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Massachusetts reports 56 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 56 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, up from the 55 cases reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 4. Cases statewide have continued to plummet in recent weeks — regularly falling below 200 and hitting lows

Massachusetts reports 55 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 55 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, up from the 44 cases reported Monday. The death toll rose by 2. Tuesday’s report marks the first day cases have topped 50 this week, though it is the ninth

Emerson Coronavirus Data

THIS WEEK

0

Positive Tests 

159

Total Tests

0.0%

Positivity Rate

Data from June 14 to June 18

IN QUARANTINE/ISOLATION NOW

0

in isolation on campus

0

in quarantine on campus

Isolation is for those who are “known or reasonably known to be infected” with COVID-19.  Quarantine is for those who may have been exposed to the virus but is not showing symptoms. The college does not publicly provide data on off-campus isolation and quarantine.

CURRENT SEMESTER

1

Positive Tests 

2,081

Total Tests

0.05%

Positivity Rate

CUMULATIVE DATA

230

Positive Tests

132,868

Total Tests

0.17%

Positivity Rate

Last updated 4:49 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Massachusetts reports 44 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 44 new coronavirus cases Monday, up from the 33 cases reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 8. Monday’s report marks the second straight day cases have been under 50 and the eighth time they

Massachusetts reports 113 new coronavirus

Massachusetts reported 113 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 121 cases reported Friday. The death toll rose by 2. Saturday’s report marks the sixth time this week cases have fallen below 200. Cases statewide have plummeted

Massachusetts reports 121 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 121 new coronavirus cases Friday, up from the 85 cases reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 8. Friday’s report marks the fifth time this week cases have fallen below 200. Cases statewide have plummeted

Massachusetts reports 85 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 85 new coronavirus cases Thursday, down from the 116 cases reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 7. Thursday’s report marks the lowest cases have reached since July 19, 2020 when 74 cases were reported

Massachusetts reports 116 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 116 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, up from the 100 cases reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 5. Wednesday’s report marks the third time this week cases have been under 200—a mark last reached this

Massachusetts reports 100 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 100 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, up from the 89 cases reported Monday. The death toll rose by two. Tuesday’s report marks the second time this week cases have been under 200—a mark last reached this

Massachusetts reports 89 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 89 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 126 cases reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 4. Monday’s report marks the lowest single-day total since June 20 when the state reported 93 new cases.

Massachusetts reports 126 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 126 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 216 cases reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 4. Sunday’s report marks the fifth time this week cases have been below 200. Cases statewide have plummeted

Massachusetts reports 216 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 216 new coronavirus cases Saturday, up from the 177 cases reported Friday. The death toll rose by 4. Saturday’s report marks just the fifth second time this week cases have risen above 200. Cases statewide

Massachusetts reports 177 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 177 new coronavirus cases Friday, down from the 241 cases reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 10. Friday’s report marks the fourth time this week cases have dipped under 200 — a mark not

Massachusetts reports 241 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 241 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a sharp rise from the 100 cases reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 7. Thursday’s report marks the first time this week cases have topped 200, a day after

Massachusetts reports 179 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 179 new coronavirus cases over a two day period Tuesday. The death toll rose by 12. No COVID-19 data was reported on Monday due to Memorial Day.  Cases statewide have plummeted in recent weeks, regularly

Emerson reports no new positive COVID-19 tests

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests on Monday out of the 72 tests administered on Friday.   Zero community members were reported to be in on-campus isolation and quarantine.   Since summer testing began, Emerson has reported one

Massachusetts reports 146 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 146 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a marked decline from the 203 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 4. Sunday’s report marks the third time this week cases have fallen below 200, and

Massachusetts reports 203 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 203 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 253 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 9. Saturday’s report marks the third time this week cases have topped 200. Cases statewide

Massachusetts reports 253 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 253 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight rise from the 215 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 4. Friday’s report marks the third time this week cases have topped 200. Cases statewide

Emerson reports first positive COVID-19 test of summer session

Emerson reported one positive COVID-19 test on Thursday out of the 52 tests administered on Wednesday. Zero students were reported to be in on-campus isolation or quarantine.  Thursday’s update marks the first positive COVID-19 test reported by

Massachusetts reports 382 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 382 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a sharp increase from the 195 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 7. Wednesday’s report is the first day this week that cases have topped 300. However,

Massachusetts reports 195 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 195 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a slight increase from the 188 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 10. Tuesday’s report is the second day in a row that cases have fallen below

