Dashboard for required MIT COVID-19 testing

MIT's Covid Pass Dashboard summarizes the results of MIT's surveillance testing strategy for individuals approved to live, study or work on campus. Covid Pass helps community members maintain their testing cadence of once or twice per week. More information on how to be tested for Covid-19 is available from MIT Medical. This dashboard is for informational purposes only and not meant to serve as public health guidance or to be used for formal research purposes.

For comparison to local and state data, please visit Case Count Reporting in Cambridge and COVID-19 Response Reporting from the State of Massachusetts.


Testing by Person Type


Summary for 12/12/2021 to 01/01/2022

Bar graph showing percent of positive tests for MIT, Cambridge, and Massachusetts, as described in textPositive cases in this time period represent 1.36% of all COVID-19 tests conducted at MIT between 12/12/2021 and 01/01/2022. The weekly positive rate for tests conducted at MIT was 0.52% for the week beginning 12/12; 1.53% for the week beginning 12/19, and 4.53% for the week of 12/26/2021-01/01/2022. For comparison, the current seven-day percentage average for positive tests is 18.42% in Massachusetts and the current 14-day average for positive tests is 2.57% in Cambridge.

Among the 706 positive tests recorded at MIT between 12/12/2021 and 01/01/2022, 152 are among members of our community who have housing assignments on campus; 104 are undergraduate students; 204 are graduate students; 265 are MIT employees; and 114 are affiliates or contract staff authorized to access campus.

MIT Medical has worked with each positive case to identify any close contacts. Close contacts are defined as individuals who spent more than 15 minutes cumulatively within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, from two days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic people, two days prior to positive COVID-19 test. All unvaccinated close contacts have been advised to quarantine by MIT Medical.


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History of individuals with positive test results


Community members in isolation, on and off campus


MIT's strategy for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 includes isolation spaces on campus as well as the capability to allow some residents to isolate in their own units. Students, employees and affiliates living off campus generally isolate or quarantine in their own residence off-campus.

Dashboard Notes

Dashboard data are presented based upon the date tests are administered. Test results are typically returned in one to two days. Recent counts may be incomplete, and will be updated, without advance notice, as they become available. Note: if yesterday has few or no tests, it is likely because testing was not available.

  • Students, Employees, and Affiliates: Students encompass graduate and undergraduate students with access to campus. Employees include postdoctoral associates and other research staff, faculty and instructors, and service, support and administrative staff who support campus operations. Affiliates refers to contracted workers in dining, custodial, and security, and other staff authorized to access campus through Covid Pass as well as family members of those approved to live on campus.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.