Surveillance testing is being conducted on all residential students and select commuter students, faculty and staff. See below for more information.
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.
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.
UMass Lowell will conduct weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing of its entire residential student population and select cohorts of commuter students, faculty and staff who frequently interact with others on campus. This step exceeds all current Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
Testing for any students who exhibit symptoms will be available through the Wellness Center. Symptomatic faculty and staff should contact their doctors for testing.
Surveillance testing is conducted among populations who are not showing symptoms in an effort to identify potential cases early and quickly isolate them before the virus can spread. UMass Lowell has partnered with the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center affiliated with MIT and Harvard University.
Students from Non-exempt States: Students coming from or who have travelled to states not on the exempt list in the two weeks prior to arriving on campus:
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 would be (if requested) 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 be asked to conduct the 14-day symptom assessment review and support the logistics of 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. You may be required to quarantine if you feel healthy AND had contact with a person with COVID-19:
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Prior to moving onto campus, residential students will identify an off-campus isolation plan through the Housing Portal.
In the event that a student contracts COVID-19 or they need to evacuate campus, students will be instructed to vacate campus to their designated Isolation location. In the event a student is unable to designate an isolation plan, a plan will be implemented that isolates the student in a room on campus.
You will be required to isolate if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or, are waiting for test results, or have cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19: