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Alex Viveros is the Science Editor, Investigative Editor and a former Editor in Chief at The Tufts Daily. He is a senior studying biology and community health, and his work has been featured in Science Magazine. Alex is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and can be reached at [email protected]


This Week in COVID-19: Tufts maintains mask mandate as Medford, Somerville, Mass. lift restrictions

While Massachusetts recently lifted its mask mandate for K-12 schools and both Medford and Somerville have removed their indoor masking requirements, Tufts continues to enforce a mask mandate.


This Week in COVID-19: Tufts announces testing-out policy

COVID-19 cases have declined on the Medford/Somerville campus after reaching their all-time high two weeks ago. The university reported 12 new cases on Friday and 148 in the week before.


This Week in COVID-19: Case numbers go down following Valentine’s Day spike

COVID-19 case numbers have shown noticeable signs of improvement after they peaked following Valentine’s Day. The university reported 21 new cases on Thursday and 171 in the week before, which are much lower than the record-breaking spike set in just the last two weeks.


This Week in COVID-19: Tufts breaks weekly record case number; students isolate in Homewood Suites

Tufts experienced one of its most unpredictable periods of the pandemic last week, as cases soared to record-breaking highs on the Medford/Somerville campus in what can only be attributed to the highly-infectious omicron variant.


This Week in COVID-19: Cases decline on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus

COVID-19 cases are finally going down at Tufts following the largest spike since the start of the pandemic. Cases have been cut nearly in half over the past week on the Medford/Somerville campus, falling in line with declining numbers across the county and the state.


The Daily’s COVID-19 dashboard

Positive cases and isolation numbers have seen a slight rise since last week. The Medford/Somerville campus reported 19 new cases on Friday. The seven-day trailing average number of new cases on the Medford/Somerville campus was 19.29 on Feb. 11, up from 17.57 the week before.


University officials ‘very strongly encourage’ students to receive COVID-19 boosters

COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be strongly recommended — but not yet required — for students across Tufts’ campuses, university officials told the Daily last week. Testing frequency and pandemic protocols are also currently expected to remain unchanged going into the Spring semester. The guidance comes alongside a rise in cases across the country and the […]


This Week in Science: Moderna boosters approved, koala chlamydia vaccine trial starts, NASA launches spaceship, leading primate center to be shut down

FDA authorizes booster shots for Moderna and J&J vaccines An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted last week to approve the use of a booster shot for the Moderna vaccine and again voted unanimously yesterday to approve a booster for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Moderna’s booster only applies to certain groups of people, such as […]


This week in Science: FDA okays e-cig, first malaria vaccine approved, toilet bats discovered

FDA authorizes e-cigarette marketing for the first time The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted market authorization to an electronic cigarette company for the first time on Tuesday, approving certain products for sale in the United States. The FDA approved three products from R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’s brand, Vuse, in an effort to diminish the […]


Tufts reports 351 COVID-19 cases in spring semester

Medford/Somerville campus A total of 351 COVID-19 cases were reported on the Medford/Somerville campus since the Daily started tracking the number of cases on Jan. 16. The number represents an increase in new COVID-19 cases reported this semester than in the fall. Prior to Jan. 16, a total of 202 cases were reported on the […]


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