COVID-19 Resources for Students

  • Students seeking support from Health Services may email or call (207) 725-3770 during normal business hours.
  • Students with any questions about isolation should email Luisa Barry–Hershberger (
  • You should immediately seek help if your symptoms become severe (e.g., you have chest pain or shortness of breath) or you are unable to take care of yourself (e.g., you are unable to eat or drink, or you experience excessive light-headedness). Contact Bowdoin Security at (207) 725-3500.
  • If you need support from Counseling and Wellness Services, email or call (207) 725-3145 during normal business hours.

What to do if you are symptomatic and suspect you may have COVID-19

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, a new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) should seek out testing.

During normal business hours, Bowdoin provides antigen testing for symptomatic students (and for fifth-day close contacts); outside of those hours, students may use personal tests they brought from home or arrange to purchase tests from local pharmacies.

On-campus antigen testing can be accessed Monday-Friday at the following locations:

  • Coles Tower/Thorne Hall, Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Health Services (students only), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Note: If you are symptomatic but receive a negative test result, continue to mask and take precautions, and test again forty-eight hours after the first negative test, for a total of at least two tests. If you get a negative result on the second test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, reach out to Health Services for further guidance.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Once you test positive for COVID-19 on campus, you need to determine your plan for isolation and notify the College using the Isolation Intake Form. Options for isolation include:

  • Isolate in place (i.e., your room/apartment) on campus.
  • Isolate at home—if (1) your permanent residence is nearby and (2) you are able to travel in a private vehicle (either your own vehicle or with parents/family).

The Isolation Intake Form will also prompt you to report any symptoms so that Health Services can follow up as needed.

Visit the "How to Isolate" page for more information, including important details about limiting your exposure to others and taking care of your needs (e.g., food). If you have significant concerns about your options for isolation, reach out to the Isolation Care Coordinator, Luisa Barry-Hershberger

Instructions Regarding Close Contacts

We ask that you email/call/text any close contacts. A close contact is defined as any individual you have been in contact with in the past forty-eight  hours before symptom onset and/or tested positive (in contact = within a proximity of fewer than six feet for more than fifteen minutes, regardless of masking and indoor/outdoor setting).

When informing your close contacts simply let them know that you have tested positive for COVID-19, that they are considered a close contact, and that they should now 1) wear a mask for ten days indoors and outdoors (when around others) from the date of their exposure, and 2) take an antigen test on day five, per the CDC's guidelines. Additional information is available on the close contact guidance page.

Instructions for Clearing Isolation

Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result must isolate for up to five full days, followed by wearing a mask through day ten. The day of symptom onset and/or positive test date is day zero.

To end isolation students must be asymptomatic OR be fever-free for twenty-four hours with clearly improving symptoms.

Remember, even if you are feeling better and end your isolation on day five, you are still expected to mask until you have reached day ten. That means you should plan to do grab and go meals from the COVID line in Thorne Dining Hall until day ten (visit "How to Isolate" for COVID line schedule). If you need to remove your mask to eat or drink, you must maintain social distancing from others on campus through day ten.