COVID-19 Testing Center
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 8 am–6 pm.
We will have reduced hours, 10 am-3 pm, on Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 11.
You do not need to sign up or make an appointment in advance - come any time during our open hours.
All students, faculty and staff 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.
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.
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 first results, you will receive an email from CareEvolve@lnotification.com with the subject line “Lab results available from your provider — Register now.” You will be directed to a patient registration page to create your account. Results should be ready 24–36 hours after 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.