COVID-19 Self-Monitoring, Testing, and Contact Tracing


If you are experiencing any of the following COVID-19 like symptoms, we recommend you get tested for COVID-19 and remain at home while you are feeling ill.

  • Fever or chills
  • New cough not related to a chronic condition
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Severe fatigue or body aches


PCR testing at BU is available for faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms or who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. Testing kits are available at  the Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Ave., where employees can pick up self-testing kits and drop off completed samples on the same day.  No appointment is necessary to pick up a COVID-19 Testing Kit, however before dropping off your test, you must must register your testing kit through your Occupational Health Connect Portal.

Hours: Drop-off testing is available Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM. You will receive your result by the end of the next business day.

How to Complete a Test:

  • You must first pick-up a COVID-19 Testing Kit from the lobby of Occupational Health Center at 930 Commonwealth Ave during business hours. No appointment is necessary to pick up a COVID-19 Testing Kit.
  • After picking up a COVID-19 Testing Kit, in a private area (such as a private room, private office, or single-person bathroom), open the testing kit, swab your nose, place the swab in the tube, and seal it. It is important that you swab on the day you will drop-off your kit, in order to maintain the integrity of the sample.
  • After you complete your self-test, you must register your COVID-19 Testing Kit through the Occupational Health Connect Portal before dropping it off.

Please review the additional information on COVID-19 Testing Kit Registration and Self-Testing Instructions.

Testing on the Medical Campus and Outside BU:

If you work at BU’s medical campus, you are encouraged to utilize the testing services on the Charles River Campus.  You may also utilize COVID-19 testing at the BMC ILI clinic located at the Crosstown Building (801 Mass Ave.) Monday through Friday 8AM-3:30PM. This clinic is walk-in only. Your health insurance may be billed for the test and results will be sent through the BMC portal, MyChart.

Additional testing locations across Massachusetts are found here:

Contact Tracing

Prompt identification, testing, and quarantine (if indicated) of COVID-19 contacts can break the chain of disease transmission and prevent further spread of the virus in our community.

The University monitors transmission and assists with contact tracing and case investigation in areas with ongoing transmission and among our highest-risk groups.

We ask all individuals who are infected with COVID-19 to inform those they were in contact with that they were potentially exposed. Close contacts are individuals you have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer during your infectious period. Your infectious period is defined as two days before your symptoms started or two days before your positive test date (if you have no symptoms) up until you are cleared from isolation. Please advise your close contacts that getting a test (3-5 days after exposure) and careful symptom monitoring are recommended for all close contacts.

Close contacts are required to follow Massachusetts Department of Public Health quarantine guidelines based on their vaccination and symptom status. Close contacts are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test.