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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

The exterior of the COVID testing site.

Testing center to close at 4:30 p.m. starting Monday

By Bailey Allen, Deputy Enterprise Editor
April 6, 2022

Starting Monday, April 11, Emerson’s testing center at Tufts Medical Center will open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday instead of the previous 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to a Wednesday...

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

Emerson’s testing center to open on select Saturdays

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 11, 2022

Emerson’s Testing Center at Tufts Medical Center will remain open on select Saturdays through the month of January in light of the college extending its twice-a-week testing protocol, announced college...

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

Testing center closes early due to heating issues

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2022

Emerson’s COVID-19 testing site closed early today due to “heating issues” at Tufts Medical Center, according to a community-wide email sent by the college’s “COVID Lead” and Associate Vice...

Students entering the testing facility at 116 Harrison Ave.

Pooled testing model draws mixed reactions among students

By Hannah Nguyen, Deputy Express News Editor
November 11, 2021

A week after Emerson’s shift to a pooled testing model for all community members, students have expressed mixed reactions to the new model—questioning its safety and accuracy.   The decision to...

The police and fire department closed down Harrison Ave. yesterday.

Fire alarm briefly closes testing center again

By Camilo Fonseca and Frankie Rowley
November 3, 2021

Emerson’s testing center was forced to close for the second time in as many days due to a fire alarm at 116 Harrison Avenue on Wednesday morning. Boston firefighters arrived at the scene at 8:35 a.m....

Firefighters put away the water hose.

Tufts refrigerator fire closes testing center amid hazmat concerns

By Frankie Rowley, Gabriel Borges, and Henrique Rocha
November 2, 2021

Emerson’s testing center was abruptly shuttered Tuesday afternoon after a fire forced the evacuation of the surrounding Tufts Medical Center complex, fire officials said.  Firefighters were sent...

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

College shifts to pooled testing model

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
October 29, 2021

Emerson introduced a pooled testing model for all community members this week, a process administrators hope will streamline the college’s testing process.  “The College is utilizing this method...

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...

The entrance to a vaccination clinic in downtown Boston.

Vaccines now available for students at Tufts Medical Center

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 29, 2021

Students can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Tufts Medical Center, just over a month after the formal partnership with the hospital fell through, Emerson announced in an email Thursday morning.   This...

A clinician fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine from a vial.

State vaccine eligibility expands to cover all Emerson students

When the clock struck midnight on Monday, 1.7 million Massachusetts residents—including any Emerson students who didn’t yet qualify—became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, a signal of hope...

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

Students reevaluate vaccine plans following Tufts partnership dissolution

By Dana Gerber and Frankie Rowley
March 25, 2021

Students were forced to rethink how they would receive a COVID-19 vaccination after Emerson notified students last week that its previously announced vaccine partnership with Tufts Medical Center foundered...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,678 new coronavirus cases

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 21, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,678 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a slight decline from the 1,880 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 33.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson, Tufts Medical Center vaccine partnership falls through

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 18, 2021

In a reversal from previous rollout plans, Emerson will not be able to depend fully on Tufts Medical Center for distributing COVID-19 vaccines to students, staff, and faculty. Erik Muurisepp, assistant...

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

Massachusetts reports 1,413 new coronavirus cases

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 10, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,413 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significant rise from the 1,006 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 53.  Cases in the state have steadily declined...

As vaccine rollout trudges along, the Emerson community gets in line

As vaccine rollout trudges along, the Emerson community gets in line

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 11, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to plod along in the state and nation, some members of the Emerson community have gotten one or both of the doses of the two authorized U.S. vaccines, marking...

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

Emerson denies COVID-19 testing to off-campus students over winter break

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
January 13, 2021

Off-campus students staying in Boston over winter break have not accessed testing through Emerson since Nov. 26.  Those students will have to wait until Jan. 19 to get tested through the college again,...

Amanda Flower at work in the ECPD office in Nov. 2017

Campus police, health center staff will receive vaccine months ahead of students and faculty

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 11, 2021

Emerson College Police Department officers and Center for Health and Wellness staff will receive COVID-19 vaccines as part of Phase One of the Massachusetts Vaccination plan, with the rest of the Emerson...

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

Emerson announces new “testing cohorts” for on-campus students

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 4, 2021

Students will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week as part of new “testing cohorts,” the college announced in an email Monday evening.  The testing cohorts will allow students to...

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

Emerson exploring spring semester partnership with Tufts Medical Center

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
December 17, 2020

Emerson is exploring an arrangement with the Tufts Medical Center that would allow students to use Tufts clinical services, as the college’s own health center undergoes restructuring.  The partnership...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

Testing center transportation program lacks communication

By Gege Tan
December 9, 2020

Even though Emerson has offered a taxi voucher program for students who require transportation to the college’s COVID-19 testing center at Tufts Medical Center since September, the college has sent just...

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