The MBL continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students.Please see the “Updates” menu above for an archive of status updates. If you have questions, please email us at coronavirusinfo@mbl.edu.

The MBL is committed to resuming as many research and education activities as possible while following all public health guidelines that have been established to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have launched a significant planning process for calendar year 2021 and assembled two working groups to assess and analyze capacity and space required for safely expanding on-campus activities in 2021:

  • Visitor Working Group – will assess and develop a comprehensive list of the various visitor constituencies coming to campus and space utilization for each group
  • Space Capacity & Expansion Working Group – will analyze space capacities (e.g. housing, dining, lab, lecture/meeting, childcare, etc.) and explore expanded on-campus space options to meet visitor demand

All planning will adhere to public health guidelines and testing capacities and will rely on support from the University of Chicago.


Latest Updates:

January 11, 2021: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Colleagues,

We have received confirmation that an MBL employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual works remotely. As such, there has been no close contact with others in the MBL community and contact tracing of other MBL employees is not necessary.

The individual is self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy laws, no further information about the individual is available. To date, six members of the MBL community have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

We urge all faculty and staff to remain vigilant about social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing proper hygiene. As cases rise in the community, we want to stress in particular the importance of keeping a social distance of 6 feet or greater. By following this guideline the requirement for any individual to be quarantined due to potential exposure will be minimized.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and get a COVID-19 test. Testing can be done either through your primary healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources at hr@mbl.edu. In addition, information on COVID-19 guidance and policies are available on the COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources section of the intranet.

Sincerely,

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer

January 8, 2021: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Colleagues,

We have received confirmation that an MBL employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been on the campus for several weeks. Since this employee was not on campus two days before illness onset and/or positive specimen collection, there was no close contact with others in the community. As such, contact tracing of other MBL employees is not necessary.

The individual is self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy laws, no further information about the individual is available. To date, five members of the MBL community have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

We urge all faculty and staff to remain vigilant about social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing proper hygiene. As cases rise in the community, we want to stress in particular the importance of keeping a social distance of 6 feet or greater. By following this guideline the requirement for any individual to be quarantined due to potential exposure will be minimized.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and get a COVID-19 test. Testing can be done either through your primary healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources at hr@mbl.edu. In addition, information on COVID-19 guidance and policies are available on the COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources section of the intranet.

Sincerely,

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer

December 22: Notification of Two Positive COVID-19 Cases

Dear Colleagues,

Two positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today, December 22, for individuals who are MBL employees. One individual has not been on campus since March.  The other individual does work on campus but was not in contact with any other staff. As such, contact tracing of MBL employees is not necessary.

Both individuals are self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy laws, no further information about the individuals is available. To date, four positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the MBL campus since the start of the pandemic.

We urge all faculty and staff to remain vigilant about social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing proper hygiene. As cases rise in the community, we want to stress in particular the importance of keeping a social distance of 6 feet or greater. By following this guideline, the requirement for any individual to be quarantined due to potential exposure will be minimized.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and get a COVID-19 test. Testing can be done either through your primary healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources at hr@mbl.edu. In addition, information on COVID-19 guidance and policies are available at mbl.edu/coronavirus-updates.

Sincerely,

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer