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COVID-19: Keeping Safe

hyperlink text graphic with information on covid-19 vaccine updatesNew Jersey Vaccine Distribution for Social Workers & Students

According to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), social workers and social work students/interns who are not licensed but work in a health care setting, long-term care facility, and other locations where they are at high-risk to exposure to the virus are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Phase 1A of the state's COVID-19 vaccination rollout. For more information, please view this update from NASW-New Jersey

If you are asked for verification that you are a social work student, please send an email to We will be able to send you written verification that you are a MSW student in an active Field Education placement setting. This may assist you as you register for and/or show up for a vaccination

Universitywide COVID-19 Information

Students who test positive for COVID-19 and are physically on campus or in Rutgers facilities should contact Student Health directly to report the case and seek guidance. All students with COVID symptoms, exposure or a positive test should contact their health care providers. 

Rutgers Student Health offices by location:

Rutgers Occupational Health offices by location:

  • Rutgers University: New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden: 848-932-8254
  • Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Newark: 973-972-2900
  • RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway: 848-445-0123 ext. 2
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty and Staff: 732-235-6559

The Occupational Health and Student Health offices will then evaluate these individuals and the risk of exposure to others in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) risk assessment guidelines. As appropriate, Occupational Health and/or Student Health will speak to those who are deemed to be close contacts of the individual and potentially at risk. Those who are not contacted will have been deemed to not be at-risk.

If there are locations and areas that require additional cleaning following a report of a positive COVID-19 test, those areas will be addressed by the University’s Institutional Planning and Operations and Environmental Health and Safety staff.

While these are the steps that we are taking, it is important to know that tracking and reporting positive COVID-19 tests is the responsibility of local and state health departments. Any announcements regarding positive COVID-19 cases will come from those agencies.


COVID-19 Resources

Browse the list below for various resources related to COVID-19.

Food Pantries

Mental Health

Internet Access

  • As of now, Rutgers libraries and computer labs are closed until further notice. Library services have moved to online-only. Spectrum announced that it is providing free internet access during this period and Comcast has price reductions as well. AT&T has also instituted some lenient payment rules.

Media & Books

Resources for Professionals

Employment Opportunities & Questions

Volunteer Opportunities

Social, Political and Economic Dynamics

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