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Massachusetts reports 4,283 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,283 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a steep decline from the 5,657 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 67.  Sunday marks the first time in four days that cases have dipped below 5,000. Last week, Massachusetts

Massachusetts reports 5,657 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,657 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a rise from the  5,074 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 74.  Saturday marks the fourth time this week that cases have risen above 5,000. Last week, Massachusetts saw record-breaking

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Massachusetts reports 5,545 new coronavirus cases

Emerson reported three new positive coronavirus cases out of 286 number of new tests administered on Jan.12 and Jan. 13. The college has now reported four positives out of the 534 tests administered during the Spring 2021 testing period.  The

Massachusetts reports 5,278 new coronavirus cases

Emerson reported one new positive out of 253 new tests administered on Jan. 11 and 12, marking the first time Emerson’s dashboard has been updated since Dec. 22, a full three weeks where no new data was reported.  The new

Massachusetts reports 4,906 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,906 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a rise from the 4,239 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 67.  Tuesday marks the second time since Jan. 3 that cases have dropped below 5,000. Last week Massachusetts saw

Massachusetts reports 4,239 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,239 new coronavirus cases Monday, a dramatic decline from the 5,396 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 54.  Monday is the first time since Jan. 3 that cases have dropped below 5,000. Last week Massachusetts

Massachusetts reports 5,396 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,396 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 7,110 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 77.  Sunday’s total is the fifth time this week that cases have topped 5,000, a mark never before seen in

Massachusetts reports 7,110 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 7,110 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 7,635 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 90.  Saturday’s total is the fourth time this week that cases have topped 6,000, and the third day in a

Massachusetts reports 6,419 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 6,419 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a drastic spike from the 4,178 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 99. The 6,419 new cases reported mark the third-highest total reported over a 24-hour period since the pandemic

Massachusetts reports 4,178 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,178 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a slight decline from the 4,358 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 63. The state is seeing a surge in the number of deaths caused by COVID-19. The death total

Boston extending reopening rollback by three weeks

Boston will continue on with its rolled back reopening until Jan. 27, three weeks later than scheduled, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced at a press conference at Faneuil Hall on Tuesday. The city has been in phase two of its

Massachusetts reports 4,358 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,358 new coronavirus cases Monday, an uptick from the 3,110 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 60. The state is seeing a surge in the number of deaths caused by COVID-19. The death total surged

Massachusetts reports 3,110 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,110 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a sharp decline from the 8,542 new infections reported Saturday over a two day period, after no new data was released on New Year’s Day. The death toll rose to 105. The state

Baker: Vaccine Doses Arriving in Expected Numbers

The Baker administration has been anticipating that Massachusetts would receive about 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2020, a projection that Gov. Charlie Baker said on the second-to-last day of the year still holds, despite a “bumpy”

Massachusetts reports 6,135 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 6,135 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a drastic rise from the 3,659 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 118. Wednesday’s total is the second-highest total over a 24 hour period since the pandemic began.   The recent

Massachusetts reports 3,659 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,659 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 4,060 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 58. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to roll back the city’s reopening Dec. 14.

Massachusetts reports 4,060 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,060 new coronavirus cases Monday, a dramatic rise from the 2,973 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 48. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to roll back the city’s reopening

Massachusetts reports 2,973 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,973 new coronavirus cases Sunday, marking the first time single day infections have fallen below 3,000 since Dec. 7. The state recorded 100 new deaths, well over the seven-day average.  The death count topped the seven-day average two

Massachusetts reports 7,424 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 7,424 new coronavirus cases and 46 deaths over a two-day period Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs. Massachusetts did not publish a COVID-19 data report Friday due to the Christmas holiday.  New

Massachusetts reports 5,655 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,655 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a dramatic rise from the 4,509 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 76. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on Friday, a grim marker that comes less than

Massachusetts reports 4,509 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,509 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a dramatic rise from the 3,293 new infections reported Tuesday. The death total rose by 81. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on Friday, a grim marker that comes less than

Massachusetts reports 3,293 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,293 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 3,760 new infections reported Monday. The death total rose by 43. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on Friday, a grim marker that comes less than a month

