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With ten new cases this weekend, Tufts issues new Covid-19 restrictions on on-campus students

The Tufts Daily reports the university today told students attending classes in person that they can only leave their dorms - or off-campus apartments - to "attend class, seek medical care, go to or from their jobs, pick up food, get a COVID-19 test or exercise outdoors."

In e-mail to students, Tufts officials say the new diagnoses are making them think that "not all students may be adhering to the existing restrictions intended to limit the spread of the virus."

The Tufts Covid-19 dashboard shows 19 students in isolation at the Medford/Somerville campus because they've tested positive for the virus and another 70 in quarantine because they've been in close enough contact with people who have tested positive that they themselves now have to stay inside while they await their own test results.

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Anybody who's old enough to vote, serve in the military, buy a house/marry/receive medical treatment without parental consent, sign a legal binding contract, and to be tried for and charged with whatever they get arrested for in an adult court rather than a juvenile court is old enough to understand why certain rules have been put in place for this pandemic, and to either abide by them, or face the consequences of not doing so (i. e. possibly being sent home/suspended, with loss of tuition, like they did with those students at Northeastern Univ. not that long ago)

As you know from several recent communications, we are seeing an increase in the number of COVID positive cases on the Medford/Somerville campus and an increase in the number of close contacts for each positive case. We are writing to inform you of additional measures we are taking to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Effective tomorrow, we will be increasing the frequency of testing for all students on the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses. Those who are currently being tested twice a week will be tested every other day. Those who are currently being tested once per week will now be tested twice a week. Compliance will be monitored and those found not in compliance will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs Office for disciplinary review.
It is important to note that we have seen no evidence of spread in classrooms, and our contact tracing has indicated that we have not had any clusters on campus. Rather, the number of cases on our Medford/Somerville campus is rising along with increasing numbers of cases across the state, though our positive rate remains significantly lower. The increase in testing frequency that we are announcing today will allow us to catch cases even earlier and further protect our communities.
In addition to this increase in testing frequency on the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses, we want to reiterate the guidelines we provided yesterday.
The only times you are expected to leave your residence hall or off-campus apartment are to:
attend class, study in the library or designated study space, or perform work in a laboratory or art studio;
pick up food;
go outside for physically distanced exercise;
seek medical care;
obtain your COVID test; and
go to or from employment.
Do not leave your residence hall or apartment to attend social events, gatherings, or parties.
We appreciate your commitment to this new testing schedule and the additional guidance about appropriate times to leave your residence. As we have said previously, adhering closely to these new guidelines affords us the greatest chance to maintain our current campus life. Should the number of COVID-19 cases or the number of students in quarantine due to close contact continue to increase substantially, we will have to consider additional restrictions in order to protect the health and safety of our community.
Sincerely,
James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Jianmin Qu
Dean, School of Engineering
Nancy Bauer
Dean, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
Michael R. Jordan, MD, MPH
University Infection Control Health Director

The number of COVID cases on our campus in the past week has increased substantially. As of this afternoon, 10 new cases were identified over the weekend.
More concerning than the number of COVID cases is the number of individuals who have been identified as close contacts. This means that some students may not be fully observing the parameters needed to contain spread.
As a consequence of these increasing numbers, the following guidance is being put into effect immediately until further notice.
The only times you are expected to leave your residence hall or off-campus apartment are to:
Attend class, study in the library or designated study space, or perform work in a laboratory;
Pick up food;
Go outside for physically distanced exercise;
Seek medical care;
Obtain your COVID test;
Go to or from employment
Do not leave your residence hall or apartment to attend social events, gatherings, or parties.
Beginning tomorrow, the gym will be closed for all recreational use. Athletic training will continue at a physical distance with ongoing emphasis on physical distancing and mask wearing.
Some students have expressed an increased sense of safety because they participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing and thus have gathered in larger numbers than is allowed and have been lax in adherence to physical distancing and mask wearing requirements. This may be due to a false sense of security, perhaps feeling protected by their negative test results, but this is inaccurate. We need to underscore that negative tests do not provide protection from COVID spread. The tests are intended to identify students who have COVID-19 and to isolate them from the larger community as quickly as possible to minimize spread.
Now more than ever, it is imperative that you follow these guidelines diligently:
Wear masks at all times except while in your bedroom, while grooming or eating. Note that while eating, it is imperative that you are 6 or more feet away from anyone around you.
Wear masks and practice physical distancing when in common areas of your residence hall or apartment at all times including while in the bathroom unless you are grooming.
If you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others in a room or common area, you cannot stay in that room.
Bedrooms are for personal use. Do not have visitors in your bedroom. Suitemates should only share common areas.
Do not gather in groups larger than 10 people, regardless of whether you and others are wearing masks.
Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, but especially when leaving and returning to your residence and before removing your mask
If you feel unwell, stay in your residence hall or apartment. Call Student Health Service (617-627-3350).
Maintain your COVID-19 surveillance test schedule.
Refamiliarize yourself with Tufts policies and public health information.
Our communication has been and will remain transparent. However, we will never identify the health status of specific students to protect their privacy and comply with HIPAA.
If you are identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, you will be contacted by a contact tracer who will advise you about quarantine. Living in the same building or on the same floor with someone who has tested positive does not mean that you are a close contact. In addition, one or two cases within a particular residence does not constitute an outbreak. At present, there is no one residence hall associated with a majority of cases.
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to arbitrary guidelines made by people who react with fear first.

Those "isolation trailers" on the tennis courts look objectively like jail to anyone.

And unconnected Flu fears are being stoked too. How is this a logical justification for requiring an invasion of my personal bodily autonomy? : "Getting sick with the flu is not something one would want to risk during a pandemic". And from a previous email: "We expect the number of exemptions to be very low." Now read it again with a German accent. Scary stuff.

"11-6-20
The flu vaccine is required of all undergraduate and graduate students studying in-person, as per an order by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Tufts is requiring that you get the vaccine even if you are a student over age 30, which is a higher standard than set by Massachusetts, because we feel that influenza vaccination is a critical strategy for protecting our community and preserving healthcare resources during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
We have asked you to get your flu shot no later than November 19.
You can still:
Sign up for flu clinics held at Tufts http://go.tufts.edu/fluclinic; or
Go to a local pharmacy and submit documentation of your vaccine to Health Service via the secure patient portal.
We encourage getting a flu shot as soon as possible. Getting sick with the flu is not something one would want to risk during a pandemic and it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to achieve maximum effectiveness.
If you do not get vaccinated by our requested deadline, you will have to get a flu shot before January or you will not be able to study in-person during the Spring semester.
Thank you for your efforts to stay healthy and keep others safe as well.
Sincerely,
Michelle Bowdler, Executive Director, Health & Wellness
Marie Caggiano, M.D, Medical Director, Health Service
Camille Lizarríbar, J.D., Ph.D., Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E"