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BC Surpasses 1,000 Undergrad Cases of COVID-19

Boston College reported 33 undergraduate cases of COVID-19 out of 13,654 tests this past week, a positivity rate of .24 percent, according to the University’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Eighty-six undergraduate students were in isolation as of Friday, with 43 in isolation housing and 38 recovering at home.

This past week, the University also surpassed 1,000 undergraduate cases of COVID-19, with a total of 1,010 undergraduates having tested positive out of 224,183 tests this academic year, a positivity rate of .45 percent.

The positivity rate this week marks a significant drop from the previous week’s rate of .75 percent, with 72 undergraduate cases out of 9,641 tests.

In a March 23 University release, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Formation Tom Mogan reminded students to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Massachusetts, as the University has been unable to secure vaccine doses from the state. 

“Boston College has inquired about the acquisition of vaccines; however, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not appear to have any current plans to distribute vaccines to colleges,” Mogan wrote. 

Around 25 percent of Massachusetts’ population is fully vaccinated, and about 41 percent has received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as of Sunday, according the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Commonwealth is now ranked 10th in the country by percentage of vaccines administered.

Mogan reminded students in the release to continue following social distancing guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols.

“I thank you again for everything that you are doing to ensure that we maintain a safe and healthy learning environment on campus,” Mogan wrote. “We ask that you remain vigilant so that we can finish out the last few months of the semester on a strong note.”

Featured Image by Nicole Vagra / For the Heights

April 11, 2021