COVID-19 Update on Confirmed Cases

A second member of the Bates community has tested positive for COVID-19. With this case, there are a total of two confirmed cases within the Bates community, both of whom are faculty members.

This individual has been at home, out of state, in self-isolation for more than a week while receiving medical treatment. We have traced this individual’s contacts on the Bates campus and will notify individuals known to have been in contact with the person during the relevant time period. Notifications will occur today, Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Communicating Updates

As testing for COVID-19 increases, we may well learn of additional confirmed cases, as has been true in communities across the nation and around the world. We will update this website with the current number of known COVID-19 cases in the Bates community, as we receive official confirmation from public health agencies or the individuals who test positive.

Safeguarding Privacy

While the college will communicate openly and frequently with the community as this situation evolves, we also have a duty to protect the privacy of any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, so that they can receive necessary care and focus on their health. Please respect their privacy and refrain from sharing information informally.

Timely Notification

Following direction from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we will notify any individuals known to be in contact with a person within our community who tests positive for COVID-19. Notifications will be sent as quickly as possible and include specific CDC guidance on the steps one should take, depending on the nature and extent of the contact they had.

Action You Can Take

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the State of Maine, please be mindful of your health, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19, and stay home if you feel ill. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and other symptoms, the CDC asks that you contact your healthcare provider by telephone to discuss your illness.

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. Practice social distancing, and observe other preventive steps, including:

  • Avoid physical contact (handshakes, hugs, kisses hello, etc.)
  • Maintain physical distance between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands frequently (especially after being around others)
  • Avoid passing shared communal objects between people
  • Do not share food or beverages

Managing Stress & Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic is exerting significant stress on all members of the Bates community. Managing this anxiety and stress is incredibly important. If you need support, please reach out to access resources that can help you navigate this uncertain time.

  • For students, Carl Steidel, Senior Associate Dean of Students, is available to support you and connect you to campus resources.
  • For faculty and staff, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free service for all Bates employees and their dependents. You can reach EAP at (888) 238-6232 or online. The EAP site has a webinar with information on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 as well as a list of resources for information on coping with COVID-19 fears.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, relevant updates and information will be available on this site.