For information on the COVID-19 vaccine being administered at RVCC by the Somerset County Department of Health, go here https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/residents/covid-19-status-site/vaccinations
For more information about RVCC's response to COVID-19, go here www.raritanval.edu/covid
Stay healthy and informed. Face masks are required on campus.
REPORTED COVID-19 CASES ON CAMPUS
- Week of 8/30/20 - 1
- Week of 9/6/20 - 1
- Week of 9/13/20 - 0
- Week of 9/27/20 - 1
- Week of 10/4/20 - 0
- Week of 10/11/20 - 0
- Week of 10/18/20 - 2
- Week of 10/25/20 - 1
- Week of 11/1/20 - 7
- Week of 11/8/20 - 6
- Week of 11/15/20 - 1
- Week of 11/22/20 - 2
- Week of 11/29/20 - 2
- Week of 12/6/20 - 3
- Week of 12/13/20 -1
- Week of 12/20/20 - 0
- Week of 1/3/21 - 0
- Week of 1/10/21 - 2
- Week of 1/17/21 - 1
- Week of 1/24/21 - 3
- Week of 1/31/21 - 3
- Week of 2/7/21 - 3
- Week of 2/14/21 - 1
- Week of 2/21/21 - 1
- Week of 2/28/21 - 3
For Up-to-Date Information
The New Jersey Department of Health has set up a 24/7 public hotline at 1-800-222-1222. For the most up-to-date and credible information about COVID-19 Vaccinations, visit the following websites:
- Learn the latest from the NJ Department of Health: https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_vaccination.shtml
- Subscribe to Vax Matters, a weekly newsletter issued by NJ DOH focused on key updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccination in New Jersey: https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/vmsignup.shtml
- Read the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
For the most up-to-date and credible information about the coronavirus, visit the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov
- New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health
- Somerset County Department of Health at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/health
Contact Tracing & Quarantine Guidelines
It is the responsibility of the Raritan Valley Community College, Faculty, Staff and Students to notify immediately either their supervisor, Professor/Department Chair/Dean, or directly to Human Resources in the event that an individual is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive and/or been exposed to the virus. Following the report to Human Resources the guidelines are outlined below are to be followed.
1. Human Resources will maintain a log for the purposes of contact tracing. The log will include, Name, Phone number, Email of Individual and County of Resident.
2. Human Resources will notify the Branchburg Health Department’s Health Officer, Vanessa Freire at 908-526-1300 x183. Ask for their assistance in determining the risk and recommended actions.
3. The Health Department will contact the exposed or infected individual(s).
4. The College will assist the Health Department to identify places the infected person or persons might have been.
5. Once a COVID-19 case is confirmed, notification will be sent to those individuals that have been impacted as directed by the Health Department.
6. Branchburg Health Department does not provide COVID-19 testing. An individual needing testing will be referred to their Primary Care Physician, Local Pharmacy or an Urgent Care. Testing is now readily available in Somerset and Hunterdon County.
7. Individuals that may have been exposed, tested positive, asymptomatic and/or symptomatic will be required to follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation before returning to campus. See guidelines via https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_test-result-iqtimetable.pdf
Note: RVCC does not have a health service office or clinic on campus. Individuals needing testing will need to see their primary care physician, a local pharmacy or an urgent care.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Protect Yourself & Others
Know how it spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
It’s especially important to wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your mask
- After changing a diaper
- After caring for someone sick
- After touching animals or pets
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
2. Avoid close contact
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
4. Cover coughs and sneezes
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
5. Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant.
6. Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
If you think you are sick or if you need a COVID-19 test
The State of New Jersey has developed an online tool to check your symptoms, as well as a centralized resource with information on COVID-19 Testing Sites throughout the state. For more information, visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=Testing+Centers+in+NJ