
The City of Jersey City has also announced local rent and utility relief programs
. This program will allocate money to four of the largest nonprofits in Jersey City — York Street Project, WomenRising, United Way and PACO — to assist with administering local programs. The City will also provide grants to two organizations — Welcome Home and Church World — with a strong track record of providing rental/utility assistance to vulnerable immigrants with a focus on those who may be ineligible for federal funding. The program will provide one-time (up to $1500 per household) emergency grant rental/utility payments on behalf of an individual or family household for the purpose of preventing homelessness. Eligible households are at 80% AMI or below and the subsidy will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord or utility/service provider in exchange for an agreement to hold off on eviction/court proceedings. The grant will cover arrears incurred from March 1-December 31, 2020. To apply or gain more information, click here.
New Quarantine Recommendations
As vaccines for COVID-19 continue to become available, new questions arise. Each week, we will answer some of those potential questions.
Do I have to quarantine If I am fully vaccinated?
- The people who have had COVID-19 and recovered do not need to quarantine for 90 days after the illness if newly exposed to someone infected.
- In the updated guidance, the CDC said such quarantining is unnecessary for fully vaccinated people within three months of having received their last doses if they do not develop any symptoms.
- Fully vaccinated means that at least two weeks have passed since a person has received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.