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Testing & Contact Tracing

  • Will COVID-19 testing be conducted on campus? If so, how often and will there be a cost to students, faculty, or staff?

    No. Wentworth has suspended its campus testing program. Students, Faculty and Staff can access testing in a variety of ways.

    Beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions.

    Some retailers, such as CVS, are assisting customers with the insurance reimbursement process for COVID-19 diagnostic tests at the time of purchase.

  • Student Health Plan Coverage

    Students enrolled in Wentworth’s Student Health Plan can be reimbursed for FDA authorized or approved over-the-counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests without a doctor’s prescription. This at-home COVID-19 test benefit includes up to 8 tests per member per calendar month. Information can be found by visiting the UnitedHealthCare Student Resources website. A brief description of the benefit is as follows:

    • If you are enrolled in the student health plan you can now receive reimbursement for an OTC at-home COVID-19 test. You may do this in two ways:
      1. Visit an in-store pharmacy counter at one of UnitedHealthcare's Preferred Retailers for OTC at-home COVID-19 tests: To get OTC at-home COVID-19 test(s) at no upfront cost, you must make your purchase at a UHCSR Preferred Retailer — and be sure you bring your member ID card with you.
      2. Visit any other in-store or online retailer: You may submit a receipt for reimbursement online at uhcsr.com/My Account along with the completion of a reimbursement form.
        • Maximum reimbursement of up to $12 per test
        • Many COVID-19 tests are sold as a 2-pack kit (up to $12 for each test) and would be reimbursed at a maximum of up to $24 per kit.
  • Employee Health Plan with Tufts Health Plans

    Tufts health Plan members must fill out a Member Reimbursement Form for COVID-19 At-home Tests to be reimbursed for over-the-counter COVID-19 at-home tests. Only at-home tests that have an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA are eligible for reimbursement.

  • Local Testing Sites

    You can search for local testing sites by using the state’s test finder tool:

    Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is widely available in Massachusetts. Find a testing location near you by using the state’s test finder tool: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test

  • Where can I test if I am symptomatic?

    Anyone who is symptomatic can always test using an an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or may access testing by calling their medical professional. In addition, symptomatic students can obtain tests through Optum Student Health if necessary. Students must make an appointment by calling 617-879-5220. Optum will not be conducting testing for students who are not exhibiting symptoms.
     

  • Is Wentworth still using CoVerified?

    Yes. We ask that everyone coming to campus activate their CoVerified account and set their status to in-person. We no longer require daily reporting on CoVerified. CoVerified will still be used to track positive cases and close contacts reported to us. Positive test results can be uploaded directly to CoVerified. Anyone uploading a positive test result will have the latest CDC guidance applied to their case and will be restricted during the required period of isolation.

  • Do I need to report my symptoms daily?

    No. Wentworth is not requiring those coming to campus to report their symptoms daily. The COVID-19 Team will monitor positive symptom reports on CoVerified and will follow-up on those reports.

  • Am I required to report my positive test results?

    Yes. Individuals testing positive, will be required to submit positive test results to Wentworth via CoVerified. Wentworth will now collect positive test results through CoVerified, enabling us to apply appropriate isolation protocols and track case rates on-campus.

Vaccination

  • Will Wentworth require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19?

    We are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of our entire university and the community that surrounds us, particularly those among us at increased risk for severe illness from the virus. The vaccinations are effective and the best way for us to ensure that we can create the most engaging and rewarding experience for everyone this fall. A fully vaccinated student population will help to prevent severe infections and long-term adverse health effects of COVID-19, reduce transmission of COVID-19 at the university and in the Boston community, and create a safer and more secure community by alleviating anxiety for those fearful of the virus.

  • Are students enrolled in co-ops during the 2021-22 academic year required to be fully vaccinated?  

    Yes, all Wentworth students are required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and booster. Students enrolled in co-ops will be a part of the campus community during the 2021-2022 academic year and are expected to be fully vaccinated.

  • What COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States?

    Currently, if you live in the U.S. you must receive one of the following vaccines in order to meet Wentworth’s fully vaccinated requirement: 

    • Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (two doses spaced 3 weeks apart)
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (two doses spaced 4 weeks apart)
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (one dose)
  • How do I get vaccinated?

    If you are living in Massachusetts and wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please pre-register at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when you are eligible to schedule an appointment at one of the state’s current mass vaccination locations. All individuals sixteen or older – including students – who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  

    If you are living outside Massachusetts, but in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers links to a nationwide VaccineFinder as well as to your state’s Department of Health. 

    If you are living outside the U.S., please check your local and national public health agency. 

     

     

  • Will Wentworth be able to host vaccine clinics for students?

    Wentworth is currently working to provide an on-site vaccine clinic, and we expect to provide more information soon.

  • What does it mean to be “fully” vaccinated?

    According to CDC guidelines, being “fully” vaccinated means having received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and having allowed for two weeks post vaccine. 

  • How do I seek an exemption under Wentworth’s required COVID-19 vaccine policy for students? 

    Wentworth will be adhering to exemption guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Health that are in place for other vaccines.   

    “Medical exemptions (statement from a physician stating that a vaccine is medically contraindicated for a student) must be renewed annually at the start of the school year and religious exemptions statement from a student, or parent/guardian if the student is <18 years of age, stating that a vaccine is against sincerely held religious beliefs) should be renewed annually at the start of the school year.”

