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Testing, Tracing, Quarantine & Isolation

Schedule COVID Test

The campus COVID-19 Surveillance testing program will be reducing hours for summer.  Effective Monday, May 10, the COVID testing site will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..  All prior scheduled appointments will be cancelled after Thursday, May 6.

If you have questions about your scheduled test or need to reschedule your time, email covidtesting@uml.edu.

REPORTING SYMPTOMS OR POSITIVE TEST

If you are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive or have been deemed to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive, please do not come to campus.

  • Residential students or those attending courses on campus: call the COVID line at 978-934-COV2 (2682) or email Student_SymptomReporting@uml.edu to talk to a healthcare professional.
  • Students residing off campus or taking virtual/online classes: contact your health care professional.
  • Employees: contact your supervisor and email the COVID-19 HR Response Team at COVID19HR@uml.edu or call Kim Casey at 978-934-3557.

Surveillance Testing Results for week ending 5/8/2021

Population TestedTotal Number TestedPositive ResultsPositivity Rate
Residential Students79917
Faculty/Staff3020
Off-campus Students5265
On Campus Vendor70
Non-UML Community13*
Prior Week Total1,647221.34%
* Positive test results reflect our UML Campus community members only and does not reflect any results for non-UML community testing partners as they are external agencies who are not part of our UML community.  

Number TestedNumber PositivePositivity Rate
AY 2020-2021 Cumulative Total59,5332440.41%

Surveillance testing is being conducted on all residential students and select commuter students, faculty and staff. See below for more information on our campus testing program.

Other Reported COVID-19 Diagnoses

Prior week
Diagnosed cases reported1
Reported cases in this category are separate from surveillance testing being conducted on campus. A COVID-19 diagnosis is protected health information and the university can only release in aggregate information campus community members chose to share.

All positive surveillance results and diagnosed cases listed above are reviewed by the university’s COVID-19 Risk Response Team in a timely manner to ensure an appropriate campus risk assessment review and mitigation strategy deployment. Learn about the COVID Campus Risk Response

City of Lowell reporting information

State of Massachusetts reporting information

UMass Lowell Testing Program

The UMass Lowell asymptomatic testing program for COVID-19 is designed to mitigate community spread through early detection of infection. Our asymptomatic program includes the following:

If you have questions about your scheduled COVID-19 test, please email COVIDtesting@uml.edu.

Residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are not participating in the UML Surveillance testing program are eligible to participate in the Stop the Spread testing initiative offered free of change. Please visit Stop the Spread for more information. Residents of New Hampshire can find information about free testing in their state at https://business.nh.gov/DOS_COVID19Testing/. Anyone can register for testing at CVS.

Onboarding Testing

Residential students are required to be tested on the first day of arrival (day 0) at University Crossing prior to returning to their rooms and will stay in their rooms until they receive a negative test and may only leave room/suite to pick up meals at Rowdy's. Congregating in common areas of suites or residence halls is not allowed, and students will engage in classes in a remote mode until receipt of their negative test. Students with negative tests will also be retested on Day 3 and Day 7.   

Commuter students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are expected to be tested prior to the start of the spring semester. Testing can be done through the surveillance program prior to returning to campus starting the week of Jan. 17. Student sign-up | Employee sign-up

Those that have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from testing for 90 days. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 at an off campus (non-UML) test site since Nov. 1, 2020 should upload a copy of their positive test result to the COVID-19 Documents section of the Student Health Portal. Staff and faculty should notify HR via COVID19HR@uml.edu

Residential students must participate in surveillance testing per their housing contract even if they have been vaccinated, as the clinical evidence is still not clear on whether spread is still possible even in the vaccinated. Others who have been vaccinated should still participate in surveillance testing as they may be carriers.

All participants will be prompted to create an account in the Care Evolve portal after the first time you test (even if you had an account in the fall) and then log in to the secure portal to get your results after each test.

