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We’re pleased to announce that MassArt’s COVID-19 Campus Dashboard is now live, displaying key metrics on the health and safety measures we’re taking to protect our college community. The MassArt metrics displayed in the dashboard, along with comparative metrics from Boston and Massachusetts, will be updated every Wednesday to reflect data from the previous week. 

Weekly Summary (Jan. 5 - Jan. 12)

Data

  • A total of 4 people received positive test results from campus testing. Contact tracing has been completed and these individuals are being supported through their isolation period 

  • One person has self-reported that they tested positive from off-campus testing and is being supported through their isolation period

  • A total of 3 people self-identified as close contacts from off-campus exposures and are now being supported through their quarantine period

  • Since we started testing in August, we have conducted a total of 13,075 COVID tests, and we have had 40 community members who have received positive test results

Memos

  • Despite our limited January testing hours, students who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID will be able access testing if they reach out to our team by emailing covid@massart.edu or call/texting 401.281.9332. Tests conducted on days other than when we provide regular testing will be included in the dashboard

  • A note about positivity rate: we are conducting fewer tests due to the limited number of people on campus which skews the positive test rate due the low number of overall tests

  • We will be waiting until after the add/drop to update the De-Densification metrics on the dashboard- this update will happen on February 10, 2021

Reach out by email or phone 401.281.9332 to our COVID Team if you learn you were in close contact with someone who now has COVID or are experiencing symptoms. 


COVID Data Definitions
  • Positive Case: A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 through a SARS-CoV-2 viral diagnostic test. 

  • Positive Test Rate (also called Positivity Rate): The percentage of positive test results out of the total of all tests administered. 

  • Isolation: For someone who has tested COVID positive, it is important for them to stay away from others to avoid transmission of the virus, even if they do not have symptoms. The isolation period is a required 10-day period from the positive test result or the onset of symptoms for someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is an important public health measure to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

  • Quarantine: For someone who has been exposed to an individual who has tested COVID positive, it is important for them to stay away from others to avoid potential transmission of the virus, even if they do not have symptoms. The quarantine period is a required 14-day period from the last exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is an important public health measure to decrease the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Recovered: Individuals who are in our testing program who have recovered after a positive test result for COVID-19 since testing began on August 17, 2020.

Other COVID dashboards from schools in the Colleges of the Fenway and Boston area:

(these are hyperlinked- click on the name to go to the external site)

Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Wentworth Institute of Technology 

Simmons University

Boston University 

Northeastern University

City and State COVID dashboards: 

The City of Boston

Massachusetts


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