New Jersey City University

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. Last weekend, in a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health and Clinical Staffing Solutions, NJCU began offering weekend COVID-19 PCR testing to members of the local community; this will continue again on March 6-7. Additionally, the state has loosened some restrictions.
coronavirus outbreak winter 3d illustration - stock photo

NJCU Updates: February 26, 2021

As of February 26, 2021, there have been 181 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. Since February 15, our dashboard has been expanded to include daily case updates.

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, March 2 and Thursday, March 4 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

Click on this link to review NJCU’s procedure for reporting cases which was developed with direct guidance from the health department. 

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.

Telemed Appointments

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.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, please email or call 201-834-8887.
Please visit our NJCU COVID website for more information, including answers to FAQ’s (frequently asked questions).

Social Responsibility

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.      

Safe Campus

To learn more about our safety precautions and all plans for a safe return to teaching, learning, living, and working, please visit
Form of covid report. Medical checklist with laboratory clinical result of coronavirus after test. Doctor registered, record virus after analysis. Checkup of health. Man writing prescription. Vector - stock

NJCU to Continue Sponsoring Community COVID Testing

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 6 and 7.

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 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.)

Nutritional Advice Part III

The World Health Organization offers more advice on proper nutrition for adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in the second in a series of infographics we include in this week's update. 

Video of the Week

In this week's video the CDC asks...are YOU a COVID-19 Vaccine Champion? 🏆🦠💉
COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs
Coronavirus in U.S. State New Jersey, Female Doctor Portrait, protect Face surgical medical mask with New Jersey Flag. Illness, V

State of New Jersey Loosens Certain Restrictions

On Monday, February 22, Governor Phil Murphy announced Executive Order No. 225, which increases capacity limits for religious services and large sports and entertainment venues. Additionally, limited spectators will be allowed at collegiate sporting events, mirroring last week’s announcement on youth sporting events.
Read the update from the state to learn about the loosened restrictions. Among the updates, NJCU student athletes will be permitted to have two parents or guardians attend sporting events on campus.
Masks will still be required at all indoor venues and social distancing for members of different households.
Starting on March 1, venues with seating capacity of 5,000 or more can reopen to a limited number of fans; indoor arenas can resume at 10% capacity and outdoor arenas will be capped at 15%.
Earlier this month, Governor Murphy announced that the statewide requirement that all bars and restaurants end indoor service as of 10 p.m. has been lifted. The Governor also noted that he expects indoor dining restrictions will be further loosened in future announcements.

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. 
Jersey City Skyline - stock photo GettyImages-1097569878

Important Updates from the City of Jersey City

The City has approved 1,600 rent and utility relief grants to help low-income residents who are struggling amidst the pandemic. The City has allocated over $2.5 million in direct recovery assistance to help prevent the eviction of our residents. The second round of relief is slated for May, which will allocate an additional $7 million in rent/utility relief. 
Of the 1,638 qualifying applications, the locations of eligible households are as follows:
Ward A – 19%  
Ward B – 20%  
Ward C – 17%  
Ward D – 12%  
Ward E – 5%  
Ward F – 27%  
The average applicant owed $6,350 in past due rent. 

Vaccine Transportation

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.

What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Question of the Week:

What to Expect After Getting a COVID Vaccination?

As vaccines for COVID-19 continue to become available, new questions arise. Each week, we will answer some of those potential questions.

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may experience some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection.

These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
    Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube
    Subscribe to our email list.