Dear Members of the Bloomfield Community:
I am writing this morning to inform our full community that a commuter student has tested positive for COVID-19.
The President’s Office was made aware of this situation late yesterday evening on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This is the first confirmed case on our campus.
As we are currently on extended Spring Break, the student was diagnosed in their hometown. The College including personal outreach from me has been in contact with the student and their family. Since the diagnosis, the student has been self-isolating, is following CDC protocols, is improving, and has the full support of the College.
Prior to our departure for Spring Break, we had taken a variety of preemptive measures to institute public health best practices. While we have no confirmation that our student had the virus while on campus or if they contracted it after they left the school, the College is taking every precaution and following our standard internal and state protocols.
Through our investigation, we can confirm that the last time the student was on campus was Friday, March 6 and as a commuter student, there were three specific areas the student accessed while on campus - the Workout Room in the Gym, Room 6 of the Library, and the College Hall Nursing Lab. Students who might have been in contact with these areas are advised to be mindful of their health – and any student wishing to be tested or in need of assistance may contact the College’s Student Affairs Office at (973) 748-9000 ext. 1245.
To address this situation, every individual who may have been in contact with the student will be personally notified by the College. In addition, each of the three buildings will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines. The College has also been in consultation with local health officials, the Mayor of Bloomfield, and the NJDOE’s Office of Higher Education regarding this matter.
As this crisis continues to evolve, it is reasonable to expect that other members of our community have been in contact with the virus and that there will be other related incidents that may involve members of our community.
As occurrences of COVID-19 become more prevalent throughout New Jersey, it is crucial to recognize that we have individual and collective obligations to do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we all practice social distancing, good hygiene, and use common sense and good judgment.
As we enter the next phase of our response, the College is asking for your help and assistance in three key areas:
· Bloomfield College students, staff, and faculty live across a number of jurisdictions throughout the state. It is important that college officials are made aware if you have been tested regardless of where you are currently residing.
Moving forward, we are asking each of you – students, faculty, and staff – to notify the College’s Student Affairs Office at (973) 748-9000 ext. 1245 or via email at email@example.com immediately if you are tested for Coronavirus by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. Having this information will continue to allow the campus to address this situation thoroughly and immediately and ensure that strong communication is provided to all members of our community and appropriate next steps can be swiftly taken to mitigate further spread of the virus.
· Fulfilling the Executive Order provided by Governor Murphy earlier this week, the College is following New Jersey guidelines and has moved all classes online and has limited those on campus to essential personnel. As a reminder, we will begin virtual instruction on Monday, March 23. Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Grant will be providing each of you important information later this afternoon regarding department and instruction plans for your individual classes.
· To fully understand these important guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and to receive the most recent campus updates and policies, please continue to check Bloomfield College’s Coronavirus Web Page.
It is truly a historic and unprecedented time, and we sincerely appreciate your willingness to adapt and work with the campus in ensuring everyone's health and safety as our students, faculty and staff are of paramount importance.
As stated in my email yesterday, we will address this moment together because that’s what we do on our campus, always. Be Safe!
Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.