Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases fall


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 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 at 1:41 pm.

Administrators have said that the college plans to begin automating updates to the dashboard after an investigation by Beacon reporters found a string of inaccuracies in reporting testing data collected from the Broad Institute. 

Massachusetts reported 409 new positive cases Thursday night, down from 509 new cases on Wednesday. The number of deaths fell from 19 to eight. Cases in the state have continued to fall after spiking late last week. 

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.