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Latest Updates

March 25: MBL’s Response to Updated Massachusetts Travel Guidance

Dear Colleagues, On March 22, 2021 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts downgraded their travel guidance to a travel advisory which states that “all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised but not required to quarantine for 10 days upon...

March 19: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Colleagues, A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for an individual working on the MBL campus. The individual is self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy laws,...

March 12: Announcing MBL Forward Website

Dear Colleagues - Planning for spring and summer programs continues in earnest. In consultation with the University of Chicago, our working group is putting plans, guidelines, policies, and processes in place so that we can welcome back nearly 50% of our...

February 4: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases

Dear Colleagues, Two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for individuals working on the MBL campus. The individuals are self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy...

January 11: 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....

January 8: 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,...

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,...

December 16: 2021 Planning Update

To: MBL Resident Faculty and Staff To: MBL Course Directors, Vendors, and Whitman Scientists From: Linda Hyman, Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education; David Mark Welch, Director of Research; Paul Speer, Chief Operating Officer Subject: 2021 Planning Update In...

December 14: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Colleagues,A positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed today, December 14, for an individual working on the MBL campus. The individual is self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health...

December 11: Updated Quarantine Guidance

Dear Colleagues – Effective December 7, 2020, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has aligned its quarantine recommendations with those of the CDC, shortening the timeline for how long a person who had been exposed to an individual positive with COVID-19 must stay in...

November 20: Update on Calendar Year 2021 Planning

Dear Colleagues, Last month we announced the formation of two working groups charged with assessing the capacity and space required to safely offer research and education activities at the MBL in the coming year. The Visitor Working Group was tasked with developing a...

November 18: Suspected COVID-19 Case at the MBL

Dear Colleagues – I write to inform you that an individual working on-campus has been tested for COVID-19 after feeling ill and is self-quarantining while awaiting results. Out of respect of the privacy of the individual, we are unable to disclose details, however all...