Babson’s Spring semester is now underway, with enhanced health and safety protocols to help mitigate the impact of the current Omicron surge and reduce community spread. As anticipated, we are experiencing a significant increase in positivity rates across our campus community. While our numbers have increased, our 7-day positivity rate remains consistent with higher education health trends and considerably lower than the Commonwealth’s overall positivity rate.
Our goal — through testing, vaccination and booster requirements, masking protocols, and other mitigation strategies — is to help safeguard the health of our community. We are asking all community members to do their part as we return.
As a reminder, our dashboard reflects the most recent health data including our 7-day positivity rate, as well as cumulative data from the previous three semesters. Positivity rates reflect data collected through Babson’s PCR Testing process. Since the conclusion of the fall semester, members of our community have continued to report test results obtained off campus. Approximately 150 student positive cases were reported to Student health Services between December 20 and January 18.
As we begin the Spring semester, we will continue the cadence of data updates 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.
We will continue to closely monitor all data and share updates to the community as policies evolve.
For questions related to policies and protocols, please contact the appropriate College resource.