Covid Concerns @ Dartmouth: FAQs
I tested positive but have no symptoms. Can I get retested? How accurate is the test?
The majority of Dartmouth College who test positive for COVID-19 do not have symptoms. The testing platform used at the college is extremely accurate, only 1 out of every 5,000 tests performed will result in a "false positive" (defined as a positive test in the absence of true infection). Because we are a congregate living community, and therefore at higher risk for spread of COVID-19, we do not retest positive cases given this very low risk of false positive results. All students who test positive must isolate for ten days following New Hampshire Department of Health (NH DHHS) and CDC guidelines.
Will I need to move out of my dorm if I am placed in isolation?
Because of the increased risks of Covid-19 in our congregate living setting, students who are assigned to on-campus housing will be relocated to a designated dorm when they are placed on isolation. Food and transportation will be provided and DCHS will work closely with students to be sure their needs are met.
Students living off-campus who are able to safely isolate in their current housing will be permitted to do so. If a student requires additional on-campus support during and isolation period, DCHS will work to accommodate those needs.
For more details regarding on-campus isolation see https://students.dartmouth.edu/health-service/about/covid-19-campus-information/covid-resources/isolation-faqs.
What can I do during isolation? Can I take a walk outside? What if I need health care or medicine?
Students must stay out of all public and campus buildings during isolation and should not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the isolation period. Students are permitted to be outside to pick up supplies or take a walk, and must wear a face covering at all times and maintain 6 feet physical distancing. No visitors are permitted in a student's room during the isolation period. Students may not enter any Dartmouth College campus buildings other than your dorm. DCHS will help coordinate any health care needs (603-646-9401) and the Dick's House pharmacy (603-646-9456) can arrange for delivery of medications at the Health Service entrance.
I tested positive 6 weeks ago. Should I be tested again if I am a contact? Or have symptoms?
Covid-19 tests can remain positive for up to 90 days. Once a student is positive, DCHS does not recommend routine testing during that time. If you are identified as a contact or develop symptoms following a positive test, please contact DCHS to speak with a health care provider regarding your care.
I am vaccinated for Covid-19. Do I need to be tested if I have symptoms?
Students, staff and faculty should be tested for Covid-19 if they develop any new symptoms, even if fully vaccinated. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include fever, loss of taste or smell, cough/shortness of breath/congestion/runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, severe fatigue, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Once I am cleared from isolation can I go back to my regular activities?
After being cleared from isolation, a student can restart all activities. As above, we recommend pausing on Covid-19 surveillance testing for 90 days after a positive test. Students may also restart all regular activities after clearance from quarantine.