Testing for COVID-19

The College has moved from surveillance testing to symptomatic testing for all campuses. All community members should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 infection presents with a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe that may appear 2 to 14 days post-exposure. Rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 are well suited for diagnostic testing in people who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to COVID-19

Rapid Antigen Testing is advised for:

  • New or worsening fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue.
  • Muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, rash, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Individuals with recent or suspected exposure to COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status: Please refer to testing guidelines per Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 Testing (PCR or Rapid Antigen) is NOT recommended for:

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 90-day period.

Rapid Antigen or PCR Tests

A Massachusetts Department of Public Health public health advisory (1/11/2022) about testing for COVID-19 states rapid antigen tests are an acceptable alternative to a PCR test in most situations.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to obtain their own supply of rapid antigen tests for their use. Students who test positive must report this information to the Center for Health and Wellness at healthservices [at] emerson.edu.

Faculty, staff, and vendors who test positive, should report this information to hr [at] emerson.edu and the covid19 [at] emerson.edu email.

Emerson College recommends community members follow current public health guidelines and consult with their physicians as to whether their personal circumstances require specific testing guidance. Information about how to access testing can be found online at Find a COVID-19 test. Note: PCR tests may be required in certain circumstances (ie) Travel Documentation or Authorization for Medical Procedures.