Massachusetts reports 3,760 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,760 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 4,192 new infections reported Sunday. The death total rose by 41. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on Friday, a grim marker that comes less than a month

Massachusetts reports 4,162 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,162 new coronavirus cases and 60 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs. Sunday is the 13th day in a row new infections topped 3,000 in the state. At the virus’s first

Massachusetts reports 3,995 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,995 new coronavirus cases and 47 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs. Saturday’s is the 12th day in a row new infections topped 3,000 in the state. At the virus’s first

Massachusetts coronavirus case total surges past 300,000

Massachusetts reported 5,632 new coronavirus cases Friday, up significantly from the 4,985 new infections reported Thursday. The death total rose by 53. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on Friday, a grim marker that comes less than a

Massachusetts reports 4,985 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,985 new coronavirus cases Thursday, down from the 5,450 new infections reported Wednesday. The state’s death total rose by 44. New cases in Massachusetts have topped 3,000 each day since Dec. 7.  The recent spike in cases prompted

Emerson exploring spring semester partnership with Tufts Medical Center

Emerson is exploring an arrangement with the Tufts Medical Center that would allow students to use Tufts clinical services, as the college’s own health center undergoes restructuring.  The partnership would provide Emerson students with immediate access to Tufts’ primary and

Massachusetts reports 5,450 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,450 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, up from the 3,720 new infections reported Tuesday. The state’s death total rose by 71. New cases in Massachusetts have topped 3,000 each day since Dec. 7.  The recent spike in cases prompted

Massachusetts reports 3,720 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,720 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 3,572 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 55. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to roll back the city’s reopening beginning

Walsh rolls back Boston reopening amid virus surge

Boston will move back to phase two of its reopening Wednesday forcing the closures of many indoor activities amid a drastic spike in COVID-19 infections, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Monday.  The city had been in step one of phrase

Massachusetts reports 3,572 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,572 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 4,677 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 37. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to roll back the city’s reopening beginning

Massachusetts reports 4,677 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,677 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Sunday’s case total is the fifth day in a row new infections topped 4,000 in the state as cases continue

Massachusetts reports 4,968 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,968 new coronavirus cases and 47 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Saturday’s case total is the fourth day in a row new infections topped 4,000 in the state as cases continue

Massachusetts reports 5,475 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,475 new coronavirus cases Friday, up from the 5,130 new infections reported Thursday. The state’s death total rose by 47. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to roll back the state’s reopening Tuesday. Baker

Massachusetts reports 5,130 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,130 new coronavirus cases Thursday, down rise from the 5,625 new infections reported Wednesday. The state’s death total rose by 41. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to roll back the state’s reopening Tuesday.

Massachusetts reports 5,675 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,675 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a steep rise from the 3,627 new infections reported Tuesday. The state’s death total rose by 89. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to roll back the state’s reopening

Baker outlines state plan to vaccinate for COVID-19

The Baker administration plans to distribute 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines over the next three months to Massachusetts residents and workers who face the highest risks for the virus, starting its immunization rollout by focusing on health care workers, long-term care facilities,

Testing center transportation program lacks communication

Even though Emerson has offered a taxi voucher program for students who require transportation to the college’s COVID-19 testing center at Tufts Medical Center since September, the college has sent just one email to students promoting the initiative. Student Accessibility

Massachusetts reports 3,627 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,627 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a steep rise from the 2,463 new infections reported Monday. The state’s death total rose by 40. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to roll back the state’s reopening

Case Surge Prompts Baker to Dial Back Reopening

Capacity limits will be lowered across an array of businesses, some indoor recreation venues will again close, and rules around mask-wearing and dining out will be tightened starting Sunday, as Massachusetts rolls back its economic reopening in response to what

Professors seeking accommodations forced to jump through hoops to teach online

A number of Emerson’s immunocompromised and disabled professors have reported issues receiving accommodations to teach remotely ahead of the fall semester’s hybrid classes. Several faculty and graduate students applied for alternate teaching options after June, when Emerson announced its reopening

