Updated Policy on Inconclusive COVID Test Results

March 8, 2021

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

We now have three weeks of experience with the new inconclusive COVID test result type from the Broad Institute. While early data at the time of return to campus suggested a significant risk that inconclusives would test positive on repeat, more recent data obtained during routine testing suggests a risk of less than 5%.

With this data in hand, we will be modifying our approach to on-campus students who have an inconclusive test result AND are asymptomatic. Instead of moving to Bingham, students will be asked to isolate in their dorm room until follow-up testing is completed. The resulting team will schedule follow-up testing at the symptomatic test site at 109 Grove Street  (Rosenfeld Hall). On-campus students with inconclusive results who have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 will be asked to move to Bingham.

For all groups, contact tracing will only be initiated if a positive test is confirmed, so no one will be quarantined on the basis of an inconclusive result.

We’ll continue to monitor closely now that the campus quarantine has been lifted. While I know you are probably tired of hearing it, masking, distancing and limiting group sizes remains our best hope for keeping the virus in check while we wait for vaccine.

For questions about symptoms or other COVID-related concerns, call the Campus COVID Resource Line at 203-432-6604.

Madeline S. Wilson, M.D., F.AC.P.
Chief Quality Officer
Chair, Yale COVID Testing and Tracing Committee
Yale Health Center