COVID Protocols Update
February 28, 2021
Dear members of the Tufts University community,
Last week, we informed you that the university has begun easing some of the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place on our campuses. While the number of positive cases on our campuses and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have leveled off, we must continue to remain vigilant.
We write today to provide two additional updates.
Starting Monday, the testing frequency for faculty, staff, and students has changed:
- All AS&E undergraduates living either on- or off-campus and all AS&E graduate students living in Tufts-owned housing or varsity athletes will now be tested twice per week.
- Off-campus graduate students and others who had been testing twice per week will now be tested once per week.
These changes will be reflected in CampusKey on Sunday.
For more on testing frequency by campus and school, see Testing at Tufts. This page will be updated as we make necessary adjustments to the testing protocols.
Physically distanced varsity team practices will begin on Monday, March 1. Club sports (games and practices) and intramural sports (games and practices) remain paused.
While changes to our campus guidelines is a direct response to the trends we are seeing, there is no guarantee that we will not need to reinstate restrictions at any point in the future. There are COVID-19 variants circulating, which are more contagious than the original strain, and we need to keep ourselves and our community healthy.
For this reason, please continue to do your part by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, frequently washing or sanitizing your hands, participating fully in COVID-19 surveillance testing, and following the university’s contract tracing and isolation protocols. While the Commonwealth and some communities may have larger gathering limits, Tufts University continues to restrict the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Thank you all for your continued patience and vigilance as we work together to stay safe.
Michael R. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
University Infection Control Health Director