Massachusetts reports 2,463 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,463 new coronavirus cases Monday, a steep decline from the 4,747 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 30. Cases frequently fall below recent averages on Mondays. Last week, the state reported just 1,166 new

Massachusetts reports 4,747 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,747 new coronavirus cases and 48 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Sunday’s case total is the fifth day in a row new infections topped 4,000 in the state as cases continue

Massachusetts reports 5,356 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,356 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Saturday’s case total is the fourth day in a row new infections topped 4,000 in the state as cases continue

Massachusetts reports 5,192 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 5,192 new coronavirus cases Friday, a steep fall from the 6,477 new infections reported Thursday but still just the second time cases have topped 5,000 for a single day over the course of the pandemic. The state’s death

Massachusetts reports 4,613 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,613 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a dramatic rise from the 2,845 new infections reported Tuesday. The state’s death total rose by 46. Wednesday’s total marks the second-highest total reported in a single day by the state since the

Emerson reports two new positives, Massachusetts cases soar past 2,000

Emerson reported two new positive test results Tuesday out of just 107 new tests administered Monday, bringing the college’s cumulative positive test total to 54. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 49,826.  The two positives reported Tuesday bring the total

Hybrid class format earns mixed reviews from students

On the tail end of Emerson’s first semester under pandemic-era restrictions, students’ reaction to the hybrid model—sold by administrators as a substantive replacement for traditional in-person learning—has been mixed.  The model utilizes both in-person and online classes for those enrolled

Massachusetts reports 1,166 coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,166 new coronavirus cases Monday. The total is down significantly from 2,501 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 25. New infections in the state have steadily risen since mid-September. Now in the midst of

Massachusetts reports 2,501 coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,501 new coronavirus cases and 46 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue a sharp rise. Sunday’s case total follows an influx of new cases reported over the last week. The state reported 4,464 new infections

Massachusetts reports 2,941 new coronavirus cases, 40 deaths

Massachusetts reported 2,941 new coronavirus cases and 40 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue a sharp rise. Saturday’s case total follows an influx of new cases reported over the last week. The state reported 4,464 new infections

Massachusetts cases top 4,000 over two day period

Massachusetts reported 4,464 new coronavirus cases over a 48-hour period Friday. The total is up significantly from 3,224 new infections reported over a 30-hour period Wednesday. The state’s death total rose by 29. The high number of cases is due

Emerson reports four new positives, 20 in last two weeks

Emerson reported four new positive test results Wednesday out of 784 new tests administered on Nov. 24 and 25, bringing the college’s cumulative positive tests to 52. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 49,719.  The college’s test results have come

Massachusetts daily COVID-19 cases surge past 3,000

Massachusetts reported 3,224 new coronavirus cases over a 30-hour period Wednesday, up significantly from 2,225 new infections reported Monday. The state’s death total rose by 53. Wednesday was the first day since the virus’ peak in April that cases crossed

College sees dip in student job availability amid pandemic

At the onset of the pandemic, mass layoffs and unemployment decimated the U.S. and its businesses. Now, in Emerson’s first full semester during COVID-19, some students struggled to secure the on-campus job opportunities they used to rely on. Job opportunities

Emerson will limit overnight travel in spring semester policy

Administrators will impose harsh limitations on travel anywhere off-campus this spring in an attempt to limit the spread of the pandemic on campus.  Students who intend to travel anywhere overnight, including in Boston, are now required to fill out the

Massachusetts cases fall below 2,000 for first time in a week

Massachusetts reported 1,785 new coronavirus cases Monday, a steep drop from the 2,721 infections reported Sunday. The number of deaths fell from 24 to 18.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since mid-September. Monday is the first time

Massachusetts reports 2,721 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,721 new coronavirus cases and 24 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically. Sunday’s case total is a slight drop from 2,991 reported Saturday. Single-day cases topped 2,000 every day this week but

Massachusetts reports 2,991 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,991 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically. Saturday’s case total is a steep rise from 2,288 reported Friday. Single-day cases topped 2,000 every day this week but

