COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find test kits?

  • Student pick up: Swartz 106 (OSL), Rock Hall lobby, Divinity Hall lobby, HDS Library Circulation Desk, CSWR front desk
  • Faculty/Staff pick up: Swartz 307, Rock Hall lobby, Divinity Hall lobby, CSWR front desk

Where do I drop off test kits?

  • Northwest Lab, southwest doors near Oxford Street, near the guard desk. Note: Northwest Lab is closest to the HDS campus. Please see map of all test drop-off bins.

How often do I need to be tested?

  • Regular testing is no longer required, but you may test as needed. 

May I test more often?

  • Yes. If you have a concern you may test more frequently than your cadence.

I just received a positive test result. What do I do?

If you receive a notification of a positive test, it’s incredibly important to minimize your movement and exposure to others. HUHS will contact you to discuss what it means to be positive and explain next steps, including a move to isolation and follow-up by a trained, HUHS contact tracer. If you don’t hear from HUHS and have an immediate question, please call them directly. As required by state law, the Massachusetts DPH will also be notified of any positive test result.

After the initial conversation with you, HUHS will contact:

  • HDS emergency leads
  • Campus Services, including emergency management, environmental health and safety, security, facilities management, and dining services

These two groups, in partnership with HUHS, will work together to mobilize local support. They will take great care to ensure your privacy while supporting your move to isolation and, if you’re living on campus, caring for you during the isolation period.

See the Quarantine and Isolation page for more information on isolation protocols.

Anonymity for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 remains paramount. Please respect their privacy—even if you believe you know who they are—so they can focus completely on their health. As a community, we must do everything we can to support one another through this incredibly difficult time. Please do not assume that you have permission to share someone’s COVID status if they share it with you.

What do I do if I am concerned that I have been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19?

If anyone has a concern about being a close contact with any COVID case, whether on campus or off campus, you should indicate so in the Crimson Clear self assessment. You will then be contacted and evaluated to determine if you meet the close contact criteria and whether you require monitoring or quarantine.

Is the library open to the Harvard University community only or also to the general public?

The library is open. Please visit the HDS Library site for more specific information.

Where can I find up-to-date information about Harvard’s policies?