    In early June, Wentworth will provide information about where to upload supporting documentation for students qualifying for a medical or religious exemption under the COVID-19 vaccine policy. Questions may be directed to immunizations@wit.edu.  

  • What happens if a student does not meet the deadline to become fully vaccinated? 

    While Wentworth is not requiring it, Wentworth is strongly encouraging faculty, staff, and contractors to become fully vaccinated before September 2021. Many have already been vaccinated, and we anticipated the vast majority of faculty, staff, and contractors will be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the fall semester given the public health importance of having all community members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We are also working to assist our employees in securing their vaccines including supporting upcoming clinics.

  • Once I am vaccinated, do I still need to continue participating in Wentworth’s surveillance testing program? 

    Yes, available vaccines prevent serious illness and death; however, vaccination does not prevent infection or prevent you from passing the virus on to others. We can best think of vaccines as another layer of protection or mitigation measure.

    For the time being, Wentworth’s policies around mask-wearing, physical distancing, participating in COVID-19 surveillance testing, hand hygiene, and other appropriate health and safety protocols will remain unchanged.

  • How should international students plan and prepare to be fully vaccinated? 

    Wentworth understands that international students face differing circumstances regarding obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination in their home countries. The University is aware that COVID-19 vaccinations may not be readily available in some countries. Wentworth is developing a plan for international students to have the ability to be vaccinated once in the United States, if an international student has not already been fully vaccinated before arrival. Depending on changes in recommendations, international students may need to arrive in the U.S. earlier than the beginning of the fall semester. Wentworth will provide more information directly to international students in June. International students with questions should contact Dena Reuben, Director of International Student Services, via email at ambrosej@wit.edu or by phone at 617-989-4680.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Physical Distancing

  • Do I need to wear a mask in outdoor spaces on campus?

    Wentworth is mask optional in all indoor spaces, with the exception of:

    • Individuals who are unvaccinated, or who are eligible for their booster but have not received it yet.
    • Individuals in isolation for the duration of the isolation protocol.
    • All close contacts for the 10 days after an exposure.
    • When visiting Optum Student Health Services.

    We also strongly recommend masking for anyone who is immunocompromised, over the age of 75, or for those who live and/or work closely with others who are immunocompromised or over the age of 75.

    We ask everyone to respect and support those who wish to continue to mask.

Using and Issues with Co-verified App

Symptom Tracking

  • How do I report my symptoms?

    Open the Coverified App and tap the REPORT icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Select the REPORT SYMPTOMS tab. You will be taken to a list of symptoms that can be associated with COVID-19. If you are not experiencing any of the listed symptoms, select the NO NEW SYMPTOMS option at the top of the list. Then scroll to the bottom of the list and press submit.

    If you are experiencing new COVID-19 symptoms, please select the applicable options from the list provided. Then press ‘SUBMIT’ at the bottom of the screen.

    Note: You are not required to report migraines, allergies, injury related symptoms, or other symptoms that are not new to you. Recurring chronic symptoms or allergies should not be reported.

  • What do I do when I have COVID-19 symptoms?

    Anyone who is not feeling well or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should access COVID-19 testing, remain at home and not come to campus/attend in-person class. The Wentworth community, including supervisors and faculty should support those who may need to stay away from campus.

    Anyone who is not feeling well or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should report their symptoms in the CoVerified app, first, select ‘REPORT’ in the bottom left corner, and then select ‘REPORT SYMPTOMS’. Check off any new or unexplained symptoms from the list and press ‘SUBMIT’.

    For students: When reporting new symptoms, you may call Optum Health Services at (617) 879-5220 or your own medical provider for clinical advice. Students are advised to ask their provider about symptoms and seek their provider’s advice about getting a COVID-19 test and following isolation protocol.

    For faculty, staff, and vendors: When reporting new symptoms, please call your medical provider for clinical advice and seek your provider’s advice about getting a test for COVID-19 and following isolation protocol.

    Note: Do NOT come to Wentworth or leave your residential space if you are experiencing symptoms.

  • I have seasonal allergies, should I report these as “new symptoms?”

    No. Chronic symptoms or seasonal allergy symptoms that are usual for you should not be reported in CoVerified as new symptoms. For example, if you usually experience a runny nose during the fall season due to allergies, then this would not be considered a new symptom for you. Only report symptoms that are new or unexplained.

  • I get migraines, should I report a headache when I get one?

    No. You should only report symptoms if they are new or unexplained. If you regularly have headaches or migraines, then this would not be considered a new symptom for you.

  • I reported symptoms by accident, what should I do?

    Contact the COVID-19 Team at (617) 989-4019 or C19Team@wit.edu.

Academics

Campus Infrastructure - Facilities

Quarantine and Isolation

  • What happens if/when a residential student gets sick?

    Residential students testing positive are encouraged to go home or isolate off-campus. Wentworth will not provide separate isolation space to residential students. Those who cannot go home will be expected to isolate in their rooms. Residential students in isolation may only leave their room to pick-up food or to go to a medical appointment.

  • If a student is in self-quarantine or required to isolate at home, will the student be able to continue their classwork?

    The University is committed to working with students to ensure their success and their ability to continue to make academic progress during this pandemic. Every situation will be different based upon the course and what academic work is missed due to illness. Students are advised to consult directly with their faculty member should they become ill and need assistance to make accommodations for their course work.

Compliance and Enforcement of Protocols