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The Public Health Promotion Center announces service transitions for COVID-19 testing on the UMass Amherst campus. Unobserved PCR testing will end Friday, July 29. Starting Monday, Aug. 1, University Health Services will make PCR tests available to those in the UMass community with symptoms or known exposures, and offer elective testing for a $25 fee.

Everyone visiting campus must follow campus COVID-19 health and safety requirements. People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not to come to campus.

As the university looks ahead to commencement activities, the campus is closely watching COVID-19 cases. UMass Amherst is fortunate that the campus community is highly vaccinated and that individuals testing positive are experiencing minimal-to-moderate symptoms of infection, and hospitalizations have remained extremely low.

As the university looks ahead to this weekend’s commencement activities, the campus is closely watching COVID-19 cases. To protect yourself and others, the campus strongly encourages all graduates and guests to wear a face covering when attending any indoor commencement events, regardless of vaccination status.

As classes for the semester ended this week, we would like to wish all students taking their final exams a strong and successful finish to the semester. For the past two weeks, in addition to the PCR unobserved testing kits available at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC), faculty, staff and students can pick up self-test antigen test kits at the PHPC. 

Starting last week, in addition to the PCR unobserved testing kits available at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC), faculty, staff and students can pick up free, at-home antigen test kits. The PHPC vaccine clinic closes for the spring semester today and will reopen in early June.

In addition to the PCR unobserved testing kits available at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) in the Campus Center, starting today faculty, staff and students can now pick up free, antigen self-test kits. 

In an email to the campus community, Ann Becker and Jeffrey Hescock, co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) note that the PHPC is offering a second booster shot to those eligible, the university’s positivity rate has decreased from last week and a federal mandate requiring masks on public transportation has been extended until May 3, 2022.

Ann Becker and Jeffrey Hescock, co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center note that the PHPC continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who needs to be vaccinated. A second booster is available for anyone over the age of 50 and certain immunocompromised individuals at least four months after their first booster.

At indoor events at UMass Amherst, masks are welcome but not required.  We encourage everyone to respect the choices that individuals make about their own masking.

In an email to the campus community, Ann Becker and Jeffrey Hescock, co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center, note that the UMass Amherst COVID-19 testing center will be limited to people associated with the campus community beginning Friday, the availability of second booster shots for people over 50 and immunocompromised individuals, and current positivity rates.

A message to faculty, staff and student from the Public Health Promotion Center about changes to COVID-19 testing facilities located at UMass Amherst. Following the state’s decision to downsize its Stop the Spread testing program and conclude funding for the campus’ community testing site, the last day of testing for non-UMass community members will be Thursday, March 31. The UMass Amherst testing center, based in the Campus Center, will continue to serve students, faculty and staff and members of their households, as well as university-sponsored visitors.