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Coronavirus Campus Communication 10/05/2020

Coronavirus Campus Communication 10/05/2020

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: October 5, 2020
Re: Campus Communication on Coronavirus

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We write to share an update related to new COVID-19 resources available to students and to continue to reinforce the prevention and education strategies that are required for you to promote your own healthy self and to protect others.  With the beginning of the fall semester, there has been an increase in reported COVID-19 cases in college-aged students in New Jersey.  We ask that you continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself and others, especially as it relates to hosting and attending events and gatherings.  As a reminder, for on campus residents, the guest and visitation policy and social gathering policy is suspended, so there are to be no gatherings.  The CDC offers guidance related to personal and social activities.

Essential Medical Appointments and Transportation Options

Students in need of transportation to essential (but non-emergency) medical appointments may contact New Jersey Mobile Healthcare at 201-660-1600. We believe this resource may be of particular assistance to residential students. All trips are quoted on a per trip basis and arrangements are made directly between the student and New Jersey Mobile Healthcare.  For example, if you are a resident student without transportation to an off-campus community provider seeking a COVID-19 test, you may wish to call New Jersey Mobile Healthcare to discuss their rates to transport you to the facility.  Passengers must provide payment directly to New Jersey Mobile Healthcare by cash or credit card at time of the transport.  If you are a student or employee in need of an emergency medical transport, always call 911.

Students who are challenged to pay for transportation services to a non-emergency, medical appointment, may apply for financial relief from the Student Relief Fund. The application for the Student Emergency Fund can be found here.  Students are reminded that the second round of CARES Act grant funding is now available, for eligible students, with grant awards ranging up to $750 per student (first-come, first-served).  The application can be found here, and the deadline is October 15.

Importance of the Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

The flu is a contagious disease that spreads from person to person usually from October to May.  The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important now (than ever before) that an individual get the flu vaccine.  A flu vaccine can help reduce the burden on health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any person who is unsure how the vaccine might impact them should consult with their medical provider. In addition to the general population, individuals who are at an increased risk for severe illness, should consider the flu vaccine and consult with their medical provider on how to best take precautions in their daily life.  Please take the time to recognize the difference between the flu and COVID-19, found here.

Students can receive the flu vaccine through Health Services.  The Flu Clinic is available to all currently enrolled students and is held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9am to 12pm (cost is $25.00 billed to the student’s account).  Students should call Health Services at 201-684-7536 to schedule an appointment (drop in patients will not be accepted). Students with health insurance may wish to access a free, flu vaccine provided through many insurance companies.  Please check with your medical insurance for the nearest location off campus where you can use this health benefit.   For residents in student housing, the CDC strongly encourages getting a flu vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season.

The remaining date for employees to receive the flu vaccine is October 7 (event is held under the C-Wing underpass).  Employees must preregister here. Availability is limited, but employees can email hr@ramapo.edu  to request that they be accommodated for the flu vaccine on October 7th. For employees enrolled in Horizon BCBS, there is no cost.  For employees not enrolled, the cost for the flu vaccine is $40.00.  Employees with questions should contact Johnie Burton, jburton@ramapo.edu.

We will continue to provide resource information on the Health Services website.  The situation is constantly changing, so please bookmark this website and continue to keep yourself informed of the COVID-19 positive cases we learn of impacting Ramapo College.

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