Boston University publishes its COVID-19 testing data on a public-facing dashboard. Gloria Waters, BU vice president and associate provost for research, and Judy Platt, director of BU Student Health Services, provide a weekly update on the overall health of the BU community.
Between February 24 and March 2, 82 students and 10 faculty and staff members tested positive for coronavirus at Boston University. The Brink asked Gloria Waters and Judy Platt to provide an update on all things COVID-19 at BU: how the community is doing overall in terms of its health, what’s the latest news on vaccinations at BU, what are the latest stats revealed from BU’s new variant sequencing initiative, and more.
Gloria Waters has spearheaded teams of BU scientists in their development and deployment of a campus-wide COVID-19 testing program and mathematical modeling of community behavior. Judy Platt, chair of BU’s Medical Advisory Group, oversees clinical management and isolation of students and employees who test positive for coronavirus, and helps manage BU’s contact tracing efforts. They are co-chairs of BU’s Vaccine Preparedness Group, which is overseeing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines allocated to BU by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.