Weekly Surveillance Testing Procedure

Surveillance testing is by appointment only and is NOT intended to serve as a walk-in site. All students should schedule your recurring weekly appointment. Staff and faculty who are on campus regularly are expected to continue weekly testing throughout the semester via this scheduling website. 
If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not come to campus or leave your room if you are a resident. Students should call the COVID symptom reporting line at 978-934-2682 to get further instructions. Staff and faculty should call 978-934-3557.
Make sure you have an appointment scheduled before arriving at the testing location and bring your campus ID as no one can be tested without presenting their UML ID. If you do not have an ID you will need to get one at UCAPS prior to testing. Face coverings, hand hygiene and social distancing are required at all times while in the testing center and while on campus. Go to the Moloney Ball Room on the second floor of University Crossing at 220 Pawtucket St., Room 260, Lowell.

Test Results 

Your test results will typically be available 24 to 36 hours after the specimen is delivered to the laboratory. 

Individuals who test negative will be notified via email from Careevolve@lknotification.com

Students who test positive will receive a call from the local Board of Health or the Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC) and a UMass Lowell Health Services staff member, who will explain further steps. Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate in accordance with the guidelines of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health authorities. We will assist you in managing the logistics of how to successfully maintain your isolation period. Please make sure your phone has voice mail set up and is able to receive incoming messages.

Employees who test positive will receive a call from their local Board of Health or the Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC) and a Circle Health employee, who will explain further steps. Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate in accordance with the guidelines of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health authorities.

Symptomatic Testing

Daily symptom monitoring and testing will occur throughout the semester. Students, faculty and staff shall conduct a daily self-screening, and those with any COVID-19 symptoms, living either on or off-campus, will be expected to report those symptoms as follows:
  • Students: If you live on campus or are commuting to campus, call the COVID line at 978-934-COV2 (2682) or email Student_SymptomReporting@uml.edu to talk to a health care professional. You should stay in your room or at home until you talk to the professional to discuss next steps to support your health and the health of our community. If you are taking your classes remotely, contact your primary care provider.
  • Employees: Contact your supervisor and email the COVID-19 HR Response Team at COVID19HR@uml.edu or call Kim Casey at 978-934-3557.
Clinical testing of symptomatic individuals and those determined to be close contacts with a COVID-19 positive individual will also be promptly tested. Infection rates will be monitored on campus and in the Lowell area.

Contact Tracing

The role of the university in contact tracing can be characterized as supportive. The statutory responsibilities of local public health are to initiate and lead contact tracing. As a reminder, a close contact is defined as someone who was closer than six feet from you for longer than 15 minutes.  

Our role as an organization, if requested by local public health or the Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC), is to clarify the scope of contact a student or staff member might have had while on campus. Local public health authorities may also contact the university if there are unusual and/or alarming levels of disease requiring more intensive investigations and accompanying interventions. The status of an employee's or student’s health is considered protected health information and will not be shared with the community in a manner that would violate the right to privacy of that community member.  

Health Services will support the symptom assessment review and the logistics of placing a student in isolation and quarantine when a positive case is identified in our student population. This will be recorded by Health Services in the manner of other protected health information.

Quarantine & Isolation Plan

Quarantine

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick and to limit the risk of transmission of disease to others. Even if you feel healthy and well you may be required to quarantine if you have been identified as having had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. As we have learned more about the Corona virus, guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on the amount of time one should quarantine has changed several times in the course of the last few months. UMass Lowell will follow the most up to date guidance in establishing our protocols. 

Students living in the residence halls will quarantine in their current residence hall assignment. They should stay in their bedroom and have no contact with other people for the number of days outlined by public health after their last exposure to someone with known disease. Individuals should only leave their room to get food left at their residence hall door or to use the bathroom in their suite or hall floor and should wear a mask whenever leaving their room. If in a suite, they should not leave the suite except in the case of an emergency such as a fire alarm or medical crisis.

