This dashboard is designed to assist with rapid mitigation of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on campus. It provides the William Paterson University community with the total accumulated number of positive COVID-19 cases reported over time, as well as new weekly positive cases experienced by employees and students that could have a direct impact on others on campus. The dashboard includes individuals who have already recovered, as well as individuals with current cases who are isolating as needed. Due to federal patient- and student-confidentiality regulations, we cannot provide more details about the affected individuals.
This dashboard is updated weekly. The data is reflective of cases reported to William Paterson University by students, employees, and local health officials. These are individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating or have recovered. The data does not include individuals who have not been physically present on campus for 14 days prior to exhibiting symptoms. Students listed as recovered have been cleared to return by the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center. Employees listed as recovered have been cleared to return by their healthcare provider and Human Resources. The University follows CDC guidance for returning to in-person work or classes for both symptomatic onset or asymptomatic diagnosis.
When an individual who has been on campus within 14 days of exhibiting symptoms is confirmed positive for COVID-19, the University begins a thorough contact tracing protocol in partnership with public health officials. The University has established relationships with local health departments and will coordinate with local officials to support prompt and accurate contact tracing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 must cooperate with contact tracing efforts. They will be asked to complete a contact tracing form to be submitted to local health officials to help expedite the process. Anyone who was in close contact with an infected individual will be contacted through the contact tracing process. If you are not contacted by the University or a contact tracer, you are not considered at increased immediate risk of contracting COVID-19.
The numbers presented for weekly new positive cases and total positive cases include reports from students to the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center and from employees to Human Resources, as well as results from the New Bridge Medical Center Testing Program. With this testing program in place, the total number of reported positive cases will likely be higher than those reported in the fall.
These numbers are reported to date starting January 22, 2021.Click here to view the Fall 2020 dashboard.
*Students recovering from Covid cases have not all provided us with timely updates on their conditions. As a result, the listing of total recovered to date may not be 100 percent accurate at this time.
For spring 2021, William Paterson has contracted with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center to provide a COVID-19 testing program for the University community. The program will focus on campus populations most at risk for contracting COVID-19, including those in athletics, club sports, and residence life, as well as faculty and students in targeted, high-risk academic programs. Data regarding the testing program will be updated on a weekly basis.
Positive – A positive case is a case with a lab-confirmed positive test. *Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a clinical specimen using a molecular amplification detection test (as defined by the CDC).
Isolation – This refers to confining a confirmed COVID-19 case to prevent the individual’s contact with others and to reduce the risk of transmission. Isolation ends when the individual meets pre-established clinical and/or testing criteria for release, which typically means that sufficient time has passed since the resolution of their symptoms.
Quarantine – The CDC defines quarantine as separating and restricting “the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.” Quarantines are for people or groups who have not yet been diagnosed with an infection, but have known exposures to a confirmed case. A quarantine is a time period in which public health and/or healthcare officials will monitor a person to see if they develop symptoms. A person will be asked to stay in quarantine until they have exceeded the incubation period without any development of clinical disease. If a person does develop disease or test positive, they will be transitioned to “isolation” to continue monitoring their clinical disease and limit their contact with others.
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