Changes to MIT’s contact tracing and notification systems
December 23, 2021
Dear Covid Pass Users,
We are writing to make you aware of some important changes to our contact tracing and notification systems. (If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to first read how Omicron is shaping our approach to 2022.)
- First: Effective today, if you test positive for Covid, the MIT Atlas app and an associated email will immediately direct you to complete a form to provide more detail to MIT Medical’s contact tracing team. Please complete this form as soon as possible. Your prompt response will help the MIT Medical Team determine next steps. Typically, we will follow up with an email containing specific instructions for isolating, unless additional information or actions are required.
- Second: In the past, positive cases have triggered notifications to relevant supervisors, advisors, instructors, and/or academic leaders, without sharing the identity of the person testing positive. Over Winter Break, our teams will reach out only if these individuals need to take specific actions in response to a positive case. With this change, we aim to focus attention only on situations requiring follow-up. As necessary, individuals who test positive may contact their supervisors and/or HR managers (for employees), or advisors, instructors, and PIs (for students), as is true for other health-related absences. We will pilot this change over the Winter Break, and then evaluate whether it should continue.
- Finally: Keep in mind that both observed and unobserved testing will operate at a reduced schedule over Winter Break. Testing will close today at noon. See covidapps.mit.edu/testing for the full holiday schedule.
At any time if you have questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Covid Service Desk will be staffed over the winter break.
Thank you and best wishes for a relaxing break.