Dear Colleagues,

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for an individual working on the MBL campus. The employee did not come into contact with any other staff. As such, there has been no close contact with others in the MBL community and contact tracing of other 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, 11 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. 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.

Please contact Human Resources at with questions and concerns. In addition, information on COVID-19 guidance and policies are available on the MBL Forward site. As a reminder, the COVID-19 Dashboard reflects all MBL cases and includes key data points for the Town of Falmouth and Barnstable County.


Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer