December 6 – COVID-19 Update

Dear Colleagues, I write today with an update on COVID-19 issues as they may relate to MBL operations. As you may know, Barnstable County is experiencing a significant increase in cases driven by the Delta variant. Along with the high case count and higher positive test rates, the County is also seeing increases in hospitalizations. […]

November 19: Important Information About Vaccine Requirements for MBL Employees

Dear Colleagues –To date, the MBL has successfully run our research and training programs without an on-campus transmission of COVID-19 and that is thanks to the efforts of all of you, our dedicated staff. We have implemented policies and procedures as needed to ensure that we keep our employees and the MBL community as safe […]

October 19: COVID-19 Update on Wearing Masks Indoors + Public Access to Events

Dear Colleagues, I write today with an update on two items: masking indoors and public access to MBL events. Masking The MBL continues to follow CDC guidance around masking indoors. By way of reminder, this guidance states that even fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask indoors in public areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 […]

September 17 – Information on Mandatory and Voluntary Testing for Staff

Dear Colleagues, The Mandatory Asymptomatic Testing Program which is required for unvaccinated employees begins next Wednesday, September 22.  In addition, the MBL is also making weekly asymptomatic testing available to fully vaccinated individuals as part of a Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing Program. Details on each program are below. Mandatory Asymptomatic Testing Program For unvaccinated employees and students Individual must be asymptomatic Testing occurs […]

September 13 – Access for Children in MBL Buildings + Extending Dependent Care Grants

Dear Colleagues, As the new school year kicks off and in-person classrooms come back to life, it is not without the continued anxieties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Knowing that the difficulties that many caregivers faced last year may still persist, the MBL is extending the Dependent Care Support Grants Program. These confidential, tax-free grants are designed […]

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 […]