IF YOU ARE SICK, HAVE SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19
Keeping the college community safe should be the priority of everyone who is visiting any of our college locations. If you have any symptoms, we ask that you stay home, fill out the Symptom/Exposure Report Form and check in with Health Services prior to coming to campus.
Do you need an at home test kit? The college has a free at home test kit available for students and employees. COVID-19 rapid tests and masks are available at all Bristol locations. See specific locations at the bottom of this page.
Keep in mind that a negative home test does not necessarily mean you do not have COVID-19 since there can be false negatives. Health Services may advise that you get a PCR test. If you do not have any symptoms, you can get tested on campus. If, however, you have symptoms or need to test off-campus, you may consider other community testing sites.
If you Test Positive for COVID-19
Complete the Symptom/Exposure Report Form.
It is important that you contact Bristol’s Health Services immediately if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Remember, your safety and privacy are a top priority. Students/Employees should not reach out directly to faculty or supervisors about their COVID-19 diagnosis. You can reach out to let them know you will not be at work or in class without providing specific information about your private health matters.
If you are a Close Contact* of Someone who Tested Positive for COVID-19:
- If you do NOT have any symptoms, are vaccinated and received a COVID-19 booster shot, you may come to campus, but we recommend that you get a PCR test 3-5 days following the day of your exposure and call Health Services at 774.357.2232 for further instructions.
- If you have ANY symptoms, are vaccinated, and received a COVID-19 booster or not, please stay home, fill out the Symptom/Exposure Report Form and call Health Services at 774.357.2232.
- If you are not vaccinated, please stay home, fill out the Symptom/Exposure Report Form and call Health Services at 774.357.2232.
*A close contact means that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.
Self Screening & Certification
Employees and students shall self-monitor their health status daily prior to reporting to work or class at any Bristol location. If they have any symptoms, they should fill out the Symptoms and Exposure Form and should call Health Services to discuss their symptoms and advise on whether it is safe to come to campus. According to CDC guidance, potential COVID-19 symptoms include, but may not be limited to:
- Fever or chills
- New cough (not related to a chronic condition)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches or weakness
- Sore throat
- New nasal or sinus congestion or runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies)
- New loss of smell or taste
- Nausea or vomiting
If any student answers ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions, they should stay home and do the following:
- Complete Bristol’s Symptom / Exposure Report Form.
- Be encouraged to contact their doctor or urgent care center.
- Contact their instructor to let them know they will not be attending class.
- Consider getting tested. For more information about testing, visit https://www.mass.gov/advisory/public-health-advisory-regarding-covid-19-testing.
COVID-19 Rapid Tests and Masks are Available at all Bristol Locations
In a continuous effort to keep our college locations safe and healthy, Bristol is making grab-and-go COVID-19 rapid tests, as well as N95 and KN95 masks, available to Bristol students and employees.
These high-quality tests and masks can be picked up by visiting the Bristol locations below. Resources are limited to one rapid test and mask each week while supplies last.
They are also available on the department level by contacting academic deans, campus deans, supervisors and managers.
Everyone who participates in the COVID-19 surveillance testing at any of the locations will receive a COVID-19 Rapid Test.
Check www.BristolCC.edu/COVIDTesting for dates, times and locations.
11 Field Road
Fall River Campus
Campus Police Department
D110, Hudnall Administration Building (D building)
Health Services Center
E104, Thomas A. Rodgers Jr. Science Building (E building)
New Bedford Campus
800 Purchase Street
2 Hamilton Street