Campus Status Levels

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Bowdoin College has developed a system of status levels that will give guidance to movement and activity on campus. The goal of the different status levels is to protect Bowdoin and the local community as well as to contain any outbreaks on campus.

The status levels will be determined using a holistic approach of balancing a variety of factors rather than a specific formula. Among these factors are:

  • the confirmed rolling seven-day positive cases on campus;
  • the percent of those positive cases linked to other known cases as an indicator of uncontrolled spread;
  • usage of our dedicated isolation beds;
  • the percentage of missed COVID-19 tests by students and employees;
    evidence that the Bowdoin community is disregarding masking, distancing, and other behavioral protocols; and
  • local conditions, including new daily cases per capita in the surrounding midcoast area, intensive care unit and in-patient bed availability for COVID-19 patients at local hospitals, and other local conditions or restrictions.
The College will be operating at one of three campus status levels throughout the spring: yellow, orange, or red. A status of yellow will serve as the baseline, with rules, measures, and access becoming more restrictive from yellow to orange, and more so from orange to red. Changes to status level will be announced to the Bowdoin community. Our goal in creating these levels is to provide visibility into how our behaviors and actions will be impacted by different scenarios. The guidelines associated with each level will be revisited periodically for updating. And at any given time, federal, state, and local mandates may supersede the guidance from Bowdoin’s levels. The complete information about status levels are available here.

Campus Status Yellow

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  • Confirmed new weekly positive cases: fewer than three
  • Isolation usage: less than or equal to 50 percent
  • Community compliance with testing, symptom tracking, behavioral protocols: fully compliant
  • Midcoast Maine COVID-19 spread and hospital usage: low

Campus Status Orange

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  • Confirmed new weekly positive cases: three to ten
  • Isolation usage: greater than 50 percent but less than 75 percent
  • Community compliance with testing, symptom tracking, behavioral protocols: compliance trending downward
  • Midcoast Maine COVID-19 spread and hospital usage: moderate

Campus Status Red

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  • Confirmed new weekly positive cases: more than ten
  • Isolation usage: greater than or equal to 75 percent
  • Community compliance with testing, symptom tracking, behavioral protocols: poor compliance
  • Midcoast Maine COVID-19 spread and hospital usage: high