Tufts is now requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for ALL faculty, staff, vendors, and affiliates. More Information
Testing at Tufts
While the prevalence of COVID-19 has fallen dramatically, the virus has not been eliminated and the potential for serious illness from infection remains, especially among immunocompromised and or unvaccinated members of the community.
Tufts has implemented a comprehensive coronavirus (COVID-19) testing program across all four of our campuses. Effective testing allows us to slow the spread of the disease on our campuses by allowing us to identify those who have COVID-19, arrange for their isolation from others, assist them in receiving the care they need, and begin the contact tracing process. Testing data also provide the university with information about the spread of the disease on our campuses to help inform decisions about campus operations and necessary health and safety protocols.
The following sets forth the university’s current COVID-19 testing program and answers commonly asked questions on the various elements of testing, quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing.
Completion of the COVID-19 screening survey is required for all students living on or coming to campus and for all faculty and staff before arriving on campus each day.
Routine Surveillance Testing
A routine surveillance testing program is in place across the Tufts community, including students, faculty, staff, and vendors/affiliates. More information, including details about locations, frequency, and the test-scheduling app can be found here.
Our testing strategy is centered on regular tests of the Tufts community using a pooled testing protocol. More information, including notifications, the testing process, and the testing provider, can be found here.
If You Are Sick
Students, faculty, and staff should stay home when feeling sick! If you don’t feel well and are exhibiting symptoms, we ask that you do not come to campus.
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19, either through Tufts University surveillance or elsewhere, is expected to participate fully in the contact tracing process and identification of close contacts, who will be asked to quarantine. More information, including contact tracing definitions and quarantine protocols, can be found here.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. More information, including what steps you should take depending on your role in the Tufts community, can be found here.
Return Testing & Quarantine for Travelers
All domestic and international travelers (personal and Tufts-related) must follow the return to campus testing and quarantine protocols according to their vaccination status.
Testing is available on all Tufts’ campuses - specific details about testing times and locations are updated regularly.