This testing program is being developed for institutions in Massachusetts and surrounding regions, including the rest of New England and eastern New York state.
With support from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), Broad is in discussions with a number of institutions to finalize plans for the fall. We anticipate being able to support several dozen institutions in total, at a sustainable level, so Broad can also continue to fully serve critical public health needs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, especially for at-risk communities.
Tests are being provided at cost. The cost-per-test is expected to be between about $25 and $30.
Under the program, participating colleges and universities determine who is eligible to be tested (such as students, faculty, and/or staff, with physician approval) and how often (twice weekly, weekly or once every two weeks). Broad will assemble and send the test kits, including tubes and swabs, and schools will follow protocols for proper swabbing and test kit handling. Then, Broad will process the tests, returning results within about 24 hours of receipt.
Software for collection sites, logistics, and return-of-results has been developed by ELLKAY, LLC. In addition, schools can elect to use a mobile app developed by CoVerified to engage with Broad Institute testing systems.
Broad Institute does not offer direct COVID-19 testing for individuals. If you are seeking a COVID-19 test, please contact your healthcare provider.