July 27, 2022
Dear members of the Tufts University community,
I hope that you are having a wonderful summer.
As you know, COVID-19 requires us to remain ever vigilant. Over the last few weeks, we have seen rising case numbers across the country, the Commonwealth, and our campuses largely due to the BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
At this moment, we are not making changes to our COVID policies, but we are watching local and national trends in SARS-Co-V-2 infections and hospitalizations and are in close communication with local public health authorities. If changes in our policies need to be made, we are prepared to make them.
Masking is no longer required on our campuses; however, we strongly encourage mask use when indoors and will continue to make masks readily available throughout the university. Masking is an important public health measure that helps to decrease new cases and is something that we can all do to help our community to stay healthy.
Tufts continues to provide symptomatic testing for COVID, and I strongly encourage members of our community to get tested—either on campus, at home, or at a local provider—if you have any COVID symptoms. See the Testing Calendar for testing locations and hours of operation at Tufts. If you test positive outside of our testing system, please report your positive result at go.tufts.edu/COVIDpositive so we will have accurate data about the prevalence of infection in the Tufts community. Your information will remain strictly confidential.
Even with new variants, available COVID vaccines protect against serious illness and death. Please make sure that you remain up to date with boosters when they become available to you. Your adherence to our vaccine and booster mandate is what will allow us to continue to hold in-person classes and have a robust campus life.
Tufts keeps its COVID policies updated. Please refer to our COVID homepage to familiarize yourself with all our COVID policies.
Thank you for your diligence in following our COVID guidelines and working together to keep our community as healthy as possible.
With best wishes,
Michael R. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
University Infection Control Health Director and Associate Professor of Medicine