Testing and Safety Requirements
In addition to guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state and city, Wentworth is working with USHealthyWork to advise the University on the intricate planning for a healthy return to campus. Using current scientific and medical knowledge, USHealthyWork provides customized counsel to help guide us through the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for our re-entry to campus.
As of Monday, September 21, we are adjusting to weekly surveillance testing for the on-campus community. The tests will be administered on campus in the University’s Testing Hub and at no cost to members of the community. We believe that this change in increased, routine testing is integral to monitoring for, and mitigating, the risk of COVID-19 transmission and infection.
The following Wentworth community members will be required to participate in Wentworth’s weekly surveillance testing program:
- Faculty, staff, vendors, and contractors working on campus in any capacity
- Students living on campus in a residence hall
- Students commuting to campus from home for classes, on-campus work, and/or athletics
- Students living/renting in the City of Boston regardless of whether courses are taken on campus or in a fully virtual modality
Students living in residence halls (with the exception of student-athletes) should adhere to the following weekly testing schedule. Student-athletes should continue the current testing schedule by team.
- Mondays: 610 Huntington
- Tuesdays: 555 Huntington
- Wednesdays: Apartments @ 525 and Louis Prang
- Thursdays: Evans Way/Tudbury
- Fridays: Baker Hall
Immediately, we ask all members required to participate in weekly surveillance testing to schedule their test for next week via the CoVerified app. While walk-ins are always welcome, in order to assist in reducing wait time for testing, everyone is strongly encouraged to schedule their weekly testing time using the CoVerified app.
Safety and Public Health Measures
To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread of the disease at Wentworth, we are implementing some critically important safety and public health measures that everyone must follow.
Face Coverings and Other Personal Protective Equipment
Wentworth has developed a robust and comprehensive testing approach with the guidance of USHealthy Work and in collaboration with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to provide COVID-19 testing. Wentworth requires all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and vendors coming to campus to participate in the testing program and to execute a consent form allowing test results to be shared with Wentworth.
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Student Testing Protocol
Faculty, Staff, Contractor Vendor Testing
Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-report this information to the University. If a member of the Wentworth community tests positive for COVID-19, the University will engage in a contact tracing process in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston Public Health Commission, and/or another state or municipal public health agency. The contact tracing process will identify those who have been in close contact with anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test and help those individuals take steps for their own health and the health of the community. The University is evaluating contact tracing apps and services. More information will be shared as it is further developed.
Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-report this information to the University. If a member of the Wentworth community tests positive for COVID-19, the University will engage in a contact tracing process in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston Public Health Commission, and/or another state or municipal public health agency. The contact tracing process will identify those who have been in close contact with anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test and help those individuals take steps for their own health and the health of the community. The CoVerified is also being used for contact tracing.
Currently, Massachusetts has a Travel Order for those people traveling into Massachusetts from higher-risk states, with the exception of lower-risk states. Faculty, staff, and students commuting to campus from these states are exempt from this order. Students moving onto campus from higher-risk states will have an COVID-19 test upon arrival and will quarantine until a negative test result is received, usually within 24 hours. Wentworth will continue to revise this policy based on any updated state guidelines.
Members of the Wentworth community who experience COVID-19 symptoms and/or who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine. The period of self-quarantine will depend upon the testing results for the person and a period of time of continuous symptom monitoring. Non-residential members of the community must quarantine in their residence off campus; residential members of the community must quarantine within their assigned living space. If a residential student tests positive for COVID-19, the student’s roommate and suitemates are considered to have been in close contact and will need to quarantine and follow all quarantine procedures. Residential suites are being treated as “family units.”
Currently, Massachusetts guidelines provide that people traveling into Massachusetts from higher-risk states are advised to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. We will require students, faculty, and staff arriving from states - other than the lower-risk states - to quarantine for 14 days within their home or assigned residential space upon arrival into Massachusetts. Wentworth will continue to revise this policy based on any updated state guidelines.
Members of the Wentworth community who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. According to the CDC (2020), “isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those diagnosed with COVID-19 but not experiencing symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others” (“When You Can Be Around Others”).
Residential Student Isolation Protocol
- Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate. Residential students will be required to isolate in specially designated COVID-19 isolation housing on campus.
- The university will ensure meal, medication, and toiletry delivery for these students.
- Members of the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Case Management Team will conduct daily phone check-ins to ensure that students are getting what they need and following self-care guidelines.
- Any space identified for isolation will provide students with a private room.
Off-Campus/Commuter Student Isolation Protocol
Students living in off-campus apartments/houses who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate. Students with permanent addresses within 200 miles of campus are strongly encouraged to return to their home to isolate. Students unable to return home will need to isolate in their off-campus apartment/house or may request to isolate in on-campus isolation housing where they will receive care and support as outlined above. Students should call the Wentworth COVID-19 Hotline at (617) 989-4019 to make this request. Commuter students living at home who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate at home.
Faculty, Staff, and Contractor/Vendor Isolation Protocol
Faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate at home and contact their primary health care provider.