Seton Hall University

Cases Rise, Vaccination Requirements Remain in Effect  

The State of New Jersey has seen a steady increase in cases, with the transmission rate exceeding 1. Hospitalizations remain low relative to recent peaks.

The HICT is closely monitoring University and public health statistics, along with government guidance. Essex County moved from a "Low" community COVID level to "Moderate." The University’s existing health and safety measures align with state recommendations for an area in "Moderate."

This week we have seen a rise in case counts across our campuses, with a 5-day moving average of 8.4 as of May 4. 14 on-campus quarantine and isolation beds are occupied.

Vaccination Requirement Remains in Effect

The University’s vaccine requirement remains in place for the 2022-2023 academic year. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators must receive their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine unless they declare a religious or medical exemption. We encourage you to stay up to date (boosted) with your COVID vaccinations.

Advice from the CDC about keeping yourself and those around you safe and healthy

University Health and Safety Measures

  • Anyone wishing to wear a mask is welcome to do so.
  • Faculty may require masks be worn in their classes, clinicals, and labs, and students must comply.
  • University community members are welcome to request others to wear a mask when meeting. We ask everyone to be considerate of such requests.
  • KN95 and surgical masks are available at various locations across all three campuses.
  • Building signage notes "Masking Welcome."
  • Everyone should always carry a mask with them for those situations where one is desired or needed.
  • IHS campus guidelines may differ slightly.

Health Services Provides the Following Health and Safety Tips

  • Vaccination and being boosted helps to avoid serious illness but does not prevent transmission.
  • Masking may be helpful if you are attending crowded events during times of high transmission. A well fitted and high-grade mask is best.
  • Avoid high risk (immunocompromised) individuals if you have any symptoms and especially if you test positive; communicate immediately with Health Services any positive test result.

Transmission can be minimized by:

  • Testing if you have any symptoms.
  • Testing prior to events that involve close contact with others masked or unmasked.
  • Testing 5 days following high risk activities that involve close contact with a lot of people. Test immediately if you develop symptoms, even mild symptoms.
  • Testing is widely available. Please don’t wait to test if you have symptoms.

Ongoing Monitoring and Communication

We know that more changes may come, so we continue to monitor public and University health statistics, along with government guidance. Any significant change in University health and safety protocols or resources will be clearly communicated.

Your health and safety remain paramount in Seton Hall’s planning and actions. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the HICT here.

Sincerely,

Matthew Borowick

Vice President of University Relations
Co-chair, Health Intervention and Communication Team

Monica N. Burnette, Ph.D.

Vice President, Division of Student Services
Co-chair, Health Intervention and Communication Team

Categories: Campus Life , Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Health Intervention and Communication Team
  • (973) 761-9000
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