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Coronavirus Campus Communication 10/01/2020

Coronavirus Campus Communication 10/01/2020

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: October 1, 2020
Re: Campus Communication on Coronavirus

We write to urge you to download COVID Alert NJ, a free and secure mobile app recently released by the New Jersey Department of Health. COVID Alert NJ anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app will also provide users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool – all while maintaining privacy and anonymity between users.  Further information is available via the fact sheet.

With all of us working together, we are confident that we can continue to protect our loved ones and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We ask you all to:

  • Download COVID Alert NJ today. The app is free via the App Store and Google Play Store. Go to covid19.nj.gov/app
  • Opt in to “exposure notifications” on the app. This will allow you to know if you have been in close contact with someone who has the app and has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Encourage at least five of your colleagues, friends or family members to download the app. The app’s effectiveness depends on collective participation – the more people who use it, the more effective it will be. The app can, and should, be used by anyone in New Jersey over the age of 18.
  • Use the app’s daily symptom tracker option. This will become a valuable resource for helping you decide when you should seek professional medical care.
  • Continue to follow health precautionary actions in public. Wear a face covering, practice social distancing and hand hygiene, and stay home if you are sick.

Daily Symptom Self Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Symptom screening is a helpful way to self-identify if you may have an illness and should stay home and/or seek medical attention.  In order to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, we ask that you do your part and conduct a review of the Daily Symptom Self Screening for Students, Faculty, and Staff.  Please follow the directions in the Self-Screening tool. If you feel sick, stay home (except to get medical care) and do not return to the campus.

What to Do If You Are Sick
If you are not feeling well, you should follow these steps for non-emergencies:

  1. Monitor your symptoms.  COVID-19 causes a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  Monitor if you have a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or small, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.  The CDC has a self-checker is here.
  2. STAY HOME.  If you are an on-campus resident, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR RESIDENCE ROOM.   If you are a commuter student with classes on campus, DO NOT COME TO THE CAMPUS.  Faculty and staff should stay home if they are sick.
  3. Call for medical care.  Students may call Health Services at 201-684-7536 Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  A member of the Health Services staff will consult with you about your symptoms and an appointment scheduled via telemedicine.  Alternatively, you may call you own medical provider and report any changes in your health to Health Services.

If you have a medical emergency, you should call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.

  1. Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 are: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stake awake, bluish lips or face (this list is not all possible symptoms, so please call your medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you)
  2. Call 911.  Notify the operator that you are seeking care for symptoms you suspect are COVID-19 related

Where to Get Tested for COVID-19
New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub, has information about where you can get tested for COVID-19. Below, are local Urgent Care Centers open for medical appointments and, as of today, have COVID-19 testing capabilities.

City MD, Ramsey 551-497-5679                                                
City MD, Paramus 551-222-0800                                                
Doctor’s Inn, Ramsey 201-785-0011
The Doctor’s Office, Midland Park 201-857-8400
Rite Aid, Waldwick, 201-670-1022 (*not an Urgent Care Center)
Synergy Health, Montvale 201-667-8680
Valley Health Urgent Care, Mahwah 1-800-825-5391 (you must bring a prescription for the COVID-19 test with you)

Reporting
If you are a student and have tested positive for COVID-19, told you most likely have COVID-19 by a medical provider, or have a COVID-19 sick individual in your home, please contact Debra Lukacsko, Associate Director of Health Services, dlukacsk@ramapo.edu or 201-684-7536.  If you are a faculty or staff, and have tested positive for COVID-19, told you most likely have COVID-19 by a medical provider, or have a COVID-19 sick individual in your home, please contact Jill Brown, Associate Director of Human Resources, jcbrown@ramapo.eduHR2020@ramapo.edu or 201-684-7507.  We ask that you come forward and talk with us, so that we can provide you with Ramapo-specific resources and guidance.  If any member of the community becomes aware of a student, faculty, or staff with COVID-19 or under investigation for COVID-19, you may share this information with the above named resources.

State of New Jersey General Resources
If you have questions about COVID-19, you may wish to call the hotlines set up by the NJ Department of Public Health. For Medical COVID-19 Questions call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7). For General COVID-19 Questions call 2-1-1 (24/7).  Or you can text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.

The State of NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
State of NJ Department of Health

Ramapo Specific Resources
Health Services: 201-684-7536
General Questions: 201-684-7265 or communications@ramapo.edu
Roukema Center for International Education: 201-684-7533
Counseling Services: 201-684-7522 (24/7, including emergencies)
Human Resources: 201-684-7506

Ramapo College is proud to support the overarching public health effort to defeat COVID-19. In order to access more information regarding the app “COVID Alert NJ”, please visit covid19.nj.gov/app. Please join us in helping to keep our families, friends, co-workers, and communities safe and stay mindful of the pledge you took to maintain a healthy and safe campus:

Sincerely,

Melissa Van Der Wall
Dean of Students
Pandemic Assessment Team, chair

Debra Lukacsko, MSN, BA, RN, APN, C
Associate Director of Health Services
Pandemic Assessment Team, member