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Regular COVID-19 surveillance across the Tufts community is necessary in order to identify individuals who are asymptomatic (infected but not exhibiting symptoms), so isolation can be initiated.

Exemptions from routine surveillance testing will be determined by the dean or executive associate dean (EAD) of the relevant school in collaboration with the OVPR and university infection control health director (UICHD).

At this time, Tufts is not providing testing to the families of faculty, staff or students.

Testing Frequency: Faculty, Staff, and Students

All faculty, staff, and students who come to any Tufts University campus, regardless of frequency, are required to participate in routine surveillance testing. If an individual’s testing cadence changes, they will be alerted via email.

  • Medford and Boston Health Sciences campuses (all members: faculty, staff, researchers, research assistants, affiliates, post-docs, students):
    • Testing is voluntary. If you have symptoms, do not come directly to a testing site. Instead, please follow these guidelines.
  • Grafton campus (all members: faculty, staff, researchers, research assistants, affiliates, post-docs, students):
    • Symptomatic testing only. If you have symptoms, do not come directly to a testing site. Instead, please follow these guidelines.


Underlying Conditions

Increased frequency of testing of individuals with underlying conditions does not provide increased protection to these individuals. The most important measures to mitigate risk include hand hygiene, use of masks, and physical distancing. Individuals with underlying conditions are urged to speak with their primary care physician to better assess their personal risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and should consider working (or studying) remotely and or making other accommodation.

Who Will Not Be Tested?

  • Faculty, staff, and students who are fully remote 
  • Students on leave
  • Alumni