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There are 23 comments on BU Launches COVID-19 Dashboard of Data

  1. Why are faculty and staff numbers only going to be reported in September? This is disappointing. We are now required to provide daily attestations and can book tests. It’s true not all faculty and staff are back on campus, but many are (or come in from time to time).

  2. I had downtime while working and tried to get tested last night but was turned away. I originally had an appointment for Wednesday but due to my position I am not guaranteed to be available. If the entire space was empty with no lines, there should be some flexibility from the staff there to accommodate this.

    1. By reading your message, I began to wonder… are you category 4? And if so (as I am) do you know something about BU testing being available Even though it is not required?
      I completely understand that the university needs to get everybody in categories 1-3 tested, and that is going to be a massive undertaking.
      But once things get into a routine, I was hoping there would be BU testing available for those of us who have had our jobs categorized as category 4.
      Though I haven’t been able to find any information about that- either way – anywhere.

  3. It would be a good metric to add how many students are on campus at a given time, not just a cumulative number of tests, given that that number will include the same person being tested multiple times. I think it would be important to know how many individuals make up the current 5000+ cumulative tests to know the real proportion of how many people have tested positive.

    1. I agree ! It would be very helpful to be able to see total number of people tested (cumulatively) vs. total number of people who have tested positive. As it stands, comparisons with local statistics are not meaningful, to the extent that frequency of testing of individuals in the samples is unlikely to be comparable.

  4. I’m sure there will be plenty of people complaining about small things (i.e. being turned away when they don’t have an appointment), so I wanted to voice that I’m impressed with the approach BU is taking so far. – CAS ’18

  5. BU’s commitment to testing all students (both those living on campus and those living off campus) twice a week for the duration of the semester is key.

  6. I agree with other comments stating that we should also be documenting the number of unique students being tested, and what those result ratios are, NOT just the total number of tests given.

    The current 13.6+ thousand total test results are not coming from 13.6 thousand unique individuals, and that makes a difference.
    Students moving in to campus are being tested multiple times right in a row, and will continue to be tested twice a week. Faculty & staff will be tested as much as once per week.

    While regular testing is great for staying on top of a person’s current positive/negative status, it is not going to accurately compare with the state and city numbers. How many people in the state/city numbers are being tested that regularly?

    1. Absolutely. Also to keep in mind when comparing BU with Massachusetts and local counties: they are not doing universal testing in those regions. A large percentage of those being tested have some reason for being tested — e.g., they have symptoms or known exposure to the virus. So one would expect higher rates of positive tests for those samples, in any case.

      1. Precisely. The comparison the state and area should be removed.
        While I know the people who put this together had the best intentions, and were likely following the requestS of others- who don’t necessarily study medical data reporting; it gives the appearance of being purposefully misleading.
        It is truly an unreasonable comparison; and that is obvious to most people who see this dashboard, not just those in the field of statistics.

  7. When off-campus students are testing positive, will BU inform the City/Town health departments of Boston and Brookline to enable them to do contact tracing? Will BU inform the building owners to enable them to protect elderly, disabled and immuno compromised tenants who share the building?

  8. The dashboard is supposed to be updated daily. Today is Aug 26 and the latest data is from Aug 24. Judging by earlier comments the delay happened in the past. How up to date should we expect the data to be?

  9. Hi! I’m a resident in Allston, and there have been presumably BU students throwing huge raging parties, definitely putting our community at risk for COVID-19 and also keeping everyone up at night. Is there someone I can report these students to?

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