Cases on Campus This Week
There were 8 new cases of COVID-19 on the campus in the past week. Visit the COVID-19 dashboard for a breakdown of cases by students, employees and contractors.
None of those infected have needed to be hospitalized, according to Patricia Ruiz, director of the University Health Center, and there were no indications of clusters of cases or transmission in classrooms.
Keep Wearing Those Masks
The University is reviewing the CDC’s recent recommendations that would make masks optional in many settings. The administration will consult with the Community Health Advisory Team. If any changes are to be made, they’ll most likely come at the end of March, says Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Dawn Soufleris. Until then our requirement to wear masks indoors at all times and outdoors when it’s not possible to practice social distancing remains in effect.
Booster Clinic March 22
Need a booster shot? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 22 when the Essex County Department of Health will return to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Student Center Ballrooms from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The clinic is free and open to all students and employees. Residents of Essex County are also welcome to attend.
Time is Running Out to Update Vax Check
To avoid being placed on unpaid leave, please make sure to go to Vax Check and update your vaccination history. All employees are required to answer a few questions about their plans for a booster shot. In addition, managers and temporary employees who are eligible to receive a booster must get one and submit their proof right away.
If you’ve already updated your vaccination history, or submitted your booster proof, thank you. It gives the University an accurate understanding of the vaccination rates among our campus community so that we can make informed decisions about actions to protect the campus community.
If you haven’t updated your history in Vax Check already, please do so today. Human Resources will begin placing people on unpaid leave in the near future. Don’t risk your pay and benefits being stopped. For more details, read the full policy statement.
AFT Local 1904 members and managers are setting a great example. Nearly all have updated their vaccination history in Vax Check. Thank you!
For More Information
Visit the University’s COVID-19 Information website to learn about our policies and procedures, get answers to frequently asked questions, and find links to information resources.
Thank you for reading the Weekly COVID Newsletter, a production of the Office of University Communications and Marketing. We would love to know how to better serve our readers. Please send any comments and suggestions to Vice President Joseph Brennan, email@example.com.