Frequently Asked Questions
Twice-a-Week, Asymptomatic (No Symptoms) Testing
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.
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).
Yes, though in rare cases the test may yield a false negative or false positive. More information can be found on the Broad Institute website.
Typically within 1 to 4 days.
No. The virus can be contracted any time after taking a test.
No. It remains unknown whether individuals who have been sick develop immunity.
Please check this website regularly for the latest updates and announcements, as we work together during the 2020-21 academic year.