Viral Testing

About Viral Testing

Affiliates who do not live on campus are not required to test regularly, however have the option of doing so if they wish. All affiliates who do live on campus are required to continue regular testing until their transition date to optional testing on May 10. Anyone with symptoms or known exposure should continue to test. Our testing plan is subject to modification if the public health situation indicates changes in community risk.

HUHS does not determine who is eligible for testing and cannot update the University’s eligibility file. If you have been authorized to be on campus and believe you should be eligible for testing but do not appear eligible with Color, please contact your local administrator. Persons who desire testing but are not eligible for the campus testing program can seek testing resources in the community.

Test kits are not being distributed by HUHS to the campus community, but are distributed by individual schools and units, so please connect with your local administrator about how to receive your test kit. 

Testing policies and frequencies can be found here.

Testing Results

After completing your test, you will receive an email from Color at the email address you provided on the testing registration form within 2 days. 

If you test positive, you will receive an email from HUHS. As required by state law, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will also be notified of any positive test result.

If you test negative, you will need to continue to follow any applicable federal, state, or local orders related to COVID-19. You will also be expected to adhere to any University policy or process to protect the health and safety of our community. 

Find more information on Testing & Tracing on the Harvard University COVID-19 - Keeping Harvard Healthy Website

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm having an issue using the color site. How can I get help?

See the Color support FAQs to get answers to your questions or learn how to contact Color or HUIT for assistance.

I'm not sure which testing kits I received. How can I tell the difference between the new kits and the old ones?

The new HUCL kits look similar to the previous kits, but contain a much smaller tube about 2” tall and the diameter of a pencil. The Broad tubes are much taller (3-4”) and wider. The Broad kits contain a cotton swab whereas the HUCL kits contain a small plastic swab with a ridged tip.

Side by side comparison of COVID testing tubesSide by side comparison of COVID testing swabs

What if someone needs help in another language?

Please contact HUHS at (617) 495-5711 and follow the prompts for the COVID line (press * key).

Color instructions are available in SpanishPortugueseHaitian Creole, and Simplified Chinese

What if I have other questions?

Please contact HUHS at (617) 495-5711 and follow the prompts for the COVID line (press * key). Check back here as well, as we will be updating this area with additional information as new questions arise.