Boston University's Covid-19 numbers have shown a slight rise in recent days, certainly nothing BC-ish or even comparable to the rate across Boston, but enough to get officials to remind students and employees to remain vigilant and practice steps to reduce their risks - like stop going to parties and gatherings.
Starting Thursday, students and staffers will be required to show "green daily attestation badges" on their phones that prove they've passed a daily self-diagnostic about possible Covid-19 symptoms if they want to enter campus dining halls, the student union or certain other public spaces on campus.
In e-mail to the campus community, the university provost's office writes:
Although the number of cases per day is still relatively low, our growing concern is also driven by the number of cases in Massachusetts and lower than targeted compliance with the mandatory requirement for testing and daily symptom attestation. An analysis of our cases shows a critically important driver for the increasing infection rate is the number of social gatherings (on and off campus), as well as personal travel and off-campus visits with family and friends where participants do not adhere to physical distancing and wearing face masks.
The BU Covid-19 dashboard shows 20 positive Covid-19 tests from Friday though Sunday. For the week ending Sunday, BU students, who are required to take frequent tests, still showed a positivity rate of just 0.13%, while staffers had a rate that week of 0.26% - and professors had no positive results.
That compares to the current positivity rate of 4.5% for the city of Boston and 1.2% for the entire state. The BU campus stretches from Fenway, where city figures show a positivity rate of 1% for the week ending Friday, to Allston/Brighton, which had a rate of 3.1%.