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Post Testing Instructions, Questions and Answers

What to expect:
After taking the test, you should expect an email with your results within 24-72 hours. Typically, results are in by the next day. In the meantime, it is recommended that you practice social distancing or self-quarantine guidelines until your results. You cannot come to campus until you have a negative test result. If you are experiencing symptoms or unsure if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive, call the nurse at 413.565.1411. You will receive instruction to meet outdoors at a specified time and place in order to limit exposure. Do not enter the testing site.

What if I came in contact with someone who tested positive?
If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, it is recommended by the CDC and it is a University policy that you quarantine for 10 days regardless if you have symptoms or not. On day 11 you can return to the testing site to retest but cannot attend class or return to work until you receive a negative test result. (Students who live on campus will be tested by the nurse between days 5-7 during your quarantine period to rule out a positive result. If positive, you will be instructed to isolate).

Does the test detect new variant strains of Covid 19?
The FDA is monitoring the potential impact of viral mutations and the effectiveness on testing. As of right now, there is a low risk for impact on the accuracy for current testing.

What to do if tested negative?
If you have a negative test result, there are no restrictions on your access to campus. You are still required to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and be tested every 7 days on campus.

What to do if tested positive?
You will receive a phone call from the nurse. The nurse will instruct you to self-isolate for a FULL 10 days and will follow up with you throughout isolation. During this time, you will be denied access to all buildings on campus. The clock starts when the results are reported to the nurse (a full 10 days/240 hours). For example, if the nurse receives your positive test result on Friday at 5 pm, your ID access will be deactivated. It will be activated 10 days or 240 hrs. later, or the following Monday at 5 pm.

You can end isolation and return to work or school when:


  1. At least 24 hours has passed since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications; and
  2. Improvement in Symptoms; and
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  4. Testing is required 90 days from the date of the initial positive test results or onset of symptoms, whatever is first.


  1. At least 10 days have passed since the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test was taken, assuming symptoms did not subsequently develop.

What to do if my test results are inconclusive?
The nurse will email/call you to let you know if your results were inconclusive. You will have to return to campus as soon as possible to retest. You will not be able to come to campus until you retest and COVID test results are negative.

Do I still have to get tested if I receive the vaccine?
You will still have to submit to weekly testing if you receive the vaccine. Vaccines are still limited and there is still research being gathered on how to move forward. Until then we recommend you follow social distancing guidelines, wash your hands, and wear a mask.

Testing hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 pm