Massachusetts reports 287 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 287 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a significant decline from the 405 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 5. Sunday’s report marks the tenth time in the last thirteen days cases have fallen

Massachusetts reports 405 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 405 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight increase from the 400 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by five. Saturday’s report marks the fifth time this week that cases have been under 500—marking

Massachusetts reports 400 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 400 new coronavirus cases Friday, down from the 538 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 11. Friday’s report marks the fourth time this week that cases have been under 500 — marking

Massachusetts reports 538 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 538 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a rise from the 425 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 9. Thursday’s report marks the first time this week that cases have topped 500, breaking a

Massachusetts reports 425 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 425 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a rise from the 359 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 14.  Wednesday’s report marks the third time this week that cases have dropped below 500, the

Massachusetts reports 359 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 359  new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a rise from the 281 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 6.  Tuesday marks the second time this week that cases have dropped below 500. Yesterday’s case

Massachusetts reports 281 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 281 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 494 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 19.  Monday’s report marks the first time since Aug. 21, 2020, when 283 cases were reported,

Massachusetts COVID-19 restrictions lifting May 29

By May 29, more than two months ahead of the schedule previously announced, Massachusetts intends to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions and the state of emergency that’s been in place since March 10, 2020 will be lifted

Massachusetts reports 494 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 494 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a decline from the 657 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 5.  Sunday’s report marks the fourth time cases have dipped below 500 this week after cases

Massachusetts reports 657 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 657 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a rise from the 337 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 5.  Due to the Department of Public Health’s “reporting lag from a large laboratory,” Friday’s missing

Emerson sets vaccination deadline for return to campus

Emerson students returning to campus in the fall must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by July 15, the college announced in a Friday afternoon email. The midsummer vaccination deadline is part of the college’s plan to return

Massachusetts reports 616 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 616 new coronavirus cases Thursday, down from the 626 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 9.  Cases are continuing to plummet in the state — Thursday’s report marks only the second time

Massachusetts reports 626 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 626 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant rise from the 446 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 13.  Wednesday’s report marks the first time cases have topped 500 this week, marking a

Massachusetts reports 446 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 446 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 655 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 14.  Monday’s total marks the lowest cases since Oct. 10 and the first time cases have been

Massachusetts reports 655 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 655 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 795 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by six.  Sunday’s total marks the sixth day this week cases have been under 1,000—a trend last observed

Massachusetts reports 795 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 795 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a significant decline from the 881 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 8.  Saturday’s total marks the fifth day this week cases have been under 1,000—a trend

Massachusetts reports 881 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 881 new coronavirus cases Friday, a significant decline from the 1,004 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 5.  Friday’s total marks the fourth day this week cases have been under 1,000 —

Massachusetts reports 1,004 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,004 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a rise from the 888 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 5.  Thursday’s total marks the first day this week cases have topped 1,000. Previously, the state

Massachusetts reports 888 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 888 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a rise from the 718 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 13  Wednesday’s total marks the third day in a row cases have been below 1,000. On

Massachusetts reports 718 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 718 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a sharp increase from the 481 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 5 compared to the 18 reported yesterday.  Tuesday’s total marks the second lowest number of

Massachusetts reports 481 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 481 new coronavirus cases Monday, a sharp decline from the 786 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 18, an increase from the four deaths reported Sunday. Monday’s total marks the first time

Massachusetts reports 786 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 786 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a sharp decline from the 1,115 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 4. Sunday’s total marks the first time since Oct.18 that cases have dropped below 800.

Massachusetts reports 1,115 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,115 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 1,179 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 7. Saturday’s total marks the fourth time cases have topped 900 this week, after two

Massachusetts reports 1,179 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,179 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight decline from the 1,260 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 16. Friday’s total marks the third time cases have topped 900 this week, following two

Massachusetts reports 1,260 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,260 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a decline from the 1,392 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 16. Thursday’s total marks the second time cases have topped 900 this week, following two days

Vaccines now available for students at Tufts Medical Center

Students can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Tufts Medical Center, just over a month after the formal partnership with the hospital fell through, Emerson announced in an email Thursday morning.   This expanded access comes ten days

Massachusetts reports 1,392 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,392 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a drastic rise from the 825 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 12. Wednesday’s total is the first time cases have topped 900 this week, following two

Emerson announces summer COVID-19 testing schedule

Emerson’s COVID-19 testing site at Tufts Medical Center will transition to a summer schedule beginning on May 3, adopting new hours and barring off-campus students from accessing the facility. The summer schedule will be vastly different from

