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Testing

Clark’s dashboard was designed to track the positivity rate on campus in relation to the number of tests given at the University’s testing center.  As the effects of the virus’ variants became less severe over time, rates of positivity became a less valuable metric. Now that campus operations have been normalized  and the testing center discontinued, positivity data is no longer available. The dashboard has been replaced with a list of sources regarding COVID-related data.

While the CDC is no longer recommending quarantine procedures, it remains good practice for anyone who tests positive to notify any individual with whom they believe they’ve been in close contact of their positive status.

Free rapid tests are available through the federal government and tests are available for purchase at local pharmacies. Clark is making rapid tests available for students and employees who are symptomatic at the Information Desk in the Higgins University Center. Students can also obtain a test at Clark Health Services.

Quarantine and Isolation

With few exceptions, students will need to quarantine or isolate in their rooms or at home, following best CDC practices for masking and distancing. This semester, the University has reserved a handful of private isolation spaces for students who are severely ill and have an acute health situation. Health Services will make the determination regarding students who may need one of these spaces.

Clark Health Services is available for all students to contact Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 508-793-7467, for any medical questions for concerns during the academic year. If students have an urgent medical need on the weekend or another time of the day, Hahnemann Family Health Center provides an on-call service that can be reached through the Health Services number. Students are encouraged to try to wait to call between Monday and Friday unless they are experiencing urgent symptoms.

Clark employees are expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine if identified as a close contact. Anyone who tests positive should advise close contacts both on campus and in your personal life. The CDC defines “Close Contact” as close contact through proximity and duration of exposureSomeone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

Yes. Students are encouraged to isolate or quarantine at home.

As with any certified absence, students should work directly with their professor to develop an appropriate plan to keep current with the material or to catch up when they are well enough. Faculty members have been  sensitive to the fluidity of health-related absences due to COVID and will be mindful of providing clear policies and contingencies for such cases. Contact the Dean of the College office with any questions, dean@clarku.edu.