COVID-influenza Update—October 28, 2022

To the Bowdoin community,

As the days get cooler and nights grow longer all of us will tend to spend more time indoors, and that can create an environment for viruses to grow and spread.

We are currently experiencing an exponential rise in people infected with influenza virus and also an uptick in COVID-19 cases. As of last night, we had eleven students in isolation due to COVID-19. Last week, we had zero students who had reported being positive with the virus.

Additionally, the health center is identifying a number of students who are struggling with other viruses, including colds and pneumonia. All of these illnesses involve symptoms of a runny nose, cough, and fever.

As you all are aware, the College strongly encourages getting both the influenza vaccine and the new bivalent COVID-19 booster, and we are a mask-friendly campus. We encourage you to consider masking indoors—especially those of us who are feeling ill or who might be vulnerable to illness.

Please help us to contain these viruses.

Be well,

Sandra Hayes MSN, ANP-BC
Director of Health Services
Bowdoin College
Peter Buck Health and Wellness