Why is Olin requiring COVID-19 tests for asymptomatic people in the campus community?
Frequent, rapid testing of the on-campus population allows the College to isolate those who test positive and quarantine those who have had close contact with people who have tested positive or shown symptoms. By quickly isolating and quarantining those who are or may be infected, we can slow or stop spread of the virus among those on campus.
Who is doing the tests?
Tests are being provided and processed by The Broad Institute through the Safe for School program. The test is an observed self-collected swab of the nostrils. Testing on Olin’s campus is managed by temporary employees who are credentialed medical professionals.
When can I get tested at Olin?
The testing schedule for Summer 2021 is as follows:
This schedule will be in place through June 29th. Testing plans following that date have not yet been finalized.
Where do I get tested at Olin?
Testing is being conducted in the lobby of Milas Hall. Please bring your ID card with you, as it will speed up the check-in process (it can be hard to hear names when people have masks on!). Please be sure to wear a mask, and to observe all physical distancing signage. You will enter Milas Hall through the main doors (facing the Oval) and exit through the side door. Please note that the testing site in Milas is for ASYMPTOMATIC testing- if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please call Babson Health Services at 781-239-6363 (students) or your primary care provider (employees) to schedule a test.
How long do I have to wait for results?
We anticipate that results will be available in 24-36 hours following your test. Results will be shared via CoVerified.
What is CoVerified?
CoVerified (available as a mobile app and in a web-based version) lets you schedule COVID-19 tests, receive results, and complete your required daily symptom reporting. You can also upload test results from other providers outside of Olin. You can find information about using CoVerified here.
Does CoVerified track my location?
How do I schedule a test?
Go to the “Testing” section in CoVerified to view available time slots and schedule a test.
What if I get a message saying I need to re-test?
You may receive a message saying your test was invalid or unsatisfactory. If this happens, you will use CoVerified to schedule an appointment for a new test as soon as possible.
What happens if my test is negative?
If your result is negative, continue to go about your day-to-day activities while practicing physical distancing, wearing a mask, and following all campus guidelines. Remember to schedule your next test!
What happens if I test positive?
If your result is positive, please isolate yourself immediately- return to/stay in your room/home, and do not interact with others. Individuals who test positive will need to isolate based on recommendations from a medical provider (Babson Health for students, Krista Chavez for employees).
Positive test results will be communicated to:
- The Community Tracing Collaborative, the agency overseeing contact tracing in Massachusetts
- For students, the Needham Board of Health
- For employees, the local Board of Health in their home community
- The medical provider who ordered the test (Babson Health Services for students, Krista Chavez, FNP for employees)
- A representative of the College (Director of Wellness for students, Director of Human Resources for employees)
What are isolation and quarantine?
Isolation is designated for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are symptomatic.
Quarantine is designated for individuals who have been identified by trained contact tracers as having been in close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19, but who may be asymptomatic.
Students who need to isolate or quarantine will do so in designated living accommodations and their health will be monitored by Babson Health Services. If you live in a standalone single room (not in a suite) with its own bathroom, you will isolate or quarantine in your own room. If you live in a suite, contact the college at (781) 343-1288 for instructions regarding isolation/quarantine space.
Employees who need to isolate or quarantine should remain at home and consult Krista Chavez and/or their primary care provider for guidance on isolation/quarantine as well as information regarding return to work and normal activities.
Close contacts who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and have confirmed their status with the College, are not required to quarantine.
What if I am asymptomatic and test positive?
Asymptomatic individuals who test positive will need to remain in isolation for 10 days from their test date.
What if I am in contact with someone who becomes infected?
Close contacts of a positive individual who have not confirmed their fully vaccinated status with the College will need to quarantine for 10 days. If symptoms develop, regardless of vaccination status, isolation begins from the date of symptoms onset and will last at least 10 days.
What if I test negative but was identified as a close contact of a positive case?
An exposed person with a negative test who has not confirmed their fully vaccinated status with the College will need to quarantine for 10 days. If symptoms develop, regardless of vaccination status, isolation begins from the date of symptoms onset and will last at least 10 days.
When do I report contacts?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you are asked to use CoVerified to report any extended contact you have had with members of the community in the 5 days prior to the start of your symptoms/the date of your positive test. Extended contact is defined as being fewer than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes in a 24 hour period, masked or unmasked. If your contact with someone was shorter in duration and/or further away in distance, you should not report them as a contact. If you are a student, Babson Health Services will contact you and speak with you about your symptoms before reaching out to any of your contacts. If you are an employee, you will be contacted by your local Board of Health to discuss your contacts.
If I have recently tested positive for COVID-19, should I still participate in asymptomatic testing?
Anyone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 should not be tested again for 90 days after their positive test. If you have a positive test result that you received somewhere other than Olin, please upload documentation of your test result to CoVerified and notify Beth Grampetro (students) or Jeremy Goodman (employees).
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, will it cause me to test positive?
No. Currently available COVID-19 vaccines do not cause those who have been vaccinated to have positive PCR test results. You could have a positive antibody test, but those types of tests are not offered at Olin.
If I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19, am I required to participate in asymptomatic testing?
No. If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and 2 weeks have passed since your final dose, then you are considered fully vaccinated and you are not required to participate in testing. You must confirm your vaccination status with the College. You are welcome to take a test if you wish. If you experience COVID symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status, you should contact your medical provider for guidance.
If I am not vaccinated/have not confirmed my vaccination status with the College, how often should I test?
All unvaccinated students and employees (meaning anyone who has not confirmed to the college that they are fully vaccinated) who will be on campus this summer must participate in testing. Those who are on campus 4 or more days per week are expected to test twice per week. If you are on campus 3 or fewer days per week or intermittently, you should test at least once every week that you spend time on campus.
If you have questions about testing, isolation, or quarantine, please e-mail CHRT@olin.edu.