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Will faculty and staff who work on campus be able to get tested at Tufts if they are symptomatic?

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Yes, Tufts will offer symptomatic testing for individuals on campus who have spoken with a Tufts clinician. If you are feeling sick, please follow the steps on the If You Are Sick page.

Last update: Friday, May 6, 2022 - 10:27pm

I am a faculty member. If I poll my students and the majority of students want to keep masks on, can we make it a class mandate?

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This is something that the class will express itself by voluntary actions and by wanting be respectful of their classmates and the faculty member. If mask wearing on campus is not being mandated, it can’t be enforced as a requirement and disciplinary action can’t be taken, even if the majority of students votes to wear masks in the classroom.

Last update: Monday, Apr 11, 2022 - 2:12pm

How should we properly log or document care of a child? For example, if a child has to stay home because they have been exposed to COVID and cannot attend school.

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There are a couple of ways to do this. The first is to talk with a representative on the Leaves team by emailing Leaves@Tufts.edu, if your leave involves the care of a family member. You may also use vacation or personal time to cover the days you are out of the office.

Last update: Monday, Apr 11, 2022 - 1:44pm

To go back to work, are staff who had tested positive for COVID-19 required to confirm their status with an antigen test at home or come to campus to be tested?

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We are requiring that undergraduates confirm their status with a negative antigen test out of an abundance of caution. Per CDC guidance, individuals do not need to test to be released from isolation. Therefore, it is not required that faculty and staff have a negative antigen test before returning to work or the classroom. If they are feeling better with a decrease in symptoms, they may return to campus on day six (after testing positive) provided they wear a mask at all times and be careful around others.

Last update: Monday, Apr 11, 2022 - 1:43pm

If an employee has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, are they required to disclose it to the university and, if so, to whom?

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If you receive a positive test result from your primary care physician or another entity outside of a Tufts testing site, 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. The reason for reporting a positive test is because it is one of the data points we use to make informed public health decisions for the university community.

Last update: Monday, Apr 11, 2022 - 1:43pm

How do I order PPE (personal protective equipment) for my staff or department?

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Tufts Purchasing department has set up procedures to centrally stock a number of PPE items needed to keep the university safe and healthy, including masks (disposable and N95, which are just for clinical and labs), disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer/liquid gel, gloves, and cleaning supplies.

Please contact your department administrator who should have access to a form to request these items. If they do not have access to the form or you have a special request, please email ppe@elist.tufts.edu.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 3:04pm

If an employee is considered essential on-campus staff  and has someone at home with COVID-19, should they report to work nonetheless?

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Per CDC guidance, fully boosted and vaccinated individuals should monitor for symptoms but may report to work. If you have further questions, please follow CDC guidelines.

Last update: Friday, May 6, 2022 - 10:18pm

My health-care provider has advised me to self-quarantine. What should I do?

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Self-quarantine is recommended for individuals who may have been directly exposed to COVID-19 but are not experiencing symptoms. Follow the guidance of your health-care provider, and notify your supervisor that you cannot physically come to work.

If your work can be performed at home, you will be expected to work as directed and approved by your supervisor as long as you are asymptomatic during the self-quarantine, and you will receive your regular pay. Nonexempt staff must be sure to record and report their hours worked and should not work unauthorized overtime.

If you are unable to do your work from home, speak to your supervisor about alternative work options so that you can continue work at home. If no work is possible, you will receive your base pay for the self-quarantine period (two weeks). During the self-quarantine period please keep in touch with your supervisor regarding on-line training, professional development or other duties that you may be able to perform from home.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:26pm

Do I have to bring a physician’s note clearing me to return if I have COVID-19?

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Medical clearance is necessary to return to work if you have had confirmed COVID-19. According to the CDC, “the decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with health-care providers and state and local health departments.” If your department has additional return-to-work requirements, please adhere to those as well.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:26pm

What healthcare options are available for staff or faculty?

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In the event that you need medical care, we recommend that staff reach out to the Jumbo Health Center or their primary care provider or seek care through a local emergency room/urgent care provider. In addition, you may take advantage of the TeleHealth benefit available to staff members who are enrolled in university health plans.

Additionally, the Tufts Employee Assistance Program is a great resource for mental health support, counseling, logistical support, or any similar need that may arise during this period. This service is free for all staff members and can be a great asset during emergencies.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:26pm

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.