The Weekly COVID Newsletter provides the latest information about COVID-19 for the University community. It will be published on Fridays throughout the semester.
Question of the Week: What Does the New CDC Guidance on Masks Mean for Me?
On April 27, President Biden announced new guidance on mask-wearing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Whether or not you are fully vaccinated, you can enjoy some outdoor activities – such as running, walking, hiking, biking – without masking, if you are alone or with members of your household.
University policy will not change because it complies with the new guidance about outdoor face coverings. Our policy is that masks must be worn outside whenever it is difficult to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet between people, or when you are in a large outdoor gathering. Indoors, wear a mask when you are in a public or shared space, including classrooms and common areas. Our experts advise that it may still be possible to transmit the virus or become infected if you’re vaccinated, so remember to mask up, Montclair.
Following the guidelines keeps us all safe and paves the way for a return to more in-person classes, activities and on-campus housing in the fall.
Vaccinations are Easy to Get Now
Montclair State employees can get vaccinated in Essex County, no matter where they live. Check www.essexcovid.org for appointment openings or call the county’s COVID-19 Hotline at 973-877-8456. There are typically hundreds of available appointments every day.
Please get vaccinated to help keep yourself, your family, your coworkers and our students safe – and to help us all get back to a more normal life. The risk to your health of not getting vaccinated is far greater than the tiny risk of complications from the vaccine.
Want to Get 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, please report it on Hawk Check.
Good News – School of Nursing Partners with West Orange Health Department
Registered nurses pursuing their BSN degrees at Montclair State University recently made house calls to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound clients as part of an ongoing partnership between the West Orange Health Department and the University’s School of Nursing. “The partnership has been extremely beneficial to the township in meeting our nursing needs during this public health pandemic, while at the same time providing hands-on training to the School of Nursing students,” says Theresa M. De Nova ’97, a health officer of the West Orange Health Department.
More Good News – Walmart Vaccine Clinic a Success
Some 750 students and 50 employees booked appointments to be vaccinated at the Walmart Pharmacy COVID-19 immunization event in the Panzer Athletic Center on Tuesday, April 27. A DJ, an ice cream truck and Rocky lightened the mood. Watch this space for announcements on future on-campus vaccination clinics.
More than 4,700 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.
Dashboard Error Fixed
We updated the vaccine section of the COVID-19 Dashboard today to correct a calculation error that caused the cumulative total number of people with at least one dose to appear higher than it actually was. The weekly totals were not affected by the error.
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.
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, email@example.com.