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It is important to separate yourself and remain in isolation to mitigate the risk of exposing others to the virus. You can still transmit the virus to others even if you do not have any symptoms. Don’t have people over and don’t leave your home or bedroom, except to use the bathroom or to pick up food. If you must enter a shared living space, such as the bathroom or kitchen, wear a mask and keep a physical distance from others. Avoid public transit, and don't ride in a car with others unless it is necessary to receive health care.

Currently in Isolation and Have Medical Questions?

In general, urgently sick individuals should go to urgent care or the ER if possible.

  • Staff and faculty: Contact your primary care physician or the Jumbo Health Center at (617) 627-0467.
  • Students on the Medford/Somerville & SMFA campuses: Call Tufts Health Service at (617) 627-3350.
  • Students on the Boston Health Sciences campus: Call CTC at (617) 636-3686.
  • Students on the Grafton campus: Contact your primary care physician or email CummingsCOVID@tufts.edu

Length and Location of Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay home and isolate for 5 full days after your positive test. You should consider day 0 the date of your positive test result. If you never had symptoms or symptoms are improving, you may end your isolation on day 6. Wear a mask, preferably KN95, around others for a full 10 days after your positive test. Please follow the CDC and Mass Department of Public Health guidance for isolation. Do not visit a Tufts campus until you have completed your isolation period.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay home and isolate for 5 full days after your positive test. You should consider day 0 the date of your positive test result. If you never had symptoms or symptoms are improving, you may end your isolation on day 6. Wear a mask, preferably KN95, around others for a full 10 days after your positive test. Please follow the CDC and Mass Department of Public Health guidance for isolation. Do not visit a Tufts campus until you have completed your isolation period.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated graduate and undergraduate students on the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for at least 5 days, and up to 10 full days, pending rapid antigen tests (see below).

  • If you live off-campus, you will isolate at home.
  • If you live in on-campus housing and can return to your permanent home address without the use of a plane, train, bus, or other form of public transportation, you will be required to do so to complete your isolation at home. If you cannot return to your permanent home address without the use of public transportation, you will isolate in your residence hall rooms for the duration of your isolation period.

Students living in campus housing who are at high risk for COVID––for example, those who are immunocompromised or have been approved for a medical exemption to the vaccine––may be housed in temporary housing until their COVID positive roommate completes their isolation and tests negative. Students in this situation should contact health service and discuss their situation with a clinician. Tufts is unable to accommodate housing off-campus students, even in the case of underlying conditions.

During your isolation period, if you must enter a shared living space, such as the bathroom, you must wear a mask and keep a physical distance from others. If you have roommates, you must wear a mask at all times in your room and avoid close contact with your roommate(s) to the greatest extent possible.

All Medford/Somerville and SMFA students in isolation will receive a rapid antigen test on day 5:

  • If this rapid antigen test result is negative, you will be informed via email that you may be eligible to leave isolation on day 6. Please follow the directions sent in the email before you leave isolation.
  • If the rapid antigen test result is positive, you will be retested on day 7.
  • If the rapid antigen test taken on day 7 is negative, you will be eligible to be released from isolation on the same day. Please follow the directions sent in the email before you leave isolation.
  • If the rapid antigen test taken on day 7 is positive, you will not receive another test and will be released from isolation on day 11.

Rapid antigen testing for students will be at 62R Talbot Avenue. Tufts will not be accepting self-administered antigen tests for the purpose of ending isolation.

If you instead are isolating at your family's home or other off campus residence, you have the option to complete 10 days of isolation and return to campus on day 11.

Even if released from isolation, you must still wear a mask everywhere even at home around others — until at least 10 days after your positive test.

For additional isolation guidance, such as dining options and support services, please visit go.tufts.edu/isolation.

What Happens With My Positive Test Information?

Testing information must legally be shared with public health authorities.

For all groups listed below, testing information will be stored securely in the Broad Institute’s lab information system. It will also be stored in Tufts’ HIPAA-compliant secured data warehouse for the purposes of monitoring COVID-19 on campus and supporting contact-tracing efforts; this information will not be retained after the pandemic.

Faculty and Staff (All Campuses): Your information is stored securely in Jumbo Health Center’s Electronic Health Record system. (Jumbo Health Center is providing the medical order for surveillance testing.)

Medford/Somerville and SMFA campus students: Your information is stored securely in the Tufts’ Health Service's Electronic Health Record system.

Boston Health Sciences campus: Your testing information will not be stored in any additional locations. Boston students: please note that you may also be pre-registered as a patient with Tufts Medical Center in case you need follow-up care.

Grafton campus: Your testing information will be temporarily stored in the Occupational and Environment Health Network HIPAA-compliant database only for the purposes of test reporting and will not be retained after the pandemic.