Frequently Asked Questions
Onboarding / Getting Started
Color Site Support is available Monday through Friday 6AM – 5PM PST, Saturday and Sunday 8AM – 4PM PST. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to reach our team.
The enrollment period is closed, and we’re not currently accepting new entries. Reach out to MA EOHHS for more information on the next enrollment period.
If you’d like to update information you previously submitted, use the Support form at the bottom of this page.
Yes, all testing sites must be added to the Site Setup spreadsheet.
For staff testing, we suggest one or two testing days (or 24-hour periods) every two weeks.
- A site with three shifts and rotating days of coverage might test during two different 24-hour periods every two weeks.
- A site with one shift can collect samples during one 24-hour period (i.e., on Wednesdays).
Please note that your organization may request that all affiliated sites test on the same day(s).
For resident testing, follow EOHHS guidance on required testing cadence. We recommend testing residents on staff testing days to make return shipping easier.
Please follow the State of MA’s COVID-19 Testing Guidance.
View official guidance and the most recent updates under Testing Guidelines on www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-testing-guidance#testing-guidelines.
You can also view specific information for congregate care facilities at www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-testing-guidance#guidance-for-congregate-care-surveillance-testing.
Please refer to CDC guidelines, and the recommendations from your local Department of Public Health (DPH) or organization.
Site administrators are expected to run their site’s testing program, including:
- Registering staff and residents on Color
- Scanning kit barcodes
- Packing samples for lab return shipping
If you need to add or remove admin access for your site, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page with your collection site name and the email(s) of the people to be added or removed.
Sign in to Color or create an account at home.color.com/covid-admin. We’ll send you an email to confirm your email address once you’ve created your account. After confirming, your account is ready for use.
If you’ve attempted to create an account at home.color.com/create-account and your email is not accepted, contact your organization lead, who can request admin access on your behalf via the form at the bottom of this page. Please note that Color will work with organization leads to provision access for new site administrators on a biweekly basis.
If participants register for testing themselves, their profiles are saved and automatically populate as ready for check-in each testing day. After registering, they’ll simply need to provide consent and indicate symptoms on testing days.
If participants cannot register for testing themselves, site administrators must “Add Patient” and ask the participant to answer the registration questions verbally during the sample collection process each testing day.
Administrators using Color to register participants can view their name, date of birth (DOB), zip code, sex, email and phone number.
Administrators with PHI dashboard access can view name, DOB, zip code, sex, email, phone number, ethnicities, language preference, test result, and whether the patient opened their test result. They’ll also see the sample collection date, report release date, organization, and population/site.
In the aggregate dashboard, administrators cannot view any personally identifiable information (PII) or personal health information (PHI).
Test Kits & Shipping
Each site is initially provided with a four- or eight-week supply of test kits.
Return shipping materials (boxes and inner bags) will be sent every two weeks to sites based on requests and/or usage patterns.
Test kits and shipping materials will be automatically resupplied before your initial shipment timeline runs out. If you run out of test kits or shipping materials before your allotted time, please contact your organization lead.
Fill out the form at the bottom of this page and our team will assist you in looking up tracking numbers or re-fulfilling your order.
Please have your organizational lead for the Color program fill out the support request form at the bottom of this page. Be sure to include quantities needed, shipping addresses, and the date you need materials by.
Yes, you can use a racking box for as few as one test sample. For sites with low shipping volumes, beginning February 3, we will start providing small boxes that hold up to ten samples.
Samples must arrive at the lab within 56 hours of collection. If your samples will not arrive within that window, please destroy the collected samples and retest. Note that staff can deliver samples directly to the Broad lab in Cambridge.
Kits have a shelf life of approximately 12 months, with specific expiration dates listed on components of the kits. Kits should be destroyed upon expiration.
Testing kits are considered medical devices and are not able to be returned. Please hold on to test kits and ship-back materials in the event you have an outbreak and need to conduct additional testing.
If you’re the organization lead, you automatically have results dashboard access. If you’re a site administrator, contact your organization lead, who can request dashboard access on your behalf via a dashboard access form they’ll receive via email.
The participant and the ordering physician will receive a copy of test results. Color is licensed under the Clinical Lab Improvement Amendments (CLIA), which require our tests to be physician ordered. Results are also transmitted to federal, state and local health agencies as required by law, and may be returned to the organization sponsoring the test with explicit participant consent.
When test results become available, participants receive a text message and/or email notification that links them to a HIPAA-compliant portal to view their results. They can also visit color.com/covid-test to check the status of their results.
Inconclusive results mean that test results could not be classified as either positive or negative. Unsatisfactory results are issued for invalid or failed samples. In either case, we recommend that the participant re-tests.
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