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Student Testing Program, Booster Requirement, and Isolation Plans

Testing PositiveMandatory COVID-19 Booster Vaccine | Isolation and Close Contact Management

Optional Testing After March 21

Beginning the week of March 21, the College will shift to optional testing for students, faculty, and staff. You may continue to undergo regular COVID-19 testing using rapid test kits provided by the College, if you wish, but you will no longer be required to do so. Please note that if you have an approved vaccine exemption or are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine, you will still be required to complete weekly testing twice a week. The College considers individuals up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines if they received both an initial, primary series of vaccinations AND a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible. 

Students who are interested in participating in optional testing may email Casey Anderson, director of student health and wellness services, at canders4@swarthmore.edu. 

Testing Positive

Student Health Center office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and can be reached at 610-328-8058. The nurse on call will be available after hours and on the weekends throughout the spring semester. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 on a home test kit or at an outside facility, you must immediately notify the Student Health Center at 610-328-8058 for further instructions. If you receive a positive test result outside of the Health Center’s operating hours, please call the on-call nurse service immediately at 610-328-8548 for further instructions. If at any time you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you are required to notify the Student Health Center at 610-328-8058 during operating hours or the on-call nurse at 610-328-8548 after hours or on the weekends.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you are NOT required to complete the testing outlined above and should not participate in the required or optional testing until 90 days have passed since your last positive result. 

Mandatory COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

The College is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff members receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine by either Jan. 31 or, if you’re not yet eligible by Jan. 31, within 30 days of becoming eligible for the booster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information on when you are eligible to get your booster. If you have already received an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination approved by the College, you will continue to be exempt from this requirement and do not need to supply additional documentation. 

Once you receive your COVID-19 booster, please upload your documentation to your student health portal, which can be accessed through MySwarthmore. You must upload a photo of your booster card under “COVID-19 booster” and also enter the date you obtained the booster.

Isolation and Close-Contact Management

Students who test positive will be required to either move into temporary isolation housing or isolate in place, depending on their living situation. Isolation will last for a minimum of five days, from either the positive result or from the onset of symptoms. The Worth Health Center staff will share additional details about isolation housing with individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

On day five, the student will be evaluated and if they meet the discharge criteria of symptom resolution, or symptom improvement, with no fever in the past 24 hours, they will be discharged from isolation housing. Students who do not meet the discharge criteria will remain in temporary housing and be evaluated each day until they meet the discharge criteria.

Close-contact notification will be completed  by the person testing positive.  Close contact guidance can be found at the following page