MIT's Covid Pass Dashboard summarizes the results of MIT's surveillance testing strategy for individuals approved to live, study or work on campus. Covid Pass helps community members maintain their testing cadence of once or twice per week. More information on how to be tested for Covid-19 is available from MIT Medical. This dashboard is for informational purposes only and not meant to serve as public health guidance or to be used for formal research purposes.
Testing by Person Type
Weekly Summary for 02/14/2021 to 02/20/2021
Thanks to ongoing adherence to our safety protocols by our community, risk of transmission on the MIT campus remains low. This is due to the low number of close contacts for each case and the fact that few of the new cases appear to be related to each other, or to previous cases.
Overall, our percentage of positive cases this week is consistent with what is being seen across the Commonwealth. This past week’s positive cases represent 0.06% of all COVID-19 tests conducted at MIT between 02/14/2021 and 02/20/2021. For comparison, the current seven-day percentage average for positive tests is 1.89% in Massachusetts and the current 14-day average for positive tests is 0.53% in Cambridge.
Among this week’s 14 positive tests at MIT through Covid Pass and clinical testing, 0 are among members of our community who reside on campus. None of this week’s cases indicated suspected disease transmission in MIT campus buildings.
Based on this past week’s new cases, MIT Medical’s contact tracing has identified 12 close contacts within the MIT community. These close contacts have been contacted by MIT Medical, and advised to quarantine. Close contacts are defined as individuals who spent more than 15 minutes cumulatively within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, from two days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic people, two days prior to positive COVID-19 test.
History of individuals with positive test results
Community members in isolation or quarantine, on and off campus
MIT's strategy for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 includes more than 1,400 isolation spaces on campus, including more than 1,000 single-occupancy units allowing residents to isolate in their own units. Students, employees and affiliates living off campus generally isolate or quarantine in their own residence off-campus.
Dashboard data are presented based upon the date tests are administered. Test results are typically returned in one to two days. Recent counts may be incomplete, and will be updated, without advance notice, as they become available. Note: if yesterday has few or no tests, it is likely because testing was not available.
- Students, Employees, and Affiliates: Students encompass graduate and undergraduate students with access to campus. Employees include postdoctoral associates and other research staff, faculty and instructors, and service, support and administrative staff who support campus operations. Affiliates refers to contracted workers in dining, custodial, and security, and other staff authorized to access campus through Covid Pass as well as family members of those approved to live on campus.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
- As of January 25, 2021: After consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Broad Institute is making an adjustment to reporting positive results that optimally balances sensitivity and specificity of the V3 multiplex assay test. Prior to January 25, 2021, the practice was to report a positive result if either probe detects a COVID-19 signal, except for situations where we invalidate if only one probe detects very low viral load (CT >37). Going forward, the Broad will report a positive result only when both probes signal positive.