Updated September 29, 2022
Each member of the community plays a critical role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping Yale healthy.
All students, faculty, and staff must commit to following health and safety guidelines and setting an example for their peers. Because state and public health officials may need to adjust their policies based on the status of COVID-19 spread in our region, the guidelines here may be updated regularly.
- COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
- Mask Requirements & Guidance
- Yale COVID-19 Outreach Program and Close Contact Guidance
- Isolation Guidance for Those Who Test Positive
- Guidance for Immunocompromised Individuals and Those with Other Certain Medical Conditions
- What to Do if You Become Ill
Routine Asymptomatic Testing Requirements
- Routine, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing requirements have been suspended for most faculty, staff, postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees, and students who are fully vaccinated.
- Routine asymptomatic testing requirements for most faculty, staff, postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees, and students who are not fully vaccinated (and have an approved exemption) has also been suspended.
- A small number of schools and units, in accordance with approved health and safety plans, have retained targeted and limited asymptomatic testing programs to support unique activities; those schools and units will contact their community members directly to inform them of any related requirements.
- Any required PCR testing must be performed through the Yale COVID-19 Testing Program (the Testing Program).
- Routine asymptomatic testing requirements are subject to change based on prevailing public health conditions and guidance.
Post-exposure Asymptomatic Testing
- Faculty, staff, or students who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have been identified as close contacts of individuals with COVID-19 should test on the day of exposure or notification and again 5 days after the exposure or notification. A PCR test is preferred in this circumstance.
- Any faculty, staff, or students who develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should mask and test as soon as possible, preferably with a rapid antigen test (RA test) if available. If the result of the RA test is negative, or a RA test is unavailable, individuals should test with a PCR test through the Testing Program and remain masked until the results return, or repeat a RA test in 24-48 hours. A single negative RA test does not rule out infection.
- Symptomatic individuals should not go to work or class until testing negative on a PCR test or having 2 sequential negative RA tests 24-48 hours apart.
- If above testing for COVID-19 is negative and significant symptoms persist, consult with your healthcare provider. Stay out of work or class until you no longer have a fever and are feeling better.
- Testing as soon as possible when symptoms arise is extremely important to ensure timely access to effective COVID-19 treatments.
- Yale faculty, staff, and students are advised to get a COVID-19 test if they are symptomatic, think they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have been identified as a close contact, or have a positive roommate. The Testing Program is also available for all faculty, staff, and students who wish to test, even if they are not required to do so.
- Since most faculty, staff, and students will not participate in routine asymptomatic testing this fall, we also recommend that individuals consider getting a COVID-19 test in the following situations:
- Before or after travel, as recommended in the Travel Policy.
- A PCR test within 1 day prior to (or RA test the day of) attending a large, crowded indoor event of more than two hours that includes eating, drinking, physical activity, singing, or other aerosolizing activities where most of the participants are unmasked.
- A PCR test within 1 day prior to (or RA test the day of) participating in an off-campus indoor community activity that includes individuals whose vaccination status is unknown (e.g., local tutoring and volunteering).
- A PCR test 2-3 days after attending an event or activity if the risk factors above have been present.
- A RA test for visitors, students, faculty, and staff travelers who have newly arrived on campus to attend an event. Returning students, faculty and staff should preferentially access on-campus PCR testing if results can be obtained prior to the event (24-36 hours turnaround).
Reporting Test Results
Faculty, staff, and students should continue to report positive results from PCR or RA tests performed outside the Testing Program to the university.