Northeastern exceeds 1 million COVID-19 tests


Marta Hill

As of April 28, there are 77 students in isolation, 35 in quarantine and the seven-day average positive rate is 0.16%, according to Northeastern’s testing dashboard.

Jessica Silverman, news staff

Northeastern’s Life Sciences Testing Center officially processed over 1 million COVID-19 nasal swab tests, according to an announcement Wednesday from [email protected]

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, the university established the testing center in an unprecedented eight-week timeframe. According to [email protected], since August 2020, the facility has averaged 35,000 tests a month, or about 5,000 tests a day. The center intended to process 100 samples a day, according to [email protected], but that number rose quickly as the semester continued, exceeding previous expectations of the number of tests it could process

As of April 28, 1,004,222 COVID-19 tests have been processed. Test results can be found on the university’s testing dashboard, with information on the number of positive and negative tests, along with the university’s seven-day average positivity rate. 

This time last month, COVID-19 cases spiked across the university, with a seven-day average positivity rate of 0.40%. Since then, the number of positive cases has fallen, following trends across the nation. As of the week of April 26, the university’s average positivity rate is 0.16%.

COVID-19 testing will continue throughout the summer. According to an April 23 email from Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Madeleine Estabrook, students staying on campus or in certain zip codes will be required to continue regular testing every three days. The Cabot Testing Center will remain open with adjusted hours of operation.  

To see The News’ reporting of COVID-19 testing data, see here.