Messages for Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 Update—January 20, 2021 (Ranen)
We continue to prepare to welcome students for the upcoming semester and are testing faculty and staff as well as the small number of students currently on campus. Yesterday, two employees tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees had contact with another member of the Bowdoin community off campus who will quarantine at home for ten days from the date of exposure. The other employee who tested positive did not have contact with any member of the Bowdoin community.

COVID-19 Update—January 12, 2021 (Ranen)
We welcomed 720 employees and students back into our on-campus testing protocol yesterday as the College re-opens for the new year. Two employees tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees had contact with another member of the Bowdoin community off campus who will quarantine at home for ten days from the date of exposure. The other employee did not have contact with any member of the Bowdoin community.

COVID-19 Update—December 18, 2020 (Ranen)
A dining services employee who works in Thorne Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. While the employee did come to campus to test Wednesday, they have not worked in Thorne Hall since Thursday, December 10. 

COVID-19 Update—December 3, 2020 (Ranen)
For the second time this week, a Dining Services employee who works in Thorne Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. While the employee did come to campus to test yesterday, they have not worked in Thorne Hall since Monday. 

COVID-19 Update—December 1, 2020 (Ranen)
A College employee in Dining Services who works in Thorne Hall has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update: Off-Campus Student Cases and Access to Fields—November 24, 2020 (Ranen)
The College has learned that eight upperclass students living in various off-campus locations in York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc counties tested positive late last week for COVID-19. These students are all isolating in compliance with Maine CDC guidelines and have been in touch with faculty and staff in the dean’s office regarding their academic coursework.

COVID-19 Testing Locations—November 23, 2020 (Health Services)
Health Services provides a list of resources for finding a COVID-19 testing site near you.

COVID-19 Campus Update—November 18, 2020 (Ranen)
An employee of the College who works at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center tested positive late yesterday for COVID-19. This employee is now isolating at home. Our contact tracing team has identified one employee of the College who was in close contact with this individual and who is now quarantining at home for fourteen days. Out of an abundance of caution, the facilities at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center will be closed until noon on Monday.

COVID-19 Update—November 17, 2020 (Ranen)
A first-year student living on campus tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. This individual is not symptomatic and is currently isolating in our dedicated isolation residence hall. In addition, fourteen students have been placed into quarantine because they came into close contact with the first-year student who tested positive. These fourteen students are in the process of being moved to our quarantine residence halls. There were no additional positive COVID-19 test results reported today.

COVID-19 Evening Update—November 14, 2020 (Ranen)
This is a follow-up to my message earlier today about an employee and first-year student who tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, we have identified three Dining Services staff who will be required to quarantine at home because they came into close contact with the Dining Services employee who tested positive. Separately, we have identified six students who came into close contact with the first-year student who tested positive. The Maine CDC requires these six students to quarantine for fourteen days, and they are in the process of being moved today to individual residences set up for this purpose. There have been no additional positive COVID-19 test results reported today.

COVID-19 Update—November 14, 2020 (Ranen)
A College employee who works in Bowdoin Dining Services and a first-year student living on campus tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. Neither is symptomatic, and both are now isolating.

Campus COVID Update: New Employee Case—November 10, 2020 (Ranen)
An employee of the College who has not been on campus since Wednesday, October 28, tested positive late yesterday for COVID-19. This employee, who continues to isolate at home with symptoms, is participating in the College’s COVID-19 testing program this fall. Their last test at Bowdoin—on Wednesday, October 28—was negative, but four days later, the employee developed cold-like symptoms and was tested independently off campus on Monday, November 3. Those test results came back positive late yesterday afternoon.

Campus COVID Update—November 6, 2020 (Ranen)
Yesterday we received word that an elevator technician was in the Roux Center on Monday and later this week tested positive for COVID-19.  The technician followed all safety protocols, including mask and glove wearing, and was on campus for less than 45 minutes.  The technician did come into brief contact with an employee, but not for a duration that meets the CDC guidelines for a close contact. The Roux Center elevator and passages used by the technician have been cleaned and disinfected. 

Important COVID update to campus status and travel—November 6, 2020 (Ranen)
Given the significant daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Maine, including in Cumberland County, the College is amending our current “yellow” status to require the use of face coverings at all times, indoors or outside, with the following exceptions: Masks are not required when a student is alone in their private room or when an employee is alone in a private office and masks are not required outdoors when a student is eating, as long as they are appropriately distanced (at least six feet apart) from others.

An update to today's positive COVID case and an executive order from Governor Mills on facial coverings—November 5, 2020 (Ranen)
I am writing to update my message of earlier today about a faculty member who tested positive for COVID-19 and also to highlight a new executive order issued today by Maine Governor Janet Mills that requires the use of face coverings in all public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distances.

COVID-19 Testing Update—November 5, 2020 (Ranen)
We learned today that a member of the Bowdoin faculty received a positive COVID-19 result from a test administered yesterday.

Reminder!—October 16, 2020 (Spoerri)
We know that COVID-19 has been a long sprint, and we are not out of the woods yet.  With COVID cases rising in Maine and in the MidCoast region, we must continue to take every precaution not to introduce the virus to campus and be ever vigilant.  While we understand that staffing pressures may cause a hardship for employees to be out, it would be even worse if your entire staff had to be out for 10 to 14 days should someone test positive or that an outbreak occur on campus causing a shutdown. More and more people are venturing out, into stores, and restaurants and more and more out of state visitors are entering Maine. The risks remain high.

Winter Break, Vacation Balances, Talent Share—October 7, 2020 (Spoerri)
As we prepare for the change on campus to fewer students starting on November 21st, we wanted to provide some clarity as work for some staff will also change.

