While we’re excited to be returning to normal activities on campus and in other aspects of daily life, it’s important to remember COVID-19 is still with us. We now have the tools and knowledge to help keep ourselves and our community healthy through a “self-managed care” approach:
- Students, faculty, and staff can get free rapid test kits from on-campus vending machines when they have symptoms, or 5 days after close contact with a COVID-positive individual. Weekly surveillance testing is not required.
- Positive test results must be reported via the confidential Positive Case Form, which will provide instructions on next steps. This replaces the Symptom Tracker.
- Anyone who tests positive will isolate or quarantine at home or their residence hall.
COVID Vaccination Boosters
Experts predict a surge in COVID this winter, and WPI strongly urges everyone on campus to keep up to date on vaccines and boosters to help prevent severe illness. High vaccination rates are an important component of the university’s strategy for mitigating the impact of the pandemic and have allowed us to return to in-person activities and open our campus for a more traditional learning and working experience for our students, faculty, and staff.
Currently, the FDA has approved 2 bivalent (dual strain) vaccines, which may offer a higher level of protection against current COVID variants. Information on bivalent vaccines and boosters as well as where and when to get them can be found in the FAQs.
Additional information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Need information about COVID protocol, testing, and more? Check out the FAQs.
Did you test positive for COVID-19? All faculty, students, and staff should stay home, wear a mask, and immediately submit a Positive Case Form.
You're not alone. WPI is a community of caring students, faculty, and staff who are here to support each other. Here are some of the many resources available, particularly for undergraduate and graduate students.