  • Per standard public health protocols, students who are quarantined will be contacted by a Health Services staff member on a periodic basis to conduct a general wellness review including a symptom review that will be documented in their existing medical record and treated as all other protected health information (PHI) would be in a medical record.
  • If directed by an outside agency to quarantine, students should report that information to the Wellness Center. Health Services will register that information in the student’s health record and will follow up with the student during the quarantine period.
  • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.  Students should notify their health care provider first if symptoms emerge and then notify the Wellness Center to update their health record. 
  • Stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Students will have food delivered to their rooms by a representative of the University during quarantine. The ordering and delivery of food other than that provided by dining services left directly in front of the student’s room is not allowed during quarantine in the residence hall.

Isolation

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Students will be required to isolate if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting for test results, have cough, fever, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. Current guidance from the Center of Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is that those with COVID-19 remain in isolation for 10 days.

Students testing on campus who have a positive result will be notified by a member of the Health Services staff to discuss initiation of isolation including arrangements for relocation to the ICC for the duration of isolation. If a residential student determines that they wish to isolate off campus they must remain off campus until they are officially released from isolation by public health or other designated public entity and provide Health Services with documentation of that release.

  • Once in isolation students must stay in their bedroom and have no contact with other people for the number of days outlined by public health. Individuals should only leave their room to get food left at their room door except in the case of an emergency such as a fire alarm or medical crisis.
  • Students will have food delivered to their rooms by a representative of the university during isolation. The ordering and delivery of food other than that provided by dining services left directly in front of the student’s room is not allowed during isolation in the residence hall. 
  • Per standard public health protocols, students who are isolated will be contacted by a Health Services staff member on a periodic basis to conduct a general wellness review including a symptom review that will be documented in their existing medical record and treated as all other protected health information (PHI) would be in a medical record.

Be Prepared & Have a Go Bag

The contents of Abby Lipski's go bag Photo by Abigail Lipski

As we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that at UML keeping our community healthy and safe is embedded in everything we do.

With that in mind we’ve developed protocols based on guidance from health officials and have plans in place for students who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 to follow an isolation protocol on campus.

Making a Go Bag

To keep you and everyone in our community healthy and safe, as well as for your comfort, we want you to be ready should you test positive for COVID-19 while living on campus.

In an unpredictable time as we continue to live with a pandemic, taking charge of what you are able to control can be a very empowering. Creating a “Go Bag” is something completely in your control and is an important part of being prepared if you are instructed to isolate.

Right now, take about 15 minutes to get a “Go Bag” ready in the event that you need to leave your current room to go to your self-designated off campus isolation location or relocate to the on campus isolation housing as time will be of the essence to minimize exposure to others  should you need to move to another space. 

The suggested list (below) includes items that you may use on a regular basis - a good strategy might be for you to put all of the items nearby each other so you can gather them quickly.

If you need to be moved to on campus isolation housing, rest assured that basics like a bed, bed linens and meals will be provided.

As you put your Go Bag items together, please keep in mind that should you need to be in isolation, you will be in a different space for a period for about 10 days, so having all of the important stuff in your life ready to go will make life easier for you during that time period.  

Here are some suggested items as you consider what to include in your Go Bag.

  • ALWAYS have your UML ID with you – ALWAYS
  • Personal hygiene items, including bath towels
  • Face coverings
  • Containers of the medications you take, including nonprescription (over the counter drugs) as well as prescription medication. Be sure to have enough for 14 days just in case you need to isolate longer due to feeling poorly.
  • A thermometer (part of the supplies we advised students to bring when moving back on campus)
  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • All your important documents, including insurance cards and, if an international student, your passport
  • Notepad, pen/pencil
  • Several changes of clothes/underclothes/pajamas
  • Towels
  • If you keep snacks in your room, put a supply of them in your Go Bag

Doing this now is important as you may have very little time to prepare if you need to be temporarily moved. Having all of this together will allow you to grab and go and have the items you’ll need while away from your residence hall and leave you able to continue with school and personal responsibilities.