University Health Services reported a steady decrease in positive COVID-19 cases since Wednesday of last week, following a spike in cases during the first weeks of the spring semester.

During the week of February 15-21, UHS reported 85 positive cases of COVID-19, including 77 undergraduates, out of 13,236 tests conducted. The University’s weekly community positivity rate stands at 0.6%. The state’s weekly community positivity rate is 2.0%.

Currently, there are 85 BC undergraduates in isolation—57 in University isolation housing and 28 recovering at home. A total of 640 undergraduates have recovered and returned to normal activities.

Since testing began on August 16, University Health Services has conducted a total of 204,041 tests of BC community members with 862 positive cases reported. Among the total were 149,326 undergraduate tests with 725 positives. The University’s cumulative positivity rate is 0.4%.

By comparison, Boston University has reported 1,447 positive cases, including 1,008 students; Northeastern University has had 1,283 cases, including 1,042 students; University of Massachusetts-Amherst has had 1,776 positives, including 1,645 students. 

University Communications | February 22, 2021