Massachusetts reports 825 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 825 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a slight rise from the 821 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 4. Tuesday’s total is the second time cases have dipped below 900 since Oct. 21—and

Massachusetts reports 821 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 821 new coronavirus cases Monday, a sharp decline from the 1,085 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 12. Monday’s total is the first time cases have dipped below 900 since Oct. 21,

Massachusetts reports 1,085 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,085 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a decline from the 1,386 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 6. Sunday’s total is the sixth time this week cases have topped 1,000. Tuesday’s total was

Massachusetts reports 1,386 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,386 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a decline from the 1,452 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 12. Saturday’s total is the fifth time this week cases have topped 1,000. Tuesday’s total was

Massachusetts reports 1,370 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,370 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant rise from the 968 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 13. Wednesday’s total is the second time this week cases have topped 1,000, and Tuesday’s

Massachusetts reports 968 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 968 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a significant fall from the 1,236 new infections report Monday. The death toll rose by three. Tuesday’s total marks the first time cases have dropped under 1,000 since March 8.

State vaccine eligibility expands to cover all Emerson students

When the clock struck midnight on Monday, 1.7 million Massachusetts residents—including any Emerson students who didn’t yet qualify—became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, a signal of hope for students prompting eagerness and anxiety as an unprecedented

Massachusetts reports 1,236 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,236 new coronavirus cases Monday, a fall from the 1,265 new infections report Sunday. The death toll rose by 18. Monday’s total marks the fourth straight day that cases have dipped below 2,000 across the

Massachusetts reports 1,265 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,265 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a drastic fall from the 1,694 new infections report Saturday. The death toll rose by 7. Sunday’s total marks the sixth day this week cases have dipped below 2,000. New

Massachusetts reports 1,926 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,926 new coronavirus cases Friday, a rise from the 1,884 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 13. Friday’s total marks the fourth day this week cases have dipped below 2,000. Throughout the

Massachusetts reports 1,884 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,884 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a significant decline from the 2,004 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 5. Thursday’s total marks the third day this week cases have dipped below 2,000. Throughout

Exchange students experience pandemic-era Boston

Emerson currently hosts only a fraction of its normal exchange student population this semester, yet the seven undergraduates from University Ramon Llull in Barcelona are not only adapting to a new learning environment, but also the realities

Massachusetts reports 2,004 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,004 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant rise from the 1,401 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 14. Wednesday’s total marks the first day this week cases have topped 2,000. Throughout the

Emerson lifts most restrictions as COVID fears ease

Emerson will lift most of the restrictions implemented on April 7 to slow down the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 amongst the community since late March on Thursday morning, college officials announced Wednesday. With just over two weeks

Massachusetts reports 1,401 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,401 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a rise from the 1,376 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 7. Tuesday’s total marks the third straight day cases have dipped below 2,000. Daily new cases

Emerson reports 5 new positives for second straight day

Emerson reported 5 new positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out of the 1,288 tests administered Monday, marking a positivity rate of .39 percent and bringing the total number of positive tests during the spring semester to 161.

Massachusetts reports 1,376 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,376 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 1,831 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 19. Monday’s total marks the second straight day cases have dipped below 2,000. Daily new cases

Massachusetts reports 1,831 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,831 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a decline from the 2,107 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 8. Sunday’s total marks the third day this week cases have dipped below 2,000. Daily new

Massachusetts reports 2,107 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,107 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 2,184 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 3. Saturday’s total marks the fourth day this week cases have topped 2,000.  Daily new

Massachusetts reports 1,938 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,938 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a significant decline from the 2,292 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 8.  Thursday’s total marks the second day cases have dipped below 2,000 since the state

Maintenance staff risk safety to protect community

When maintenance worker Ramiro Soto returns home after a long day of cleaning Emerson buildings, he disinfects his backpack, jumps in the shower, and places the clothes he wore that day in a plastic bag in the

Emerson reports 5 new positives, 7-day total up to 31

Positive COVID-19 tests at Emerson continued to surge Tuesday, after the college reported five new positives from testing conducted on Monday — bringing the total number reported over the past seven days to 31.  Emerson has seen

Massachusetts reports 2,263 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,263 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a rise from the 2,160 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 36.  Saturday’s case total marks the fourth day this week and the fourth day in a

Emerson institutes safety precautions for in-person graduation

Emerson announced its in-person commencement at Fenway Park will feature socially distanced pods for students and their guests, as well as mandatory mask-wearing, according to an email sent on Friday evening. Students and their guests will receive

