Seton Hall University

Cases Decline; Vaccination Clinics; Free Masks Available  

We begin by expressing our shared grief and condolences on our community’s losses. Please continue to keep Kristen, Nidhi, and their families in your prayers.

State-wide, COVID-19 statistics continue to show mixed signals. Cases continue to rise, as do vaccination levels. The transmission rate has seen a slight rise after falling below 1. You can read more at Track COVID-19 in New Jersey: Maps, graphics, regular updates.

We are encouraged with the news that the Pfizer vaccine is reportedly highly effective in children 5-11. Pfizer expects to apply for FDA approval.

Governor Murphy’s administration is awaiting federal guidance regarding 3rd “booster” shots and expects to learn more in the next few days. The State is planning to reopen some of the “mega sites” it employed in the initial vaccination rounds.

Seton Hall professor Dr. Bryan Pilkington recently interviewed Father Colin Kay, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, on the concept of "Social UNdistancing," spirituality and community health during COVID, religious exemptions, and more as part of his podcast program.

You can learn more about testing availability at: How To Get Tested For COVID-19 In New Jersey

Student Cases on South Orange Campus

The numbers of positive cases and individuals in isolation have significantly declined. As of September 22, the 5-day moving average of positive cases stands at 2.8. There are approximately 75 individuals in isolation on and off-campus, significantly fewer than a week ago. Nineteen percent (19%) of on campus quarantine and isolation beds are occupied.

Most students testing positive are vaccinated but mildly symptomatic – an indication of vaccine effectiveness. Health Services is conducting testing and contact tracing, giving students isolation and quarantine instructions, and providing them health and wellness advice and resources. We continue to monitor case levels across all campuses and remain prepared to adjust any of our health and safety measures to adapt to the changing public and campus health environment.

We continue to provide resident students the option to isolate and quarantine in designated on-campus housing which includes on campus services.

Upcoming COVID and Flu Vaccination Clinic

With the arrival of cold and flu season, the University is providing FREE COVID and flu vaccinations. The clinics will take place on September 28 and October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Richie Regan Field House.

Bring your ID, insurance card, and vaccination card, if applicable. Please be sure to schedule an appointment before arriving, as shots will be administered by appointment only, no walk-ins. There is no cost to you with most insurance.

University Vaccination Levels Exceed Revised State of New Jersey Goal Levels

Through the Confidential Vaccine Declaration (CVD), current Seton Hall data are indicating that fall 2021 vaccination rates are near 90% for students (95% of those are fully vaccinated), 93.1% for staff and administrators (97% of those are fully vaccinated), 97% for faculty (99.6% of those are fully vaccinated), and 95% for adjunct faculty (98% of those are fully vaccinated). These percentages are well above the NJ and national rates.

There are numerous benefits to getting vaccinated.

Free Masks Available at Campus Locations

We are providing free masks at various locations on the South Orange campus:

  • Walsh Library (circulation desk- 2nd floor)
  • Schwartz Hall (2nd floor – student welcome desk)
  • Bethany Hall (1st floor- student welcome desk)
  • Mooney Hall (Center for Academic Success- student desk)

We will continue to notify you as we add locations at all campuses.

Indoor Mask Requirement

All individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are required to wear a mask at all indoor, nonresidential, on-campus University settings, except when alone or dining.

Your health and safety remain paramount in Seton Hall’s planning and actions. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the HICT here.


Matthew Borowick
Vice President of University Relations
Co-chair, Health Intervention and Communication Team

Monica N. Burnette, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President, Division of Student Services
Co-chair, Health Intervention and Communication Team

Categories: Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Health Intervention and Communication Team
  • (973) 761-9000