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.
Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center hosted “Leading During COVID: Lessons Learned and the Path Ahead” on Feb. 25, a Zoom panel about the effects of COVID-19 on Catholic leadership.
The Boston College Microbiological Laboratory (BCML) processes the BC community’s COVID-19 tests. First certified in September, the lab now has the capacity to process 1,000 to 1,500 test samples daily, according to Welkin Johnson, chair of the biology department and head of the Johnson Lab.
Welkin Johnson, chair of the biology department and head of the Johnson Lab, said that while the University is currently not planning to enter into a lockdown, the administration monitors case numbers daily, as well as consults with leadership of other universities in the area, to ensure it is prepared to shut down if it becomes necessary or is mandated by the state.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has urged the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to strengthen its oversight of Boston College in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases on campus.
It was a chilly Wednesday morning in February and I was walking up from the Beacon Street Garage as I have done for the past 20 years. It was after 8:30 a.m. and there were a bunch of students walking to their 9 a.m. classes. Most people had hats, masks, and kept their heads down,…
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.
“I was very anxious, excited with anticipation, and I think most of the people I worked with had the same feeling,” Nanci Ginty Butler said. “When it happened it was very emotional, like just a wave of hopeful relief.”