Dear Babson Community,
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a new series of executive orders – effective Friday, November 6 – in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the state. Earlier this week, Massachusetts reported its seven-day average positivity rate as 1.78% statewide. In comparison, here at Babson, our community’s seven-day average positivity rate is 0.12%.
Over 10 plus weeks of testing, as of Monday’s results, we have identified a total of 20 cases with no evidence of secondary transmission. Student and employee testing compliance has been ranging between 95% and 97%, and our efforts to follow health and safety protocols – and keep our community together – have been working.
That said, we must be vigilant about ongoing testing, symptoms monitoring, physical distancing, face covering, hand washing, and compliance with new executive orders in the coming days and weeks. Adhering to these protocols is critical to keeping us on campus as planned.
Beginning Friday, November 6, our community will meet the new executive orders, which are outlined below and include a stay-at-home advisory and revised gathering limits.
Our community has come together in many ways to support each other and safely maintain our presence on campus throughout this pandemic. We recognize the toll these restrictions place on all of our lives; however, we must collectively increase our vigilance to keep our community healthy, safe and together. Your diligence and support are needed now, more than ever.
Kelly Lynch, Chief Operating Officer
Lawrence P. Ward, Ed.D., Vice President and Dean of Campus Life