Testing is an important component of our strategy to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and students, faculty, and staff are expected to test for COVID-19 if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus or are identified as a close contact. We also recommend exposure testing in accordance with CDC guidance. 

While testing will not be required before or upon arrival at Middlebury, Middlebury’s COVID-19 testing protocols will be evaluated and adjusted if needed. We will take into consideration guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, among other factors.

Testing Availability for Students, Faculty and Staff

Antigen tests for students and employees are available at the circulation desk at Davis Family Library, dining hall check-in, and at Human Resources in Marbleworks. 

Self-administered PCR testing is also available for all students and employees. 

  • Self-administered PCR testing kits are available at the Davis Family Library during regular business hours.
  • Employees and students must log into the Color Health platform to set up an account using their Middlebury credentials. You will be asked to enter your Middlebury email address or ID number when you set up the account.
  • You will then need to activate the testing kit in order to receive results. Follow the instructions for administering the PCR test. This is very similar to the procedure for any COVID-19 test, where you take a sample from each nostril using a cotton swab, and place the swab in a secure tube, then into a sealable plastic bag for dropoff. 
  • Employees and students must drop off their samples the same day they take the test at Centeno House, patio level, Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You will find a black box for this purpose in the entryway.
  • Samples will be shipped each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, and sent to the Broad Institute for processing. 
  • You will receive email and/or text notifications confirming your test is activated and when your results are ready. 
  • If you have questions you can email mycovidtest@color.com or call 844-352-6567.

Test Results

Results from self-administered PCR testing on campus will be available approximately 24-48 hours after the test is dropped off. Notification of the result will come via email at their @middlebury.edu address and a text message with instructions on how to access results. Individuals expecting a result should check their email spam or junk mail folders. 

Individuals who use the self-administered PCR tests will be required to give permission to the College to disclose the results of their tests and their compliance with the testing procedures—but no other health information—to public health authorities and relevant Middlebury offices. Except as otherwise permitted or required by law, Middlebury will not disclose an individual’s COVID-19 test results to their families, emergency contacts, or anyone else except to facilitate contact tracing, treatment, or infection control on campus, or for other public health purposes. Whenever possible, Middlebury will use test results without names or identifiers.

Reporting COVID-19 Test Results

If you receive a positive antigen test or PCR or LAMP test result at any time you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to inform Middlebury by completing the COVID-19 Test Result form. The form should be submitted for both positive results from a PCR test administered through the College or any test administered off-campus. Employees, whether they work on campus or remotely, or their managers should report positive COVID-19 from any tests taken.

After submitting the positive test result form, students will receive an email providing self-care and recovery guidance. Employees will receive a follow-up email with guidance. Students and employees must also follow the appropriate instructions for students or employees who test positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Tests for a Documentation Requirement (i.e. travel)

Students or employees who require proof of a negative test for travel or other reasons can access their previous test results from campus-based testing in either CareEvolve or Color Health (for tests submitted after August 31, 2022). Students who need a certification letter to accompany their results should contact Health Services for assistance if the testing was conducted on campus. They should contact the community agency where they received their test if it was taken off-campus.