June 16, 2022

Dear Covid Pass Users,

Following the June 7 letter to the community outlining modifications to MIT’s Covid-19 testing program, we are writing to provide you with some important operational updates:

Unobserved testing closes at 4 p.m. on June 16; re-opens after Juneteenth

The lab that processes MIT’s unobserved tests will close early this evening and will re-open after the Monday holiday. Unobserved tests will need to be checked into Covid Pass and dropped off no later than 4 p.m. today. Unobserved testing will be available again the morning of Tuesday, June 21.

Last day of observed testing at E23 trailer is Friday, June 17

The trailers outside MIT Medical are being decommissioned and the last day of observed testing is Friday, June 17. The lab that processes our observed tests will be open on Friday, so observed testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last day to use existing test kits is Thursday, June 30; drop-off location change

The testing kits that community members have used for the past 15 months will no longer be accepted for Covid testing as of July 1. If you plan to test between June 21 and June 30, you may drop off your unobserved test swab in the tent on the Carleton Street side of the MIT Medical building. If you still have unused kits, you may recycle or discard them after June 30.

Symptomatic PCR testing only after July 1

As of July 1, PCR testing will be available only to community members who are experiencing Covid symptoms. Instructions on how to get a test kit for symptomatic testing will be linked in the MIT Atlas app and on covidapps.mit.edu.

The requirements to test for travel have eased; visit the CDC Covid-19 travel website for guidance. If you are required to test for travel, Mass.gov has a Covid-19 testing location search, which includes free PCR testing sites. Testing required for international travel on behalf of MIT may be submitted by employees for reimbursement.

Ordering rapid antigen tests

Residential households in the U.S. are eligible for another order of free at-home tests on USPS.com. Tests can be obtained at pharmacies and other locations (free in Massachusetts with proof of insurance) and/or can be mailed directly to homes (e.g., via Express Scripts). Anyone on a commercial insurance plan or Medicaid can get up to 8 antigen tests per month at no cost.

Upcoming holiday testing schedule

In addition to all testing being closed for MIT’s Juneteenth Holiday, testing will be closed during the extended Independence Day Holiday (Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4). Symptomatic testing will be available to community members starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Updates for recent graduates/alumni

  • Individuals who are eligible to register as regular MIT students in the fall semester or who have summer appointments at MIT will continue to have access to campus and symptomatic testing.
  • General campus access for May graduates who are not continuing and do not have a summer appointment will be deactivated on July 15. After July 15, recent graduates may be issued Tim Tickets (visitor passes) to gain access to specific spaces or events. Note: Continuing members of MIT Recreation may still use their current MIT ID to access DAPER facilities even after general campus access is deactivated.

Sincerely,
The Covid Testing Team