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Current COVID-19 guidance and operational updates for the greater Cummings School community

Free On-campus Clinics to Provide COVID-19 Booster Shots

“The university will hold free on-campus clinics to provide COVID-19 booster shots to members of the Tufts community who are currently eligible based on CDC guidance and are not able to get the booster at their local pharmacy or elsewhere.

These clinics are only for individuals who completed their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series more than 5 months ago or received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago.

Please do not book an appointment if it has been less than five months from your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two months from your shot of J&J, even if it is only a week or two away. Additional clinics will be made available.

Wednesday, January 19
Grafton Campus
Date: January 19
Time: 10 am-3pm
Moderna vaccine
Location Jean Mayer Administration Building

Cummings School COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Schedule Update
January 3, 2022 – February 15, 2022

To All Hospital Employees and V22s,

Since Dec 13, we have had a number of COVID-19 cases amongst staff in the FHSA. The total case numbers in the last 7 days are still around what we have been seeing, but it is nevertheless concerning. We are currently trying to determine if there is any link in the cases or if they are all independent. The cases are spread around so it may simply be a coincidence.

Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, we ask the following:

  1. Please be consistent with mask-wearing. Use the 3 ply disposable masks and make sure your nose is covered.
  2. Please only remove masks when actively eating and keep a social distance whenever possible.
  3. Do not have shared food available in breakrooms (package individually).
  4. Please get tested twice a week.
  5. If you have been away, make sure to get tested on your first day back.
  6. Do NOT come to work if you have any symptoms.  Email for direction.
  7. COVID-19 boosters are mandatory.
  8. Isolation times are now a minimum of 5 days but may be longer depending on symptoms and other factors. You must still be cleared to return by Marathon Health (employees) or our nurse, Rachel Kwapniewski if you are a student.  Isolation is not automatically 5 days.
  9. Quarantines are based on vaccination status. Only those who are fully vaccinated and have received a second booster if eligible will not be required to quarantine. For others, quarantine will be a least five days, with additional protocols depending on the situation. You must follow the quarantine guidelines provided.
  10. We are able to offer drive-through testing for quarantines and for people with mild to moderate symptoms. You must be approved for drive-through testing through the email and it is only by appointment.

Missed testing or need to re-test: Please go to the next available testing period or when you will next be on campus if you have a long commute.

Regular testing: If you are on campus weekly, you must get tested every other day, while on campus. If you are not going to be on campus for a week, you may miss a testing week. You must then get tested the next time you return to campus (i.e., if you normally test on Thursdays and miss a week, you must test on Monday if that is your first day back).

Drive-through testing: drive through testing is now available for symptomatic individuals, but is by appointment only. You must contact to be approved for drive-through and assigned a time.

Snow days: On snow days when campus closed, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday testing will run as scheduled. If a campus closure falls on Tuesday or Thursday, testing will be canceled and you should test on the next available day.

Long weekends: On long weekends, there will be regular testing scheduled on Monday or Friday, as appropriate.

Day Time Location Primary Group+ Test Results Usual Return*
Monday 6:00 am – 7:00 am Treadmill Room (HLA) Overnight staff Tuesday by noon
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Treadmill Room (HLA) Hospital/clinic staff/V22 students Tuesday by noon
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Admin Bldg. (KCR) Students/General Staff Wednesday by noon
Wednesday 6:00 am – 7:00 am Treadmill Room (HLA) Overnight staff Thursday by noon
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Treadmill Room (HLA) Hospital/clinic staff/others Thursday by noon
Thursday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Admin Bldg. (KCR) Students/General Staff Friday by noon
Friday 6:00 am – 7:00 am Treadmill Room (HLA) Overnight staff Saturday by noon
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Treadmill Room (HLA) Hospital/clinic staff/Students Saturday by noon
Saturday 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Treadmill Room (HLA) Hospital/clinic staff Tuesday by noon

*Test return times are usual return times and are not guaranteed. Tests would not be considered late until early evening on the day of usual return.

+The primary group indicates the group the time is generally intended to serve. We try to limit mixing where possible, so when possible please stick to the appropriate primary group time. However, there is no absolute restriction on attending any of the times identified.

COVID-19 Guidance and Operational Updates

These are challenging times—for everyone. Cummings School is committed to working with all community members to navigate the new realities posed by COVID-19.

We have put policies and procedures in place that prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and clients visiting our teaching hospitals and clinics. Consistent with the university’s mission—to create and apply knowledge, foster active citizenship, and innovate in the face of complex challenges—we have pulled together to meet the challenges associated with COVID-19.

Cummings School has worked closely with Tufts University and local authorities to ensure compliance with the latest health and safety requirements as well as best practices. As we implement the new mandatory workplace safety standards and sector-specific protocols for responding to COVID-19, each of us plays an integral part in this work.

Our understanding of COVID-19 is still developing. As we learn more about the virus, and as additional data and guidance become available, our policies and plans will evolve.

The following information provides guidance to the greater Cummings School community on preparation and protocol pertaining to COVID-19.  Please check back regularly.