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  • COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

    Testing of students, faculty, and staff at Worcester State University will provide a key insight into the health and wellness of the campus community as we progress through the Spring semester. This dashboard will be updated each Tuesday and Thursday evening with the latest information from our testing partners.

    Test data has been refreshed in anticipation of the spring semester - with classes scheduled to commence on January 18, and on-boarding testing for the semester beginning on January 16.

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    Worcester State University 7-Day Data

    Test outcome data for the last 7 days of reported data*

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    Currently In Quarantine/Isolation On-Campus

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    City of Worcester Data

    City of Worcester data is now reported on a monthly basis.

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    * The last 7 days may not represent consecutive days if testing and/or results were not provided for any given day, for example a Sunday.

  • FAQs

    Questions from January 13, 2022

    What is the plan for reopening the campus for the spring semester?

    We will continue to partner with the Broad Institute for PCR testing on campus. Due to high demand across the Commonwealth, Worcester State community members are advised to allow for 36 hours from receipt of test samples at Broad Laboratory in Cambridge for results. Students who have an in-person classes on Tuesday (January 18) should plan to test Saturday (January 15) or Sunday (January 16) by noon to get their results before the start of the spring semester. Testing Center hours have been added to allow for adequate testing of our campus community.

    We will continue to monitor our testing plans over the next two weeks. The plan currently outlined on the Safe Campus site is subject to change as conditions evolve and we receive further guidance from federal and state health officials.

    What is the isolation and quarantine protocol on campus?

    We are following the CDC and MA Department of Public Health guidelines on isolation and quarantine. There are spaces in the residence halls identified for residential students.

    Will guests, vendors on campus be required to wear a mask?

    Yes, guests and vendors will be required to wear a mask while inside university buildings.

    What is the definition of an “appropriate mask?” Can faculty ask students to wear the appropriate mask in the classroom?

    Light blue surgical masks, KN95 masks or N95 masks are the appropriate face masks to wear while inside buildings or riding in University vehicles. We support faculty to ask students to wear the appropriate mask.

    Is a cloth mask acceptable to wear?

    A cloth mask or gator is no longer acceptable in slowing the spread of the variant. A decorative cloth mask that is used with a surgical mask underneath (thus wearing two masks or double-masking) is acceptable.

    Will the blue surgical masks be available on campus to the campus community?

    Yes, at the following locations:

    • All first-floor sanitation carts located throughout campus
    • All academic department offices
    • All administrative offices
    • Information Desk, Student Center
    • Wellness Center
    • Residence Hall check-in desks
    • COVID-19 Testing Center

    Will the University provide KN95 or N95 masks to staff and faculty?

    Staff and faculty may request a KN95 mask by contacting the mail center by email wsu_mailcenter@worcester.edu.

    Will the Library and Wellness Center be open to guests?

    No. At this time the Library and Wellness Center are for use by students, faculty and staff only.

    Will one (1) guest be allowed in residence halls as before?

    No outside or Worcester State guests will be allowed for the first two weeks of the spring semester.

    Is it true that employees are not required to test and have a negative result before coming to campus?

    Yes. However, employees that work on campus are encouraged to participate in onboard testing and weekly testing thereafter.

    If I recently had COVID, should I inform the University?

    Students who have tested positive during winter break through a health care provider or home test, please contact Student Health Services by email at health_services@worcester.edu with the date of their positive result.

    Employees should inform Human Resources concerning a recent COVID positive result.

    Is a home test kit acceptable as evidence of a test before returning to campus?

    Yes. Students should contact Student Health Services by email health_services@worcester.edu with the date of their positive result.

    Will athletes still be required to test weekly regardless of vaccination status?

    Yes.

    How is Worcester State interpreting the CDC isolation guidelines?

    We are following the CDC and MA DPH guidance on quarantine and isolation protocols. Additional information can be found in the state's guidelines.

    With younger people filling hospital beds with COVID-19, how does this impact our situation at Worcester State University?

    It is unfortunate that younger adults are being hospitalized and sometimes passing away due to complications from the pandemic. Worcester State is committed to maintaining its health and safety protocols throughout campus. We are expecting our campus community to be vaccinated and boosted, or to have an approved waiver on file.

    Can I still get the booster on campus if I lost my vaccination card?

    Yes, you can get a booster shot despite losing your vaccination card. Additional information on how to access your COVID-19 vaccine data is available via the state guidelines.

    What is the rationale for opening in-person?

    The University built in extra testing days before the start of the semester and redeployed employees to support our campus response protocols. We have been successful with this strategy. We know that learning face to face coupled with testing is most desirable for our students.

    Was there any consideration to move the first few weeks of the spring semester online or delaying the start of the semester?

    Yes. There were countless hours of conversations with the Safe Campus team on this topic. The team decided to add more testing days before the start of the semester to support our decision to open on time. However, we will continue to review the testing data and adjust as necessary.

    What testing levels would prompt or trigger a campus-wide switch to virtual/remote?

    In 2020 and 2021, we were focused on rates and we had no vaccine. Now we know that things have changed with vaccinations and boosters and our goal is always to keep our community safe. We will continue to review our data and inform our campus community of any change in campus status.

    What are the positive test rates for the past couple of weeks?

    Since December 24, 2021, we conducted a total of 891 tests and of that number, 48 students and 32 employees tested positive.

    What is the deadline for students to get the booster?

    As soon as possible, but at least 30 days after they are eligible. We are working on additional dates for future booster clinics on campus.

    Please review a list of vaccine clinics for the City of Worcester.

    What backup/alternative plans or teaching modalities are in place for students with children or other family members that they care for?

    Should any student find themselves in this situation, they should communicate with their faculty member as soon as possible.

    Is Worcester State fully open to the public again?

    Yes, we are and are evaluating events on a case by case basis.

    How will this all impact school trips for clubs and such, like spring break? Will there be any rules that are implemented in regards to this?

    At this point, calendars remain unchanged for the spring break. Travel and events are being assessed and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. International travel this semester has been impacted. Trips and events for clubs and teams will be reviewed by the Campus Usage Committee and Student Travel Working Groups.