February 7 – Mask Update

Dear Colleagues – Given the declining COVID-19 case rate in Barnstable County, effective today a speaker may pull down their mask temporarily while actively speaking or presenting in order to be heard or understood, and should return their mask to its position over their nose and mouth when not actively speaking. All other mask-use requirements […]

January 10 – COVID-19 Booster Requirement

Dear Colleagues – As outlined in the update on the Omicron variant message sent last week, the MBL now requires that all employees receive a COVID-19 booster shot in addition to their original single or two-dose vaccination. Employees who have already received their booster should upload their original vaccination information in addition to their proof of booster […]

January 3 – Update on Omicron Variant

Dear Colleagues – As we enter a new year, we are faced with a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued challenge to protect our employees and local community from the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. We are experiencing a record number of Omicron cases locally and nationally and Cape Cod COVID positivity rates […]

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 […]