Here’s How Many Harvard Affiliates Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Ryan N. Gajarawala

An outbreak of respiratory illness has been caused by the novel coronavirus, which was first detected in China and has now been detected in nearly 90 locations internationally.


As students, faculty, and staff trickle back to campus, Harvard has set up a testing apparatus aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus. Students living in campus housing have to get tested three times each week; most other affiliates have to get tested once a week.

Still, there are some factors Harvard can’t entirely account for, including the hundreds of students moving into off-campus housing in Cambridge and Boston over the next several weeks. At other colleges and universities across the country, off-campus housing has been the locus of several COVID-19 outbreaks, in some cases causing schools to shift their reopening plans entirely online. It remains unclear whether those students will cause a rise in Cambridge’s case count.

Below is a summary of the data Harvard and the city of Cambridge have reported about test results in the area.

Last updated on December 5, 2020 at 10:18 a.m.