Preparing for Return to Campus and Accessing the COVID-19 Pass App

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-August 14, 2020-

Dear IHP students,

As you prepare to come to Boston and campus, faculty and staff are excited for the opportunity to engage with you in person, consistent with the Commit @ IHP guidelines of maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

Today’s message includes detailed information about:

  • Preparing for your return to Boston and campus.
  • Accessing and using the COVID-19 Pass App.

Traveling and moving back to Massachusetts:

On August 1, Massachusetts implemented a new Travel Order. On Tuesday, August 2, the order was updated to remove Rhode Island from the “Lower-Risk State” category. Please keep the following in mind as you plan to come to Boston and when you are scheduled to be on campus or at a clinical education site.

Coming from a “Lower-Risk State,” you can enter the state, and there are no requirements to complete. If you travel from a state not defined as a “Lower-Risk State,” you must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form and do one of the following:

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Massachusetts.
  • Be tested 72 hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts – the Institute highly recommends this option.

If your test results are negative, you do not need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, you can enter the state and quarantine until you receive a “negative” test result. Schedule a test as soon as possible, upon receiving a “negative” test result, your self-quarantine ends.

If you are moving from Rhode Island into Massachusetts, you must follow the above process since it is not a “low risk” state.

If you live in Rhode Island, you can commute into Massachusetts to attend class and participate in clinical education and work only.

Coming to campus for scheduled academic classes and study space:

As we have communicated, the Institute has adopted the MGB symptom monitoring and universal mask policy which is the basis for Commit @ IHPAll IHP students and employees coming to campus must complete a self-monitoring screening form every day confirming they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. You should complete the screening process before you arrive on campus.

There are three ways to complete the form:

View additional information on how to use each option.

If you have no symptoms, you will immediately receive a message that you are "cleared for work" and can proceed to campus. If you do have symptoms, you cannot come to campus. You will receive a message that you should contact MGH Occupational Health, and students should notify their academic advisor.

We urge you to please continue to adhere to Commit @ IHP – wear a mask, practice hand hygiene, social distance, and isolate at home when not on campus or at a clinical education site. Together as health and education professionals, we will do our part to flatten the curve.

Safe travels, and we look forward to seeing you when you are scheduled to be on campus for the upcoming fall 2020 semester.

Denis G. Stratford
Chief Operating Officer

IHP Communications

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