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Weekly COVID Newsletter – April 23, 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.

Students Must Get Vaccinated before Fall Semester

In order to help our campus return to a more normal fall semester – including full occupancy in residence halls, a higher percentage of in-person classes, events and social activities – the University has added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of immunizations it requires for students. All students, except those in fully online degree programs and those who have exemptions for medical or religious reasons, will be required to furnish proof of immunization before the start of fall classes.

President Cole announced the requirement to students and employees yesterday, saying, “Vaccination offers the best path forward for us to return safely to the vibrant, fully accessible campus community we all love.”

Now that everyone aged 16 years and older is eligible, the University has been helping students get their shots. Earlier this week, a team from IT and Student Development and Campus Life scheduled appointments for hundreds of residential students, and Facilities ran shuttles to the Livingston Mall vaccination center on Wednesday. The effort was so successful that it is being repeated again today.

Vaccination Clinic on Campus Next Tuesday

Walmart Pharmacy will host a vaccination clinic on campus, Tuesday, April 27. Appointments will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All students and employees can receive the Pfizer vaccine at no cost. Register now for your appointment. When you sign up, the system will automatically book your second dose for May 18. First come, first served – so please do not wait.

If you cannot make it to the Walmart clinic, remember that Essex County will provide the vaccine to all Montclair State students and employees. Book an appointment on or by calling 973-877-8456.

And when you get your shot, please remember to report it on Hawk Check. More than 4,000 employees and students have reported receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, and the number continues to grow. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard for the current total.

While the University cannot currently require employees to get vaccinated, we strongly encourage everyone to do so. Do it to help keep yourself, your family and your coworkers safe.

Already vaccinated? Keep wearing your mask!

Every week, hundreds more members of our Montclair State community report getting vaccinated. That’s good news, but it is important to remember that we all must continue to follow the University’s rules about safety, including wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Why? Those vaccinated might spread the virus without experiencing symptoms. “If vaccinated people don’t continue to wear a face mask until more people are considered fully vaccinated, they could cause the virus to keep circulating,” reports the Cleveland Clinic. “Getting vaccinated means you’re much less likely to get sick and develop symptoms yourself, so it’s critical that we protect others while they wait for their turn to receive the vaccine.”

For more, visit the CDC’s “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated” and the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.

State Department Foreign Travel Guidance

The U.S. government has recently warned travelers against visiting many other countries due to elevated levels of COVID-19 in those nations. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of State page.

Need a COVID Test?

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.

Good News – Tents Are Popping Up All Over!

With temperatures warming up, outdoor classes are cropping up, but this spring, they’re not just about fun and sun. Tents and canopies are providing open-air, socially distanced learning in a safe environment for classes like PHYS 192 where students were learning about the “simple harmonic motion of spring and simple pendulum systems” outside Richardson Hall on April 8. Says Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Rodica Martin, “We choose to do Physics labs outdoors in order to limit the time and capacity indoors, maximize air flow, and take every precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19. And it seems to work very well for physics experiments.” Martin said that the tents, unlike a less formal outdoor situation, “helped define the classroom-like settings, and helped us reconnect with the regular lab experience.”

An App You Can Use

The State of New Jersey’s COVID Alert NJ smartphone app, which has been downloaded by more than 668,000 users, can alert you if you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive. It has a pop-up feature to remind you to report how you’re feeling each day (and you can use that reminder as a way to remember to do Hawk Check, too). Fun fact: Montclair State students helped to test the app before it was released.

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 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,