The health and safety of our Colby community is of the utmost importance. Every health agency has noted that rapid contact tracing of those who may have come in close physical contact with someone who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19 is a vitally important tool in preventing outbreaks.

If you are a student on campus or a member of the faculty or staff and have been on campus within the last 48 hours or have been in close physical contact with someone who has been on campus within the last 48 hours and: 

  1. You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please complete the COVID-19 symptom survey.
  2. You have been tested for COVID-19, or been told you are presumed positive, or are quarantining based on a medical provider’s recommendation, even if not tested, please complete the COVID-19 test form. Please fill out this form whether or not you previously completed the symptom survey as soon as you are tested. 

The information shared in these surveys increases our ability to notify those who may have been exposed to the virus. Data will be maintained in a secure and confidential manner in accordance with federal and state law. 

If you have not visited campus in the last 48 hours or come into close physical contact with someone who has visited campus in the last 48 hours, you do not need to complete these forms. 

For additional questions, please contact us at covid-19@colby.edu or 207-859-4460, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. If you are calling or emailing outside of these hours, we will return your message as soon as possible.

Symptoms, Transmission, and Prevention

Many of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 are similar to those of the flu, and the preventative measures are also the same. Understanding the symptoms and ways to prevent the virus are key to keeping the community healthy.

How COVID-19 spreads
COVID-19 Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment
What To Do If You Are Sick
Other Frequently Asked Questions

According to the CDC, the most effective way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to the virus. To learn more about daily preventative actions, click here.

Human COVID-19 commonly causes mild-to-moderate illness in people. To reduce your risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 10-20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
  • Wear a face mask in public.
  • Consider an alternative to shaking hands.
  • Cough into your sleeve, or preferably a tissue and immediately discard.
  • Avoid sharing food and beverages.
  • If you reside with someone who is sick, try to stay at least six feet away to prevent exposure.
  • If you are ill, avoid being in contact with others.

Health Services is closed for clinical visits until Sept. 2, 2020.

If you are sick with fever, respiratory symptoms, and/or a cough, or have been identified as having close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, please call your primary care physician.

For all medical emergencies, please dial 207-859-5911 to be connected to Security. Please be aware that CER (Colby Emergency Response) is no longer in service.

What to do if you are symptomatic or think you have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately and notify your supervisor. 

If you are a student on campus or a member of the faculty or staff and have been on campus within the last 48 hours or have been in close physical contact with someone who has been on campus within the last 48 hours, please complete the COVID-19 symptom survey. Consistent with CDC recommendations, this improves our ability to assess the risk of exposure for members of our Colby community. 

If you have questions regarding this survey or Colby’s contact tracing efforts, please email ContactTracing@colby.edu

What to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you should contact your direct supervisor immediately. 

If you are a student on campus or a member of the faculty or staff tested for COVID-19 and have been on campus in the last 48 hours or have been in close physical contact with someone who has been on campus in the last 48 hours, report this information to the College via the COVID-19 test form. This improves our ability to trace cases of the virus to protect our community. Regardless of whether or not you completed the COVID-19 symptom survey, you must complete the test form. 

If you have questions regarding this survey or Colby’s contact tracing efforts, please email ContactTracing@colby.edu

Events and Athletics

All public events, performances, and athletic contests were canceled beginning Sunday, March 15.

College and Personal Travel

For the health and safety of our community, all College-sponsored travel by employees, domestic and international, is prohibited until further notice. We also strongly encourage staff and faculty, as well as students who have been granted permission to remain on campus, to curtail all personal travel outside of Maine as well. We recognize that there may be instances where such travel is necessary and appropriate (e.g., family illness, medical treatment) and you should, of course, proceed with that travel.

If you must travel outside of Maine you will be prohibited from visiting campus for 14 days after your return, beginning with the day following your return to Maine. Faculty should work with their department chairs or directors, and staff should work with their supervisors and managers, if they must leave the state of Maine. Students who have been granted permission to remain on campus will also be required to quarantine for the 14-day period if they leave the state. Students must notify their class dean so that arrangements can be made for an appropriate room for the quarantining.

This policy is consistent with the April 3, 2020, order from the State of Maine establishing quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in Maine.

Visitors to Campus

For the health and safety of our community visitors are prohibited from campus until further notice. The Colby College Museum of Art, Miller Library, the Chace Forum in the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, athletics center, and other buildings are closed. Additionally, Colby is not permitting group activities on the baseball or softball complex.

All admissions events, campus tours, and information sessions have been canceled.

For scheduled visits by individuals or groups (e.g., job applicants, consultants, etc.), supervisors and staff are strongly encouraged to use phone calls, Skype, or Zoom to replace in-person meetings. If you need any assistance with any of these technologies, please contact the ITS Support Center.

To request special permission for bringing a visitor to campus due to extenuating circumstances, please click here.

Census

Colby has received a few inquiries about whether it will report on our numbers of students living in on-campus housing for the U.S. Census. The College will do so. As noted by the Census Bureau, in general, students in colleges temporarily displaced due to the COVID-19 virus should be counted through their colleges. Even if students were home as of April 1 (the date the bureau uses to determine who is counted where), the Census Bureau noted that they should be counted where they live and sleep “most of the time.” As a result, the bureau notes that in most cases, students living away from home at school should be counted at their school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the pandemic.