As we increase our on-campus population for the spring semester, we are expanding our surveillance testing program to account for the increased numbers of students and employees on campus. All faculty and staff who will be on campus are also expected to participate in the weekly surveillance testing program. Residential students are required to be tested weekly. If you have questions about your scheduled test or need to reschedule your time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.