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.
As a reminder, we will continue our partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health
and Clinical Staffing Solutions
and will be offering COVID-19 PCR testing to members of the local community at least one more weekend (April 10-11). Additionally we share some important updates from the city and state and answer the question "What if you had your choice in vaccines."
NJCU Updates: March 19, 2021
As of March 19, 2021, there have been 207 total positive cases
within the NJCU community since September 1, including 11
additional cases in the last week. Overall, 83
faculty/staff members have tested positive. There have been 124
cases among students — 107
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 23 and Thursday, March 25 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
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.)
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
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 3.51 million vaccine doses have been administered. Hudson County has received 176, 284 doses and about 30,000 vaccines have been administered in Jersey City.
- More than 2.33 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.
- The state reports 1,240,282 residents are now fully vaccinated. That is equivalent to 14.0 percent of the population of 8,882,190. That exceeds the national average of 13.3 percent.
- 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 last week, NJ Spotlight News reports
that public schools in New Jersey will get $2.7 billion in aid, with nearly $900 million to go to support colleges and universities in the state.
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 went into effect on Friday, March 19 at 6 a.m.
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.
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
Question of the Week
What if you had your choice of COVID-19 vaccines?
The differences are small, but they do exist. If you get the choice, which COVID-19 vaccine should you choose? For now, get any vaccine you have access to. But as the supply expands, there are small differences.
Read more on this question via USA TODAY