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Weekly COVID Newsletter – April 16, 2021

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Weekly Covid Newsletter

The Weekly COVID Newsletter provides the latest information about COVID-19 for the University community. It will be published on Fridays throughout the semester.

Getting Vaccinated

As of Monday, April 19, all individuals aged 16 and older will become eligible for vaccination in New Jersey. Find out more about eligibility here. We continue to strongly encourage all members of the campus community to get vaccinated.

Employees of Montclair State can get their shots from Essex County, no matter where they live. Check for appointment openings or call the Essex County COVID-19 Hotline at 973-877-8456. Essex County has an ample supply of vaccines. The county has five vaccination sites, where appointment times are continually updated. As of “press time,” more than 6,000 appointments were available through April 24. Appointment times can go quickly, so grab one now!

Additionally, employees who live in New York can visit the NY State COVID-19 website.

Once you have been vaccinated, please remember to report it on Hawk Check.

Getting Tested

Any member of the University community who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can get a PCR test on campus. Appointments are offered on Mondays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Webster Hall. Register here.

Another option is to use is the Passaic County testing site on our campus, open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Lot 60. Use 147 Clove Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424 as your address, so that the University Health Center will receive a copy of your results. Questions? Call the Passaic County Department of Health Hotline at 973-881-2790.

Remember, when you get tested, be sure to report it on Hawk Check.

Hawk Check Update

Based on last week’s changes to New Jersey’s travel advisory, the Hawk Check question about recent travel has been updated. It now asks if you have travelled outside the immediate region (NJ, NY, PA and DE) in the past 10 days. People who meet certain criteria, which include being fully vaccinated, are no longer required to enter quarantine when coming back to New Jersey. Our Occupational Health team will help you determine whether this applies to you. Simply answer “yes” to this question, and one of our health care professionals will call you to provide specific guidance based on your individual situation.

Good News – NBC4 NY Features Outdoor Classrooms

NBC4 NY was on campus last week to take a look at our safety protocols (including our Community Health Ambassadors) and how we are innovating new ways of teaching and learning in the time of COVID-19. You can watch both versions of the story here and here. Among the Red Hawks interviewed were Heather Buchanan, Andrew Mees and student health ambassador Manny Wheager. You will love what Heather did when a car alarm went off in the parking deck while our student singers were recording.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The COVID-19 dashboard is updated on Fridays. Visit to learn about the number of cases on campus and the number of tests (both rapid and PCR) administered by the University, along with the weekly positivity rate and the number of vaccinations, first and second dose, for students and employees, as reported to us on Hawk Check.

For More Information

For more detailed information about Montclair State’s response to the pandemic, please visit the Red Hawk Restart website, which has links to our 70-page restart plan, to Hawk Check, the COVID-19 dashboard, and many other resources. The Restart FAQs site has answers to frequently asked questions about health, technology, facilities and human resources topics, and the University Health Center’s COVID-19 site offers health and wellness tips and information about how you can get tested.

You can also email restart-related questions to or health-related questions to

Thank you for reading the Weekly COVID Newsletter, a production of the Office of University Communications and Marketing. Comments and suggestions may be sent to Vice President Joseph Brennan,