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Testing Procedures

The following testing locations information is updated frequently.

Last Modified: Monday, September 27, 2021 8:36 am

Fall COVID-19 Testing On Campus

Any member of the University community who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can get a test on campus. Please Note: Testing will be performed regardless of your insurance status.

Individuals can obtain testing on a walk-in basis on the following days/times:

Fall ’21 Schedule

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (closed Monday, September 6 for Labor Day)
  • Friday, 10 a.m – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Webster Hall

No appointment necessary. Bring your Montclair State ID and your cell phone. Please Note: Before you go for on-campus testing for the first time, there is a one time sign-up requirement. Sign Up Now! If you do not sign-up ahead of time, be sure to bring your insurance card and driver’s license with you so you create your account via your cell phone.

Results

If you are tested on campus your results will be automatically reported appropriately. Additionally, students who are apart of the regular testing program must receive a PCR test.


Essex County On-Campus Testing/Vaccinations

Get information about on-campus vaccination and testing opportunities by Essex County.

Required Testing for Students with Approved COVID-19 Exemptions

To ensure the health and safety of the campus community, regular COVID-19 surveillance is required in order to identify individuals who are asymptomatic (infected but not exhibiting symptoms), so isolation and contact tracing protocols can be initiated

Students with an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption from the University Health Center or who have not completed the full series of COVID vaccination must undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus.

Required Weekly COVID-19 PCR Testing

Who is required to be tested:

  • Students with an approved exemption (you are not vaccinated) are required to be tested for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters
  • Students who are partially vaccinated are tested weekly throughout the month of September (or longer if your second vaccine is delayed).

On Campus Testing is Required

Your weekly required COVID-19 test must be completed on campus, using the University’s daily testing site in Webster Hall. Tests taken at off-campus locations will not be accepted in fulfillment of the University’s testing requirement.

Sign Up For Testing 

  1. Before you go for on-campus testing, for the first time, there is a one time sign-up requirement. Sign Up Now!
  2. If you do not sign-up ahead of time, be sure to bring your insurance card and driver’s license with you and you may experience delays.
  3. Off-campus testing is not accepted to fulfill the testing requirement.

Testing Location & Times

Webster Hall, 1st Floor (See Campus Map)

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Closed Monday, September 6 for Labor Day)
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Bring your University ID and a smart phone if you have one

The testing center is open for drop-in service daily, please be aware that the number of available tests each day is limited. Friday testing is intended to primarily service employees of the University. Students are asked to complete testing Monday through Thursday, to the greatest extent possible. Remember, students must receive a PCR test.

Illness

If you are ill, please complete Hawk Check and wait for instructions from the University Health Center. Do not enter the testing site if you are ill or have been told to quarantine. Routine testing requirements are adjusted by the University Health Center when necessary due to illness or vaccination status.

Important Details

What you need to know as a student about your testing responsibilities:

  1. Exempted/ not fully vaccinated students are required to participate in a mandatory COVID-19 on-campus surveillance testing program.
  2. There are no testing exemptions
  3. No appointment is necessary. Daily testing limits are in place; do not delay.
  4. Results are delivered to the University usually within 36 hours.
  5. Testing results are private.
  6. If you test positive, the University Health Center will be notified and you will be placed in isolation for 10 days. You cannot attend classes or activities.
  7. Meal plans will be delivered to the door of resident students in isolation.
  8. This testing is provided to you at no cost.
  9. The test is a nasal PCR test.
  10. Testing location: Webster Hall (See Campus Map)
  11. Please bring your Montclair State University ID with you.

Compliance

  1. Failure to test weekly will lead to disciplinary action up to and including the following: prohibited from attending classes and activities while out of compliance, potential loss of University housing, fines and/or referral to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary sanctions.
  2. No refunds will be issued for losses incurred due to non-compliance with this policy
  3. The university may change this testing plan at any time in response to local health issues and/or recommendations from the local health department.

Questions?

For more information please contact: covid@montclair.edu

COVID-19 Testing Off Campus

Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. Anyone who wants a COVID-19 diagnostic test, can now get one at any of the 250+ testing sites across New Jersey. The New Jersey testing sites have various operating hours and requirements. Most require an appointment in advance. Some require proof of residency in New Jersey or a specific county or municipality. Please verify hours and requirements with a test site before visiting.

Local towns may also provide testing, check with the town’s Health Department.

