COVID-19: Keeping Safe
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.
- A Letter from Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli
- Fact Sheet with Additional Information About the Vaccine
- Current List of New Jersey Vaccine Sites
If you are asked for verification that you are a social work student, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- University COVID-19 FAQs | coronavirus.rutgers.edu/faqs/
- University COVID-19 Testing Clinics Walk-in Appointments | go.rutgers.edu/COVID-19-Testing
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–New Brunswick
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Call 856-225-6005
- Visit the Campus Center, second floor
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.
Browse the list below for various resources related to COVID-19.
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on how to support yourself and others.
- Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition (resources for COVID-19 frontline workers and loved ones of frontline workers, including free mental health services for the helpers)
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Calm App for Sleep, Relaxation, and Medittion
- NASW Covid-19 Resources
- British Psychological Society Covid-19 Resources
- Social and Emotional Learning Alliance, US
- The International Psychoanalytic Association Covid-19 Resources
- The American Psychological Association Covid-19 Resources
- American Psychoanalytic Association Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Covid-19 Resources
- New York State Covid-19 Mental Health Resources
- CDC Mental Health Resources
- American Group Psychotherapy Association Covid-19 Resources
- Free Association essays on living in the time of Covid-19
- Covid-19 Information Hub for New Jersey
- The Lancet Resource Center
- American Medical Association
- American Medical Association Journal of Ethics Podcast
- World Health Organization
- Webinar: Healing Ourselves While Healing Others
Below are opportunities to get involved in New Jersey and beyond. For a full list, visit NJ.com's website.
- The American Red Cross
- Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity NJ (MEND NJ)
- Angela Cares Inc.
- Flemington Food Pantry
- Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
- Sammy's Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center
- United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
- Family Promise of Morris County
- Eva's Village
- Food Bank Network of Somerset County
- Family Promise of Sussex County
- Gateway Family YMCA
- Help ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Families
- How to Volunteer, Professional Providers, New Jersey
- How to Volunteer, Professional Providers, NY State
- Volunteer Opportunities Curated by Rutgers School of Nursing