If You Are Sick
Students, faculty, and staff should stay home when feeling sick! If you are sick, you are responsible for notifying your close contacts and your supervisor or faculty. The university and local public health authorities are not conducting contact tracing for COVID-19.
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested at least 5 full days after your last close contact, even if you don't develop symptoms. If you test negative, continue wearing a mask, preferably KN95, through day 10 after your last close contact. You can develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed. Seek medical advice at any time should you become symptomatic and isolate immediately if you test positive. See CDC guidance for what to do if you are exposed to COVID-19.
Employees who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home, follow Tufts' sick time policies, and contact their PCP for medical guidance. Managers and supervisors should follow the existing sick time and/or extended sick leave policies for employees who test positive.
Anyone (faculty, staff, and students) who tests positive for COVID-19 should follow Tufts isolation guidelines.
Call your primary care provider (PCP) or use the Massachusetts website to find a COVID-19 test near you.
If you do not have a PCP and are a member of the Tufts community (with a valid Tufts ID):
- Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses have symptomatic testing available at 62R Talbot Ave and 230 Fenway. (Note: both testing centers will close on March 17, 2023.) If needed, Medford/Somerville/SMFA students can speak to a clinician by calling Health Service at 617-627-3350.
- Boston Health Sciences campus has symptomatic testing available at 116 Harrison Ave. Students, staff, or faculty on the Boston campus can also call the Boston Testing Center at 617-636-3686 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, to discuss your symptoms and the appropriate next steps with a clinician. In some cases, the clinician may decide it is best for you to be seen in a clinic at Tufts Medical Center or they might decide you should be seen at the testing center for a COVID-19 test. (Note: the Boston testing center will close on March 17, 2023.) Starting March 1, students seeking evaluation of symptoms should go to the Collegiate Wellness Center at Tufts Medical Center.
- Grafton campus has tests available by request for Tufts community members experiencing symptoms. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Occupational Health Services located on the ground floor of the Jean Mayer Administration building.
- Staff or faculty without a PCP can speak with a clinician at Tufts Occupational Health Services at 617-627-6500 (Medford/Somerville and Boston) or 508-887-4447 (Grafton).