COVID TESTING FOR NEW AND RETURNING GRADUATE STUDENTS

COVID TESTING FOR NEW AND RETURNING GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER CAMPUS BUILDINGS

   

Dartmouth College will screen all students required to return to campus buildings.  Each graduate program will coordinate screening dates with Dartmouth College Health Service (DCHS) and communicate test dates and times to their students.  All new students and students returning from outside NH/VT will be tested on days "0" and "7".  All returning students who have not left NH/VT will be tested once, i.e. graduate/professional school students living off campus who have remained in their NH or VT residence.

   

Where is the screening located?  When do I show up?    

All screening will occur under the tent in the Maynard parking lot adjacent to DCHS.  Your program director will let you know when to come.  DCHS will be running testing only at specified hours so it is important to be prompt.   

   

What do I need to do or bring for the screening?    

Please wear a mask to the screening and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from staff and other students as you approach the lot.  A greeter will direct you to the testing queue.  If you need a mask, the greeter will provide one.  We also recommend bringing a water bottle if the day is warm, or an umbrella if the day is wet as you will be waiting outside before entering the tent.   

   

Can I park outside the Health Service for my testing?    

DCHS has a limited number of patient and pharmacy parking spots available outside the building.  Please keep your parking time to 15 minutes in consideration of other students.   

   

What is the testing procedure like?    

We will obtain a "anterior nares" swab, which is essentially a Q-tip inserted midway in the nose and swirled for 10 seconds.  This will be repeated on both sides.   

   

When will I get my results?    

We expect a result turnaround time of 24 – 48 hours.   

   

How will my results be communicated?    

Students with a negative test will be emailed directly.  Students with a positive test will be contacted by medical staff and given recommendations on next steps.   

   

If I am negative, can I stop my quarantine?  

No, all students coming on to campus or entering campus buildings are required to quarantine for 14 days. You must complete the 14-day quarantine as you may still develop symptoms during that time given the incubation period for the virus is 14 days.  See the Quarantine FAQ sheet for more information. 

   

What happens if I am positive?   

Medical staff from DCHS will discuss results and next steps.  You will be required to self-isolate until cleared by DCHS staff.