As COVID-19 infection rates begin to drop in Massachusetts, Tufts and other Boston-area universities have eased restrictions on academic and social activities. These policy changes follow change public health guidelines and growing institutional efforts to restore normalcy to college campuses.
At Tufts, the frequency of testing was recently reduced from every other day to twice a week for all students. Unlike Harvard University, which now allows students who test positive to self-quarantine in their own dorms, Tufts continues to isolate people who test positive for COVID-19 in The Mods.
Tufts is also running spring semester abroad programs in Madrid, Paris, London and several other cities after relaunching the programs last fall. While classes and excursions remain in-person, one change in Tufts and non-Tufts study abroad programs is the change in living options. Students now have the choice of living in dormitories rather than with host families.
The university reported 19 cases on Friday and 135 in the previous week, with an average of 19.29 positive cases per day. This marks a slight increase in the average number of cases compared to the previous week. Still, cases remain significantly lower than they were at the peak of the omicron surge, when Tufts reported 245 cases from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24.
The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts also continues to decline. The Commonwealth reported 2,913 new cases on Thursday, down from 7,066 the previous week. Massachusetts reached its highest peak since the start of the pandemic with more than 60,000 cases on January 10.