HCN News & Notes

College, University Testing Data Added to Weekly COVID-19 Public-health Report

BOSTON — The Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center announced that higher-education data from COVID-19 testing will be reported on a weekly basis on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. The report includes aggregate data from 59 colleges and universities doing testing on campus.

The COVID-19 public-health report published each Wednesday will include a report on the number of tests performed, positive cases, percent positivity, and percent of new cases identified through testing by public and private colleges and universities. As additional colleges and universities launch COVID-19 testing initiatives, results from those tests will be added to this report.

Starting in mid-August, higher-education institutions across the state implemented regular testing programs for their students, faculty, and staff, the results of which have been included in the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard. The Department of Public Health will continue to report these results in the Daily Dashboard, in addition to providing specific information on college and university testing in the weekly public-health report.

Massachusetts continues to be a national leader in ensuring access to COVID-19 testing, with a network of more than 250 sites across the state. The Commonwealth has also increased access to testing with its Stop the Spread initiative, which provides free asymptomatic testing in targeted communities. Throughout the summer, the Commonwealth has significantly increased testing volume, with over 3 million tests completed. Learn more about testing at www.mass.gov/gettested.