Students who test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and have no symptoms or mild symptoms will move into isolation in a setting where they will not have roommates. The duration of isolation will be determined by Tufts medical staff in accordance with guidance from public health authorities. Students will not leave isolation at any time unless advised to do so by the Tufts medical clinician overseeing their care. They will have internet connectivity and, if they are feeling well enough, will be able to participate in most academic work virtually. Most student organization activities will be virtual and students will be able to participate in virtual organization activities as well. Students will be visited daily by a member of the healthcare team who will discuss any symptoms and check their vital signs. If needed, a clinician from the Tufts Health Service will conduct a visit. Tufts Dining will deliver meals. No guests may be received in isolation housing. Students will not be locked into this space. The doors have locks such that they can lock others out (for their own security) but they cannot be locked in.
If a student’s roommate tests positive, the roommate who has tested positive will move into isolation housing. The student who was exposed but has not yet tested positive will participate in a period of temporary self-quarantine in their existing room assignment. Self-quarantine generally lasts for 14 days, but the total duration will depend on a medical review of the student’s situation and guidance from public health authorities. They will participate in academic work online. They will remain physically distant from others in the residence by staying in their own room. They will monitor themselves for any symptoms and be medically evaluated by Tufts Health Services should symptoms arise.
Isolation housing is not an infirmary or a hospital. A student with moderate or severe symptoms will be taken to a local hospital via ambulance.
The Health Service clinician on-call and the Dean on-call are notified when a student is transported to the hospital and are available to help support the student and the people the student identifies as their emergency contacts.
Students are encouraged to have a conversation now with their emergency contacts about their general expectations for care and information-sharing should the student become ill during the semester.