New Jersey City University

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update

Attention NJCU Community:
With the rise in COVID-19 cases in our state and nationally, the purpose of this communication is to provide a weekly update on cases within our community and pertinent information to our campus — while also distributing important updates from the city, county, state and federal governments — and helpful guidelines. We also are providing information on pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, we are sharing some important information announced by Mayor Steven Fulop.
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NJCU Updates

As of January 15, 2021, there have been 133 total positive cases within the NJCU community since September 1, including 14 additional cases in the last week. Documentation of reported cases are update regularly and can be found on NJCU’s COVID-19 website dashboard.

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, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 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.      

Spring Semester

As the spring semester begins next week, NJCU will have increased opportunities for in-person, on-campus learning this spring as well as increases in hyflex modalities for more flexibility. Faculty will be informing students of the modality used in each class this semester in the BlackBoard virtual learning environment. 

Safe Campus

To learn more about our safety precautions and all plans for a safe return to teaching, learning, living, and working, please visit
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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).

Important Updates from the City of Jersey City

This week, Mayor Fulop 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.

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.

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.
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Recent CDC Updates on Quarantine Recommendations

While the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to review and offer revised recommendations for quarantine standards, the quarantine expectations for the NJCU community have not changed

The CDC still recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. Dependent upon local circumstances and resources the CDC does offers two shorter but less effective options — a non-testing option that can end after Day 10 if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring and a testing option that can end after Day 7 if one tests negative and exhibits no symptoms. 

Regardless, for the safety of our university community, in both cases at NJCU symptom monitoring and facial coverings must continue through Day 14. If you believe you been exposed to COVID-19, please isolate immediately and contact your primary care physician. Those who are deemed to be in close contact will need to isolate between 7-14 days depending on the outcome of test results and symptoms.

For more information, read this CDC update.
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