College expects no new positives following early week surge

College officials are not aware of any new positive COVID-19 tests from community members, following the sudden surge in positive results earlier in the week.  Emerson reported 12 new positive tests in data published Wednesday, 10 of which came on

Emerson cases surge as Baker urges caution ahead of Thanksgiving

Massachusetts reported new coronavirus cases 2,744 Wednesday, up from the 2,263 infections reported Tuesday. The number of deaths rose from 20 to 47.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since mid-September. Monday was the first time cases dipped

Massachusetts coronavirus cases soar past 2,000 again

Massachusetts reported 2,263 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, up from the 1,967 infections reported Monday. The number of deaths rose from 12 to 20.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since mid-September. Monday was the first time cases dipped

Massachusetts coronavirus cases fall below 2,000

Massachusetts reported 1,967 new coronavirus cases Monday, a slight dip from the 2,076 infections reported Sunday. The number of deaths fell from 33 to 12.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since mid-September. Case numbers dipped below 2,000

Massachusetts reports 2,076 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,076 new coronavirus cases and 33 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically. Sunday’s case total is a steep drop from 2,841 reported Saturday, but still up significantly from previous weeks.  Single-day cases

ELA classes to go virtual again in spring

Emerson’s Los Angeles program will hold classes entirely online in the spring semester, an extension of fall semester protocols, administrators announced in an email to students, faculty, and staff set to participate in the program. While college officials are still

W Hotel to continue housing students in spring

Emerson will continue to house students and hold classes in the four-star W hotel during the spring semester, extending a deal that put approximately 200 students in the downtown space this fall. Students currently staying at the W on Stuart

Massachusetts reports 2,841 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,841 new coronavirus cases and 27 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically. Saturday’s case total is up from 2,674 reported Friday, and up significantly from previous weeks.  Single-day cases topped 2,000 five

Massachusetts coronavirus deaths surpass 10,000

Massachusetts reported 2,482 new coronavirus cases Thursday, as the state surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The mark comes amid soaring new infection numbers, and steadily climbing death and hospitalization totals. Total cases fell slightly from 2,495 new infections reported Wednesday. The

Baker: Virus Trends “Show No Signs of Changing”

The second surge of COVID-19 in Massachusetts is showing no signs of slowing down, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday as he and hospital officials outlined steps they are planning to treat the growing number of people with the disease, including

Massachusetts coronavirus cases continue dramatic rise

Massachusetts reported 2,047 new coronavirus cases Tuesday. The total rose sharply from 1,184 new cases reported Monday. The number of deaths rose from 13 to 21.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since mid-September. Case numbers have now

Massachusetts cases fall from weekend spike

Massachusetts reported 1,184 new coronavirus cases Monday. The total fell sharply from 1,809 new cases reported Sunday. The number of deaths fell from 23 to 13.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since mid-September. Case numbers topped 2,000

Emerson COVID-19 symptom tracker down due to IT issue

Emerson’s daily symptom tracker was down earlier in the morning due to a technical issue, meaning community members were being allowed into campus buildings without completing their regular self-test for COVID-19 symptoms. The college’s IT department informed the community that

Massachusetts reports 1,809 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,809 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically. Saturday’s case total is down from 2,200 reported Saturday, but still up significantly from previous weeks.  Single-day cases topped 2,000

Massachusetts reports 2,200 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,200 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to increase rapidly. Saturday’s case total is up from 2,038 reported Friday. Single-day cases have now topped 2,000 two days in a row,

Massachusetts surpasses 2,000 single day cases

Massachusetts reported 2,038 new coronavirus cases Friday. The total increased from 1,761 cases reported Thursday. The number of deaths fell from 23 to 21.  New infections continue to rise in the state—cases numbers topped 2,000 for the first time since

Emerson reports two new positives, Massachusetts cases soar

Emerson reported two new positive COVID-19 test results Thursday out of 720 new tests administered on Nov. 3 and 4, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 29. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 38,364. The new

Massachusetts cases rise, Emerson reports no new positives

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Tuesday out of 860 new tests administered on Nov. 2, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 27. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 37,294. The new data was

