Colby College is committed to transparent communication regarding our Covid-19 testing efforts and their effect on campus health and safety. This webpage is updated daily and provides an overview of these efforts, including the number of tests administered as well as confirmed positive and negative cases broken out by student, faculty, and staff. In accordance with guidance from the Maine CDC, Colby has developed a robust contact-tracing program, and any individuals known to be in contact with a Colby community member who tests positive for Covid-19 will be notified alongside recommendations to prevent further infection and spread.
Colby has established a three-tiered, color-coded system that helps inform campus decision-making and operations this fall. The color system is determined by several factors, including close monitoring of local, regional, and national Covid-19 trends and the number of Covid-19 cases on campus. The code level is based on a holistic review of these factors, along with Colby’s vaccination rate of roughly 98%, and not one individual factor. The Health Code designation may fluctuate over the course of the semester as circumstances warrant. Each color designation will inform a range of guidelines that will direct campus operations (including academics, housing, and dining). In general, green means normal campus operating procedures. The yellow code level is designed to both increase awareness on campus of health conditions and to adjust operating procedures from a menu of predetermined options (e.g., reduced occupancy limits in dining halls and social spaces, enhanced cleaning, or testing of vaccinated individuals) in order to reduce the risk to campus health. Students, faculty, and staff should pay attention to the Health Code designation and cooperate with mitigations steps, as appropriate, required by the guidelines. Flexibility and adaptation will be key as we navigate the evolving challenges presented by Covid-19 during the fall semester.
Confirmed New Weekly Positive Cases
Compliance with Mitigation Efforts
Few identified or contained cases
Limited number of cases
10% above seasonal norm
30% above, daily increases
Alert levels may be applied to residence halls or other identified cohorts.
The following website illustrates the counties with “substantial” or “high” levels of Covid-19 community transmission.
This past fall semester, Colby’s Covid-19 testing protocol resulted in more than 90,000 negative tests for its community of approximately 3,000 students, faculty, and staff. Thirty-four positive cases were identified during this period, which included 15 students and 19 faculty/staff. Out of these tests, 1.3 percent of the tests were inconclusive, and all positive cases have recovered.
This past spring semester, Colby’s Covid-19 testing protocol resulted in more than 161,998 negative tests for its community of approximately 3,000 students, faculty, and staff. Out of the 129 positive cases identified during this period, 1.3 percent of them were inconclusive, and all positive cases have recovered.
This past summer, Colby’s Covid-19 testing protocol resulted in approximately 2,020 negative tests. Approximately 90 people regularly participated in the program. Unvaccinated individuals were required to test and vaccinated individuals could voluntarily participate. There were no positive cases.
The following dashboard was reset on August 16, 2021, to track Covid-19 cases and daily testing on the Colby College campus for the fall semester.
*The map of active cases by county was removed from the dashboard on April 7, 2021. As of March 31, 2021, Maine CDC no longer provides recovery figures as part of its daily public data. As we relied on this number to calculate active cases in each county, we are no longer able to update the map.
This dashboard is updated at 4 p.m. ET once per day based on the data received by the Broad Institute at that time. In some cases, previous day’s data will be updated based on when data from the Broad are received. The dashboard data reflect the Broad Institute’s updated detection protocol.
Colby’s testing data reflects two key aspects of our robust testing program: the number of tests the College conducts and the frequency of those tests. Since Colby tests the entire community of approximately 3,000 faculty, staff, and students two times a week, it is expected that there will be more positive test results than there would be if the College’s testing program were less intensive.
The number of positive and negative cases may not add to the total case number due to inconclusive test results or positive cases being tested multiple times.
An inconclusive test result indicates the test sample was not able to be properly performed. An inconclusive test result does not indicate a test is presumptive positive, positive, or negative. Individuals who receive an inconclusive test result are retested within 24 hours of receiving the result. The inconclusive result was produced for one or many of the reasons below.
To protect the privacy of members of our community and comply with health privacy laws, no additional information will be provided about individuals’ identities.