Last updated: 5/3/2022 at 11:22 a.m. (EST)
Cases are declining on the Medford/Somerville campus as the spring semester comes to a close at Tufts with 7 new cases reported on Saturday. Currently, the 7-day average of positive COVID-19 has also decreased significantly with around 20 new cases per day, down from 30 the week before. The av
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 set on Jan. 3 and April 8, when the university reported 68 cases in one day.
The average number of positive COVID-19 tests per day has declined almost 35% with an average of 32 students testing positive per day in the week before Friday. This on-campus rise in cases comes as COVID-19 numbers see slight improvements across the county and the state. Cases have gone down by around 3% in Middlesex County and around 4% in Massachusetts over the past week. A total of 322 individuals were in isolation on Friday, with many students reporting that they have been instructed to isolate at an off-campus hotel or in their dorm rooms.
Tufts announced new 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. If The Mods or hotel isolation options are full by the time a student tests positive, their quarantine procedure will depend on where they live. The university announced that some students may be asked to isolate themselves in their on-campus residences.
— Flora Meng
|Location||New cases||7-day trailing average||1-week trend||2-week trend||% Fully Vaccinated|
|Medford/Somerville Campus (4/30)||7||19.86||-32.20||-59.12%||-|
|Medford (4/23)||14||29.71||-34.18||+20||78% (3/24)|
|Somerville (4/29)||39||43.14||+12.27%||-39%||82% (3/24)|
|Middlesex County (4/29)||802||635||+176.09%||+14||79% (3/28)|
|Massachusetts (4/29)||3583||2696||+36.16%||+30.43||78% (3/28)|
The Daily's COVID-19 dashboard is a collaborative effort that was started in Spring 2021 by Alex Janoff and Alex Viveros. Yanqing Huang, Flora Meng and Chris Tomo have since contributed to the project. Please email [email protected] with questions about our reporting.