January 3, 2022

Dear Covid Pass Users,

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in response to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has revised its isolation and quarantine guidance for people who test positive for Covid-19. Per the new Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance: “If the individual shows no symptoms, the recommended isolation period is shortened from 10 days to 5 days, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.”

MIT’s automated systems now reflect this reduced isolation time. Please be aware that we have updated our protocols to reflect the following:

If you test positive:

  • If you tested in MIT’s testing system, you will receive an email asking you to complete MIT Medical’s Case Information Form. The email and form will give you instructions on your isolation period.
  • If you tested outside of MIT’s testing system, you should attest to having a positive test and complete MIT Medical’s Case Information Form. The form will give you instructions on your isolation period.
  • After five full days of isolation, your campus access will be restored, and you should not test for 90 days. You must continue to wear a mask around others, in all settings, for an additional 5 days. If you have had a fever in the last 24 hours, or your symptoms are neither mild nor improving, you must continue to isolate.

If you have been a close contact of a positive individual:

  • If you are vaccinated and boosted, or are vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster, you must wear a mask around others for 10 days and, ideally, test on day 5 after the exposure (or on your regular MIT testing cadence). Students may still attend classes and activities during this time, and employees may still report to work if on-site work is required.
  • If you are unvaccinated, or are eligible for a booster but have not yet been boosted, you must quarantine at home for 5 days. After 5 days of quarantine, your campus access will be restored. You should test on day 5 after your last exposure as a close contact, and for the following 5 days, you must wear a mask when around others.
  • Reminder: A close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of a positive individual for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over the course of 48 hours prior to their symptoms or positive result.

If you report having symptoms:

  • If you attest to having symptoms or report symptoms in Covid Pass, you will be directed to test at MIT if you are on campus and to stay home until you receive a test result. If you test positive, you will be given instructions for isolating (as above).

All other campus access, testing, and notification policies and protocols remain in effect, and we will update the community as guidance changes. Covid Pass users should continue to rely on instructions in the app or from MIT Atlas to maintain access to campus.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to covidapps-help@mit.edu.

Thank you.