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Coronavirus Pandemic Updates

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

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 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

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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

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