MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair State University was informed Wednesday of two new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Both people are employees who were last on campus respectively Friday, March 6 and Thursday, March 12. They are at home recovering.
Both are among employees, and bring the known total so far to three cases.
The first is a person who worked in an office at 855 Valley Road. The employee was last in the office on Thursday, March 12. S/he was not hospitalized and is recovering at home.
All employees who work in this person’s office and another campus office s/he visited frequently were notified today. They are being placed on quarantine until Monday March 30, 2020. These employees are not ill and will be working remotely. They will be eligible to return to work in the office on Tuesday, March 31, as long as they are not symptomatic.
Both offices are being closed and will be deep cleaned and disinfected following CDC and OSHA guidelines. Public bathrooms in the Valley Road building, used by other work groups, have already been disinfected.
The Public Health Department is gathering information and will reach out directly to any individuals who may need to be interviewed.
The second reported case is an employee who was last on campus on Friday, March 6. The person is a resident of New York City and is recovering at home. The University has no further details to share at this time.
For reasons of health privacy, the University cannot provide additional details about either case.
Montclair State’s residence halls remain open, but all classes are taking place online.
The University has implemented social distancing strategies to reduce the risk of the virus spreading, and it strongly encourages all faculty, staff, students and visitors to take precautions to protect their health and the health of others.
Starting today, the University will update its coronavirus site, rather than sending an email to the campus community and press.