Two students test positive for COVID-19 as Massachusetts cases surge


Andrew Brinker

A view of Emerson’s campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

By Dana Gerber and Belen Dumont

Two Emerson students have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently recovering in isolation at home, according to a campus-wide email sent Tuesday afternoon. 

One of the individuals was last on the Boston campus March 16, while the other student did not return to the main campus after leaving their study abroad program operated by another university. The email did not specify where the second student had been studying. 

“We understand that this information may be difficult to receive and also realize that additional notifications may be forthcoming as testing and community transmission increases,” President M. Lee Pelton wrote in the email. 

The college has no plans to release the names of the infected students in an effort to protect their privacy, but plans to maintain contact with them throughout the recovery process, Pelton wrote. 

The Health and Wellness Center has already reached out to individuals that have had close contact with these students, and they have not reported symptoms at this time, according to the email. 

Any students with health-related concerns can contact the Center for Health and Wellness or Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, which are still operational. The college will also continue to monitor referrals shared through the Share a Concern form. 

“I ask that you continue to keep all those who have been impacted by COVID-19 in your thoughts,” Pelton wrote.