COVID-19 Testing Frequency Update
January 20, 2021
As you are aware, the prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is very high in Massachusetts and around the world, including several new strains that may be more easily transmissible.
During the surge in cases in the state and our surrounding communities and to identity positive individuals as quickly as possible, we are increasing the frequency of your required routine/surveillance testing now and until further notice as follows:
- Those normally testing 2 times per week will now test every other day;
- Those normally testing 1 time per week will now test twice a week.
This new testing cadence is the same as the one we implemented in November, and it will be reflected in your reminders via CampusKey. It will begin once you have completed your onboarding quarantine. If you haven’t yet onboarded, or are in the middle of your arrival quarantine, you will still need to take two tests, spaced four days apart.
Complete the Daily Health Status Survey
If you are in person and participating in routine/surveillance testing this semester, you must complete the Daily Health Status Survey every day, regardless of whether you are coming to campus that day.
If the results of your survey show that you are not permitted to come to campus you must seek medical attention and contact Health Service at (617) 627-3350 to speak with a clinician. You will not be allowed on campus either because you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive within the past 14 days for which you have NOT completed a medically supervised quarantine, or if you have developed symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, nasal congestion, headache, muscle or joint pains, loss of taste or smell).
Testing after a positive COVID-19 result
Individuals who tested positive are removed from routine/surveillance testing for 90 days following a positive test. At the end of 90 days, you will receive an email inviting you back into the testing protocol. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 outside of a Tufts testing facility, please provide official documentation of your positive test result to our health providers. Please ensure that the uploaded documentation specifies your name, date of birth, type of test performed, test result, and test date.
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to help keep our community healthy, safe, and in person this spring.
With all best wishes,
Michelle Bowdler, MSPH
Executive Director, Health & Wellness
Marie Caggiano, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Health Service
Michael R. Jordan, MD, MPH
University Infection Control Health Director
Camille Lizarríbar, JD, PhD
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E