Tufts is now requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for ALL faculty, staff, vendors, and affiliates. More Information
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Where will my arrival testing be conducted? What about the location for my ongoing surveillance/routine testing?

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This information varies by campus. Please visit the Testing at Tufts resource for the specifics about the locations of arrival testing and surveillance/routine testing.

Last update: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 - 2:47pm

How is “close contact” defined?

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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

What constitutes exposure to an infected individual?

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Current guidance for exposure includes being within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person for 15 minutes or more while indoors over a 24-hour period, starting two days before the onset of illness and while the case is symptomatic. Passing someone in a hallway or being in the same building with an infected individual does NOT constitute exposure. More information about exposure and close contacts is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 8, 2021 - 1:04pm

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

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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

Should I wear a mask when I come to work at Tufts?

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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

I am a student and plan to travel for research, study or work related to or supported by Tufts. Can I travel?

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All domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. All Tufts-related international travel must follow the current review process, including approval by the dean or division VP’s office and review by the ITRC for students and by the Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) for research-related travel. All international travelers (personal and Tufts-related) must follow the return quarantine protocols according to their vaccination status. All travelers should be familiar with and follow local guidance at their destination. Even if fully vaccinated, travelers should follow safe travel guidelines to protect themselves and others. For more guidance on travel, visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:45am

Who has been selected to participate in routine (i.e., surveillance) testing on campus?

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Deans’ offices and division leadership teams have identified which faculty and staff should be integrated into regular testing based on their individual responsibilities (including teaching, research, and student support work) in line with their units’ planning for the return to campus. Testing schedules, i.e., weekly or twice a week, are determined by the nature and frequency of their interaction with residential students and the general public in the course of their responsibilities at Tufts. Only faculty and staff who have been identified by their school or division leadership as needing to participate in surveillance testing will be able to register to use the CampusKey app to schedule their weekly. If you have questions about why you were or were not added to the testing program, please contact your supervisor, or your department, division or school leadership.

All students studying on campus will be tested once a week.

To learn more about testing at Tufts, visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/testing-at-tufts.

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:02pm

If I’ve received the vaccine for COVID-19, do I need to continue with routine surveillance testing?

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Even if you have received the vaccine, you will be expected to follow all current University public health safety protocols—including continuing to wear masks indoors, physically distance in certain public settings, wear appropriate PPE (goggle, N95s, etc.) in patient care settings, and practice proper hand hygiene. In addition, you will continue in the mandatory routine weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing after you are vaccinated. Even those who are vaccinated can become infected and transmit the virus, though the likelihood is significantly reduced. In addition, the duration of immunity remains unknown in all populations.

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

How should I report misconduct?

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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 should I do if I receive a positive test result from a physician or entity outside of a Tufts testing facility?

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If you receive positive test results from your primary care physician or another entity outside of Tufts, please provide official documentation of your positive test result for our health providers. Please ensure the uploaded documentation specifies your name, date of birth, what type of test was performed, test result, and test date.

Individuals who test positive are removed from surveillance testing for 90 days following a positive test. At the end of 90 days, you will receive an email inviting you back into the testing protocol.

If you were coming to campus regularly at the time of your positive test or onset of symptoms, contact the Jumbo Health Center at jumbohealthcenter@marathon-health.com or 617-627-0467 so that a clinician can evaluate your individual circumstances and notify anyone at Tufts with whom you have had close contact; you may leave a voicemail with your name and contact number if it is off-hours. Your personal information will remain anonymous. 

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

Last update: Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 - 10:27am

What should I do if I develop symptoms for COVID-19 before I come to campus?

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If you develop symptoms before your scheduled arrival on campus, you should promptly be evaluated by a medical provider to arrange testing, and you must inform us immediately if your test is positive by reaching out to the Health Service (617-627-3350). We will work with you on a plan to come to campus after you have been cleared by your medical provider. 

Individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 infection confirmed by molecular diagnostic testing (PCR) may continue to have detection of viral RNA for several weeks. Students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 6 weeks prior to their arrival on campus should contact the Health Service. We will ask to review your laboratory report and medical documentation supporting the fact that a healthcare professional cleared you from isolation. We will advise you on when you should re-enter the testing program based on the date of the diagnosis. 

Last update: Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020 - 9:50am

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

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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

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.