Boston College has reported its highest number of undergraduate cases of COVID-19 in a single week with 75 positive cases out of 9,628 tests, a positivity rate of .78 percent, according to the University’s COVID-19 dashboard as of Sunday.
Today’s update surpasses the previous high of 88 undergraduate students in isolation, a record set last Friday.
Executive Vice President and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Lochhead sent an email to students on Tuesday attributing the recent rise in COVID-19 cases at Boston College to “students letting their guard down.” If the trend continues, BC may implement further restrictions, including possibly sending students home early for the semester, the email said.
As community members trickle back onto campus for the spring semester, Boston College has resumed its COVID-19 testing, reporting 53 new undergraduate cases of COVID-19 out of 9,983 undergraduate tests performed since Jan. 19, according to its COVID-19 dashboard, a positivity rate of .53 percent. There are currently 56 undergraduate students in isolation as of…
Fifty-four undergraduates were in isolation as of Friday, with 36 in isolation housing and 18 isolating at home.
As of Thursday, BC’s undergraduate positivity rate rose to .52 percent following the holiday weekend. BC is testing all undergrads this week.
Columnist Grace Christenson asks a question that high school seniors across the country are asking themselves right now: Is Boston College a good school? Well, that depends on what you mean by good. But if we’re using the University’s coronavirus response as a measuring stick, the answer is no.
Columnist Doug Girardot writes that in their reopening rhetoric, BC officials did everything in their effort to downplay the realities of college life in a pandemic. The flurry of summer emails students received in their inboxes and the maroon and gold technocratic signage littered throughout campus have suggested a conditional promise of normalcy: If you do all these things, then we can have school just like usual. But this is a dangerously fantastical apodosis.