Massachusetts reports 2,912 new coronavirus cases across two days


Photo: State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor

Massachusetts reported 2,912 new coronavirus cases Monday, a rise from the 2,263 new infections reported Saturday. Monday’s case totals include both Sunday and Monday’s reports; the state did not release yesterday’s numbers due to the Easter holiday. The death toll rose by 43. 

Monday’s total marks the fifth straight day cases have surpassed 2,000 and the eighth time in 10 days cases have cleared that benchmark. Cases had not topped 2,000 regularly since early February. 

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Monday the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education removed sat at 3.9, down from the 4.0 it sat at least week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 2.4 percent. 

The state reported 707 total hospitalizations Monday, up from the 675 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations have slowly begun rising over the past three weeks after declining substantially over the course of February and March following a spike amid the state’s wintertime surge. Last Thursday marked the first time hospitalizations reached 700 since March 4. 

On Monday, Massachusetts reported 37,376 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 3,941,555. About 22 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 15 new positive COVID-19 tests Saturday out of the 2,207 tests administered Thursday and Friday, bringing the spring semester’s total to 131, an increase of about 118 percent from the 60 positives reported in the fall semester. The 26 new positives reported last week marks the largest weekly total positives reported over the course of any week in the fall or spring semesters. No new testing numbers were reported Monday. 

Monday’s dashboard update also reported 18 community members in isolation on campus and 27 in quarantine on campus.

Those in quarantine may have been exposed to COVID-19 but aren’t experiencing symptoms. Those in isolation are symptomatic, have produced a positive test, or are “reasonably known to be infected,” according to the college. Off-campus students are not counted in the quarantine and isolation numbers. 

Emerson shifted from a manual data reporting process to an automatic one on Oct. 13. The decision followed a Beacon investigation that revealed a string of inaccuracies in the data reported by the college. 

The college’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 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.