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Boston College Covid-19 numbers still going up

Boston College reported today that 67 undergraduates have tested positive for Covid-19 this week, up from 46 on Thursday.

With 2,647 students tested, that's a positivity rate of 2.5% - down from the 3.7% reported Thursday, but still higher than the the statewide rate of 0.8.

BC reported a total of 82 students currently in isolation - 40 in college-run rooms and 42 at home.



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It’s going viral


Numbers going up any where else in the Hub?

But not as rapidly as they are at BC.

So .. the only conclusion to be drawn is it makes no difference where you live, you have the same odds of getting COVID, so we should open everything up.

Am I missing something?

Yes, you are.


Notre Dame has everyone spaced out in the stadium with masks on. Kansas State has everyone packed into the lower level and the upper level is empty.

Everyone is basically doing their own thing now, and I don't think we have any idea what the hell is going to happen because of it....


Your frontal lobe.


Where these students came from all over the place - most states and many countries - with whatever diseases they caught at home, to share them with their new classmates.

The reason there's an outbreak at BC isn't because a bunch of kids with no COVID came here and then caught it. It's because some of those kids brought it with them and it wasn't caught.


If you live in say, South Korea or China or New Zealand, where people listen to authorities who are working with public health scientists, you're probably fine.

If you live in the US where there are tons of people that are pretty sure that they know better than epidemiologists and public health officials, then you are probably way more at risk of getting Covid. What is interesting is that the anti-science folks range from Maine pastors to the president to feckless yuppies - we have a broad coalition of no-nothings who literally can't be bothered to even do the bare minimum to reduce harm to the part of the population at severe risk.


Not sure I understand your post.

One thing it made me think about is, yes, there are outbreaks all over the place - we can all assume is because precautions weren't taken - but the majority of cases in Massachusetts and elsewhere have been spread out across communities (East Boston; Chelsea; New Bedford; Lawrence; etc.) and more than 60% of deaths have been in nursing homes but otherwise spread out across the state.

The outrage over a wedding is so out of proportion to the (lack of) outrage over a community acting irresponsibly, or an industry failing to protect the most vulnerable.

The outrage over a wedding is so out of proportion to the (lack of) outrage over a community acting irresponsibly, or an industry failing to protect the most vulnerable.

Intelligent adults can do two things at once -- or, y'know, can take a dim view of both of these things, whether you see it and recognize it as "outrage" or not. Honestly, you're using a bizarre metric here.

I don’t even know what the official evidence-based recommendations are at this point.

So I’m still being just as cautious as I was a few months ago.

Unlike BU and BC, they aren't testing students frequently. Instead they're doing a weekly random sample of a fraction of the students. We can be sure that there are many kids with Covid who haven't been tested and are wandering around campus spreading it. They didn't even test the entire diving/swim teams, nor the lifeguards and other employees who work at the pool when the team is there - one lifeguard told the Globe how she learned about the team infections from the news and had trouble getting BC to test her.


Every student coming to campus was tested. Every student from out of state was tested twice. They are using data of positive cases from testing done through the broad institute. Maybe their tests are overly sensitive and more false positives. How many of these positive cases are symptomatic?


How many of these positive cases are symptomatic?

does not matter, because a person who's asymptomatic (inotherwords, not showing any symptoms of Covid-19) can still spread the virus and infect tons of other people. Moreover, Covid-19 is a hell of a lot deadlier and more contagious than the seasonal Flu(s) that hit us every fall and winter.

What is New York City's daily death rate from all causes?

Is it 5? 5 deaths a day?

Looks like somewhere in the single digits daily.


The question was about deaths from all causes. This article says the average pre-COVID death rate was 145/day, and that the virus killed over 200 a day the week before, but that was in April.