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Testing and Contact Tracing

Pre-Arrival,  Arrival, Ongoing Testing, and Contact Tracing

Yes. As part of MCPHS’s Flexplan 2020, our plan for the safe reopening in the Fall, 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 as well as CDC, state, and local guidance.

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

A “pre-arrival” test is the first mandatory COVID-19 test taken within a 72-hour window before setting foot on campus. This test can occur at MCPHS testing sites—trailers on University property but not inside buildings—or individuals may contact their PCP or use an approved outside testing service.

You can work with your PCP or check your state’s government website for testing information. Below is information for some states close to MCPHS:

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

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.

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

If you live within close proximity 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 in the Major Taylor Parking Lot, located behind 10 Lincoln..
  • 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.

Yes. Following the initial pre-arrival and arrival tests, students will be required to be re-tested up to twice per week. This ensures that we will have a safe and healthy campus environment. Students can be tested at the campus testing sites.

Anyone who comes to campus must have a negative test not older than seven days

Download the COVID-19 Testing Schedule for complete details. 

All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire before coming to campus each day, wear a cloth face covering or 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.

Yes, you can. If you get tested at an outside facility, the test must be within the correct timeframe and the results must be submitted to MCPHS. MCPHS may not be able to reimburse you should you choose to utilize an outside facility other than the tests offered at the campus testing sites.

Yes, but MCPHS may not be able to reimburse you should you choose to utilize an outside facility or an external testing service. If you get tested at an outside facility, the test must be within the correct timeframe and the results must be submitted to MCPHS.

Students who are completing all Fall 2020 courses online, are working at a clinical rotation sites, or are traditional online students can get COVID-19 testing for the purposes of health and safety of nearby communities and clinical rotation sites. Testing is available on all three MPCHS campuses. Students who are unable to 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 any out-of-pocket testing costs related to their COVID-19 test. Please contact COVID19team@mcphs.edu with details of you expenses.

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

Additionally, each day, all students will be expected to complete the daily health screening questionnaire before engaging in activities on campus. This screening questionnaire will help advise you on 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.

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 by means of testing that is used with a quantitative PCR test. A potential exposure is based on the identification of clinical symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

When there is a confirmed or potential exposure to COVID-19 on campus, the COVID-19 Team’s contact tracing staff will reach out to the individual(s) who were exposed or were potentially exposed to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Team will inform individuals of the nature of exposure and advise them on the appropriate next steps, and we will notify MCPHS University close contacts of the individual(s) who encountered either a confirmed or potential exposure on campus. The COVID-19 Team will adhere to HIPAA standards and will never provide personal identifiable information about a confirmed COVID-19 case or potential COVID-19 case that may be a source of COVID-19 exposure.


Testing Sites

  • The Boston campus testing site is located adjacent to the Fennell building on Palace Road.
  • The Worcester campus testing site is located in the Major Taylor Parking Lot, located behind 10 Lincoln.
  • 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.

Upon arrival at the testing site at their scheduled time, students will be greeted by an MCPHS staff member. Students should be prepared to present their MCPHS photo identification. A Brewster Ambulance healthcare professional will then administer the non-invasive nasal test swab. All MCPHS testing site visits will occur by appointment only and students must complete the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire before they arrive for their scheduled test. Visitors must wear cloth face coverings or masks at all times, unless they need to be removed for certain procedures.

For testing site hours on all three campuses please download the testing site schedule

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

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


Testing Results

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

After you get your “pre-arrival” test, you will need to show your negative test results for your “arrival” test at a designated MCPHS site. You will not be required to "submit" your test results to anyone. You will only present a negative result. This will enable you to be admitted to class and on campus with the proper COVID-19 preventative precautions.

Please send an email to covid19team@mcphs.edu and we will do our best to assist you on a case-by-case basis. You should also contact your professor(s).

We need to know your pre-arrival status prior to attending class, so you do need to have your negative test results back before attending any classes.

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 are unable to 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.

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.


Testing Scheduling

For the most up-to-date test site hours please check the online scheduling system through the CoVerified App or email covid19team@mcphs.edu.

Please notify the COVID-19 Team to coordinate the cancellation of your appointment at covid19team@mcphs.edu.

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.

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.


Traveling to Campus

You can find the Massachusetts Travel Form here.

If you are traveling from a high-risk state, you must comply with the State of Massachusetts Travel Order that went into effect on August 1st. You must complete a travel form as an out-of-state traveler from a high-risk state.

If you are unable to 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 will have to 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 the quarantine/restriction of movement when you arrive to your on-campus residential accommodations. You will then 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, you must quarantine/restrict your movement in your room immediately while abiding by the COVID-19 prevention precautions. This includes always wearing a face mask, washing hands, maintaining proper sanitary/hygienic practices, and you are restricted to leaving your room or designated quarantine space only for essential services, such as going to get food or medicine.

Students, coming from outside of the low-risk state area or from a country outside of the United States, must have their test swab sample taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival on campus, pursuant to the Massachusetts Travel Order made effective on August 1, 2020.


Guests on Move-In Day

Each student may bring one guest, such as a family member or friend, to assist them with move-in during their two-hour window. That guest must also obtain a COVID-19 test not more than seven days before move-in, and must be prepared to provide proof of a negative test result. Cloth face coverings or masks must be worn at all times during the move-in process.

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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Flexplan 2020

Flexplan Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall

Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall.

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COVID-19 Team Contact Information

Phone:
617-732-2798

Email:
covid19team@mcphs.edu

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.