Massachusetts cases fall below 1,000 for first time in nine days

Emerson reported one new positive COVID-19 test result Monday out of 1,016 new tests administered on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 27. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 36,434. The

College expects rise in in-person spring enrollment

Emerson administrators anticipate a “modest increase” in undergraduate enrollment in the college’s in-person classes this spring semester.  Out of 2,900 undergraduate students that filled out the spring semester intent form, a mandated survey sent to students Oct. 9, 84 percent

Massachusetts reports 1,139 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,139 new coronavirus cases and 22 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase rapidly. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 6.1 percent, while the test positivity rate was 3.1 percent.  Saturday’s case

Massachusetts reports 1,292 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,292 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to increase rapidly. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 6.5 percent, while the test positivity rate was 1.7 percent.  Saturday’s case

Massachusetts cases top 1,000 for seventh straight day

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Thursday out of 194 new tests administered on Oct. 29, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 26. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 35,418. The new data was

College to mandate weekly testing for faculty, staff in spring

Emerson will mandate weekly testing for faculty and staff working on campus during the spring semester after allowing those working on campus this fall the choice to opt into the college’s testing program.  The decision, announced via an email from

For vulnerable families, return home escalates virus anxieties

Every year, Nicole Watkins’ grandmother brings a special sweet potato casserole dish and a cranberry mix to Thanksgiving dinner in her Irvine, California home. Sitting around the table to eat with the Dallas Cowboys game on in the background is

As pandemic drags on, students struggle with mental health

At Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, the mental toll of the pandemic on students has become abundantly clear.  Statistics provided by Kyle Rundles, a staff psychologist and outreach coordinator at ECAPS, indicate that 30 percent of the 256 students who

Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases top 1,200

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Monday out of 598 new tests administered on Oct. 23, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 26. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 32,755. The new data was

Massachusetts reports 1,097 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,097 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths Sunday as new infections in the state continue to increase rapidly. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 5 percent, while the test positivity rate was 2.8 percent.  Saturday’s case

Massachusetts reports 1,128 new coronaviurs cases

Massachusetts reported 1,128 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths Sunday as new infections in the state continue to increase rapidly. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 0.9 percent, as was the test positivity rate.  Saturday’s case total is

New COVID-19 Numbers Highest in State’s Youngest Age Group

Confirmed COVID-19 infections among Massachusetts residents younger than 20 are higher than they have been through the entire pandemic, prompting one leading expert to say the rising caseload is likely a reflection of increased testing and another to warn it

Emerson reports one new positive, Massachusetts cases fall

Emerson reported one new positive COVID-19 test result Wednesday out of 796 new tests administered on Oct. 20, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 25. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 30,676. The new data was

Garbanzo reopens after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh’s shut down Monday came after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19, college officials announced in an email Tuesday. The restaurant plans to reopen for normal hours Wednesday, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life, and “COVID Lead” Erik

Massachusetts reports 744 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 744 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths Sunday as cases continue to trend up in the state. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 4 percent, and the test positivity rate was 2.4 percent.  Sunday’s case total

Spring break formally eliminated with faculty vote

The full time faculty union approved an altered schedule for the upcoming spring semester Tuesday, finalizing the college’s plans to cancel spring break as a precaution against COVID-19. The new calendar, released Friday, shows the spring semester beginning a week

Massachusetts reports 550 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 550 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths Saturday, as case numbers continue to trend up in the state. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 7.3 percent, and the test positivity rate was 4.3 percent.  Cases fell

Irregular dashboard update lists only 10 new COVID-19 tests

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests Thursday out of just 10 new results from Oct. 13, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 21. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 26,961. It’s unclear when the new

Emerson reports no new positives, uptick in daily tests

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Wednesday out of 965 tests administered on Oct. 13, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 21. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 26,961. The new data was reported

Massachusetts reports 765 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 765 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths Monday. The day’s positivity rate per people tested was 3.2 percent, and the test positivity rate was 0.6 percent.  Cases rose sharply from 570 new positives reported Sunday and are much

