UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS REGARDING COVID-19
Availability of KN95 masks and COVID-19 test kits
The University will continually have high-quality KN95 masks and COVID-19 test kits available on campus at no cost for all students — undergraduate, graduate and medical — at the Key Office in Grad Center E. The office will be open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and students can pick up masks and test kits at their convenience. We expect these items will be available to students throughout the fall semester.
Students (and Brown employees) are no longer required to conduct routine testing (regardless of vaccination status) and, upon arriving at the University, are only required to test if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.
Please plan to keep at least one COVID-19 test available at all times to use in monitoring your COVID-19 status. Students should report any positive test result to University Health Services via the Health and Wellness Patient Portal using your Brown username and password.
Symptomatic students do not need to be seen at Health Services to confirm a positive test result and can test using an at-home kit. Students with questions or concerns about their symptoms can receive nursing advice 24 hours/day, 7 days/week by calling 401-863-3953 and can also make an appointment with Health Services by calling that same number during business hours.
Mask wearing is now optional for all Brown community members, regardless of vaccination status, and including on the Brown shuttle. While masking is optional, those who are unvaccinated can help limit their risk of transmission by continuing to wear masks. Related details can be found on the Campus Activity Status page of the Healthy Brown website.
Noted exceptions to the optional masking policy — where wearing masks continues to be required — include:
- health care facilities, including the Health and Wellness Center;
- the Warren Alpert Medical School;
- classes where the faculty or graduate student instructor requires students to wear masks; and
- meetings where the host requires attendees to wear masks (for example, a staff member meeting with a student in their office may require the student to wear a mask during the meeting).
Undergraduate, graduate and medical students are required to report any positive test result to University Health Services via the Health and Wellness Patient Portal using your Brown username and password. Follow-up instructions from University Health Services will be provided to students.
To self report a positive COVID test:
- Visit the Health and Wellness Patient Portal
- Select “Forms”
- In the *COVID-19 Forms section
- Complete the “COVID Positive Student Form”
Any student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illness should not attend any in-person classes or other activities and must contact University Health Services, and University Health Services will continue conducting symptomatic testing of student patients as they determine is clinically necessary.
Brown continues to adhere to guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control. The University requires that community members who test positive for COVID-19 self-isolate for a period of five (5) days. The 5-day period applies regardless of previous infection, vaccination or booster status, and the presence or absence of symptoms.
- To calculate your 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms OR your asymptomatic positive test date (whichever is earlier).
- Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or positive test result.
- On day 5 you can take a rapid antigen test, and if the result is negative (do not send in the negative test results) and you have no symptoms or improving symptoms, you are released from isolation.
- Students may also end isolation (without a negative rapid antigen test) 5 full days after testing positive if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.
- If students have been very sick from COVID-19 and your symptoms and fever are not improving or you have a weakened immune system, isolation is recommended for at least 10 days.
- If you are able to end isolation on day 5, it is important to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days, even at home.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rhode Island Department of Health and other agencies have provided information and guidance to prevent community spread of COVID-19.
Government and Agency Resources on COVID-19: