University Health Services reported a total of 42 positive cases during the week of November 23-29 (including 40 undergrads) out of 6,829 tests conducted, reflecting increased positive test results nationwide. The University’s weekly community positivity rate stands at 0.61%. The state’s weekly community positivity rate is 3.8%.

Currently, there are 48 BC undergraduates in isolation—31 in University isolation housing and 17 recovering at home. A total of 331 undergraduates have recovered and returned to normal activities.

Since testing began on August 16, University Health Services has conducted 116, 255 tests of BC community members with a total of 399 positive cases reported. Among undergrads, UHS has conducted 86,081 tests with 379 positives. The University’s cumulative positivity rate is 0.34%.

By comparison, Boston University has reported 451 positive cases, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 420, Northeastern University 379, Providence College 386, and the University of Notre Dame 1,770.

According to the Thanksgiving Travel Survey issued to BC students, approximately half of the BC undergraduate population chose to return to their home state for Thanksgiving and complete their remaining classes and final exams remotely, while half chose to remain in state and complete the remainder of the semester on campus.  

All campus residence halls will close for the semester on the last day of exams, scheduled for December 21, and will reopen at the start of the second semester on January 28. All students, faculty, and staff who plan to be on campus during the spring semester must be tested before classes resume.

University Communications | November 30, 2020