Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases drop


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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 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 reported at 1:15pm.

The college 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 test positivity rate fell back to .08 percent from .09 percent Friday. 

Massachusetts reported 465 new positive cases Monday night, down from 626 new cases on Sunday. The number of deaths rose from three to 20. 

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.