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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Coronavirus

An in-person class session in the Paramount Center.

Emerson extends mask mandate indefinitely

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 15, 2021

In a shift of prior guidance, Emerson will not transition to a mask-optional policy on Sept. 17, instead extending the college’s requirement that all community members wear a mask indoors indefinitely...

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Erik Muurisepp, Emerson’s COVID Lead and newly-promoted Associate VP, looks to future of OneEmerson

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 9, 2021

Erik Muurisepp received a promotion from assistant vice president to associate vice president of campus life on Sept. 4—marking a more visible role at the college for the man who helped direct Emerson’s...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Emerson up to 21 positive tests in first two weeks of testing

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 7, 2021

Through just over two weeks of fall semester COVID-19 testing, Emerson has reported 21 positive COVID-19 tests despite sky-high vaccination rates amongst community members.  More than half of the positives...

The entrance to a vaccination clinic in downtown Boston.

96% of Emerson community fully vaccinated, college officials say

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 6, 2021

Nearly every member of the Emerson community is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, college officials announced last week.  Associate Vice President for Campus Life and “COVID Lead” Erik Muurisepp wrote...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

College reports 14 positive COVID-19 tests in week of testing

By Charlie McKenna and Camilo Fonseca
September 2, 2021

Despite the vaccine mandate for community members, Emerson has reported 14 positive COVID-19 tests in just over a week since the start of fall semester testing, according to the college’s dashboard.  The...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Emerson reports 12 positive COVID-19 tests in 8 days of testing

By Charlie McKenna, Editor-in-Chief
September 1, 2021

Emerson has reported 12 positive COVID-19 tests since the start of fall semester testing, according to the college’s dashboard—despite a vaccine mandate for all community members coming to campus on...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 1,267 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
August 23, 2021

Between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23, Massachusetts reported an average of 1,267 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 31. Cases reached an individual day high of 1,459...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 1,126 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
August 17, 2021

Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16, Massachusetts reported an average of 1,126 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 48. Cases reached an individual day high of 1,368...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Students required to undergo two COVID-19 tests upon move-in

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
August 10, 2021

Emerson will require two baseline COVID-19 tests for arriving students moving into on-campus housing in the fall semester, according to college officials.   The Aug. 4 announcement provides more details...

A COVID-19 vaccination site

Vaccination requirement extended to faculty, staff

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
July 30, 2021

Emerson faculty and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall, in an extension of the college’s previous directive which applied only to students. The requirement...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. speaking at a COVID-19 update inside the Massachusetts State House.

Massachusetts reports daily average of 447 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
July 27, 2021

Between July 20 and July 26, Massachusetts reported an average of 447 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 26. Cases reached an individual day high of 586 on...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 242 coronavirus cases in last eight days

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
July 19, 2021

Between July 12 and July 19, Massachusetts reported an average of 242 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same eight-day period, the death toll rose by 13. Cases reached an individual day high of 236 on...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 85 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
July 11, 2021

Between July 5 and July 11, Massachusetts reported an average of 85 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 12. Cases reached a seven-day high of 169 on July 9,...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Emerson to drop mask requirements, maintain weekly testing requirement in fall semester

By Charlie McKenna, Editor-in-Chief
July 7, 2021

Emerson will drop its mask requirement in the fall semester but still mandate weekly COVID-19 testing for all community members, regardless of their vaccination status, college officials announced Wednesday. The...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports average of 88 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
July 4, 2021

Between June 28 and July 4, Massachusetts reported an average of 88 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 8.  Massachusetts did not report data for July 3 or 4, due to...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Letter from the Editor: Why we stopped daily COVID-19 updates

By Charlie McKenna, Editor-in-Chief
June 29, 2021

As The Beacon’s new editor-in-chief, I wanted to explain why we made the decision to pivot to weekly updates on the state of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a departure from the daily updates that we have...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 31 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
June 27, 2021

Massachusetts reported 31 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 56 cases reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 1. Cases have fallen below the 100 mark every day since June 13—a mark the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 56 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
June 26, 2021

Massachusetts reported 56 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 60 cases reported Friday. The death toll rose by 2. Cases have fallen below the 100 mark every day since June 13—a mark the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 60 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
June 25, 2021

Massachusetts reported 60 new coronavirus cases Friday, down from the 78 cases reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 1. Cases have fallen below the 100 mark every day since June 13—a mark the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 78 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
June 24, 2021

Massachusetts reported 78 new coronavirus cases Thursday, up from the 68 cases reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 4. Cases have fallen below the 100 mark every day since June 13—a mark the...

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