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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.

Sincerely,

Michael Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.,
University Infection Control Health Director