Boston College continues to report a low positivity rate this week as it surpasses the 100,000 COVID-19 test milestone.

During the 14th week of testing (November 16-22), University Health Services has reported seven positive cases (all undergrads) thus far out of 1,961 tests conducted for a weekly positivity rate of 0.35%. The Massachusetts weekly positivity rate stands at 3.1%.

Currently, there are 26 BC undergraduates in isolation—21 in University isolation housing and five recovering at home. A total of 256 undergraduates have recovered and returned to normal activities.

Since testing began on August 16, University Health Services has conducted 100,162 tests of BC community members with a total of 297 positive cases reported. Among undergrads, UHS has conducted 73,905 tests with 282 positives. The University’s cumulative positivity rate stands at 0.29%.

By comparison, Boston University has reported 368 total positive cases, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 318 cases, and Northeastern University 270. Providence College has reported 302 cases, and the University of Notre Dame 1,638.

Beginning Monday, November 16, the University will test all undergraduates in advance of Thanksgiving travel.

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 17, 2020