Do I need to get a test prior to arriving on campus?
If possible, we encourage you to obtain an FDA and EUA approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test 72 hours before traveling to campus. If you receive a positive result, you must delay your travel to campus for 10 days and until medically cleared.
When will I first be tested?
All students and employees returning to campus will be tested – the vast majority within 24 hours. All testing will be conducted by appointment. More information on scheduling appointments is forthcoming.
Off-campus students are encouraged to schedule their testing early, any time between August 15–19, to prepare for the start of classes.
How often will I be tested?
Students will be tested twice during their first week on campus, and planning is underway for weekly testing of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff throughout the fall semester. Testing frequency may be adjusted up or down based on public health guidance and community needs.
Where will the tests take place?
Regular asymptomatic surveillance testing will take place in the lower level of the BECC garage. Full-time students experiencing symptoms, and/or those who may be identified as close contacts of symptomatic individuals, will be tested through Babson’s Health Services office.
How will tests be administered?
Tests will be self-administered, under the direction of a health professional, using an anterior nasal swab. The anterior method is a more comfortable alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab, which involves inserting an elongated swab deep into the nose to the upper part of the throat.
How are tests processed?
Tests are sent to the Broad Institute for processing and analysis. Babson will use Nucleic acid amplification tests, or molecular tests, which detect active COVID-19 infection.
Tests identify the presence of characteristic sequences of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material (RNA) in respiratory samples of patients. If the viral RNA is detected, it suggests that the virus might be present. Use of the molecular RNA test enables rapid detection of infection, even in asymptomatic community members.
What happens if my asymptomatic surveillance test is negative?
Continue to go about your day-to-day activities, while observing proper public health precautions like social distancing and wearing a mask.
What happens if I test positive?
Students, faculty or staff who test positive will need to isolate until they are fever free for one day, have a noted improvement in symptoms, and 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. Students who live on campus and test positive will isolate in designated living accommodations; more information on isolation and quarantine will be shared in mid-August.
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 will need to quarantine for 14 days, even with a negative test. If symptoms develop, 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 will need to quarantine for 14 days.