August 19 – New CDC COVID-19 Guidance and Impact on MBL Protocols

Dear Colleagues, Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated COVID-19 guidance, loosening many of its earlier recommendations in areas including quarantine and isolation, distancing, and asymptomatic screening testing. We realize that this strategic shift in the CDC’s pandemic management may prompt questions about possible changes to MBL protocols and requirements. A few key […]

May 11 – Updated Guidance: Masks Recommended Indoors

Dear Colleagues, Due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases on the MBL campus and Barnstable County’s COVID-19 Community Level increasing to “high” transmission within the last few days, the MBL is recommending that individuals wear a mask in indoor campus settings when others are present. The CDC mask guidance for counties in the high category is to wear […]

August 25 – COVID-19 Update + Fall Programming

Dear Colleagues – More than 10 months ago when we launched the planning process for 2021 programs, we knew there were a significant number of challenges to overcome.  With everyone’s continued vigilance and compliance with public health precautions, together, as a community, we worked through those challenges to successfully resume our visiting research and training […]

June 21: Changes to Social Distancing Requirements

Dear Colleagues – As communicated in the June 9 message to staff, the MBL is continuing its transition to pre-COVID operations in recognition of an encouraging decrease in COVID-19 rates in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, and nationwide as well as high numbers of fully vaccinated individuals on our campus. This message summarizes changes to public health […]

May 27: Changes to COVID-19 Protocols and Policies

Dear Colleagues, As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prepares to lift COVID-related restrictions effective May 29, we are continuing to evaluate and, in some cases, adjust MBL’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. Please note the following changes, effective May 29. It is important to remember that everyone on our campus—whether a member of our year-round staff or a visitor to […]