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May 3, 2022

Dear members of the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campus community,

This email provides you with important updates to university plans regarding our COVID-19 policies, which are designed to support a healthy community as we end the spring semester and prepare for commencement and other events on our campuses. The guidelines below are based on currently available COVID-19 prevalence and incidence data and are subject to change if necessary. For details and further updates, please visit https://go.tufts.edu/campusplans.

Testing

  • May 6:
    • Required COVID-19 surveillance testing will be replaced with voluntary PCR testing for all students, faculty, and staff at 62R Talbot Ave. and at 230 Fenway.
    • Individuals who are symptomatic may request a BinaxNOW rapid antigen test and a confirming PCR test.
    • Testing center hours of operations (May 6 through May 27):
      • 62R Talbot Ave.: 7am to 6pm, 7 days a week
      • 230 Fenway: current schedule
         
  • May 27:
    • COVID-19 testing of vendors, affiliates, and contractors ends.
    • 62R Talbot Ave. will close at 6pm and remain closed for Memorial Day weekend.
       
  • June 1 and beyond:
    • Plans will be communicated at a later date.

Masking

  • Indoor masking, including at events and in classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, study spaces, and residences (except when alone, eating/drinking, or in a residence hall room with one’s roommate) will be required through May 31.
     
  • Effective June 1, masking will be voluntary for everyone indoors; however, we strongly encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, especially those who are immunocompromised, have an accommodation and are not vaccinated against COVID-19, and those who wish to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
    • Cloth masks have been shown to be much less effective than 3-ply surgical masks, KN95, or N95. Tufts strongly recommends that individuals who choose to mask for their own protection wear a KN95 mask.
    • Masks will not be widely distributed on campus, but Tufts community members who need KN95 masks may request up to five per week at 62R Talbot Ave.
       
  • Please see the current university guidelines for masking, food, and vaccination requirements for on-campus events: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/events-guidelines.

For details and further updates, please visit https://go.tufts.edu/campusplans.

Thank you for following the Tufts’ campus COVID-19 guidelines. I wish you a successful end to the academic year.

With best wishes,

Michael R. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
University Infection Control Health Director and Associate Professor of Medicine