COVID-19 week in review: The number of cases is falling after the Valentine’s Day increase
COVID-19 week in review: The number of cases is falling after the Valentine’s Day increase

COVID-19 week in review: The number of cases is falling after the Valentine’s Day increase

COVID-19 case numbers have shown noticeable signs of improvement after peaking after Valentine’s Day. The university reported 21 new cases on Thursday and 171 the week before, which is much lower than the record-breaking increase set in just the last two weeks; a single day high of 67 new cases was reported on February 15, and the weekly record was broken when 321 cases were reported in the week before February 18.

The average number of positive COVID-19 cases has dropped by 24% over the past week with an average of about 19 students testing positive the day of the week before Thursday at the Medford / Somerville campus.

While cases continue to decline in Massachusetts, Medford saw an increase in COVID-19 numbers on February 19, with an increase of about 35% in the average number of weekly positive cases in the city. Somerville also saw a small increase in the average number of positive cases from February 14 to February 19.

A total of 66 people were in isolation Thursday, with some students completing their isolation at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Arlington. With 134 rooms in the modular buildings and a number of rooms under maintenance, The Mods was at about 80-90% capacity the week after Valentine’s Day, prompting the university to send students to off-campus hotels for isolation. In addition to Homewood Suites, Tufts told the Daily that they also have a contract with the AC Hotel in Cambridge and will consider whether to renew leases with both hotels depending on the operational capacity of The Mods in the future.

Amid the pandemic’s overwhelming impact on mental health on university campuses, Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services continue to meet students’ needs with existing clinicians and the addition of two external counselors Mantra health. CMHS has seen an increase in the demand for services in the last few years, which can be attributed to the long-term effects of the pandemic and the destigmatization of mental health care.

COVID-19 case numbers have shown noticeable signs of improvement after peaking after Valentine’s Day. The university reported 21 new cases on Thursday and 171 the week before, which is much lower than the record-breaking increase set in just the last two weeks; a single day high of 67 new cases was reported on February 15, and the weekly record was broken when 321 cases were reported in the week before February 18.

The average number of positive COVID-19 cases has dropped by 24% over the past week with an average of about 19 students testing positive the day of the week before Thursday at the Medford / Somerville campus.

While cases continue to decline in Massachusetts, Medford saw an increase in COVID-19 numbers on February 19, with an increase of about 35% in the average number of weekly positive cases in the city. Somerville also saw a small increase in the average number of positive cases from February 14 to February 19.

A total of 66 people were in isolation Thursday, with some students completing their isolation at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Arlington. With 134 rooms in the modular buildings and a number of rooms under maintenance, The Mods was at about 80-90% capacity the week after Valentine’s Day, prompting the university to send students to off-campus hotels for isolation. In addition to Homewood Suites, Tufts told the Daily that they also have a contract with the AC Hotel in Cambridge and will consider whether to renew leases with both hotels depending on the operational capacity of The Mods in the future.

Amid the pandemic’s overwhelming impact on mental health on university campuses, Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services continue to meet students’ needs with existing clinicians and the addition of two external counselors Mantra health. CMHS has seen an increase in the demand for services in the last few years, which can be attributed to the long-term effects of the pandemic and the destigmatization of mental health care.


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