A number of local colleges and universities are posting daily or weekly Covid-19 testing results; to date, the numbers show much lower infection rates among students who have come to Boston even if that means taking classes in their dorm rooms and prohibitions against parties.
Boston University, for example, reported 8 positive Covid-19 tests out of 3,930 given to students and staff on Wednesday - an infection rate of 0.2%, compared to a statewide average of around 1%. Since July 1, the school has reported a total of 55 positive tests - a rate of 0.13%. It currently has some 24 students in isolation dorm rooms.
Northeastern, meanwhile, reported 5 positive results out of 5,406 tests given Wednesday - a rate of 0.09%. Northeastern reports only 20 positive results out of 36,240 tests given since it began screening earlier this summer.
Harvard reports one graduate student tested positive yesterday, out of 1,665 total students and staffers tested. Since June 1, Harvard reports 28 positive tests out of 28,114 tests given - 3 undergraduates, 11 grad students and 14 professors or other staff.
MIT reported 3 positive results out of 2,836 tests given yesterday - a rate of 0.11%.
There are no standards for how colleges have to report cases. Tufts, for example, does not break down results by date - but shows 10 positive results out of 15,509 tests given across its Medford, Chinatown, Grafton and Museum of Fine Arts campuses. It does not say when its testing began.
Boston College reports 18 positive results out of 3,510 tests given since Aug. 31, and that it currently has 24 student in isolation - 10 in college quarantine housing and 14 at home.
Several other schools that are posting numbers, including Babson, Emerson, Wellesley and Wentworth also reported low positivity rates.