Massachusetts reports 570 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 570 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with 16 deaths. Sunday’s positivity rate per people tested was 4.2 percent, and the test positivity rate was 2.4 percent. Both metrics are on the rise from late August. Cases fell from

Massachusetts cases down from Friday, still on the rise

Massachusetts reported 587 new coronavirus cases Saturday, along with 10 deaths. Saturday’s positivity rate was 4.4 percent. New infections fell after a spike to 734 positives Friday.  Cases continued to rise this week. Daily totals averaged 514.  Infections have been

Massachusetts cases spike, Emerson reports no new positives

Massachusetts reported 734 new positive cases Friday night, a sharp increase from 409 new cases on Thursday. The number of deaths rose from eight to 12. Friday’s totals represent a significant surge in the state as new positives had yet

Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases fall

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Thursday out of 711 tests administered on Oct. 7, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 19. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 24,593. The new data was reported

Emerson COVID-19 dashboard riddled with inaccuracies, missing metrics

A review of Emerson’s reported COVID-19 data reveals severe shortcomings in the college’s dashboard, which intends to provide insight into the virus’ presence in the community.  The regularly updated dashboard has been riddled with reporting and mathematical errors, a Beacon

Emerson reports no new positives as Massachusetts cases rise

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Wednesday out of 663 tests administered on Oct. 6, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 19. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 23,781. The new data was reported

Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases drop

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Monday out of 578 total tests administered on Oct. 2, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 19. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 22,561. The new data was

Massachusetts reports 626 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 626 new coronavirus cases Sunday, along with three deaths. The positive rate released Sunday was 3.2 percent. Cases rose from Saturday but are still down from earlier in the week. The state reported more than 700 new cases

Massachusetts reports 600 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 600 new coronavirus cases Saturday, along with 17 deaths. Saturday’s positivity rate was 3.4 percent. Cases fell sharply from previous days as the state reported more than 700 new cases on both Thursday and Friday, 753 and 708,

Emerson reports one new positive, 627 new tests

Emerson reported one new positive COVID-19 test result Friday out of 627 total tests, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 19. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 21,909. The new data was reported at 1:28pm. The

Emerson reports no new positives, testing number discrepancies

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests results Thursday out of 809 total tests, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 18. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 21,281. The new data was reported at 2:14pm. The

Boston enters COVID ‘red zone,’ but Emerson keeps cases low

As COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts tick up again, most Boston-area universities, including Emerson, have managed to keep infection rates low. Boston reentered the high risk categorization for the virus Wednesday, after months of relatively low caseloads and loosening safety restrictions.

Student organizations reimagine operations under new restrictions

Emerson’s student organizations are facing a herculean task this semester: to reimagine their clubs, most of which depend on in-person interaction, so they abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines.  Pandemic-era restrictions slash room capacities to 20 to 25 percent of their

Emerson reports no new positives, 235 new tests

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests results Wednesday out of 235 total tests, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 18. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 20,071. The new data was reported at 2:37p.m. Positive

Safety, job security top staff concerns for the fall

Emerson staff members are grappling with safety risks and the threat of job insecurity, as the college proceeds with a reopening plan that brought much of the community back to Boston.  Hundreds of full or part-time staff returned to their

In swift reversal, Emerson opts for daily COVID-19 updates

In a shift from prior announcements, Emerson administrators vowed Tuesday to begin updating the college’s COVID-19 dashboard daily after more than a month of less frequent updates. The decision marks a swift reversal for college officials, who originally said information

ELA campus won’t reopen in the fall, classes to remain online

Emerson’s Los Angeles campus will not reopen for in-person classes in the fall semester in light of new COVID-19 guidance from LA county officials. The program will continue online instruction through December and students may still be able to enroll

Reopening is going to plan, administrators say

The first week of Emerson’s reopening put into practice a plan that attempts to continue in-person instruction while staving off COVID-19 outbreaks, like those popping up at universities nationwide. So far, Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe

Emerson reports three new positive tests since Monday

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 test results between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, bringing the community’s positive tests to 10 out of 7,422 administered.  One individual is currently in isolation on campus, and 10 are quarantined on campus, according

