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. Unvaccinated individuals who had a close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine and cannot come to the MHC testing center. Employees must stay home, contact their supervisor and follow the reporting protocols detailed in the Employee Reporting Chart in my.mtholyoke. Students must stay in their room and call Health Services immediately: (413) 538-2242. 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
The testing center is open Monday–Friday from 9 am–5 pm. You do not need to sign up or make an appointment in advance — come any time during our open hours.
The testing center will be closed on Monday, January 17.
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.
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.
January 21-23 Move-In Day Testing
We will be open during the weekend on January 22 and 23 for newly arriving students ONLY. All faculty, staff, and residential students already on campus or commuter students currently in the area must test during our regular weekday hours. Move-in day testing hours will be as follows:
- Friday, January 21: 8 am-6 pm
- Saturday, January 22: 8 am-6 pm
- Sunday, January 23: 12-6 pm
January 2022 Testing Requirements
All current residential students and any commuters accessing campus facilities must test twice per week.
Residential students and commuters that will be on campus after January 3 must fill out the planned missed COVID test form if they will need to miss a test. Students that have left campus do not need to fill out the form.
All employees currently included in our testing program should come to campus for weekly testing during Intersession, regardless of whether they are working on campus or remotely. Individuals expecting to be out of the area or otherwise unable to come to campus during Intersession should reach out to their supervisors for alternative arrangements. This is an important step to mitigate testing backlogs as students return to campuses across the state in January.
Employees must fill out the planned missed COVID test form if they will need to miss a test.
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Pre-Arrival Testing for ALL Students
Before returning to campus, all students will be expected to get a PCR COVID-19 test as close to departure as possible (ideally in the 2-3 day range). If you are unsure where to get a pre-arrival test, you can use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nationwide testing locator to find the nearest testing site to your location. Negative test results should be brought to the College Testing Center at arrival.
If you test positive, you must notify the College and you may not arrive for move-in or on to campus until you have completed your isolation at home or at your current location and received clearance from a medical professional. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Prior to Classes
All students and all teaching faculty will be required to demonstrate at least one negative PCR test before the start of classes.
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. We recommend that students get on either a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday testing schedule, if possible. 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.
Once per week testing
Employees who are interacting closely and frequently with students and/or colleagues are required to be tested once each week through the College’s asymptomatic testing program. This includes all teaching faculty and most staff. Employees or their supervisors must complete Human Resources’ COVID-19 Testing Enroll/ Disenroll form before entering or leaving the College’s asymptomatic testing program. We recommend that faculty/staff test on Wednesdays, if possible. The frequency of testing may be modified by the College at any time.
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, you will receive a phone call from Health Services and guidance will be provided. Upon learning of a positive result, trained contact tracers move quicky to locate that individual, provide guidance on quarantine and isolation protocols, coordinate with the South Hadley board of health, and quickly identify any close contacts that they may have had. Learn more on the Student Testing, Quarantine & Isolation and Contact Tracing page.
Individuals that test positive will be temporarily removed from our asymptomatic testing program for a period of 90 days. Health Services will notify students when they should resume testing and Human Resources will notify employees.
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