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COVID 19: Testing Process

In order to support the Bridgewater State University’s Safe Return Plan for 2020/2021, the BSU community has crafted a robust COVID-19 training, testing, and tracing protocol. The protocol is designed to protect the privacy of individuals that are impacted by the tracing and testing process. This page provides an outline of the testing process adopted by the institution and its partners. These protocols are reviewed and revised regularly based on new guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and local and state departments of health. 

BSU's COVID-19 Testing Partner: Broad Institute

BSU partners with the Broad Institute in the administration of testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.

Advantages of the Broad Institute partnership is the quick turnaround of tests in as little as 24 hours. Additionally, the Broad Institute process has tools and services which supplement a number of tracing procedures adopted by our campus. BSU administered approximately 19,000 tests to individuals with no symptoms in fall of 2020 and plans to administer approximately 22,000 tests in the spring of 2020.

COVID-19 Testing in the BSU Parking Garage
Covid-19 Distancing Bear sign

Test Instrument

The Broad CRSP SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Diagnostic Assay is used for in vitro qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory specimens. This test is designed to detect the presence of the genomic material of the SARS-CoV2 novel coronavirus, the pathogen responsible for the disease known as COVID-19.

Test Analysis

The test is performed at the Clinical Research Sequencing Platform (CRSP) which is the clinical testing laboratory at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. This laboratory operates under a set of government regulations known as CLIA that allow it to run high complexity molecular tests, such as the one used to detect coronavirus. The test that is run by CRSP is a modified version of a test developed by the CDC.

Who and When We Test

BSU will continue to provide surveillance testing for all students throughout the spring semester under guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Residential students will be tested every week and all students coming to campus, for classes or for use of campus resources, are also highly encouraged to test at least every other week. All residential students and students taking in-person classes will be regularly invited to testing appointments. All asymptomatic employees of BSU are also eligible to voluntarily participate in testing. Testing is at no cost to members of the BSU community.

View Institutional Testing Results

COVID testing results are published weekly on Thursday and viewable at the COVID Dashboard.

FAQs for Students

For instructions on obtaining individual student testing results and other related information, view Student FAQs related to testing and tracing

Testing FAQs

Please be sure to read FAQs Regarding Testing