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Testing and Contact Tracing

Will the University conduct COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, and contact tracing?

Yes. The University will be employing a robust COVID-19 testing and contact tracing regimen to mitigate community spread and to protect the health and safety of our students and other Community members. Our testing policy was developed and is being implemented in conjunction with contracted medical and public health experts and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local guidance.

The testing policy will include pre-arrival, arrival, and ongoing testing, as appropriate, for all students, faculty, staff, and other Community members.

What is a pre-arrival test?

A pre-arrival test is the first mandatory COVID-19 test taken within a 72-hour window before setting foot on campus. The test can be administered at MCPHS testing sites—trailers on University property but not inside buildings—or individuals may contact their primary care practitioner (PCP) or use an approved outside testing service. All tests done on campus are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests; tests done at an outside faculty must be a PCR test. No rapid antigen tests will be accepted.

What facilities outside MCPHS University can I use for testing?

You can work with your PCP or check your state's government website for testing information. Click on the following links for information for some states close to MCPHS:

Can I come to campus with a negative pre-arrival test but while exhibiting symptoms?

No. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to come to campus.

Will I be reimbursed for my pre-arrival test?

MCPHS will reimburse students for any out-of-pocket testing costs related to their pre-arrival test. Please contact covid19team@mcphs.edu with details of your expenses.

What is an arrival test?

An arrival test is the second mandatory test, which a student must schedule in advance of arriving on campus and take on their scheduled arrival date. Note: pre-arrival testing and arrival testing occur only once.

If I live close to one of the three MCPHS campuses, can I get my pre-arrival test on campus?

If you live close to one of MCPHS’s three campuses, you may schedule your pre-arrival test on that campus.

  • The Boston campus testing site is located adjacent to the Fennell building on Palace Road.
  • The Worcester campus testing site is located behind 10 Lincoln Square at the corner of School Street.
  • The Manchester campus testing site is located in the lower lot of the Manchester campus, off of Hollis Street. 

Test time availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please use the CoVerified app to schedule your test.

Will there be ongoing testing?

Yes. Following the initial pre-arrival and arrival tests, students are required to be retested regularly. Regular testing ensures a safe and healthy campus environment for everyone. Students can be tested at the campus testing sites.

Students who have an approved reason not to be vaccinated will be required to wear masks and undergo more frequent testing.

Download the COVID-19 Testing Frequency Schedule.

What is the procedure for ongoing testing, and how often will it occur?

Anyone who comes to campus must have a negative test not older than seven days. Download the COVID-19 Testing Frequency Schedulefor complete details.

All students, faculty, and staff must complete the symptom report located on the CoVerified app before coming to campus each day, wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, cover coughs and sneezes, frequently wash hands, avoid large groups, monitor health daily, and stay home if they are not feeling well.

Can I get tested outside of MCPHS at places such as at a pharmacy or other clinic for ongoing testing?

Yes, you can. If you get tested at an outside facility, the test must be within the correct time frame, and the results must be uploaded to the CoVerified app for approval. MCPHS may not be able to reimburse you should you choose to use an outside facility other than the tests offered at the campus testing sites. All outside tests must be PCR tests; no rapid antigen tests will be accepted.

Can I get tested at an outside testing center and then get tested again on campus?

Yes, but MCPHS may not be able to reimburse you should you choose to use an outside facility or an external testing service. If you get tested at an outside facility, the test must be within the correct time frame and the results must be submitted to the CoVerified app for approval.

I am a student who is not coming to campus for the fall semester. Can I get a COVID-19 test?

Students who are completing all fall 2021 courses online, are working at clinical rotation sites, or are traditional online students can get COVID-19 testing. Testing is available on all three MPCHS campuses.

Students who cannot get to one of the MCPHS campuses may get a test from one of the regional state testing centers or ordered by their PCP.

MCPHS will reimburse students for out-of-pocket testing costs related to their COVID-19 test if required by their clinical rotation only. Please contact COVID19team@mcphs.edu with details of your expenses.

If I am under 18, can I still get tested?

All MCPHS on-campus students can be tested regardless of age.

What is symptom checking, and how does it work? 

Additionally, each day, all students will be expected to complete the symptom report located on the CoVerified app before engaging in activities on campus. This screening questionnaire will help advise you whether to remain at home or in your residence hall rather than engaging in activities on campus that may put you and others at risk for potential COVID-19 exposures.

What is contact tracing, and how does it work at MCPHS?

