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Weekly COVID Newsletter-May 7, 2021

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Weekly Covid Newsletter

ISSUE TWENTY FIVE

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


Get Vaccinated – It Just Got Easier

For more than a year, we’ve been doing everything we can to get back to “normal” and keep ourselves, our families, our coworkers and our students safe – with social distancing, remote learning options, face coverings and more. But the most powerful weapon we have to fight COVID and return to the vibrant, fully accessible campus community we all love is vaccination. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s time.

The supply of vaccines is now plentiful and easier than ever to obtain. All Montclair State students and employees can now get the COVID-19 vaccine on campus, starting tomorrow.

Starting May 8, Passaic County will provide the Moderna vaccine on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Center for Clinical Studies, 147 Clove Road, Little Falls, NJ. Registrations are preferred (register at passaiccountynj.org/covidvax), but walk-ins are accepted. Contact the Passaic County Department of Health at 973-881-4396 with any questions.

For the Saturday vaccine clinics, you must be at least 18 years old and live, work or study in Passaic County. When you register, enter your school or employer as Montclair State University. When you check in, please tell them that you’re a Montclair State person. After you have been vaccinated, please report it on Hawk Check.

In addition, all Montclair State employees and students 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. People who live in New York can also visit the NY State COVID-19 website.


Want 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.


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. A highlight of this week’s Dashboard: there were only 9 reported cases on campus in the past week, the lowest weekly number since February. Fingers crossed that the trend continues.


An App You Can Use

The State of New Jersey’s COVID Alert NJ smartphone app, which has been downloaded by more than 671,000 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-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 reopen@montclair.edu or health-related questions to coronavirus@montclair.edu.


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, brennanjos@montclair.edu.