Please Note: Students who have a University approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption must be tested on campus as policy required. (Please view information above titled “Required Testing for Students with Approved COVID-19 Exemptions”)

Reporting Test Results

On-campus Test Results

If you are tested on campus your results will be automatically reported appropriately.

Off-campus Test Results

  • Students: Please Note: Students who have a University approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption must be tested on campus as policy required. (Please view information above titled “Required Testing for Students with Approved COVID-19 Exemptions”)  All other students with off-campus test results should upload their documentation to their MyHealth Portal.
  • Employees: Report the result to the University’s Occupational Health Department.

Remember, when you get tested, also report it on Hawk Check.

What to Do While Waiting for Test Results

View information from the CDC about steps to take while waiting for COVID-19 test results.

Procedures for Individuals who Report Symptoms of COVID-19

Students

When a student reports symptoms compatible with COVID-19 or answers affirmatively to any question on the online screening application, the application will provide these instructions:

Return to and remain at home or in your residence hall room, self-isolate, contact your primary health care provider, and notify the University Health Center.

Upon notification, the University Health Center will assign a registered nurse or an advanced practice nurse to:

  1. Conduct an initial evaluation, either remotely or in person, or refer the student for hospital evaluation if symptoms are severe.
  2. Develop a plan of care based on the initial evaluation:
    • If the student will receive care from an external primary care provider, the student will be instructed to self-isolate and follow-up as instructed by the primary care provider.
    • If the student will receive care from the University Health Center, an appointment will be scheduled with an advanced practice nurse.
  3. Provide COVID-19 patient education.

Procedures for management of a student with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

The University Health Center must be notified of any student who is tested or placed in isolation. The student will remain in isolation according to the established guidelines and until medically cleared to return to campus activity.

  1.  The University Health Center will:
    • Activate the contact tracing protocol.
    • Assure that the student is placed in an appropriate isolation area (residential room or at home).
    • Provide residential students with follow-up assessment by phone during regular business hours daily, or more frequently based on individual needs.
  1. Continuity of Education
  2. Transportation of Ill Students
    • In the event a residential student experiences increased severity of signs or symptoms indicating the need for escalation of care, the student will be transported by MSU EMS or other mutual aid provider to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson or Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair.
    • MSU EMS personnel will receive appropriate PPE and training.
    • Students without means of transportation to routine COVID-19 related appointments should contact the Office of the Dean of Students for assistance.

Employees

When an employee reports symptoms compatible with COVID-19 or answers affirmatively to any question on the online screening application, the application will provide these instructions:

Return to or remain at home (or your residence hall room for those who live in the residence halls) self-isolate, inform your supervisor, contact your primary health care provider, and notify the Occupational Health Department.

If an employee becomes sick while at work on campus, they must:

  • notify their supervisor; and
  • complete a COVID-19 symptom checker (electronic or paper); and
  • contact the Occupational Health Department and if they answer yes to any of the screening questions, then
  • must return home immediately, staying isolated as best as possible from other people while on campus and in transit, isolate at home, and contact their primary care provider or go to the Emergency Room.

Any employee who will be absent due to COVID-19 should contact Employee Benefits at benefits@montclair.edu to discuss their options for sick leave.

When an employee reports symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test, the Occupational Health Department will:

  1. Assign a registered nurse or physician to conduct an initial assessment, either remotely or in person, or refer the employee for hospital evaluation if symptoms are severe.
  2. Develop a plan of care based on the initial evaluation:
    • If the employee will receive care from an external primary care provider, they will be instructed to self-isolate and follow-up as instructed by the primary care provider.
    • If the employee will receive care from the Occupational Health Department, an appointment will be scheduled with a physician.
  1. Provide COVID-19 patient education.

Procedures for management of an employee with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

The Occupational Health Department will be notified of any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been placed in isolation because of symptoms of, or contact with a person with symptoms or a diagnosis of, COVID-19. Notification to the Occupational Health Department will come from the online screening application, from Human Resources, from the individual’s supervisor, or from the individual directly.

Occupational Health will:

  • Activate the Contact Tracing protocol.
  • Advise the employee to remain in isolation according to the established guidelines and to remain off campus until medically cleared to return to campus activity. If an employee resides on campus, the employee will be relocated to housing designated for isolation if necessary.
  • If the employee is on campus at the time of the report, advise the employee to return home immediately, and, if waiting for a pick up, to do so in a room isolated from others , and to wear a face covering.
  • If emergency attention is needed, call University Police, 973-655-5222.