The COVID-19 Team will use the testing results and the daily health screening questionnaire to assist in its contact tracing efforts. The types of exposures to COVID-19 are (1) a confirmed exposure or (2) a potential exposure. A confirmed exposure is based on a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis through testing with a quantitative PCR test. A potential exposure is based on the identification of clinical symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

In the case of a confirmed or potential exposure to COVID-19 on campus, the COVID-19 Team’s contact tracing staff will reach out to the person or people who were exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Team will inform them of the nature of the exposure and advise them on the appropriate next steps. We will notify MCPHS University close contacts of the person or persons who had either a confirmed or potential exposure on campus. The COVID-19 Team will adhere to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) standards and will never provide personally identifiable information about a confirmed COVID-19 case or potential COVID-19 case that may be a source of COVID-19 exposure

Where are the testing sites located?

  • The Boston campus testing site is located adjacent to the Fennell building on Palace Road.
  • The Worcester campus testing site is located behind 10 Lincoln Square at the corner of School Street.
  • The Manchester campus testing site is located in the lower lot of the Manchester campus, off of Hollis Street.

Test time availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please use the CoVerified app to schedule your test.

What should I expect when I get to the testing site?

Once you arrive at the testing site, you will proceed to the table to blow your nose in preparation for the test. Students should be prepared to present their MCPHS photo identification. Students will then self-administer the noninvasive nasal test swab. Please use the CoVerified app to schedule your test. Some walk-ins will be accepted at testing sites, but those with appointments will have priority. 

Students must complete the symptom report on the CoVerified app before they arrive for their scheduled test. Visitors must wear masks at all times unless they need to be removed for specific procedures.

What if I don’t have my photo ID as a new student?

New students who do not yet have their MCPHS ID should give their name and date of birth at the testing site and provide their MCPHS email (not personal email).

What items do I need on the day of the test?

Students should be prepared to present their MCPHS photo identification. New students who do not have their MCPHS ID yet should give their name and date of birth and MCPHS email address (not personal email) at the testing site.

How long does it take to find out the result of my test?

Test results should be available to students within 24 to 48 hours of the test being swabbed.

Where do I present my pre-arrival test?

You will need to submit your negative test results for your pre-arrival test using the CoVerified app. On the home page menu, choose “Report,” then select “Upload Test Result.” Submission of test results will enable you to be admitted to class and on campus with the proper COVID-19 preventative precautions.

What should I do if I don’t get my test results back in time for classes or labs?

You must have a negative test result to attend classes, labs, or clinics. Therefore, please plan your testing appointments appropriately. If you do not receive your result in time, please contact covid19team@mcphs.edu, and we will do our best to assist you. You should also contact your professors.

If I test negative in both the pre-arrival and arrival tests, am I allowed to see patients?

Yes.

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having the virus?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has been in contact with a positive case, or has symptoms, they will be asked to quarantine or isolate. Residential students will be expected to follow the University’s requirements regarding personal behavior, and students who have tested positive will be moved to a designated room for isolation if they cannot travel home with family. Students residing in a residential space with someone who requires isolation or quarantine may also be asked to quarantine to mitigate any further spread.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

What are the testing site hours of operation?

For testing site hours on all three campuses, please download the COVID-19 Testing Center Hours of Operation.

What happens if I do arrive on campus more than 72 hours before my classes start?

If you are not able to provide a negative test result within 72 hours of it being swabbed, you will be advised to schedule an arrival test, and you will undergo a restriction of movement and self-monitoring protocol in your off-campus residence or within the residence hall pending the return of a negative COVID-19 test result.

I scheduled a test that is outside of the 72-hour window. Will that test still be accepted?

No. We require all students to be tested within a 72-hour time frame before coming to campus. If you cannot schedule an appointment to get a test within that time frame, please contact covid19team@mcphs.edu.

What if I cannot schedule an appointment in time for class?

Please email covid19team@mcphs.edu and contact your professors.

What if I am traveling to an MCPHS campus from another state or country?

If you are traveling to a Massachusetts campus, you must comply with the State of Massachusetts travel advisory. There are currently no restrictions on out-of-state visitors to New Hampshire.

If you cannot acquire a negative result from your PCP or urgent care clinic less than 72 hours before your arrival, you will have to take the following precautions for the health and safety of yourself and others:

You must contact Residence Life and the COVID-19 Team to let them know about your incoming arrival. Due to logistical planning complications, you are subject to quarantine/restriction of movement when you arrive at your on-campus residential accommodations. You will remain in quarantine/restriction of movement pending a negative test result. If you live off campus, you must still notify the campus administration and COVID-19 Team of your arrival.

Upon your arrival, without a negative result less than 72 hours old, you must immediately quarantine/restrict your movement in your room while abiding by the COVID-19 prevention precautions. This includes always wearing a face mask, washing hands, and maintaining proper sanitary/hygienic practices. You will be restricted to leaving your room or designated quarantine space only for essential services, such as going to get food or medicine.

COVID-19 Testing at MCPHS

Icons of a testing tube and a positive and a negative symbol.

MCPHS tests all students who are coming to campus to keep our community safe and healthy.

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COVID-19 Team Contact Information

covid19team@mcphs.edu
617.732.2798