COVID-19 testing updates

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We hope your summer is off to a good start. As we transition from the end of the academic year to our summer programming, we wanted to make you aware of some upcoming changes to our COVID-19 testing arrangements:

Beginning Monday, June 13, drop-off bins for test kits will be available in the FXB lobby two times per week; kits will be collected Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM. Please make sure your test is dropped off before 9:00 on those days. Operations will make sure the bins are out on Monday and Wednesday mornings for your convenience.

If you miss the Tuesday and Thursday morning pickups at FXB, you can take your test to the drop-off location at Harvard Medical School’s New Research Building, at the entrance on Avenue Louis Pasteur. That drop-off location will continue to be available Monday through Friday, at any hour. Tests are picked up each day at 9:00 AM.

There is no testing or pickup at any of the University campuses, including Longwood, on weekends or holidays.

Beginning June 30, only the cotton-swab test kits (Broad Institute) will be processed. Any small-tube, plastic, corkscrew-type swab test kit (HUCL) received after June 29 will be destroyed. After June 30, please drop off unused HUCL kits with security in the FXB lobby.

Testing turnaround times for Broad kits will likely be 24-48 hours. If you are seeking a faster result, we recommend getting a rapid test kit at your local pharmacy. Current students can obtain them at no cost (see information on Harvard’s Student Health Program site). Faculty and staff should check with their insurance provider.

Although positive cases in the Boston area are declining now, we still encourage everyone to test regularly. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these changes in our testing program. If you have questions or need more information on testing or what to do if you test positive, the University’s Testing and Tracing site is a helpful resource. Please stay safe and healthy.


Katie and Jane

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration

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