Massachusetts surpasses 1 million total COVID-19 cases


Hongyu Liu

Emerson’s testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large

Massachusetts surpassed one million total COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, reporting 9,228 new cases amid an unprecedented statewide surge largely fueled by the Omicron variant.  

The state’s cumulative total now sits at 1,002,226 as single-day totals continue to set records. Last week, Massachusetts set a record for the highest number of cases reported in a single day twice.

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. The seven-day test positivity rate with higher education removed sat at 9.51 percent Tuesday, up from the 7.64 percent reported this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 11.08 percent.

The state reported 1,707 total hospitalizations on Tuesday, up from 1,612 this time last week.

On Tuesday, Emerson reported five new positive COVID-19 tests of the 94 tests performed on Monday—bringing the college’s semester total to 221. Over the course of the last two-plus weeks, Emerson has reported more than 100 positive COVID-19 tests, prompting officials to implement a slew of new restrictions for the spring semester. 

Nine students were reported to be in on-campus isolation as of Tuesday.