COVID-19 Testing Programs

COVID-19 Testing Programs

Updated May 11, 2021

UPDATES FOR WEEK OF MAY 10: The Asymptomatic Testing Center will close at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, and will be closed all day on Friday, May 14.

UPDATES FOR WEEK OF MAY 17: The Center will be open Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, May 20 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center will be closed on Monday and Friday, May 17 and 21. 

Asymptomatic Testing

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Free asymptomatic testing COVID-19 is conducted at the Public Health Promotion Center at the Mullins Center.  Testing is by appointment only.


For students required to test, falling out of compliance will lead to denial of access to face-to-face and online classes, the university LMS (learning management system, such as Blackboard Learn and Moodle) as well as access to campus facilities and dining services. Students have a couple of days to get back into compliance with testing before access to their LMS is de-activated.


Regular Testing Center Hours

Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Testing Is Required For:

  • Students who reside on campus are required to be tested twice a week. In addition, off-campus students coming to campus for face-to-face classes, research labs or work are also required to be tested twice a week.
     
  • Undergraduate students who live in the Amherst area and are not coming to campus for classes are required to get tested twice a week.
     
  • Graduate students coming to campus are required to get tested twice a week.
     
  • Graduate students who live in the Amherst area and are not coming to campus for classes are strongly encouraged to get tested weekly. These students also have the option to be tested twice a week.
     
  • Faculty who are teaching or conducting research on campus are required to be tested weekly.
  • Clinical faculty who are working in healthcare facilities or University Health Services staff who are providing in-person healthcare are required to be tested twice weekly.

  • Staff who regularly work on campus are required to be tested weekly.

Amherst area is defined as Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury and Sunderland.

Testing is also available by appointment for members of the local community aged 10 or older. Learn more about the community COVID-19 testing program.

 

     

    How to Schedule Your Asymptomatic Test 

    Testing is by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed.

    1.    Visit the Campus Health Hub and select “Book an Appointment”  (If you receive a message that says, "Currently you are not registered as part of the program,” click the link that says "Please Fill Out This Form," then fill out the form and you will then be allowed to book your appointment.
    2.    Click “Walk-In at Mullins Center”
    3.    Choose the date and click next
    4.    Select an appointment


    Students required to be tested twice a week must be tested every four days to stay in compliance. A Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday schedule is recommended. Individuals who are not in compliance will see a yellow checkmark in the Campus Health Hub indicating they are either non-compliant with testing or have not submitted the daily symptom self-check. Please see the FAQs, for more details on testing compliance and the green check mark system.

    If you have any of the symptoms in the Daily Symptom Checklist, DO NOT come to the Mullins Center for testing. 

    Get Your Test Results

    Your test results will be ready in 24 to 36 hours.

    Individuals who test negative will be notified via email from Careevolve@lknotification.com or umalab@umass.edu. You will need to register and log in to a secure portal to get your results.

    Individuals who test positive will receive a call from a UMass Amherst public health nurse, 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 help you every step of the way.

    How to do the Daily Self-Check

    The Daily Self-Check should be conducted before coming to campus or leaving a residence hall each day.

    Students should access the Campus Health Hub to conduct their Daily Self-Check.

    Students who have a new symptom of COVID-19, should login to the UMass Patient Portal. Click the "Appts" tab, and follow instructions to schedule your testing appointment at UHS, 150 Infirmary Way. When it is time for your appointment, please do not use the UHS main entrance; follow signs for Respiratory Clinic. If you need help accessing the portal, review these Patient Portal FAQs or email uhsportalhelp@umass.edu.

    Information about the daily screening remains private. The data is not stored on the app.

    Employees should use the My UMass App Daily Checklist or printed daily checklist and if they have any of the symptoms should follow these steps:

    • Step 1: Stay Home, and call your supervisor
    • Step 2: Call or email the COVID-19 HR Response Team at 413-687-2283 or COVID19HR@umass.edu

    Information about the daily screening will remain private. The data is not stored on the app.

    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 to University Health Services (UHS).

    Close contacts with a COVID-19 positive individual will also be promptly tested. Infection rates will be monitored on campus and in the Amherst area.

    Testing is NOT a substitute for prevention measures. Even with increased participation in the campus asymptomatic testing program, you must still continue to follow guidance concerning physical distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, conducting a daily symptom checklist, and staying home if you experience COVID-like symptoms.