Thanks to ongoing adherence to our safety protocols by our community, risk of transmission on the MIT campus remains low. This past week’s positive cases represent 0.33% of all COVID-19 tests conducted at MIT between 03/20/2021 and 03/27/2021. For comparison, the current seven-day percentage average for positive tests is 2.37% in Massachusetts and the current 14-day average for positive tests is 0.43% in Cambridge.
Among this week’s 76 positive tests at MIT through Covid Pass and clinical testing, 15 are among members of our community who reside on campus, 2 are undergraduates, and 55 are graduate students. 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 64 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.