Below you will find a detailed outline of testing protocols for faculty and staff. You can find additional resources in the Covid-19 Guide for Staff. If you have a question that’s not addressed here, please submit it for consideration via our comment form.
Faculty and staff in high-contact jobs must be tested weekly.
People in low-contact jobs, or who only come to campus occasionally or work in relative isolation, are welcome and encouraged to participate in testing. Once you join the program, you’ll be expected to continue getting tested weekly throughout the fall.
Only people who are asymptomatic should come to a testing site. If you feel unwell or think you might have been exposed to Covid-19, don’t come to campus but instead contact your medical provider directly. You can also call the Berkshire Health Systems Covid-19 Hotline at 855-262-5465 or the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Covid-19 Hotline at 802-440-8844.
If you anticipate missing a week for any reason, please email us at [email protected] in advance.
Walk-up and drive-through testing both require appointments.
Please Note: The drive-through testing option is very popular. Should you try to schedule a drive-through appointment through CoVerified and none are available, you must then schedule a walk-up appointment.
Questions about test scheduling should be emailed to [email protected].
Both Walk-Up and Drive-Through testing takes place at Towne Field House.
- Students may only use the walk-up option.
- Drive-through testing is for faculty and staff only. Parking is not available in the Field House lot. We ask that faculty and staff who need to drive to the site please use the drive-through option instead of parking.
- Both testing sites are ADA accessible.
From Monday, November 23, through Monday, February 8, the site will be open Mondays only, from 9 am to 4 pm, with the following exceptions:
- Monday, Dec. 21: 9am - 1pm
- Monday, Dec 28: 9am - 1pm
- Monday, Jan. 4: 9 am - 1 pm
- Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 5-6: 9 am - 1 pm for Children's Center and Dining staff only
- Thursday, Jan. 14: 12 - 3 pm for returning seniors only
- Thursday, Jan. 21: 9 am - 4 pm
The schedule following February 8 will be as follows:
- February 10-14: Daily from 12 - 8 pm
- February 15 through the end of the semester: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am - 4pm, closed Wednesdays
Faculty and Staff working on campus must complete the following prior to being tested:
Please do not forget to make an appointment for your test through the CoVerified app.
Please remember to blow your nose prior to testing. Solid matter will interfere with the test’s accuracy. If you forget to blow your nose in advance, tissues will be available. Nose blowing stations are located at the entrance to the east and west doors of the Field House.
As you approach the walk-through testing site from the east or the west, you will enter the respective door of the Field House and be greeted by the check in worker who will direct you to tap on a numbered S2 reader and then head to the same numbered registration lane. For example, if you swipe your card at reader 4, you will enter registration lane 4.
Should you have to wait in line for any part of the testing process, please be sure to maintain 6’ social distancing. Markers on the ground will indicate proper spacing.
When you reach the registration table, there will be a plexiglass barrier between you and the worker on every table. Show your Williams ID card so your name can be verified. A label will be placed on a vial by the worker, and the vial will be placed in a tray that will be passed to you under the plexiglass barrier. Verify your name and date of birth are correct on the vial label.
Once you have your vial, you’ll be directed to the testing area, where you’ll be greeted by an EMT. You’ll again verify your name, be asked to place your vial in a vial box, hand sanitize, and then be instructed to pick up the cotton swab (still in its original packaging), and conduct the nasal test. This test simply involves swabbing (making three circles) on the inside of each nostril. It is very important that the EMT witness your test, to ensure accuracy of the testing process, so please do not turn your back on the EMT. Once your test is completed, place your swab, cotton side down, into your vial and then place your vial back into the BROAD box located on the testing table. Hand sanitize and leave the testing site through the glass doors behind you.
There are no vehicle height restrictions at the Towne Field House testing site.
Please remember to blow your nose prior to testing. Solid matter will interfere with the test’s accuracy. If you forget to blow your nose in advance, tissues will be available from the EMT.
The entrance for the drive-through testing is from Latham Street, immediately adjacent to the Facilities Building at 60 Latham Street. Vehicles will enter the west driveway, stop at the CSS Officer's tent at the entrance to show your College ID, continue on, following the yellow cones, stop at the S2 card reader to tap your College ID, then continue to follow the line of yellow cones to the last set of glass doors to conduct your test.
Once you have stopped your vehicle, the EMT will greet you with Kleenex and hand sanitizer, and then your labelled vial. Please make sure you check the accuracy of the information on the vial. The EMT will witness your test and when completed, you may drive away out the east driveway of the parking lot.
Please note: Carpooling is not permitted; however, individuals who live together may arrive for testing in the same vehicle. They can each be tested provided they each have an appointment and are wearing a mask. Each person will need to present and tap a Williams ID on the card reader.
Negative test results will be available on the CoVerified online platform and app. You will no longer receive an email notification or prompt.
Results can take 24-72 hours to be received from the time the sample is received at the Broad Institute lab, which is typically around 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you test positive, a physician will contact you and discuss next steps. You will be required to remain in isolation for at least 14 days. You will also hear from Leslie Drager, the local Williamstown lead contact tracer, or a member of her team. Danielle Gonzalez, Director of Human Resources, will also be notified of positive test results. As required by state law, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will also be notified of any positive test result.
Contract tracers will request information such as who the infected individual had contact with in the last 2-3 days. Massachusetts defines close contact as face to face for 10 or more minutes, less than 6’ apart. In addition, you may receive a call from the Massachusetts Tracing Team, using the caller ID “MA COVID TEAM” and area codes 833 and/or 857.
The tracers will not request information such as Social Security numbers or banking information. If you receive a call requesting this information, do not share it, as it may be a scam.