Emerson restrictions lift as cases increase in state

Coronavirus cases are once again on the rise in Massachusetts—topping 2,000 reported in a single day four times in the last week after not clearing that marker since mid-February, a rise that comes amid a loosening of

Emerson Prison Initiative set to resume in-person classes

The Emerson Prison Initiative is set to resume in-person instruction for incarcerated students at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Concord on April 5 after access to the prison was halted twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The

Massachusetts reports 2,252 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,252 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a rise from the 1,683 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 36.  Wednesday’s case total marks the first day this week cases have surpassed 2,000, following a

Massachusetts reports 1,683 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,683 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a rise from the 1,464 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 18.  Tuesday’s case total marks the third day in a row cases have fallen below 2,000

Massachusetts reports 1,464 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,464 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 1,817 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 15.  Monday’s case total marks the second day in a row cases have been under 2,000

Massachusetts reports 1,817 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,817 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a rise from the 2,362 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 29.  Saturday’s case total marked the third time this week cases have surpassed 2,000, the first

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

Room capacity limits in some indoor spaces on Emerson’s campus were increased last week, a result of low positive COVID-19 tests and a declining positivity rate across the campus, administrators announced on Saturday. The new capacity limits

Massachusetts reports 2,362 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,362 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a rise from the 2,301 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 35.  Saturday’s case totals mark the third time this week cases have surpassed 2,000, a trend

Massachusetts reports 2,301 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,301 new coronavirus cases Friday, a rise from the 2,274 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 40.  Thursday and Friday’s case totals mark the first time since Feb. 12 that the state

New petition pushes for in-person commencement

Hundreds of graduating seniors are petitioning the college to reconsider its decision to cancel in-person commencement, originally set to take place in May.  A Change.org petition emerged on March 17, urging the college to reassess holding some

Students outraged over tuition hike

After college officials announced last week that tuition, room, and board rates would be rising two percent for the second year in a row, students expressed indignation at what they see as an unfair financial obligation as

Massachusetts reports 1,865 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,865 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a rise from the 1,476 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 54.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,476 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,476 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a rise from the 1,103 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 20.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,103 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,103 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 1,678 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 27.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,678 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,678 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a slight decline from the 1,880 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 33.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows

Massachusetts reports 1,880 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,880 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 1,887 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 29.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows

When will I get the vaccine?

Amid seven new variants of the already malicious novel coronavirus reaching the United States, my fellow Emerson students and I wonder: when will we get the vaccine?  Emerson students have received email after email regarding COVID-19 vaccine

Massachusetts reports 1,887 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,887 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight increase from the 1,857 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 43.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months; following a

Emerson tops 100 positive COVID-19 tests for spring semester

Emerson reported two new positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday out of the 1,053 tests administered Wednesday, bringing the college’s cumulative positive tests at 161. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 96,973. The college is seeing a decline

Overworked during pandemic, staff fight to have benefits reinstated

With inflated workloads, slashed benefits, and continuing tense negotiations with Emerson,  college staff members are nearing a breaking point—after more than a year of sacrifice forced by the pandemic.  Emerson staff members—both the 1,210 directly employed by

Adapting to hybrid learning is a privilege

Trigger warning: This op-ed discusses topics related to mental illness. After a year of experimenting with new forms of learning in an attempt to simulate an in-person experience, it is quite evident that nothing compares to traditional

Traversing grief in a pandemic

While scrolling through Twitter—a passive and frequent pandemic pastime—I’ll see tweets along the lines of “We survived 2020; that’s something to celebrate.” While of course, that is something worth celebrating, I can’t help but think of the

Emerson reports one new positive COVID-19 test

Emerson reported one new positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday out of the 1,238 tests administered Tuesday, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests at 158. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 95,920. The college is seeing a decline

Emerson opens applications for second round of COVID aid

Emerson students can now apply for further financial relief from the pandemic after the college announced Monday it had received a second round of emergency federal aid from the Department of Education.  The college opened applications for

Massachusetts reports 1,004 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,004 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 1,508 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 28.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,508 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,508 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a decline from the 1,548 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 30.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,548 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,548 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a decline from the 1,577 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 34.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,577 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,577 new coronavirus cases Friday, a decline from the 1,589 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 29.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,589 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,589 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a rise from the 1,413 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 42.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Some Emerson classroom layouts fall short of six-foot distancing

The structure of some classrooms on Emerson’s main campus make six-foot social distancing nearly impossible—causing some students to lose faith in the quality of the college’s social distancing measures. In the fall, the college instituted six-foot physical

