The Marine Biological Laboratory is committed to prioritizing the health of the MBL and local communities while sustaining our distinctive approach to education, research, and collaboration. 

Per the CDC, if an individual becomes ill with a respiratory virus, the updated guidance recommends that they stay home and away from others. The recommendations suggest returning to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, symptoms are improving overall, and if a fever was present, it has been gone without use of a fever-reducing medication. Once a person resumes normal activities, they are encouraged to wear a well-fitting mask for the next five days to curb disease spread.

When you are sick:

Learn more about what to do when you are sick

Please refrain from coming to the MBL campus should you feel unwell and be experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, which may include, but are not limited to fever, cough, abnormal congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue or chills, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

If experiencing any of the above symptoms, then:

All medical and mental health services listed below are located within 4 to 6 miles of the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Medical Services

Falmouth Hospital
100 Ter Heun Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
24 Hour Emergency Care

Convenient MD Urgent Care
40 Davis Straits
Falmouth, MA 02543
Open 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days per week

Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent Care
273 Teaticket Hwy, Route 28
Falmouth, MA 02540
M – F, 9 am to 7 pm
Weekends, 8 am to 4 pm

Mental Health Services

For any student wellness issues, students should contact the MBL’s Manager of Student Affairs, Jean Enright, at or 508-289-7674.

The MBL community has access to an on-call mental health provider from Beacon of Hope Counseling.

Beacon of Hope Counseling
Helen Malinowski, MSW, LICSW

354 Gifford Street, Suite 4
Falmouth, MA 02540