Babson’s COVID-19 Dashboard reflects the most recent health data including our 7-day positivity rate, as well as cumulative data from the previous three semesters. Data is updated twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays. The metrics shared on Babson’s COVID-19 Dashboard, as well as daily monitoring of 30 additional health and operational indicators, provide a decision-making framework for potential targeted interventions and operational shifts designed to help safeguard our community.
Babson’s arrival plans, which include vaccination policies, arrival testing, masking, and surveillance-testing protocols, extend through September 17 to allow for all community members to reengage safely. At this time, we are still capturing data internally as we move through the travel period. We are also looking externally to understand local, state, and federal health data to inform the next phase of our planning.
Masking compliance is a key factor in our ability to resume a more normal campus operation. We continue to educate students on the masking policies, which currently require all community members—regardless of vaccination status—to mask indoors. Improved compliance with this measure in the coming days will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread and lead to evolved policies.
As a reminder, our community vaccination rate—encompassing students, faculty and staff—exceeds the Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group’s recommendation for effectively repopulating campuses safely this fall (90%+). That group’s recommended threshold is based on data and guidance from federal and state public-health experts, including the CDC.