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Pre-arrival Testing

(Last updated July 19, 2020)

We have decided to require that all students who plan to return to campus this fall and live outside Massachusetts and its nearest seven states be tested for COVID-19 prior to their returning to campus. The eight states whose residents are excluded from this pre-testing requirement are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

This decision follows the announcement by the Governor of Massachusetts that visitors to Massachusetts from the seven nearby states, which are all making progress against the virus, no longer have to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to Massachusetts. The Governor’s decision also reflects the fact that in Massachusetts the number of positive tests for COVID-19 and the number of  related deaths have all been dramatically declining (including days with single digits or zero such instances). As we know, across the country, many other states are unfortunately experiencing dramatic increases in both areas.

Please note:

  • The University will absorb the entire cost of this pre-arrival testing protocol.
  • We will expect students from the other 42 states in the U.S. to participate in the testing, and then students should impose a self-quarantine after they are tested in the days prior to coming to campus.
  • Within the next two weeks, we will email all students and families whose primary addresses are in any of the 42 states the instructions for the pre-arrival testing plan, which we will also post on the Healthy Clark website.
  • We will expect students from the other 42 states in the U.S. to participate in the testing. Once students take their pre-arrival test, we will expect them to impose a self-quarantine until they depart for campus.

Pre-arrival testing is especially important since the evidence shows that asymptomatic individuals can carry and transmit COVID-19 to others without even knowing it. This pre-arrival testing protocol will identify positive cases before students travel from far outside this region and risk their own health or that of others in transit. The test will also enable those who test positive to get care from their local health provider. It will also help protect the health and well-being of those on campus as well as in the community of Worcester and across Massachusetts.

Various restrictions and limitations prevent the University from managing pre-arrival testing outside the U.S.

International Students Outside the U.S. Who are Coming to Campus

(Last updated July 19, 2020)

International students outside the U.S. who intend to study on campus this fall:

  • Will not be required to obtain tests in their home countries because in some countries tests are not readily available.
  • Will be able to receive pre-arrival testing if they arrive in the country early enough; information will be forthcoming.
  • As with all Clark students returning to campus, international students will be tested upon arrival and quarantined until the test results are made available.