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Weekly COVID Newsletter

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Weekly Covid Newsletter

Cases on Campus Remain Low

In the past week, the University Health Center has become aware of 15 new cases of COVID-19 on the campus (12 students, 3 employees). All have only mild symptoms and no one required hospitalization.

“These are small numbers when you consider that there are more than 20,000 people in our campus community,” says University Health Center Director Patricia Ruiz. “Our high rates of vaccination are helping. Keep doing what we know works: wear your mask, do Hawk Check, and get a COVID booster shot if you are eligible. Also, it’s very important to get a flu shot.”

Ruiz added that she is pleased that the federal government has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. “I encourage all parents to consider getting your children their COVID shots. Check with your health-care provider, and remember, our nurses and nurse practitioners in the University Health Center or Occupational Health are also available to help answer your questions.”

To see weekly case counts, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Get Your Flu Shot

The flu shot clinics on campus this week were very popular, and School of Nursing Dean Jan Smolowitz says that she’s planning to offer additional opportunities on campus. You can also easily get a flu shot at many local pharmacies and other locations. Enter your zip code in the CDC’s Flu Shot Finder for a list of nearby locations. Health experts say do it soon, so that you’ve got time to build immunity before holiday travel and family gatherings.

Remember to Hawk Check!

With more people on campus now, it’s important to remember to complete the Hawk Check self-screening application consistently. Complete Hawk Check every day, Monday through Friday, and do it on any weekends or holidays on which you plan to come to campus. If you live on campus, do it every day. If Hawk Check gives you the thumbs up, come to campus. If it tells you not to come, then please stay home and wait for a phone call from Occupational Health.

Why? Hawk Check is one of the most important ways that our health-care providers find out about potential cases. Reporting risks and symptoms accurately – and promptly – gives them a head start on helping keep the virus under control.

Tips for Instructors

The University has a long tradition of supporting students – and their instructors – when illness or other life events cause a student to have unanticipated absences from courses. The Office for Faculty Advancement has prepared a detailed, helpful summary for what instructors can do, and what they can expect from the institution, when students say they cannot come to class due to COVID-19 or other reasons. Please take a look.

Sunday Testing

The University’s COVID testing center in Webster Hall now offers Sunday hours, in addition to being open weekdays and evenings. No appointment is necessary. Just bring your Montclair State ID, insurance card and cell phone. And remember, there’s never any cost to you. If you are insured, your health insurance will cover it. If you are uninsured, federal pandemic relief funding obtained by the University covers the cost.

For More Information

For 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 an email to reopen@montclair.edu or coronavirus@montclair.edu.

Thank you for reading this 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, brennanjos@montclair.edu.