Emerson reports no new positives as Massachusetts cases rise


Diti Kohli

Emerson’s testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

By Charlie McKenna

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 at 1:29 pm.

In Tuesday’s update, the college listed Oct. 5’s positive test results as “not applicable” in its daily testing table. The positive tests for the 5th now just show a zero. 

Massachusetts reported 509 new positive cases Wednesday night, up from 454 new cases on Tuesday. The number of deaths fell slightly from 20 to 19. 

Emerson’s dashboard is updated daily Monday through Friday. When it was first launched in August, the college opted for weekly updates before eventually shifting to twice weekly and then daily updates. Tabs for hospitalizations and the number of “invalid” results received by community members have been removed from the dashboard since testing began in August. Invalid results are typically a result of user error and require re-testing. 

Administrators have said the decision to remove hospitalizations was an effort to increase transparency as the college said it could not accurately track the metric. Invalid results were deemed “not valuable” data by “COVID lead” Erik Muurisepp. 

The dashboard is not updated on weekends because Emerson’s testing site at Tufts Medical Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, administrators have said.