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Fall 2020

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Testing & Tracing

In addition to new cleaning measures, new equipment to enhance sanitization and disinfection of spaces, MassArt's Director of COVID-19 Operations, Madison Rivard coordinates our internal COVID-19 response. Madison is the COVID-focused MassArt point person for testing initiatives, the Colleges of the Fenway (COF)/US Healthy Work (USHW) coalition, Student Health Center, Office of Human Resource, Office of Housing and Residence Life, and other MassArt leaders to ensure smooth interactions and clear communications. This director will also lead MassArt's internal contact tracing program and oversee all health and safety protocols. 


Testing

In consultation with USHealthyWork, MassArt will be providing regular regular, ongoing testing for the MassArt community this fall through the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a nonprofit academic research institution based in Cambridge, MA. Connecting more than 4,000 scientists across MIT, Harvard, and Harvard hospitals, Broad aims to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.

ONGOING TESTING FREQUENCY  Weekly Every
Other Week
No Ongoing
Testing
Students      
Resident Assistants & Resident Directors  X    
Resident Students   X  
Students who are in a hybrid program or a remote program, and will schedule time on campus for studying or working*   X  
Students who are 100% remote and will not access campus     X
Employees      
On campus 3+ times per week X    
On campus 1-2 times per week   X  

Employees accessing the campus infrequently*
Examples: To pick up a library book or materials from an office or studio; To get your ID

    X
Employees  who are 100% remote and will not access campus     X

*Off-campus and commuting students who are included in the ongoing testing program (see below) may schedule their initial test; the date of the test should be within 2-3 days of when you expect to be on campus for the first time. After that, students should continue to schedule testing every other week through the Co-Verified app.


testing frequency

The regularity of testing will be based on how much time you spend on campus. Many hybrid programs operate in a one week on-campus, one week off-campus/remote cycle, therefore testing every other week aligns with time spent on campus. Employees and off-campus students who will be entirely remote will not be tested. 

The testing frequency outlined above will be in place for the foreseeable future, but may change if public health advice warrants. All students, faculty and staff accessing campus regularly will be required to have regular testing at the frequency specified above. All community members will need to abide by our measures of health and safety including but not limited to: daily symptom tracking, wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and physical distancing. 


Co-Verified: COVID-19 Campus Tool

MassArt is partnering with CoVerified to schedule on-campus testing, view test results, as well as symptom tracking and contact tracing. All students and employees will need to use Co-Verified app to access the campus. 

No Symptoms
Only those who are without any symptoms will be given access to campus. On campus, everyone must wear a mask, sanitize hands, and practice physical distancing.

Positive for COVID-19 Symptoms
Community members who log positive symptoms for COVID-19 (Fever, loss of smell/taste, feelings of exhaustion, etc.) will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test, the results of which will be available within 24 hours. 

We'd like all of our community members to complete the symptom tracking every morning in Co-Verified; even if you won't be accessing campus that day. It's a great habit to get into so you don't forget on days you will be accessing campus and it never hurts to assess how you are feeling.

Please note: you know your body best. For example, if you have seasonal allergies that cause headaches regularly and you know that's what your headache is from, don't mark it on the symptom tracker or you won't be able to access campus. If you have a headache that is unrelated to your allergies or feels different than usual, then you should note it in the symptom tracker.

access co-verified

CoVerified mobile apps are available for Apple and Android Devices as well as via internet browser. Sign in with your MassArt email address (e.g., mynetid@massart.edu) and password. See the CoVerified tutorial for more information. If you experience any problems with CoVerified, please submit issues directly to their support team.

Please note: CoVerified was developed in April to address the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked with the vendor to ensure that the platform and the apps work, however, users are bound to encounter unexpected issues as we pioneer the use of this important technology. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.


Tracing

A team of MassArt employees have completed the John Hopkins University COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course for effective public health intervention in order to track, trace, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus. This team and the Director of COVID Operations will work with the Boston Public Health Commission.