Massachusetts reports 48 new coronavirus cases


State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large

Massachusetts reported 48 new coronavirus cases Monday, a rise from the 41 cases reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 5.

Cases have fallen below 100 for the past eight 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 Monday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sat at 0.4 percent; last week, the rate was 0.8 percent. The rate that includes higher education sits at 0.3 percent.

The state reported 100 hospitalizations Monday, down from the 181 reported this time last week. 

On Monday, Massachusetts reported 10,131 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 8,459,574. 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. 

Emerson reported no new COVID-19 testing data Monday.  

Since summer testing began on May 3, Emerson has reported one positive test out of the 2,129 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.