University’s close contact quarantine policy
November 30, 2020
Dear Tufts University Community Members,
In response to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine due to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan, Tufts University has revised its policy and procedures related to the duration of quarantine for close contacts of people with COVID-19.
The new guidance states that close contacts are to remain quarantined for:
- at least 14 days from the date of last exposure; or
- at least 10 days, provided all of the following are satisfied:
- there are no symptoms of COVID-19;
- a molecular diagnostic test (e.g., polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) to detect the presence of the virus is performed on day 8 or later of the quarantine;
- the molecular diagnostic test is negative; and
- the individual monitors themselves for symptoms for the full 14 days and, if symptoms develop, the individual should contact their health care provider and be re-tested.
Tufts students, faculty and staff who are close contacts of individuals with COVID-19 are to remain in quarantine and follow the state guidelines referenced above. If a student, faculty or staff member is identified as a close contact and requires quarantine, a COVID-19 PCR test will be performed as soon as possible, on day 4-5 and again on day 8-10. If the result of the test obtained on day 8-10 is negative, the individual will be able to resume normal activities on day 11; however, they must continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for the full 14 days and continue in routine COVID-19 surveillance testing provided by Tufts at their normal frequency (once, twice or three times per week).
For the latest updates on the university’s COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, visit http://coronavirus.tufts.edu.
Michael Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.,
University Infection Control Health Director