Aug. 27: Timeline for Updating COVID-19 Dashboard

I write with an update about our dashboard to track key data elements associated with COVID-19. The timeline of testing, notification, and dashboard updates are explained below.

Our comprehensive student testing program began this Tuesday, but the results of these tests were just now posted on the dashboard. There will be a lag in posting results to the dashboard as there is typically about 24-36 hours of processing time once the specimens arrive at the Broad Institute via courier. Once we receive the results, individuals who have tested positive will be notified directly by Human Resources or Bates Health Services, then we summarize all test results from the Broad, and then we update the dashboard. This means that results are typically posted two days after the specimen was collected. We expect that Thursday and Friday test results will be posted on Mondays.

All my best,