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COVID-19 Campus Dashboard

MassArt’s surveillance testing program for the current academic year began on August 16, 2021 and ended on March 20th, 2022. We are now testing MassArt community members according to this reduced testing schedule to ensure that the campus continues to be as safe as possible.

Our on-campus testing site administers polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or molecular tests run through the Broad Institute for MassArt community members in our testing program.

The information below pertains to COVID-19 testing, test results, and mode of instruction, along with comparative data for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please note that as an example of how the reduction in surveillance testing affects dashboard data moving forward: in the first 10 days of our reduced testing schedule, between March 20th and 30th, there was a 78% reduction in total tests administered at MassArt.

This impact is reflected on the dashboard, primarily in the Cumulative Tests Administered chart and Test Positivity Rate chart: MassArt's percentage will skew higher due to the lower number of tests administered.

This dashboard reflects data through May 24, 2022.


COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring Metrics

Students and employees are tested according to this testing schedule. "Cumulative tests" refers to all tests administered at the MassArt campus testing site since testing began on August 16, 2021.



Individuals who have received a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 7 days. In addition, when individuals provide documentation of a positive result from an off-campus location, we include those cases in our dashboard. These individuals are contacted immediately, are connected with a Contact Tracer for case management and care, and are restricted from accessing campus for the duration of their isolation period. Number of positive test results will not be reported until there are more than five, for privacy reasons.



A person who has tested positive, and is required to isolate to reduce transmission of the virus. These individuals are contacted immediately, are connected with a Contact Tracer for case management and care, and are required to stay in their place of residence for the duration of their isolation period. Number of individuals in isolation will not be reported until there are more than five, for privacy reasons.



A person who has been in close contact with someone who tested positive, and is required to quarantine to reduce transmission of the virus. Individuals who need to quarantine are contacted immediately, are connected with a Contact Tracer for case management and care, and are required to stay in their place of residence for the duration of their quarantine period. Number of individuals in quarantine will not be reported until there are more than five, for privacy reasons.



Individuals who are in our testing program who have received a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 viral diagnostic tests since testing began on August 16, 2021.



Individuals who are in our testing program who have cleared isolation and are no longer infectious after a positive test result for COVID-19 since testing began on August 16, 2021.


As of October 15th, we can report that the above percentage of students and employees are fully compliant with COVID-19 vaccination requirements, and we are working toward 100% vaccination compliance for all members of the MassArt campus community. Community members that come to campus are in vaccination compliance if they have either received full vaccination or been approved for a medical exemption or religious exemption.



The college offers a range of instruction modalities for sections this semester to support continuing education of students based on their vaccination status and comfort with in-person instruction.


GLOSSARY OF TERMS

  • 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 test results received. 

  • 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. 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. This is an important public health measure to decrease the spread of COVID-19. 


COMPARATIVE metrics: CITY & STATE 

For comparison of positive test rates from these wider communities of which MassArt is a part, we present the 14-day positivity rate of MassArt, Boston, and Massachusetts below.

MassArt, Boston, and Massachusetts have all recently moved to a significantly reduced volume of testing, with testing sites across the Commonwealth closing. Therefore, the reporting methodology and resulting comparative data below are not equivalent, and should be considered a general comparison, rather than a specific comparison.


Please visit Mass.gov for further information reference.


PRESS INQUIRIES

For press inquiries, please contact Ellen Carr, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, at ecarr@massart.edu.