OFFICIAL NOTICE: Health Code Level Change

Dear Colby Community,

As you are likely aware, cases of COVID-19 are rising nationally and internationally, and Maine is no exception. Daily cases in the state have more than doubled over the past two weeks, and yesterday Maine Governor Janet Mills took actions to mitigate the spread of the virus (details below). To keep our community safe through what the Maine CDC has called a surge in Maine, we are writing to ask for your increased vigilance.

As of tomorrow, the College will change the health code level to yellow in response to the rise in cases across the state. While there will be few noticeable changes in daily operations, this is an important moment to recommit to the health and safety of our community.

Across Maine, recent changes include reducing the number of people allowed to gather indoors to 50, delaying the reopening of bars, and requiring quarantine or negative test results for anyone entering the state from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. All members of the Colby community should continue to follow the College’s travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. While Colby’s travel restrictions and quarantine requirements remain the same, we ask that you consider limiting travel beyond the Waterville area that is not necessary.

Please continue to complete the CoVerified symptom tracker every morning, fully participate in the testing program, wear cloth face coverings, abide by distancing guidelines, and practice good hygiene. We are all in this together and want to be sure we are able to complete the final few weeks of the semester on campus and learning in person.

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the state of Maine and will inform you about significant changes. A map of active cases in Maine, per Maine CDC, is available on Colby’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep yourselves and the Colby and Waterville communities safe and healthy. Please continue to take good care.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae
Dean of the College

Margaret McFadden
Provost and Dean of Faculty

Doug Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer