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Read Smith’s COVID-19 guidelines for the spring 2022 semester.

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Testing

Testing

Students and employees are currently required to participate in the college’s COVID-19 testing program. Smith’s asymptomatic testing program is managed by the Broad Institute.

This dashboard will be updated daily. In accordance with applicable privacy laws, the college will not release any personally identifying information regarding individual cases.

 

Location Change to On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Program

Beginning Monday, March 28, 2022, the Campus Center COVID-19 Testing Site will be moved out of the Carroll Room and into room CC 103/104 on the first floor of the Campus Center. See more details in the March 27, 2022 email about the change.

 

IMPORTANT: This dashboard only reports PCR test results from the on-campus screening program. During the 2022 spring recess, there were a total of 35 positive cases within the Smith community. These positives include both those PCR results shared on the dashboard and 2 employee and 16 student rapid antigen tests that returned positive results. Students who tested positive via rapid antigen tests were placed in isolation, as reflected in the dashboard.

View a text-based version of the COVID-19 Screening Data.

This dashboard only reports PCR test results from the on-campus screening program. During the 2022 spring recess, there were a total of 35 positive cases within the Smith community. These positives include both those PCR results shared on the dashboard and 2 employee and 16 student rapid antigen tests that returned positive results. Students who tested positive via rapid antigen tests were placed in isolation, as reflected in the dashboard.

Notes

The following groups are included in the college’s mandatory, twice-weekly coronavirus screening: students approved to be in residence on or near campus and approved on-campus employees. Smith’s asymptomatic screening program is managed by the Broad Institute.

Only figures relating to the on-campus screening of employees and students are in included in these data.

While an initial 124 single-occupancy rooms have been set aside for quarantine and isolation, Smith College has the flexibility to add several additional houses as either isolation or quarantine space as needed.

National and state data from CDC COVID-19 Electronic Laboratory Reporting (CELR), Commercial Laboratories, State Public Health Labs, and In-House Hospital Labs via The US Department of Health and Human Services under an Open Data Commons Attribution License. For details on federal data definitions please refer here.

County data is provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is updated weekly. For more info about COVID response reporting in Massachusetts, please click here.

Data Definitions

14-day average positivity rate - The number of positive COVID-19 tests divided by the total number of tests collected (over the past 14 days).

New cases - The number of positive results returned in the past 7 days.

Positive Result - A screening result that has come back indicating the presence of COVID-19.

Inconclusive Result - A screening result that has come back flagged as unable to be processed.  

Total Tests - The total number of COVID-19 tests collected since the College’s screening program began on August 12, 2020.

Test turnaround time - The average time between when each test is collected and the time that a result is determined for that test (over the past 7 days).

Quarantine - Students are placed into quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  Quarantine accommodations include a single bedroom and private bathroom.

Isolation - Students are placed into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.


Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms? Here’s what to do.

STOP: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, either through a rapid or PCR test administered somewhere other than the Smith College testing program, contact testingandtracing@smith.edu immediately.

Note: The below instructions only apply to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who have received approved exemptions from vaccinations or who are eligible for but have not yet received a booster should follow the instructions provided by the testing and tracing team.

  1. A contact tracer will notify you of your test result and perform a state-required interview.
  2. Isolate for 7 days.
    • Contact tracers will work with students to identify an appropriate isolation space and place the student on a short term medical absence.
    • Students who test positive and can get home via a personal vehicle may work with Health Services to determine whether they can complete their isolation at their off-campus home. Please speak with a Schacht Center for Health and Wellness staff member before leaving campus.
    • Employees should isolate at home and notify their supervisor that they will be home for at least 7 days 
  3. On your seventh day of isolation, if your symptoms are improving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication,
    • Students may exit isolation and must continue to mask and use only grab-and-go dining for an additional three days. 
    • Employees may return to their regular work schedule and must continue to mask for an additional three days.
  4. Following isolation, do not participate in the Smith College PCR testing program for 90 days.

Reminder

This guidance only applies to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who have received approved exemptions from vaccinations or who are eligible for but have not yet received a booster must quarantine at home.

  1. Students should continue attending class and employees should continue working, but must wear a mask around others for 10 full days and monitor themselves for any COVID-related symptoms. Employees are encouraged to discuss the option for remote work with their supervisors during this period.
  2. If asymptomatic, complete a required PCR test on day 5 following exposure. A contact tracer will provide close contacts with the exact date to be tested.
  3. If COVID-like symptoms develop, contact the Schacht Center immediately at 413.585.2250 to schedule a symptomatic test.
  1. Do not test at the Campus Center test site if you have symptoms associated with COVID. Students and employees who develop symptoms associated with COVID should contact the Schacht Center at 413.585.2250 to schedule a testing appointment. Symptomatic testing hours are Monday-Friday from 4-6pm at the parking lot entrance of the Schacht Center.

    Symptoms include the following: Fever (100 or higher), chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, cough (not due to another known cause). A combination of any of the following symptoms also warrant a symptomatic test: nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, headache, fatigue, congestion or runny nose.
  2. Do not attend class or work until your symptoms have improved and you have received a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result. Wear a mask at all times.

Only a contact tracer can designate you a close contact. Continue to mask at all times and follow all Culture of Care guidelines.