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.
While we continue to see light at the end of the tunnel, now that spring has arrived, we must remind the NJCU community to remain vigilant. COVID is not over. We will share important information and reminders through this week's update.
NJCU Updates: March 26, 2021
As of March 26, 2021, there have been 213 total positive cases
within the NJCU community since September 1, including 6
additional cases in the last week. Overall, 85
faculty/staff members have tested positive. There have been 128
cases among students — 110
among commuters. 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 8 time slots available from which to choose. Appointments are available next week on Tuesday, March 30 and Thursday, April 1 between 10 a.m. and 3:30 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
, we provide an important reminder: The pandemic is NOT
COVID is Not Over
With temperatures warming and more people beginning to enjoy the weather outdoors, we must remind the NJCU community to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and not be complacent while vaccination efforts are underway. NJ.com shares this story
Next Community COVID Testing To Be Held Weekend of April 10-11
NJCU, in a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health
and Clinical Staffing Solutions
, is offering weekend COVID-19 PCR testing to members of the local community. The next scheduled clinics, originally scheduled for April 3-4, have been moved to April 10-11 due to the Easter holiday.
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, April 10, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Sunday, April 11, 2021 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
State of New Jersey Updates
As of March 15, vaccine eligibility has expanded to child care workers, transportation workers, and additional public safety workers. On March 29, eligibility will expand to additional frontline essential workers. This article from the New Jersey COVID-19 information hub
, details the phases of vaccination eligibility.
- More than 3.79 million vaccine doses have been administered. Hudson County has received 194, 309 doses and about 30,000 vaccines have been administered in Jersey City.
- More than 2.51 million residents have received at least one vaccine dose. Overall, according to NPR, New Jersey ranks ninth nationally in total persons receiving at least one dose, now at 30 percent.
- The state reports 1,357,829 residents are now fully vaccinated. That is equivalent to 15.8 percent of the population of 8,882,190. That exceeds the national average of 14.3 percent.
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.
Updates from the City of Jersey City
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.
Where to Get Vaccinated in Jersey City
Advice from the City of Jersey City's Health Officer
Dr. Shatrughan Bastola, the Health Officer for the City of Jersey City, recently encouraged the community to get vaccinated. "Please receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others in your communities. The COVID-19 vaccine is effective at preventing illness and spread of virus and disease transmission."
Question of the Week
Do I need to get the vaccine if I have already had COVID?
According to the CDC, yes
. You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.