Massachusetts reports 195 new coronavirus cases


State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor

Massachusetts reported 195 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a slight increase from the 188 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 10.

Tuesday’s report is the second day in a row that cases have fallen below 200, which, before yesterday, had not occurred since Sept. 22, 2020. It is also the thirteenth time in the past fifteen days that cases have been under 500.

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Tuesday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sat at 1.4 percent, down from 1.7 percent this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 0.9 percent.

The state reported 248 hospitalizations Tuesday, down from the 326 reported this time last week. Tuesday’s report marks the lowest number of hospitalizations since Sept. 27, when 236 were reported.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts reported 40,799 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 7,581,848. Over 50 percent of the state’s population is now fully inoculated against COVID-19—meaning they have received both doses of the vaccines manufactured by Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out of the 81 tests administered on Monday. Zero community members were reported to be in on-campus isolation and quarantine.  

Since summer testing began, Emerson has reported no new positive test results of the 1,160 tests administered. 

The spring semester testing cycle concluded with 169 positive COVID-19 tests reported and a positivity rate of 0.21 percent, compared to the 60 cases and 0.12 percent positivity rate reported in the fall. Over the fall and spring semesters, 229 positive tests were reported, adding up to a 0.17 percent positivity rate. 

The college’s dashboard is typically 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 since been removed from the dashboard after testing began in August. Invalid results are typically a result of user error and require re-testing. 

Administrators said in August the decision to remove hospitalizations was part of an effort to increase transparency, as the college was concerned 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.