Campus capacity severely limited with new retrofitting measures

The rapidly approaching fall semester will see Emerson’s vertical downtown Boston campus drastically altered due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and new retrofitting designed to keep larger groups from confined spaces, like elevators and stairwells.  Instead of students populating up to

State to mandate flu shot for college students

All college students will have to get the flu vaccine in the fall when it becomes available, the Massachusetts Department of Health announced Wednesday afternoon. Students older than six months attending child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities

Emerson reports first positive COVID-19 case since April

One Emerson community member has tested positive for COVID-19 and entered isolation, a college official announced Monday afternoon, marking the first time the highly contagious virus has permeated the college’s campus this summer. Assistant Vice President for Campus Life Erik

Paramount to house classes despite quarantine designation

Emerson will hold classes in the Paramount Center in the fall, just below the building’s residential floors that will serve as the college’s designated quarantine space for those exposed to or infected with COVID-19.  The decision will put healthy students

Emerson Class of 2020 commencement pushed to next year

The classes of 2020 and 2021 will share a commencement weekend in May 2021, the college announced Friday Both commencement ceremonies will take place the same weekend on May 8-9. The college will host two separate ceremonies, rather than one

Emerson Reopening: What we know so far

Over the past several months, Emerson has been slowly doling out new information on what on-campus life at the college will look like in the fall through emails and press releases, piecing together a picture of a complicated semester week

Emerson reopening plan not affected by new Mass. regulations

Emerson will not adjust its reopening plan as it already satisfies new quarantine and testing regulations announced by Gov. Charlie Baker Friday, the college said Monday night. The new regulations require travelers entering Massachusetts after Aug. 1 to quarantine for

Los Angeles program forced to begin online amid coronavirus spike

Los Angeles County officials have not given the college’s LA campus clearance to reopen in late August as originally scheduled, forcing administrators to shift at least the beginning of the semester online, according to a college official.  The program, which

New state travel restrictions could throw reopening plan into disarray

Travelers entering Massachusetts will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival unless coming from a state with a lower COVID-19 risk than Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker announced Friday morning. Those states currently include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut,

Sidewalk expansion delayed indefinitely

The college’s sidewalk expansion project on Boylston St. is indefinitely delayed, according to a college official.  The sidewalk on the campus side of Boylston St. will be reopened and free of construction when students return to campus in the fall,

All meals to be takeout in fall semester

All dining center meals will be served to go in the fall semester, according to a college official.  Food will be served by dining hall staff, seating will be dramatically reduced inside the dining hall and students will be able

ELA program in flux amid soaring case numbers in LA County

The Emerson Los Angeles program may begin the fall semester online and later transition to in-person classes, according to an email sent to ELA students Friday afternoon.  Allison Sampson, vice president and executive director of ELA, wrote that the school

Emerson projects up to $76 million in COVID-19 losses

The college projects losses between $33 and $76 million in the next fiscal year due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a letter President M. Lee Pelton sent to faculty Monday.  The letter says Emerson has already suffered a loss

Professors contend exclusion from reopening talks, safety not considered

A virtual faculty assembly meeting erupted into angry questioning Tuesday when some professors denounced administration officials for their lack of transparency and communication regarding the college’s fall reopening plan.  The plan, announced last week after months of workshopping, fails to

Student leaders wrestle with managing organizations under COVID-19

Emerson’s hybrid-learning reopening plan, announced Wednesday afternoon, answered students’ lingering questions about the fate of the fall semester. But for many on-campus student organizations, uncertainty still surrounds their impending operations. An on-campus semester in the era of COVID-19 will bring

D.C. program to proceed in the fall

The college’s Washington D.C. study program that sends students to the nation’s capitol to intern and take courses will proceed in the fall semester, according to a college official.  All students that were initially slated to attend the program will

Fall semester will see significant alterations to on-campus living

Residential life on campus during the fall 2020 semester will look significantly different than it has in past years as part of the college’s reopening plan “One Emerson Flex Learning,” according to a college official.  Residence halls will limit the

