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Weekly COVID Newsletter

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Weekly Covid Newsletter

Cases on Campus

There were 35 new cases of COVID-19 on the campus in the last 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 transmission in classrooms.

After FDA Approval, CDC Recommends Second Booster for Some

After the FDA’s authorization of a second COVID-19 booster for the immunocompromised and for people ages 50 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on guidance making a second booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine available for all those eligible “who wish to increase their individual protection” and received their last booster at least four months ago.

The CDC also approved a second booster dose for all adults “who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago.”

If you are eligible and want a booster or are in need of a COVID-19 vaccine (first, second or third shots), vaccines are available free of cost for those who live or work in Essex County, including Montclair State University employees. Just go to to make an appointment at the former K-Mart in West Orange or the county’s Newark site.

Keep Wearing Those Masks

The administration is currently reviewing a recommendation from the Community Health Advisory Team about modifying our mask requirements. In the meantime our current mask policy remains in effect. Please wear a face covering consistently when indoors on the campus, and wear one outdoors when it’s not possible to practice social distancing. Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

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,