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 status levels will be determined by the confirmed rolling seven-day positive cases, 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, and evidence that the Bowdoin community is disregarding masking, distancing, and other behavioral protocols, as well as other factors in the local midcoast community, including intensive care unit and in-patient bed availability for COVID-19 patients at local hospitals.

The College will be operating at one of three campus status levels throughout the fall: 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 status levels are included at the end of this document.

Campus Status Yellow

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  • Confirmed new weekly positive cases: Less than 3
  • Isolation usage: Less than or equal to 50 percent
  • Community compliance with testing, symptom tracking, behavioral protocols: Fully compliant
  • Area hospital ICU-bed usage: Less than or equal to 50 percent

Campus Status Orange

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  • Confirmed new weekly positive cases: 3 to 10
  • Isolation usage: Greater than 50 percent but less than 75 percent
  • Community compliance with testing, symptom tracking, behavioral protocols: Compliance trending downward
  • Area hospital ICU-bed usage: Greater than 50 percent but less than 75 percent

Campus Status Red

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  • Confirmed new weekly positive cases: Greater than 10
  • Isolation usage: Greater than or equal to 75 percent
  • Community compliance with testing, symptom tracking, behavioral protocols: Poor compliance
  • Area hospital ICU-bed usage: Greater than or equal to 75 percent