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Updated February 26, 2020

The Office of Emergency Management at Tufts continues to monitor the circumstances surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with various public health partners. No members of the Tufts community have been identified as having the coronavirus, and we continue to be informed that the risk to the Tufts community remains low.  As of February 25, cases have been reported in 37 countries, including 14 cases in the United States. Travel guidance has been issued by the CDC for China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, and several countries have imposed entry restrictions, quarantines, and isolation protocols.

The information and resources below are intended to provide the Tufts community with up-to-date information and applicable guidance. This webpage will be updated each time new relevant information becomes available.

Updates and Guidance from Tufts University

Additional Information

Signs and Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A person would only be at risk for contracting the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) if they had been in and/or traveled recently from Hubei province, and/or if they had been exposed to someone who was already infected. The coronavirus presents with severe flu-like symptoms:

  • fever
  • severe cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia  

Please note: some of these same symptoms may also surface with the flu or common cold.

Prevention

To help prevent the spread of illness, including the flu and common cold:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Cover your cough. Keep germs from spreading by coughing into your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, food, and/or cigarettes or vaping products.
  • If you share a room or apartment with someone who is sick, try to stay at least 6 feet away to prevent exposure through coughing.
Medical Assistance

People should seek medical care if they have recently been in Hubei Province or been exposed to someone with a confirmed infection and experience flu-like symptoms:

  • Arts & Sciences (including SMFA), Engineering, and Fletcher students may walk into Health Service whenever their office is open. SMFA students may also make an appointment online with Atrius Health in the Fenway.
  • Students on the Boston and Grafton health sciences campuses should reach out to their primary care provider and may also seek care through a local emergency room.
  • Faculty and staff should reach out to their primary care provider and may also seek care through a local emergency room.
  • If you require emergency medical assistance, please contact the Tufts University Police immediately at x66911 from any campus phone, or from an off-campus or cellular phone:
    • Medford/Somerville: 617-627-6911
    • Boston: 617-636-6911
    • Grafton: 508-839-5303

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the CDC’s website for answers to many frequently asked questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).