Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases drop for second straight day


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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 Tuesday out of 557 tests administered on Oct. 5, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 19. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits at 23,118.

The new data was reported at 3:03 pm.

The college listed Oct. 5’s positive test results as “not applicable” in its daily testing table. Previous days where no positives have been reported have just shown a zero in the positive test column.

Emerson reported two positive test results last week, down from five the week prior. Still, seven positives over two weeks is the second-highest two-week total since the Aug. 24 to Sept. 6 testing period, when the college reported eight positive tests. The college’s cumulative positivity rate sits at .08 percent. 

Massachusetts reported 454 new positive cases Tuesday night, down from 465 new cases on Monday. The number of deaths fell from 20 to eight while the state’s test positivity rate fell from 4.4 percent to 3.1 percent. 

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.