Testing Information

All students will undergo arrival testing and then mandatory weekly surveillance testing. Additionally, employees will have weekly surveillance testing available also starting on February 16.

Arrival Testing

All students will undergo arrival testing and then testing again seven days after arrival, the dates for this testing will depend on whether you are quarantining on campus or off-campus from home.

Campus Quarantine: If you have been approved to return to campus on Friday, January 15 for quarantine reasons, we will offer testing on Saturday, January 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Bergeron Wellness Center. Your second test will be available on Saturday, January 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Bergeron Wellness Center. It is mandatory that you come for both of these tests. You will be housed in Ryan Hall. 

Home/Off-Campus Quarantine: If you return to campus with the majority of our students on Sunday, January 31, your first test will be on Monday, February 1, in the Tarrant Center (like the fall) and your second test will be on Monday, February 8, in the Tarrant Center. Testing on both Mondays will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Surveillance Testing

Spring surveillance testing for students and employees will be offered weekly – starting on Tuesday, February 16 – on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tarrant Center. No appointments are necessary. You can come at your convenience, but it is mandatory for students to come once a week and no more than once a week. We hope this offers more flexible options for your weekly testing. You must bring your Knight Card as you will swipe your card at the entry point.

Over the course of the semester, each student will have approximately 15 surveillance tests. Due to the significant increase in the total number of tests, the College must increase the spring semester COVID-19 testing fee to $300. We regret that this increase is necessary. The College has tried to limit the impact on families by bearing a portion of the cost of the surveillance tests and covering all symptomatic testing costs.

Symptomatic Testing

Contact the Bergeron Wellness Center for an evaluation and/or test. All students must use the daily health log which will prompt a call from Wellness Center staff to arrange for testing as needed. A student may also call the Wellness Center during business hours (8:30-4:30) at (802) 654.2234 . While awaiting test results you will be place into quarantine in Ryan Hall until the results are known. Residential Life and the Wellness Center will work together to make this transition as smooth as possible. If the test is negative, you are free to return to your own space.

Contact Testing

If you are identified as a close contact by the Bergeron Wellness Center or by the Vermont Department of Health, you will likely have a day 0 test (most will have had this with our weekly surveillance testing). This is done to be sure that we are not missing others who are already positive for COVID and spreading illness. Students are then placed in quarantine for 7 days and if the day 7 test remains negative, they are free to move back to their dorm.  If a positive result is received before 5 p.m. quarantining students will be moved to Joyce or Senior Hall that evening. In the event results are received in the evening, students will be contacted the next morning to be moved into isolation.

Testing and Interpreting Results

Test results are generally expected within 36-48 hours. They often are finalized late at night. Students get an email when results are released. They are informed to access the portal to retrieve the results. Typically, positive results are not emailed directly to students.

Positive result: You will be placed in isolation for the following 10 days (which may get adjusted based on symptoms). The Vermont Department of Health and the Bergeron Wellness Center are very strict about the length of time and may not always be congruous with the CDC recommendations. We reserve the ability to adjust the timeline of isolation in order to protect the safety of the campus/community. The Wellness Center and Reslife will work together for a smooth transition to isolation housing. The Department of Health, the Wellness Center, and the student will be involved and in a joint effort to identify and quarantine any close contacts.

Negative result: You do not CURRENTLY have Covid 19. However, if you develop any symptoms of the illness you are encouraged to call the Bergeron Wellness Center to discuss obtaining another test (802) 654.2234.

Invalid result: This happens to a small percentage of tests from each batch and does not mean that the test is positive. Those with invalid results should be retested at the next opportunity and promptly report any COVID symptoms, One of the nurse practitioners will help you reschedule a test.

Testing after a COVID diagnosis: No further COVID tests will be administered for 90 days following a positive test result and recovery. Everyone must still follow all health and safety protocols.

Bergeron Wellness Center Letters to students:  

About our Testing

All students who interface with the campus community throughout the semester will undergo weekly surveillance testing in addition to any testing for students exhibiting symptoms.  

All students will undergo arrival testing and then mandatory weekly surveillance testing.  

Saint Michael’s has contracted with the Broad Institute as our lab for all tests. The Broad Institute is located in Cambridge, Ma and is affiliated with Harvard and MIT Universities. This lab has a high rate of accurate and specific results, and most major medical centers, including UVM Medical Center, have utilized their services since March. 

These tests are an anterior nasal test, which can be self-administered in front of one of our healthcare providers. It is a much easier and more comfortable test than the wider known nasopharyngeal test that is more invasive. 

The test that will be used is a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) which is able to detect the virus rapidly with high sensitivity and specificity. 

Watch this video from the Broad Institute that illustrates the testing procedure. 

Tests will be shipped to the lab that same day and results will be available 24 hours later. The Nurse Practitioners will be notified of results as well as the Vermont Department of Health. The NP will alert the student of their result IF it is positive. 

For more information on our lab and testing, visit the Broad Institute at https://www.broadinstitute.org/