Massachusetts reports 33 new coronavirus cases; reaches vaccination goal

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Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor

On Tuesday, Massachusetts reported 12,888 new vaccinations—bringing the state to its goal of fully vaccinating 4.1 million Massachusetts residents. Gov. Charlie Baker first set the goal in December. 

The new vaccinations also mean more than 60 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. 

Massachusetts reported 33 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 48 cases reported Monday. The death toll rose by 1.

Cases have fallen below 100 for the past nine days, and have not topped the 200 mark since June 13— marks the state had never hit during the course of the pandemic. Even at their lowest point last summer, cases were still reaching over 100 each day. 

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 0.4 percent—the lowest rate reported since the state began tracking the metric. Last week, the rate was 0.6 percent. The rate that includes higher education sits at 0.3 percent. 

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The state reported 103 hospitalizations Tuesday, down from the 124 reported this time last week. 

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out of the 46 tests administered on Monday. Zero community members were reported to be in on-campus isolation or quarantine. 

Since summer testing began on May 3, Emerson has reported one positive test out of the 2,230 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.