Covid-19 Update—September 24, 2020 (Ranen)
A member of the Bowdoin staff received a positive COVID-19 test result today. This individual, who is the first College employee to test positive for the virus since the start of the fall semester, was on campus briefly yesterday and also earlier in the week but was not in close contact (defined as being less than six feet apart with another person for greater than fifteen minutes) with students or other employees. This was determined through contact tracing conducted this afternoon with the employee, who is currently asymptomatic and isolating at home.

Flu Shots are More Important Than Ever—September 22, 2020 (Spoerri)
Public health experts have made it clear that getting a flu vaccination is more important than ever to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccinations not only help protect you from influenza and potentially serious illness or death but, due to the common symptoms of influenza and COVID-19, a flu shot also reduces your chances of receiving a mistaken diagnosis of COVID-19. With very few rare exceptions identified by the CDC, everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccination, and find the time to do so by the end of October.

ID HoldersSeptember 14, 2020 (Ranen)
ID holders will be available for pick up this week at the COVID testing center.  Due to the campus being closed to visitors we are asking all students on campus and faculty/staff to display their ID.  Faculty and staff will also be given a sticker to place on their ID to identify that they are allowed on campus.

Campus Status Change: Yellow—September 13, 2020 (Ranen)
I am pleased to report that we are ready to move to campus status “yellow” effective today.

Weekend Update and Status—September 11, 2020 (Ranen)
Tomorrow (Saturday) will be fourteen days since most students arrived on campus, and during this period, we have remained in campus status “orange.” Because of the very low rate of infections and compliance with our safety protocols by most on campus, we are prepared to move to the less restrictive “yellow” status on Sunday, as long as results from today’s tests don’t present a problem and as long as compliance and other conditions continue to move in the right direction. We will make a final assessment early Sunday morning and will send a note to the campus community to confirm the change.

Fire Safety—September 11,  2020 (Scanlon)
In this unusual semester, with our numbers on campus below capacity, we will not be holding normal fire drills. Please take a moment to read this message from Mike Halko about your safety and that of any students in class or at work inside your buildings. This information has been shared with building managers and academic department coordinators, but it’s important that you have it as well. Thank you.

Investigation Update—September 9, 2020 (Ranen)
As Dean Lohmann wrote to you on Sunday, we learned over the weekend about a gathering on Friday evening where it was said that students compromised the College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. We have conducted a thorough investigation, and I write to both clarify what happened and to lay to rest some of the rumors that have been circulating about what took place.

Violation of Protocols—September 6, 2020 (Lohmann)
We learned last night about a Friday evening gathering on the fields adjacent to Farley Field House where students compromised the College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

COVID-19 Update—September, 5, 2020 (Ranen)
A third student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation, supported by the College. This result was included in test results received today for tests performed yesterday (Friday, September 4). At the current time, we have two active cases, as the student who first tested positive for COVID-19 has been cleared by Bowdoin’s Health Services and released from isolation. Bowdoin’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to reflect this information.

COVID-19 Update—September 3, 2020 (Ranen)
A student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation, supported by the College. This result was included in test results received today for tests performed yesterday (Wednesday, September 2). It is the first positive case identified through the College’s testing program in partnership with the Broad Institute. Bowdoin’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to reflect this information.

COVID-19 Testing Update—August 29, 2020 (Ranen)
A first-year student notified the College early this morning—several hours before arriving in Brunswick—that they had received a positive test result for COVID-19 while driving to campus from out of state. Upon arrival this afternoon, the student went directly to the College facility set aside for isolation. The student did not visit any other parts of campus or town.

Public Access to Campus—August 28, 2020 (Communications)
Effective Monday, August 31, portions of the central campus and parts of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell will be closed to the public until further notice.

Employee COVID-19 Awareness Training Module—August 21, 2020 (Spoerri)
As the medical community continues to learn more about the COVID-19 virus and how it is transmitted, we believe it is essential for all Bowdoin employees to participate in basic COVID-19 education.

Face Coverings—August 3, 2020 (Spoerri)
This is a reminder that all employees are required to wear face coverings on campus to help protect others, including those at high risk for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing Town Hall—July 31, 2020 (Orlando)
As you know, the College is partnering with the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA, for our COVID-19 testing program this fall. I will host a town hall for faculty and staff next Wednesday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to explain how the test will work, as well as the scheduling and logistics of the testing program.

COVID-19 Campus Update—March 18, 2020 (Orlando)
With those students who are departing having left or about to leave campus later today, with many faculty and staff already working remotely, and to continue to follow the evolving best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the College will limit employees on campus to essential personnel only, effective at 5:00 p.m. today.

COVID-19 Phishing Awareness Alert—March 17, 2020 (Berube) 
There have been reported cases of phishing and fraud at Bowdoin and other institutions, aimed at taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Cyber criminals are always looking for new opportunities and we must be vigilant to prevent them from taking advantage of the situation we find ourselves in.

School Closings—March 15, 2020 (Orlando)
As many of you know, officials announced late yesterday that schools in Cumberland and other counties—including schools in Brunswick and MSAD-75—will be closed for at least two weeks beginning tomorrow as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates—March 7, 2020 (Orlando, Lohmann) 
We learned yesterday that a student who had been studying in Italy, and who returned home following the outbreak of COVID-19 in that country, visited campus from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, when we became aware of their presence and they were asked to leave campus and return home.

COVID—19 FAQ Updates–March 6, 2020 (Orlando)
As you know, the College has posted responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ) as we prepare for the possibility that COVID-19 appears in our community. The FAQ is being updated frequently and will continue to be updated and expanded during spring break as events warrant.

Coronavirus—January 27, 2020 (Lohmann, Spoerri)
The College is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness linked to a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.