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    Kat J McAlpine

    Kat J. McAlpine is editor of The Brink, Boston University’s news site for scientific breakthroughs and pioneering research. Kat has been telling science stories for over a decade, and prior to joining BU’s editorial staff, publicized research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Boston University Weekly COVID-19 Report: September 16 to 22

  1. The COVID dashboard looks like Trump’s graphs. We don’t need ANY denominator to water down the number of positive cases – that INTEGER number should be what is boldly displayed, because that’s the only thing that matters. All it takes is ONE positive case in the wrong place and we have an outbreak.

    Also, if graduate students and faculty are a large portion of the positive cases, why are we forcing them to travel to campus to teach undergrads?

    It really makes zero sense, and is a disaster waiting to happen. BU, enough with your shameless money-grab. We see right through your immoral lack of concern for human welfare.

  2. I have been informed by several faculty members, some involved in conducting the actual tests, that there are two dashboards. There is the public one which does not include all the data and is posted on the website and there is the “real dashboard”, which includes all data that is not publicly disclosed.

    How is this possible and why has the council of BU administrators in charge of these decisions chosen to be so untrustworthy?

    1. From Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research: There is a group of senior leaders charged with evaluating the capacity and efficiency of our COVID operations and the health of our community on a daily basis. As with other areas of the University, we look at a wide range of data to make these assessments. The most relevant and important information is being shared with the community in a variety of ways—through the public dashboard, weekly articles in BU Today that provide context for the numbers, as well as data on compliance. In addition, the President and Provost are sharing this information with the faculty through University Council, Faculty Council and other venues.

  3. Has the Community Health Oversight Group examined testing results by the testing categories that were established by the University (1.0, 1.1, 2, 3, 4) ? This information would target efforts to change our approach in response to an increase in positive test rates.

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