Local restaurants navigate reopening under lifted restrictions

The progressive relaxation of the state’s coronavirus restrictions over the past several weeks cleared the way for Emerson-area restaurants to start returning to normal operations—though the shift to business-as-usual is anything but straightforward. Restaurants in Boston are

Massachusetts reports 1,413 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,413 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant rise from the 1,006 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 53.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows

Texas, please stop embarrassing me

As proud as I am to be a Texan, attending school in Boston has forced me to reflect on the state that I love—and it’s become apparent just how flawed my home state’s local government and elected

Massachusetts reports 1,006 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,006 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a rise from the 892 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 20.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last

Massachusetts reports 1,281 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,281 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 1,495 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 41.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past three weeks,

Massachusetts reports 1,495 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,495 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 1,677 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 52.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past three weeks,

Emerson launches new daily status checker

Emerson launched a new “daily status checker” Friday morning, which will enable community members to access information about their compliance with the college’s COVID-19 testing program.  The daily status checker also allows students, faculty, and staff to

Administrators suggest restriction loosening on the horizon

With coronavirus cases on the decline in Boston and in Massachusetts and the gradual lift of restrictions, positive COVID-19 tests at Emerson have begun to slowly dip back to fall semester rates, prompting administrators to consider loosening

Massachusetts reports 1,553 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,553 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant rise from the 980 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 66.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past

Massachusetts reports 980 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 980 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 1,248 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 37.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past three weeks,

Massachusetts reports 1,248 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,248 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 1,412  new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 26.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past three weeks,

Massachusetts reports 1,412 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,412 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 1,516 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 52.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past two weeks,

Massachusetts reports 1,516 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,516 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 1,734 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 41.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past two weeks

Massachusetts reports 1,734 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,734 new coronavirus cases Friday, up from the 1,928 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 46.  Cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the past two weeks after

Massachusetts reports 1,928 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,928 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a rise from the 1,788 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 33.  Thursday marks the twelfth day in a row cases have fallen below 2,000 in the

Baker announces Phase Four reopening by end of March

Massachusetts will enter the final step, Step Two, of Phase Three in its four-phase reopening plan next Monday, with plans to move into Phase Four as early as March 22. The Commonwealth’s reopening timetable, announced by Governor

With spring break canceled, students express burnout fears

As the college nears its would-be spring break, some students worry about the mental and academic burnout that might accompany more than three consecutive months of classes. The college canceled spring break in October to dissuade students

Massachusetts reports 1,114 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,114 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a decline from the 1,150 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 30.  Tuesday marks the eleventh day in a row cases have fallen below 2,000 in the

Massachusetts reports 1,150 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,150 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 1,316 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 26, the lowest figure reported since Nov. 7.  Monday marks the tenth day in a row

Massachusetts reports 1,316 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,316  new coronavirus cases Sunday, a sharp decline from the 1,822 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 46. Sunday marks the tenth day in a row cases have fallen below 2,000 in

Massachusetts reports 1,822 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,822 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a rise from the 1,679 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 53. Saturday marks the ninth day in a row cases have fallen below 2,000 in the

Massachusetts reports 1,679 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,679 new coronavirus cases Friday, a drop from the 1,803 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 36.  On Feb. 16, the state reported 967 cases, the first time cases have fallen below

Emerson reports two new positive COVID-19 tests

Emerson reported two new positive COVID-19 test results Thursday out of 814 new tests administered on Wednesday, bringing the college’s cumulative positive tests to 135. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 73,906.  Since testing resumed on Jan.

Massachusetts reports 1,322 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,322 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant increase from the 967 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 55.  The 967 reported cases was the lowest number of reported cases since Nov. 3

Massachusetts reports 1,480 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,480 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 1,820 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 32.  The 1,276 new cases reported Feb. 8 marked the lowest number reported by the state since

Massachusetts reports 1,820 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,820 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 1,949 new infections reported on Saturday. The death toll rose by 60.  Monday’s total of 1,276 new cases was the lowest number reported by the state since

Massachusetts reports 1,949 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 1,949 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a decrease from the 2,228 new infections reported on Friday. The death toll rose by 65.  Monday’s total of 1,276 new cases was the lowest number the state saw since

Massachusetts reports 2,228 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,228 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight tick up from the 2,213 new infections reported on Thursday. The death toll rose by 87.  Monday’s total of 1,276 new cases was the lowest number the state

Massachusetts reports 1,319 new coronavirus cases

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out of the 1,188 tests administered on Monday and three tests administered on Sunday. The college’s cumulative positive tests since testing began on Aug. 6 sits at 58.

