In an effort to maximize the safety of our community and limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus, Stonehill modified our testing protocols for the start of the spring semester and increased the frequency of weekly surveillance testing. Alongside that increase in testing, we committed to reporting test data twice-per-week.

To support that change in reporting, the College worked to make our Test Results Dashboard more accessible to the community. Along with highlighting key data, we simplified our charts for each testing period to focus on the information students, parents, and employees ask about most: the number of positive and negative results.

We also included corresponding statewide data, gathered here, to offer context to the College's data.

In calculating the Positivity Rating, the College took the total number of tests performed and removed those tests that were not determined to be positive or negative. Certain tests are deemed invalid by the laboratory because they do not contain enough material to be tested. Others are designated as test not performed (TNP) as the test tube arrived in a damaged state at the lab. Both the invalid and TNP tests are removed from the count and the individuals who took those tests are required to work with Testing Center staff to retest that same week.

Within that count, the College determined the number of positive results (those samples testing positive for the presence of the virus). Using the Positive Results and the Counted Tests, the College determined the Positivity Rating for the period of time.

For the spring, the College's change to twice-per-week reporting included removing "secondary tests" (test samples collected from the same individual during the testing period). Because twice-per-week testing is currently the norm on campus and those tests cannot occur on concurrent days, "secondary tests" within our two testing periods (Mon.-Tue. & Wed.-Fri.), are rare.

Stonehill testing results are being defined as all tests performed on individuals who are part of the Stonehill campus community for the 2020-2021 academic year as either students, employees, affiliates or partners. Affiliates are other individuals who, while not employees, are regularly on campus while partners are those individuals regularly working on campus with one of our partner companies, such as assisting with dining services or the bookstore.

For the fall semester, between August 25, 2020 and November 24, 2020, the percentage of students, faculty, staff, partners, and affiliates who received a positive result from their test was 0.1%. View our fall 2020 Test Dashboard.

The College's spring onboard testing positivity rate was 1.74%. While this is an interesting number, it is important to remember that the on-boarding process is the result of the gathering of our community together. Therefore, the statistic should be viewed for what it is—the rate of positive cases from a specific group of people, tested over multiple weeks, who will spend a significant amount of time on the Stonehill campus this semester. It is the weekly surveillance testing that will provide a more accurate accounting of our community going forward.