Health Center Advisory Updates
Special Note: In order to keep you safe and healthy, The University Health Center requests that students please call for an appointment before coming into the office when possible, especially if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms including cough and fever. If you do come in directly, please put on a mask immediately.
All of us have a role to play in keeping our community safe from contagious diseases. Wash your hands well and frequently, substitute a smile for a handshake, don’t share eating implements or cups, cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if you are sick, and seek medical treatment if you are experiencing symptoms that suggest that you should.
For the most up-to-date health information, we also recommend these resources:
- Montclair State’s Coronavirus Prevention and Response Plan
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- NJ Department of Health (NJDOH)
- NJ Secretary of Higher Education Office
Please know that the University has taken many steps to reduce risk, including:
- Moved all of our courses online to reduce risk by decreasing the number of situations in which large numbers of people are brought together in close proximity.
- Using other “social distancing” strategies, such as postponing events, allowing many employees to work from home, splitting up work groups, creating more physical distance between people and using teleconferencing for meetings.
- Our Facilities staff are cleaning the campus regularly. We are stocking plenty of hand sanitizer.
- We have banned University-related travel to locations where the risk of infection is higher. And we are not letting people who have been exposed to the disease, or have traveled to places where the risk is higher, including cruise ships, back on campus until they complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- The University Health Center remains open to serve students with all health concerns; if you are feeling ill, please call ahead before you arrive.
The Crisis, Assessment, Response and Education (CARE) Team is a group of University administrators that meets regularly to evaluate concerning behaviors of Montclair State University students. Any community member can submit a report to the CARE Team if they are concerned about the behavior of a student, or if you need help yourself! Reports can be sent directly to a member of the CARE Team, via a CARE Report Form and/or by emailing CARETeam@montclair.edu. We continue to evaluate CARE reports. No matter what, even during a pandemic, we are here for you.
Call first! Our phone number is: 973-655-4361, extension 3. You will be asked several questions about your symptoms, this helps us determine the kind of appointment you need.
We also request that any faculty or staff with flu like symptoms call their primary care provider or Occupational Health for evaluation.
Note that as of today, Friday, March 13, 2020, the University Health Center cannot perform testing for coronavirus on-site.
The University Health Center is committed to your health and safety. As the Coronavirus continues to spread, we will continue to closely monitor the CDC and WHO websites to stay abreast of the situation and take necessary precautions for our community.
The novel coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person to person in the following ways:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another, which the CDC defines as:
- being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a room with a COVID-19 case, or
- having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 patient (e.g., being coughed on)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and you inhale the droplet.
- By shaking hands or touching a surface recently touched by an infected person.
As the virus spreads through the world, there will be other cases in our community. Here’s what you can do to reduce the risk to yourself, your family and our campus community:
- Wash your hands well and frequently, substitute a smile for a handshake, don’t share eating implements, cups, towels or washcloths.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if you are sick and seek medical treatment if you experience symptoms such as fever or difficulty breathing.
- Take care of your emotional health, get sleep, unplug from the news, meditate, exercise and eat well – these all support your body’s immune system.
All faculty, staff and students are asked to inform Patricia Ruiz, the University Health Center Director, when they become aware they become aware of infections and exposures within the campus community. She wants to know about anyone in the campus community with a positive (confirmed) test for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive, or has been placed in isolation or quarantine due to suspected COVID-19. Confidential reports can be submitted securely using a secure form.
Essex County Urgent Care Locations That Are Testing for COVID-19
Patients must be symptomatic and must call ahead to notify the facility of symptoms and to see if any testing kits are still available.
- Cedar Grove – American Family Care Urgent Care, 480 Pompton Avenue, 973-239-2300
- Newark – CityMD Newark Urgent Care, 617 Broad Street, 862-201-4596
- West Caldwell – The Doctors’ Office Urgent Care of West Caldwell, 556 Passaic Avenue, 973-808-2273
- West Orange – American Family Care Urgent Care, 464 Eagle Rock Avenue, 973-669-5900
The best resource for up-to-the-minute information is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit their website at: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Last Modified: Thursday, June 18, 2020 9:48 am