Our Plan for Rigorous Testing
Surveillance testing is a cornerstone of our Healthy Clark Covid Plan. Clark University is following a rigorous testing protocol for students, faculty, and staff.
Intersession Testing Hours
During the winter Intersession, faculty, staff, and students who plan to access the campus need to get tested every week. Testing will be done in the Grace and Lurie rooms on the first floor of the University Center. You can schedule your arrival or subsequent tests online.
The testing facility will be open Nov. 23, 2020, through Feb. 17, 2021, on these days:
- Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (excluding Nov. 25)
- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding Nov. 26, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31)
Hours after Feb. 17, 2021, will be available closer to the spring semester.
Public-health experts have advised us that, in tandem with good health and prevention practices (e.g., masks and social distancing), using a regular testing protocol is among the best ways to mitigate spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Regular testing also allows the University to act swiftly to identify individuals who test positive and should be quarantined and receive medical treatment, and to mitigate the spread of the virus (including through contact tracing).
What to Expect When You Get Tested
When you arrive for your test, please be sure to bring your Clark ID (or driver’s license or other valid photo ID). The test requires a self-administered nasal swab (not a deep nasal swab) and generally takes no more than five minutes from check-in to completion.
Test results will be available to you via a web-based portal called CareEvolve within 24 hours of when the sample arrives at the lab. Clark’s samples arrive at the lab twice daily at approximately 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. When your test result is available, you will receive an email from CareEvolve@LKNotification.com with details on how to access the result. When you set up your account, unless you provided a new address at test check-in, you should use “950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610” and the phone number you provided at check-in.
Again, please note: If your home address/zip code did not work for login, please use Clark’s address and zip code: 950 Main Street, Worcester MA 01610
Possible results of the test are:
- Negative: The 2019-novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was not detected by the test.
- Positive: The 2019-novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was detected by the test. These results will be delivered via phone or in-person. Worth noting is the reported 0.3% false positive rate, meaning if 400 people without the virus are tested, one is likely to come back with an incorrect positive test.
- TNP, or Test Not Processed: There was something wrong with the sample provided and the test was not run. This could be that the swab stick was broken, the cap on the vial wasn’t tight, or many other things that would cause the lab to not process the test.
- Invalid: There was not enough material on the swab to run a test. Blowing your nose before entering the Kneller can help minimize the chance of an invalid test.
Your Clark email will receive reminders about testing. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.