The Harvard University-wide COVID-19 Testing Dashboard shares data from regular screening implemented as part of the University’s health and safety protocols. COVID-19 testing requirements remain in place for every member of the community who is authorized to be on campus this fall, including those who come to campus infrequently. The Dashboard data is relative to individuals, living both on and off campus, authorized to participate in Harvard’s COVID-19 screening.1
Individuals authorized to participate in Harvard’s COVID-19 screening are tested regularly (see testing protocols). The data reflected below is not combined with other testing sources or providers. The University will share additional information as data availability expands.
Beyond testing, campus-wide vaccination is the best defense against the coronavirus, including the highly contagious Delta variant.
Harvard University Vaccination Rates2 (as of 9/22/21):
- Employees: 96%
- Students: 95%3
Vaccination rates will be updated in the coming weeks as we begin the fall semester.
Testing and tracing data in the dashboard below is updated daily by 10 am local time.
New Positive Cases - Last 7 Days
Current in Isolation6
Current in Quarantine7
Total tests conducted
Total undergraduate student tests
Total graduate student tests
Total faculty, staff, or other affiliates tests9
- Individuals authorized to participate in Harvard’s COVID-19 screening, include: those individuals authorized to be on campus; those who are authorized to participate in the University’s off-campus undergraduate pilot program; and, any off-campus individuals who, based on contact tracing activities, are invited to be screened due to possible exposure to another Harvard community member known to have the virus.
- Vaccination rates are based on the number of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and researchers authorized to be on campus for the fall semester.
- Some members of our community, for example international students, will not have access to vaccine until they arrive on campus. They will be able to receive vaccine through Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) upon arrival.
- “Total tests” is cumulative and includes repeat tests that are required of students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates who are authorized to be on campus.
- Harvard positivity rate is calculated based on valid tests completed among the tested population, and currently reflects the positivity rate among the asymptomatic screening the University is conducting. The percent positive rate for Harvard is reflective of protocols established for regular screening and not based on testing only after an individual experiences symptoms.
- Isolation data reflects isolations among those individuals authorized to live on campus or be on campus for a work or academic purpose, and includes both individuals isolating within Harvard facilities and those directed to isolate within their home.
- Quarantine data includes all persons followed for quarantine by Harvard contact tracing program; in addition to quarantined persons who are authorized to be on Harvard’s campus, this may also include close contacts who are Harvard community members but who do not usually come to campus.
- “Graduate Students” and “Undergraduate Students” includes students who are eligible to participate in Harvard’s testing program; this includes students living in dorm-style housing, those working in labs, and those authorized to be on campus for an academic or work purpose.
- “Faculty, Staff, and Other Affiliates” includes faculty, academic and non-academic staff, and others (such as contractors) who are eligible to participate in Harvard’s testing program; this includes faculty or staff performing essential work, living on campus, or authorized to be on campus.
- State and local data reflect tests conducted in these geographic communities and include persons who have symptoms or have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID.
- Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Heath
- Cumulative data reflects Harvard’s initiation of protocols in early June 2020 for regular screening through COVID-19 testing in conjunction with the re-opening of science laboratory facilities under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ phased re-opening plan.
- As stated above, Harvard data reflects results of mandatory screening for individuals who are authorized to be on Harvard’s campus and who do not report COVID symptoms.
- Data are presented according to the date tests are administered. Counts for most recent dates may be incomplete, but will be updated as results are reported.
- Data regarding isolation and quarantine is subject to change based on ongoing contact tracing investigations.
- This dashboard is informational only, and is not intended to be used as public health guidance.