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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reports 11 positive COVID-19 tests, lowest single-day total this semester

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 25, 2022

Emerson reported 11 positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out to the 1,841 administered on Monday. Tuesday’s dashboard update also reported that eight community members were in on-campus isolation. Zero...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 1,126 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 17, 2021

Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16, Massachusetts reported an average of 1,126 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 48. Cases reached an individual day high of 1,368...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Students required to undergo two COVID-19 tests upon move-in

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 10, 2021

Emerson will require two baseline COVID-19 tests for arriving students moving into on-campus housing in the fall semester, according to college officials.   The Aug. 4 announcement provides more details...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. speaking at a COVID-19 update inside the Massachusetts State House.

Massachusetts reports daily average of 447 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
July 27, 2021

Between July 20 and July 26, Massachusetts reported an average of 447 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 26. Cases reached an individual day high of 586 on...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 242 coronavirus cases in last eight days

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
July 19, 2021

Between July 12 and July 19, Massachusetts reported an average of 242 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same eight-day period, the death toll rose by 13. Cases reached an individual day high of 236 on...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

Emerson reports no new positive COVID-19 tests

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
May 31, 2021

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests on Monday out of the 72 tests administered on Friday.   Zero community members were reported to be in on-campus isolation and quarantine.   Since...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson to institute new COVID-19 protocol June 1

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
May 29, 2021

Emerson will lift a number of its COVID-19 restrictions on the Boston Campus Tuesday, including “erasing” distancing requirements in on-campus spaces, providing the first hint at post-pandemic college...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 337 new coronavirus cases, large laboratory reporting lag

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 14, 2021

Massachusetts reported 337 new coronavirus cases Friday, down by nearly half from the 616 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 18.  The Department of Public Health cited a "reporting...

An in-person class taking place at Emerson.

Emerson changes course, pivots to fully in-person fall semester

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 21, 2021

In a shift from previous plans, Emerson will transition to a fully in-person academic semester on all campuses this fall for students, who will now be mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the boldest...

A group of students walk down Boylston Street wearing masks.

As soft quarantine nears its end, students express frustration on heightened restrictions

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 14, 2021

Four Emerson students said they felt stifled by the “soft quarantine” instated last week due to a surge in positive COVID-19 tests since March 31.  The soft quarantine allowed students to leave...

Students waiting in front of the Lions Den.

Variant could be driving increased virus spread, administrator says

By Charlie McKenna and Dana Gerber
April 13, 2021

Emerson administrators believe the surge in positive COVID-19 tests on campus—52 reported since March 31—may be the result of a variant of the virus spreading amongst the community.  In a Tuesday...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Emerson reports 5 new positive COVID-19 tests, bringing spring semester total to 156

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
April 12, 2021

Emerson reported 5 new positive COVID-19 tests Monday out of the 912 tests administered Friday, bringing the total number of positives over the spring semester to 156 following a two-week unprecedented...

The exterior of the Kasteel Well castle

Kasteel Well students reflect on departing the castle

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
March 29, 2021

On March 2, 2020, the 76 students studying at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus gathered in a cramped dining hall awaiting an update on spring break, expecting news regarding where and when they could travel. Instead,...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 1,817 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 28, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,817 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a rise from the 2,362 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 29.  Saturday’s case total marked the third time this week...

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
March 28, 2021

Room capacity limits in some indoor spaces on Emerson’s campus were increased last week, a result of low positive COVID-19 tests and a declining positivity rate across the campus, administrators announced...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,880 new coronavirus cases

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
March 20, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,880 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 1,887 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 29.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 1,887 new coronavirus cases

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
March 19, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,887 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight increase from the 1,857 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 43.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

Emerson tops 100 positive COVID-19 tests for spring semester

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 18, 2021

Emerson reported two new positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday out of the 1,053 tests administered Wednesday, bringing the college’s cumulative positive tests at 161. Emerson’s cumulative testing total...

First year students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents about the colleges decision to shut the Boston campus down.

Emerson students reflect on the moment they knew life would change

By Charlie McKenna
March 17, 2021

Six Emerson students, now a year into a first-in-a-century pandemic, recalled the moments when they realized life was not going to return to “normal” anytime soon.  For some, that moment came quickly—when...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

Emerson reports 2 new positive COVID-19 tests, semester total nearing 100

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 16, 2021

Emerson reported two new positive COVID-19 tests on Monday out of the 1,261 tests administered Monday, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests at 158. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits...

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