In-person classes to resume in the fall, college announces

The college will reinstate in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester with significant changes to student life following the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday. The program, called “One Emerson Flex

College unveils commemorative website for Class of 2020

The college launched a website to commemorate the achievements of the class of 2020 in an email sent to the community Monday morning.  The website features messages to the class of 2020 from faculty, alumni, and college officials as well

College announces emergency relief applications

Emerson released applications Wednesday for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to receive emergency funding from the $2.7 million given to the college by the federal government through the CARES Act. To receive emergency funding, students must be eligible for

College extends deposit deadline by a month for incoming students

The Admissions Office has received positive feedback from prospective students and their parents, along with alumni, about its decision in early March to extend the first tuition deadline for accepted students—which would solidify their decision to attend Emerson—by a month,

Pelton plans for college to be open in the fall

The college currently plans to resume classes on campus this upcoming semester, President M. Lee Pelton wrote in a community-wide email Friday evening.  “The college is evaluating a multitude of possibilities across the academic and student life experience, including options

Remote classes bring innovation, frustration

Theatre education professor Bethany Nelson had no idea how she would adapt her class material when the college transitioned to online learning, because so much of the work involves students interacting in the same physical space.  “When it was announced,

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote learning in light of the progressing COVID-19 pandemic—she worried about what this would mean for

Emerson to house nearly 100 Tufts medical professionals

Emerson will provide housing for about 100 medical professionals from Tufts Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a college official.   The college made the decision after the Tufts Emergency Management Team approached administration two weeks ago, Vice President

EVVY Awards delay nomination announcements

The 39th EVVY Awards delayed nomination announcements until April 15 due to complications arising from the COVID-19 health crisis, according to EVVYs officials. The nominations were initially scheduled to come out on April 6, but the judges needed more time to

Joint Session passes resolution to support students in first online meeting

The Student Government Association held two Joint Session meetings via Zoom this week where they discussed and passed a resolution to support students disproportionately affected by the college’s transition to remote instruction. Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple authored the resolution, which

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support a policy that will give undergraduate students a pass/fail option for their classes during their meeting Tuesday.  The policy lets students choose the pass/fail option as an alternative to their final grade. If a

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

Faculty will consider a new policy that would allow undergraduate students to choose a pass/fail option for their classes during Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. The policy allows students to choose a pass/fail option for each of their classes after final

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

An Emerson staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first diagnosis within the college community, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a statement Wednesday. The staff member was last on campus Saturday but did not come into contact

COVID-19 at Emerson: The Story So Far

The COVID-19 pandemic has left little of Emerson College unscathed as the quickly growing public health crisis ignites action from national, state, and local governments.  The action at Emerson, a college with roughly 4,000 students, left community members scrambling to

Coronavirus pandemic shuts down 39th EVVY awards

The EVVYs canceled both of their award ceremonies for the first time in the show’s 39-year history due to the public health risk surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s faculty advisor said Monday.  “I haven’t been here all 39 years,

Students devastated after college decides to send them home

Junior Joe Davidi said he will submit a request to stay on Emerson’s Boston campus despite the college asking students to leave because of fears of him going back to his family, who are quarantined with COVID-19. “I was going

Pelton responds to “unprecedented” COVID-19 uncertainty

President M. Lee Pelton said many answers concerning long-term extracurricular continuation, housing feasibility, summer and fall classes, and room, board, and tuition refunds remain uncertain amid the transition to conduct remote classes due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

How COVID-19 affects Emerson College

In a packed press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and announced that cases of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, had doubled since Monday. Within hours, colleges and universities around the commonwealth released

College bans travel to five countries amid COVID-19 fears

The college announced Sunday that it will eliminate college-funded travel to five countries in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.  An email Sunday afternoon from President M. Lee Pelton said college-funded travel to Italy, China, South

Communication Department attributes coronavirus fears to misinformation

Mary Anne Taylor, associate professor of Communication Studies, stated in a panel discussion about the coronavirus that the media is using the same hyperbolic language for COVID-19 as they displayed during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The event, titled “Understanding Coronavirus,”

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