Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2022
Students who test positive should alert the Health Center by completing this form.
Those who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, are required to isolate for five full days. If on day 6, you display no symptoms of COVID-19 and have been fever-free for 24-hours without the aid of medication, you may exit isolation but must wear a mask in all settings for five full days. Faculty or staff who test positive should notify Dan Battle at email@example.com. A helpful isolation timeline can be found below:
It’s important that students and roommates have conversations and make plans for what to do if one tests positive, as there is no reserved space on campus for moving the positive student or their roommate(s). Students who test positive are encouraged to isolate at their permanent residence or family home if within a reasonable distance to campus. Alternatively, students can isolate in place in their current housing assignment. Students should work with their professors to make alternative arrangements for course requirements that may be missed during an isolation period.
How do I know if I've been exposed?
If you recently interacted with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the likelihood that you were infected can vary greatly depending on factors like distance, length of time, ventilation and whether the individual was coughing, singing or breathing heavily. Learn more about understanding exposure risks here.
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, take precautions for 10 full days regardless of your vaccination status. The CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health advise you wear a high-quality mask any time you are around others indoors in your home or in public. Take a rapid test on day 6 even if you do not have symptoms. If you do develop any potential COVID-19 symptoms, take a rapid test or contact the Health Center and stay away from others until you know the result. Continue to follow masking guidelines and other precautions through day 10 even if negative.
Isolation and Exposure Resources
COVID-19 rapid tests are widely available at pharmacies and online. A list of sites where rapid tests can be ordered can be found below:
BCBS-MA (Bentley's student health insurance provider)
Tests can be ordered through health insurance providers. To order from BCBS, sign into MyBlue. Click “Express Scripts” under “My Medications.” Click “Order At-Home COVID Tests” on the home page.
Waltham Public Health Department
While supplies last, the Waltham Public Health Department will provide two free rapid tests to those who show a student ID. Tests can be picked up at 119 School Street in Waltham from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rapid tests are widely available at local pharmacies in the Waltham area. Health insurance providers will reimburse plan holders for up to eight individual tests (usually, that means four total kits) per month. Be sure to save your receipt and contact your health insurance provider for details on reimbursement.
For questions, please contact the following offices:
General Questions: Returntocampus@bentley.edu
Campus Services- SM_CampusServices@bentley.edu
COVID Vaccination Questions- COVIDVaccine@bentley.edu
Financial Aid- Finaid@bentley.edu
Health Center- GA_Healthcenter@Bentley.edu
Student Affairs- GA_StudentAffairs@bentley.edu
Student Financial Services- GA_SFS@bentley.edu