The College has shifted its testing strategy to symptomatic testing for students only. This means College testing will only be available for students who require it after consulting with Health Services. 

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to obtain their own supply of rapid antigen tests for their use. Health Services can help students who are having difficulties or can't perform an antigen test themselves. Please email healthservices [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Health Services" or call 617-824-8666 to request assistance. Students who test positive must report this information to Health Services by completing the COVID-19 Self-Report Form.

Asymptomatic individuals are welcome to test themselves for COVID-19 using their own self-administered rapid antigen tests. Health Services will serve students with more acute symptoms and provide further testing recommendations. Students are expected to report positive test results within 24 hours to Health Services by filling out the COVID-19 Self-Report Form. If students have questions, they should email covid19 [at] emerson.edutarget="_blank" title="Email the Covid-19 Team"

Employees should consult with their primary care providers about testing if they develop symptoms or have concerns that they may have contracted COVID-19. If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 or test positive, you should follow the CDC guidance for quarantining and isolation. You do not need to report this to HR. 

Employees enrolled in a Harvard Pilgrim health plan through Emerson, and their covered family members, are eligible for reimbursement of up to eight at-home COVID tests per month. Tests must be approved or granted emergency use authorization by the FDA. (View list). For reimbursement instructions, please complete and submit the Harvard Pilgrim COVID Test Reimbursement Form (instructions on form).

Also, a reminder: All individuals can order four free rapid home tests from the federal government, delivered through the U.S. Postal Service, by using the following link: (You can place a new order now, even if you’ve already received four tests).

Those who test positive must remain off campus for the first five days of isolation, and if symptoms improve, may return to campus, but must wear a mask at all times until after day 10. If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are up to date with your vaccinations, you can continue to come to campus unless you become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.