As COVID-19 infection rates begin to decline in Massachusetts, Tufts and other Boston area universities have eased restrictions on academic and social activities. These policy changes follow changing public health guidelines and growing efforts by institutions to restore normality on university campuses.
At Tufts, the test rate was recently reduced from every other day to twice a week for all students. Unlike Harvard University, which now allows students who test positive for quarantine in their own dorm rooms, Tufts continues to isolate COVID-19 positive individuals in The Mods.
Tufts also runs spring semester programs abroad in Madrid, Paris, London and several other cities after relaunching the programs last fall. While classes and excursions remain personal, a change in Tufts and non-Tufts studies abroad has shifted into livelihoods. Students now have the choice of staying in dormitories instead of with host families.
The university reported 19 cases on Friday and 135 during the previous week, averaging 19.29 positive cases per day. This marks a small increase in the average number of cases from the previous week. Still, cases remain significantly lower than they were during the peak of the omicron rise, as 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 Thursday, down from 7,066 the week before. Massachusetts reached its highest peak since the start of the pandemic with over 60,000 cases on January 10th.