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Weekly COVID Newsletter Special Edition

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Weekly Covid Newsletter

As the University prepares to welcome students back to campus, President Jonathan Koppell outlines the University’s updated mask policy and assures the campus community that all policies will be reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure that everyone can work safely together toward a successful year.

Mask Policy Updated

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and the emergence of the more contagious Delta variant, the University has updated its mask requirements for everyone who comes to the campus, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The update reflects the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

Specifically, all employees, students, contractors and visitors must wear face coverings at all times indoors, except when alone in a private room, as well as worn outdoors in crowded settings, and in all University vehicles.

Masks may be removed while eating and drinking – but only when it is possible to keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others.

Read the full policy statement on the COVID-19 Information website.

As always, make sure your mask covers your nose and your mouth!

Vaccinations Offered on Campus

Essex County is sending its mobile vaccine clinic to campus in August. All employees and students, and their families, are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.

The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Mondays: Aug. 16, 23 and 30 in Lot 7, next to the Panzer Athletic Center.

All three approved vaccines will be available: the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, and the two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. All three are options for anyone 18 and older, but only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for persons aged 12-17.

Appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be allowed. Bring your University ID, please. Make an appointment online.

Vouchers for free parking in the Red Hawk Deck will be available at the clinic.

If you cannot make it to one of the on-campus clinics, you can get vaccinated at many other locations. Just text your zip code to “438829” and vaccination locations will be texted to your phone within 10 seconds.

Remember, the University requires that all students who will be studying or living on campus in the fall semester be vaccinated (unless approved for an exemption as allowed by New Jersey law), and the University strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated. For more information visit the COVID-19 information website.

Vaccinated? Please Let Us Know

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way we have to protect ourselves, our families, our students and our co-workers. And knowing the percentage of our campus community who are vaccinated is important for all of us.

That’s why the University is asking all employees to get vaccinated, and then upload their vaccine card through the Vax Check portal. It is fast and easy to do, and individual vaccination records are kept confidential.

Testing for Unvaccinated Employees Starts Sept. 1

The requirement that unvaccinated employees must obtain a rapid test for COVID-19 twice weekly on non-consecutive days at the University’s testing center on campus will start Wednesday, September 1. This requirement was originally scheduled to take effect on Monday, August 16. The date has been changed to coincide with the start of the fall semester.

Need a COVID Test? We’ve Got You Covered.

Any member of the University community who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can get either a PCR or rapid test on campus.

  • Rapid tests
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • PCR tests
    Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

No appointment necessary. Just come to Webster Hall and bring your University ID. For more information, visit On Campus COVID-19 Testing.

In addition, Essex County is providing PCR tests at its mobile vaccination clinics on August 16, 23 and 30 in Lot 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The county’s health department will send you the results the following day. Appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be allowed. Make an appointment online.

For More Information

For more the most up to date information about Montclair State’s recovery from the pandemic, please visit the University’s COVID-19 information website, or send email to or

Thank you for reading this special edition of 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,