Frequently Asked Questions
Students, staff and faculty who are regularly on campus and asymptomatic (no symptoms) will be tested twice a week. Students, faculty or staff who come to campus occasionally will be tested according to the frequency with which they come to campus. They should fill out their commuting schedule under "settings" in the testing portal.
No. As we have worked with these tests, it has become clear that the self-performed asymptomatic tests are valid for diagnostic purposes, and it is not necessary to re-confirm results with a clinician performing a subsequent test. The state of Massachusetts has also subsequently qualified a single test of the type being administered at Brandeis (RT-Molecular PCR tests) as diagnostically valid.
If you test positive, please follow the procedures and instructions in place.
All faculty and staff who come to campus for any reason, whether they are only stopping by briefly or intend to be on campus daily, must first take the university’s COVID-19 training course on LATTE (please allow 20 to 30 minutes), fill out the Daily Health Assessment and sign up for a free COVID-19 test. Even if you plan to come to campus only once this semester, you should still take the test on the day you come in. You do not need to make a prior visit to campus only to be tested.
Faculty and staff coming to campus on a more regular basis will be notified of their testing frequency when they fill out the commuting schedule at the bottom of the Daily Health Assessment and testing portal. If you change the frequency of your visits to campus, please change your commuting schedule in the portal.
Testing will be conducted at the Heller School building and the Shapiro Admissions Center. Your test location will be noted in the scheduling portal and may be selected when you schedule your test via the COVID-19 Scheduling Portal.
Brandeis will cover all costs.
The CRSP SARS-CoV-2 Real-time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Assay developed by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a type of anterior nares/nasal swab.
The test is self-administered. In general, a nasal swab is rubbed inside the front of the nose, gently rotated, and then removed. BrandeisNOW has posted a photographic guide to taking the test.
No. It is not the kind of test where the swab is inserted fully into the nasal cavity (nasopharyngeal).
Typically within 1 to 4 days.
No. The virus can be contracted any time after taking a test.
If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, please be in touch with the Health Center. Because people who have recovered from infection may continue to test positive, even though they are no longer infectious, you may need to be exempted from tests for a period of time. This exemption can only be arranged through the Health Center; do not decide on your own to stop testing, or you will be in violation of campus health and safety measures.
Please check this website regularly for the latest updates and announcements, as we work together during the 2020-21 academic year.