Woken from hibernation, 4th Wall returns after brief hiatus

From behind a large plexiglass divider, bartender Emmanuel Parent looked around the 4th Wall Restaurant & Bar, gesturing to the sparsely-populated booths and barstools on Tuesday. “It’s not ideal, but we do have some people [already],” Parent

Massachusetts reports 3,004 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,004 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 3,378 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 76.   The 1,968 cases reported Tuesday marked the lowest number Massachusetts has seen since Nov. 30, when

Massachusetts reports 3,378 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,378 new coronavirus cases Saturday, up from the 2,982 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 59.   The 1,968 cases reported Tuesday marked the lowest number Massachusetts has seen since Nov. 30, when

Massachusetts reports 2,982 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,982 new coronavirus cases Friday, a rise from the 2,602 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 74.   The 1,968 cases reported Tuesday marked the lowest number Massachusetts has seen since Nov. 30,

Massachusetts reports 2,602 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,602 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a rise from the 2,186 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 74.   Tuesday’s total positives were the lowest number Massachusetts has seen since Nov. 30, when the

2021 commencement ceremony to be held virtually

The class of 2021’s commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 9, Emerson announced in an email Thursday.  The announcement comes amid statewide continuing capacity limits on all indoor and outdoor events—a cap of 10 people

Massachusetts reports 2,186 new coronavirus cases and 53 deaths

Massachusetts reported 2,186 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a rise from the 1,968 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 53, a slight rise from Tuesday’s 45.   Tuesday’s total positives were the lowest number Massachusetts has

Massachusetts reports 1,968 new cases, lowest since Nov. 30

Massachusetts reported 1,968 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a drastic decrease from the 2,220 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 45, a slight rise from Monday’s 30.  Tuesday’s total positives is the lowest number Massachusetts

Massachusetts reports 2,546 new cases, 46 deaths

Massachusetts reported 2,546 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a sharp decrease from the 3,957 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 46, a decline from Saturday’s 87. Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced in a press conference

A limited menu buoys The Tam through the pandemic

The Tam, a venerable Tremont Street dive bar, is best-known amongst Emerson students for its potent drinks. But this summer, it was a menu of turkey sandwiches, Hot Pockets, and popcorn that enabled their quintessential green doors

Positive tests at Emerson soar ahead of in-person classes

Emerson reported five new positive COVID-19 tests Friday, pushing the total number of positives reported since the spring semester began to 36, and the total across both fall and spring semester testing to 96.  The rash of

Massachusetts reports 3,957 new cases

Massachusetts reported 3,957 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a dramatic rise from the 2,781 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 87, a decline from Friday’s 98.  Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced in a press conference

Long quarantine raises student skepticism, optimism

The majority of Emerson students living on-campus received their negative COVID-19 test results within hours of moving in between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24. But unlike in the fall semester, students are now weathering their first days

Massachusetts reports 2,781 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 2,781 new coronavirus cases Friday, a dramatic fall from the 4,222 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 98, a significant rise from the 43 reported Thursday and the highest number reported in

Emerson reports 6 new positives, pushing weekly total to 12

Emerson reported six new positive COVID-19 tests Thursday, out of 1,000 tests administered Tuesday, bringing the cumulative number of positives to 91. The college’s cumulative testing total sits at 57,128. The college has now reported 31 positive

College maintains flu shot policy despite state reversal

Emerson will continue to require students to receive a seasonal flu vaccine despite the reversal of the Massachusetts policy that initially brought on the mandate, college officials confirmed this week. The college mandate, instituted as part of

Massachusetts reports 3,477 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,477 new coronavirus cases Monday, down slightly from the 3,750 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 45. The state has seen an uptick in cases over the past week, following 2,567 cases

Massachusetts reports 3,750 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,750 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 4,330 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 67. The state has seen an uptick in cases over the past few days following Tuesday’s 2,567

Massachusetts reports 4,330 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,330 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decrease from the 4,935 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 75. Saturday marks the third time cases have topped 4,000 this week. The state has

Massachusetts reports 4,935 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 4,935 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight rise from the 4,821 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 80.  Friday marks the second time cases have topped 4,000 this week. The state has

Massachusetts reports 3,987 new coronavirus cases

Massachusetts reported 3,987 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a drastic rise from the 2,567 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 78.  Wednesday marks the second time this week that cases have topped 3,000. Last week,

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.

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 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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. 

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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