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FAQs- COVID-19 & Spring 2022


Isolation and Quarantine

What if I was around someone and later found out they tested positive?

If you are fully vaccinated and have received your booster dose, you do not need to quarantine, but should monitor yourself for symptoms. If you are fully vaccinated but have not yet received your booster dose, you will need to quarantine for 7 days. In both cases, you should monitor yourself for symptoms and will need to get tested 3-5 days after the exposure. If you are unvaccinated with an approved medical or religious exemption, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.


Someone I live with tested positive for COVID. What should I do?

If possible, you should physically separate yourself from the person who tested positive for at least 5 days while they are infectious, and monitor yourself for symptoms. You should get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure to the person who tested positive. If you’re unable to separate from the person, you both should wear a mask.
 

I tested positive with a rapid at-home test. What should I do?

Please email covid@massart.edu so one of our team members can reach out to support you. You should also upload your test result into CoVerified. You will need to isolate yourself from others for at least 5 days and monitor yourself for symptoms.
 

I’m experiencing some minor symptoms. What should I do?

If you are feeling sick or under the weather, please stay home. Even if your symptoms are minor or you have a recent negative test result, you should still remain home and separate from others until you are no longer feeling sick. If you are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms, it is best to make an appointment with a clinician who can evaluate you and devise a plan for your health. Students are able to set up a telehealth appointment with a clinician through Optum Student Health Services. Please call 617.879.5220 to schedule a same-day appointment. Optum Student Health Services is open Monday–Friday, 9am-6pm and can diagnose and treat respiratory and other conditions. For more information, click here. Employees should contact their primary care provider to set up an appointment. If you would like further support, please contact the MassArt COVID Team at covid@massart.edu.


Testing

What kind of testing is MassArt doing?

We are partnering with the Broad Institute to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or molecular tests, which is the gold standard and the most accurate test for detecting current COVID-19 infection.

Testing will be available through the Spring semester. View the ongoing testing schedule.

Is testing free?
These tests will be free for students, faculty, and staff included in our testing program.
 

COVID-19 testing is difficult to find right now. Can my friend or family member test at MassArt’s site?

Unfortunately not. MassArt’s testing site is for its students, faculty, and staff only. Local testing sites can be found by searching here. It may also be possible for them to secure testing through their primary care physician or clinician.
 

How long does it take to get results?

Results can take 24 to 48 hours for the Broad Institute lab to process the tests. At the start of every semester, and if there is an increase in positivity rate, it is expected test results may take 48 hours or longer to process.
 

Where is MassArt’s testing site?

Our test site is in the South Crackertorium, which you can find by taking an immediate left at the DMC main entrance.
 

How can I make an appointment for testing?

Through your CoVerified app or on the website; click on the “Testing” icon for instructions.
 

Can walk-ins be accommodated at the test site?

We have a limited capacity for walk-in test appointments, and you may have to wait in a line. We encourage everyone to book an appointment through CoVerified to help with the efficiency of the testing site.
 

Do students who are taking remote classes need to be tested?

Students who are taking 100% remote classes, are not living on campus, and will not be accessing campus are not required to be tested. If you have a vaccination exemption and plan on accessing campus during the semester, you will need to be tested according to your required frequency.
 

Can I get tested outside of MassArt?

You are welcome to take a test off campus and submit it in CoVerified utilizing the “+” menu to upload your test result. For ongoing surveillance testing, we only accept PCR or NAAT test results.


Masks

May I still wear my favorite cloth MassArt branded mask?

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant caused health experts to revisit recommendations regarding masks and cloth masks alone are not sufficient. The most important consideration is the fit of the mask – if it is loose fitting and does not cover your nose and mouth (at the same time) it does not provide sufficient protection for you or anyone you come in close contact with.
 

What masks are recommended?

Current public health guidance indicates that cloth masks alone do not provide protection to help mitigate the spread of COVID. More effective, closer-fitting masks are recommended to help protect against the highly infectious Omicron variant. The College strongly recommends medical grade masks, which include KN95, N95, KF94, or surgical masks, be worn on campus. Your favorite cloth masks may be layered over a medical-grade mask, but cloth masks alone are not recommended. It is important that regardless of the type of mask you wear, that you follow this important requirement and ensure that the mask fits well!
 

Are there masks available to me on campus?

The College has a large supply of surgical masks and has KN95 masks available at the two campus entry points, DMC and Kennedy.