Testing and Follow-up Protocols
We are partnering with local providers on onboarding testing, symptomatic testing, and asymptomatic/surveillance testing. The College will partner with the Broad Institute at M.I.T. for implementation of our overall testing strategy, as well as Compass Medical, an affiliate of the Steward Health Care system, which has a facility less than a mile from the College. Compass will supplement the College's symptomatic testing response protocols.
The College continues to evaluate recent guidance from public health and medical experts as we develop specific protocols for our testing procedures. These procedures will be made available as part of this website when completed. We anticipate students living and/or taking classes on campus, faculty teaching on campus, and staff in high-contact areas will be tested a minimum of once per week, with twice per week testing available. Other community members will participate in less frequent testing protocols consistent with Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group recommendations.
- Positive COVID-19 cases will be discussed with local public health officials to receive specific guidance.
- The College will identify trained individuals to perform contact tracing in collaboration with local public health officials.
- Faculty will be strongly encouraged to maintain attendance logs so that contact tracing can be more easily achieved for these settings and disinfection protocols can be deployed.
- All people with COVID-19 should be prepared to list anyone who would be considered a “close contact,” since 48-hours prior to symptoms of illness onset to aid in mitigating the spread of potential illness.
- People with close contacts to a positive COVID-19 individual will be advised to go into quarantine for 14 days, and contact tracing protocols will be followed. Particular areas may be taken off-line for a pre-determined amount of time for disinfection.
Employee Protocol for Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Any employee who develops symptoms of illness should follow the protocols outlined in the Return to Campus Employee Guidelines.
Student Isolation Protocol for Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
A student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is clinically stable, and has consulted with and received guidance from Health Services, is expected to return home for the isolation period until they are cleared to return. Students should maintain contact with Health Services and will not be permitted to return to campus until at least ten days have passed since symptom onset, they have been fever-free for over 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and their symptoms are improving.
Students unable to return home will be temporarily reassigned to alternative housing for isolation and will maintain ongoing contact with Health Services personnel.
Isolation is expected for any student who is awaiting test results.
Student Quarantine Protocol for Close Contacts of Possible Exposure
Students who have been contacted through a “contact tracing” program will be expected to follow quarantine protocols for the required amount of time.
Students who have been identified as a close contact of someone with a positive COVID test are expected to return home, following consultation with and guidance from Health Services, and remain in quarantine for a two-week period.
Students unable to return home will be temporarily reassigned into alternative housing for quarantine.
Case management will occur for all persons with isolation or quarantine status and they will be provided access to coursework, mental health support, and assistance with basic needs, such as food.