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COVID-19 Campus Dashboard

We are currently testing all MassArt community members who are in our testing program to ensure that the campus is as safe as possible. The information below pertains to COVID-19 testing, test results, and campus occupancy, along with comparative data for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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

In addition, when individuals provide documentation of a positive result from an off-campus location, we include those cases in our dashboard and respond with the same process as any identified case with contact tracing efforts and isolation or quarantine requirements. 

Our testing program began on August 17th, 2020 and we run testing Monday through Saturday with the exception of federal holidays. 

This dashboard reflects data through May 22, 2021.


COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring Metrics

Students and employees who are accessing campus regularly are tested every week or every other week, depending on time spent on-campus for classes, studio or study space. Students, faculty and staff who are 100% remote and are not coming to campus are not included. "Cumulative tests" refers to all tests administered at the MassArt campus testing site since testing began on August 17, 2020.

Individuals who have received a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 7 days. 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. 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 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 17, 2020.

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.


campus de-densification metrics

Percentage is calculated from the comparison of Spring 2021 (with 366 students now living on campus) and Spring 2020 pre-COVID (when 993 students were living on campus). A Fall 2020 planning goal was to reduce occupancy to 70%, and occupancy in the fall semester was 51%.

Percentage is calculated from the breakout of 624 total sections designated as remote or hybrid with 2 or more students enrolled for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses: 66% (412) are remote and 34% (212) are hybrid. In the fall semester during the pandemic, 76% of courses were offered remotely.


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 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. 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. 

  • Recovered: Someone who has tested COVID positive and has met all criteria to clear isolation and is no longer infectious. 


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.

0.0% MassArt 
0.77% Boston
0.93% Massachusetts

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.