Updated COVID guidance

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We hope you’ve had a chance to read today’s message from Giang T. Nguyen, executive director of Harvard University Health Services. Given the high rate of COVID-19 cases within Harvard’s campus community and continuing spread of the Omicron variant, the University is updating its guidance and protocols in order to reduce the risk of transmission as we prepare for a return to campus.

Please take a moment to review the University’s updated exposure, quarantine, and isolation guidelines.

In addition, we wanted to highlight two of the updates to the University’s testing guidance:

If You Test Positive: You will now receive an email communication from HUHS with guidance on isolation procedures and instruction to help you identify and notify your close contacts. Please note that HUHS will no longer be contact tracing and will be communicating exclusively by email at this time. This change is due to the large increase in cases that HUHS is experiencing compared with the fall semester.

If You Are a Close Contact and Not Up to Date on Booster Shot: You must now quarantine for 5 days after a COVID exposure.

Thanks for your flexibility as we navigate the peak stages of Omicron. We’ll continue to update you as needed.

Sincerely,

Katie and Jane

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration

Jane J. Kim
Dean for Academic Affairs
K.T. Li Professor of Health Economics