Faculty & Staff: Upload your vaccination documentation—or request an accommodation—by August 15. More Information
Close Menu
panel close Created with Sketch. panel open Created with Sketch.

Topic

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Affiliation

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Campus

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

School

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List
clear all filters
11
questions and answers are available

How is “close contact” defined?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Congruent with updated state and CDC definition of a close contact of a COVID-19 case, a close contact is defined as someone who:

  • is within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person/case for 15 minutes or more while indoors over the course of a 24-hour period, starting two days before the onset of illness and while the case is symptomatic; or
  • is within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person/case for 15 minutes or more while indoors during the 48 hours before their test was taken or anytime in the 10 days after the test; or
  • provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19; or
  • Had direct physical contact with (touched, hugged, or kissed) a positive COVID-19 person; or
  • shared food, or eating or drinking utensils with a positive COVID-19 person; or
  • was sneezed or coughed on by a positive COVID-19 person, transmitting respiratory droplets to them.

In all cases, the decision to quarantine is a clinical decision made by a Tufts clinician in collaboration with the university’s contract tracing team and the local boards of health. Any student, faculty, or staff member instructed to quarantine is expected to fully cooperate with the contact tracing process and strictly adhere to all instructions.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 8, 2021 - 1:05pm

Should I wear a cloth mask when I go outside for essential activities?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Fully vaccinated individuals (defined as 14+ days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14+ days after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are not required to wear masks or physically distance outside. However, individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors for whatever reason, are encouraged to do so. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and physically distance until such time as they are fully vaccinated.

Tufts requires that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear masks indoors, except when alone or when eating. We hope that the indoor mask requirement may be eased at a later date. This decision will be based on the levels of vaccination coverage within the Tufts community (students, faculty, and staff), our neighboring communities, and the state, as well as reductions in COVID-19 cases. Even after routine mask wearing indoors is dropped, there may be certain circumstances (e.g., very large indoor gatherings) where their use may be encouraged or people may feel more comfortable wearing them.

Per the state’s guidance, face coverings are required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxis, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:46am

How should I report misconduct?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

If you want to report a situation involving a possible violation of university rules, you may notify your RA (if you live on-campus) or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for your school. You may also submit an anonymous report online through EthicsPoint or email the Office of Community Standards CommunityStandards@tufts.edu.

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:58pm

What is the difference between self-quarantine, self-isolation, and self-monitoring? 

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Isolation is the term used to separate people who are sick from people who are healthy. Quarantine means to separate and restrict the movement of healthy people who may have been exposed to an illness to see if they become sick. Monitoring means to monitor themselves for symptoms, such as shortness of breath, a dry cough, or fever by taking their temperature twice a day and remaining alert for coughing or difficulty breathing.

Last update: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 10:41am

How do I know if I have been exposed to someone in the Tufts community who tested positive for COVID-19?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Tufts University is partnering with the Broad Institute to administer routine and exposure/symptom-based testing of students, faculty, and student-facing staff for the COVID-19 virus. When they receive a positive test result, Broad will contact the local board of health and Tufts Health Service to notify students or Marathon Health to notify faculty and staff who have tested positive. 

This will also initiate the contact tracing process with Marathon Health. Marathon Health will record the date of symptom onset and gather a list of close contacts within the Tufts community starting 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. Marathon Health will then notify all close Tufts contacts.

More information about contact tracing is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 - 4:09pm

Will you be notifying the community every time someone tests positive?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

We do not send out a notification every time there is a positive result within the university community. We will be working closely with our COVID-19 testing and contact tracing providers as well as medical and public health authorities on all necessary contact tracing and alerts.

Last update: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 - 2:12pm

What steps is the university taking any steps to increase or change cleaning protocols?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

The university has proactively instituted enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in response to emerging viral pathogens; these include the application of EPA-approved disinfectants on communal, high-use surfaces. We stand ready to alter these practices as CDC guidance and/or the situation at Tufts changes. In the event that deeper environmental cleaning becomes necessary, the university is working with an outside vendor to ensure that this can be done swiftly and thoroughly.

Dispensers throughout campus are being restocked with CDC-recommended hand sanitizer, and we will install additional dispensers as needed. We continue to monitor our inventory of hand soap, disinfectant, sanitizer and paper products to ensure uninterrupted availability of these products throughout campuses.

Last update: Friday, Aug 14, 2020 - 10:11am

Do I have to wear my mask all the time when I am at work? I have a physical or medical reason that prohibits me from wearing a mask.

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Fully vaccinated individuals (defined as 14+ days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14+ days after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are not required to wear masks or physically distance outside. However, individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors for whatever reason, are encouraged to do so.  Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and physically distance until such time as they are fully vaccinated.

Tufts requires that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear masks indoors, except when eating or when alone in an office.

We hope that the indoor mask requirement may be eased at a later date. This decision will be based on the levels of vaccination coverage within the Tufts community (students, faculty, and staff), our neighboring communities, and the state, as well as reductions in COVID-19 cases. Even after routine mask wearing indoors is dropped, there may be certain circumstances (e.g., very large indoor gatherings) where their use may be encouraged or people may feel more comfortable wearing them.

Per the state’s guidance, face coverings are required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxis, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:55am

What is the policy for visitors on campus?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

This guidance applies to visitors who are not already part of the regular surveillance testing on campus.

  • Visitors who are indoors and wearing a mask at all times do not need to be tested.
  • Visitors who are indoors and are in situations where eating and drinking will happen (e.g., indoor event, luncheon, or coffee) are required to be tested, irrespective vaccination status.
  • Visitors who interact with patients in a healthcare setting (e.g., dental exam proctors) are required to be tested.
  • Visitors who provide students with hands-on instruction are required to be tested.
  • Outdoor visitors do not need to be tested, but unvaccinated visitors must wear face masks and physically distance.
  • Visitors are permitted to use restrooms on campus (masks must be worn).

For details on testing for campus visitors, visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:54am

I am a neighbor of Tufts University. What happens if a Tufts student living in my neighborhood becomes infected with COVID-19?

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Through its contact tracing program in partnership with the Jumbo Health Center, Tufts quickly identifies anyone, including students, who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive and ensures that they are notified and told to self-quarantine for the required 14 days.

Students who have tested positive are directed to isolate. Those who live on-campus and test positive move to specialty isolation housing. Those who live off-campus are strongly encouraged to do so at the isolation units on the Tufts campus, where they will be monitored by a clinician. If they isolate off-campus, Tufts provides the resources they need during their recovery so they can remain safely in their residence. Students in isolation are not permitted to leave until they have medical clearance. The identity of anyone who tests positive will remain confidential to protect their privacy as well as those who may have been in close contact with them.

It is worth remembering that people can get COVID-19 without doing anything wrong and being in quarantine or isolation does not imply that an individual was irresponsible or violated any rules.

For more information on isolation for students, see http://go.tufts.edu/isolation. For more on quarantine, see http://go.tufts.edu/quarantine.

Last update: Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 - 11:05am

I wear glasses and sometimes my mask fogs up my glasses and I can’t see.

Expand Filter List Collapse Filter List

Please contact the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist Johny Lainé at 617.627.3298, who will be able to assist you with this situation. Typically, masks or face coverings that come up underneath glasses will alleviate this issue. There are few physical or mental health reasons why someone cannot wear a mask or other type of face covering in the workplace. When wearing a mask or cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns, adaptions and alternatives will be considered.

Last update: Monday, Aug 17, 2020 - 10:08am

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to COVID19@tufts.edu.