Mount Holyoke College developed an asymptomatic testing program in order to quickly identify positive COVID-19 cases. Our testing and contact tracing programs, along with our strict public health protocols and shared commitment to the community compact, have helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. We have been testing since August 12, 2020. Testing data can be viewed on the College’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Daily Health Self-Check
Everyone must do a daily health self-check. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 cannot come to the MHC testing center. Employees with symptoms must stay home and notify their supervisor. Students must stay in their room and call Health Services immediately: (413) 538-2121. All faculty, staff and students must follow all MHC health and safety protocols.
Testing Center Location
The testing center is located in the Abbey-Buckland MultiPurpose Room, as shown on the campus map. Enter through the accessible doors on Mary Woolley Circle. There is ample parking in Gorse lot on Morgan Street.
Hours of Operation
You do not need to sign up or make an appointment in advance — come any time during our open hours.
During the week of May 16:
Monday–Thursday: 8 am–5:30 pm
During the week of May 23:
Monday: 8 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday: 8 am–1 pm
Wednesday: 8 am–5:30 pm
Thursday: 8 am–12 pm
The testing center closes for the summer at noon on May 26.
One Card Required
All students, faculty, staff and approved affiliates must have a valid OneCard in order to enter the center and will not be permitted to test if they do not have it with them. Do not wait in line if you do not have your OneCard with you.
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Upcoming Dates and Times
The testing center follows the College’s holiday, break and adverse weather closing and delay schedules. While this page will be updated regularly, in some cases we may have to make changes without notice. Every effort will be made to get an announcement out to the community. During adverse weather, call the College’s weather line: (413) 538-2330.
Who is Being Tested
Twice per week testing
All students are required to be tested twice each week through the College’s asymptomatic testing program. Testing two days in a row is not permitted. The frequency of testing may be adjusted by the College at any time, depending on public health conditions and any evolving trends in this pandemic.
Note: Testing compliance is monitored - undocumented missed tests will be subject to disciplinary action.
Employees and Approved Affiliates
Once per week testing
All faculty, staff and approved affiliates who have regular close interactions with others on campus are required to participate in the asymptomatic testing program as outlined in the Community Compact. Current employees are automatically enrolled. New employees will be given a testing registration form during the hiring process. New affiliates will be informed about the process by the MHC department they are associated with and cannot come to the testing center without approval first. New employees and new affiliates will need to bring their completed testing registration form when they come for their first test. Do not come to the testing center for your first test without your completed form. Following your first test, you will be added to the weekly testing schedule and are expected to test weekly. Always bring your MHC OneCard - no employee or affiliate will be able to test without a valid OneCard. Your compliance with testing will be tracked and any undocumented missed tests will be subject to disciplinary action.
Planned Missed COVID Test
Regular COVID testing is an important part of the College’s current health and safety protocols. MHC community members who have a rare, extenuating circumstance that will cause them to miss a test should fill out the planned missed COVID test form. Tests should be missed only when you will be away from campus for three or more consecutive weekdays. This form is in no way a means to opt out of mandatory testing. If you know you are going to miss one of your required tests, you must complete this form in advance. Once you have done so, there is no need to email other departments regarding a missed test and please do not send any external test results to anyone. Conduct meetings and follow up may still be necessary.
About the Test
Samples are collected using a nasal swab. This is a non-invasive, self-administered test. The test takes just a few seconds once you’ve become familiar with the process. After processing through the check-in station, testers pop open their tube, remove the wrapper from their swab, lower their mask, make three circles inside the edge of both nostrils, raise their mask, put the swab in the tube, cap it and proceed to the check-out station. Samples are sent to the Broad Institute’s COVID-19 testing lab for analysis. The Broad Institute has partnered with more than 100 colleges and universities in Massachusetts and the surrounding region. The analytical process detects genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus using a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR tests (or molecular tests) are highly accurate.
If you test negative, your results will be emailed to you when they are available. With your very first result, you will receive an email with a code from either NoReply@lknotification.com or CareEvolve@lnotification.com with the subject line “Lab results available from your provider.” You will be directed to a patient registration page to create your account using the code provided. Results should be ready 24–36 hours after the lab receives your test.
Careevolve is the lab system used by the Broad Institute; it's not a MHC system and testing center staff do not have access to individual accounts. If you are having trouble accessing your results, please contact Careevolve directly:
Phone: (617) 714-7250
Password reset: https://crsp.careevolve.com/Patient/Profile/ResetPwd
If you test positive in our program, you will be notified by a member of the MHC contact tracing team via email, phone call or text and guidance will be provided.
If a member of our testing program tests positive and needs to enter isolation, we will not administer a second PCR test to verify results, simply because a second PCR test would not provide this type of verification. If a second PCR were to be negative, this would not negate the first test due to the lag in timing between tests.
Additionally, those who test positive are deferred from our College testing program for 90 days. This is due to the fact that those who have recovered from COVID-19 may still test positive on a PCR test within this timeframe even though they are not contagious.
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