Emerson reports 5 new positives for second straight day

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A sign on the window of Emerson’s coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor

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.

Fifty-six positive tests have been reported over the last two weeks following an outbreak first reported on March 31. As it stands, 22 community members are in on-campus isolation and 29 are in on-campus quarantine, a rise from the 19 community members reported to be in on-campus isolation and the 27 reported to be in on-campus quarantine this time last week.

Those in quarantine may have been exposed to COVID-19 but aren’t experiencing symptoms. Those in isolation are symptomatic, have produced a positive test, or are “reasonably known to be infected,” according to the college. Off-campus students are not counted in the quarantine and isolation numbers. 

The 161 tests reported thus far in the spring semester mark a 168 percent increase from the 60 positives reported in the fall. Currently, about 73 percent of all positive tests reported during the 2020-2021 academic year stem from the spring semester. 

The college’s cumulative positivity rate sits at .24 percent, a number that has fluctuated over the past weeks after falling to .19 percent on March 11.