The office of Government and Community Relations (GCR) creates the bridge between Tufts University and its host communities: Boston, Grafton, Medford and Somerville. We develop and maintain relationships with our neighbors, local organizations, and elected officials to help Tufts University fulfill its mission to make a positive impact on the communities that surround our campuses.
In partnership with local healthcare providers and the cities of Boston, Medford and Somerville, we will be offering some of our residence halls to medical personnel, first responders, and patients, including those recovering from COVID-19. Tufts University's president, Anthony P. Monaco, believes this is not only our civic obligation but also an important way for us to help minimize the spread of the virus, which in turn will reduce the risk of exposure to you, our campus neighbors. This is especially important as our local hospitals prepare for a surge of cases in the coming weeks that threatens to overwhelm their capacity.
The health, safety and security of our students, staff and neighbors is our top priority. We want to assure you that in all of our plans and actions, we are guided by the advice and direction of medical professionals and logistics experts whose expertise enables a multi-pronged approach while ensuring that those who have been exposed to COVID-19 remain separated from those who have not. We and our local healthcare partners are following all appropriate guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting these spaces to ensure the health and wellness of our community members.
In partnership with local health-care providers and its host communities, Tufts University today announced it will make its residence halls available to house medical personnel, first responders, and patients, including those recovering from COVID-19, in an effort to help contain the spread of the v...