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Flora Meng is the executive science editor and former deputy news editor at The Tufts Daily. She is a junior majoring in political science and film & media studies. Flora can be reached at [email protected]


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Last updated: 5/3/2022 at 11:22 a.m. (EST) COVID-19 cases are on the decline following a surge on the Medford/Somerville campus. The university reported 25 new cases on Friday, down from 79 new cases on April 12, when Tufts set a record for the most positive cases reported in a single day. The previous record was […]


This Week in COVID-19: Tufts reaches highest number of recorded cases in a day, students isolate in dorms

​​COVID-19 cases are on the decline following a surge on the Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus. The university reported 25 new cases on Friday, down from 79 new cases on April 12th, when Tufts set a record for the most positive cases reported in a single day. The previous record was set on Jan. 3 and April 8, when the university reported 68 cases in a day. 


BREAKING: The Mods and quarantine hotels near capacity, students may have to isolate in residence halls

Tufts announced revised COVID-19 isolation procedures in an email to the university-wide community on April 13 as The Mods and hotel rooms used for isolation neared capacity.


This Week in COVID-19: Cases rise following spring break, Tufts reinstates mask mandate

COVID-19 cases have increased on the Medford/Somerville campus following students’ return from spring break. The University reported 28 new cases on Saturday and 68 the day before. This marks the second time Tufts has reached the highest recorded number of cases in a day. The average number of COVID-19 cases in a day increased by around 10% in the past week, with an average of 29 students testing positive each day in the week before Saturday. 


Tufts moves to lift mask mandate, enters new phase of pandemic response

Dr. Elissa Perkins, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Emergency Medical Research Director at Boston Medical Center, explained why it is currently safe to lift mask mandates.


This Week in COVID-19: Cases decline during spring break, Tufts plans to lift mask mandate

COVID-19 cases declined drastically at Tufts as students left the Medford/Somerville campus for spring break. The university reported 7 new cases on Friday and 21 in the week before.


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.


Mods near full capacity, COVID-19-positive students isolate in Homewood Suites hotel

COVID-19 positive Tufts students are being sent to the Homewood Suites hotel in Arlington for isolation as the Mods neared their full capacity last Tuesday. Patrick Collins, Executive Director of Media Relations, revealed how capacity and maintenance issues in the Mods lead Tufts to assign COVID-19 positive students to an alternative isolation location.


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