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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is open and operating today, with an emphasis on remote operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hanscom Air Force Base has declared Force Protection Condition Bravo.

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been declared essential for national security and will remain open during the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shutdown of non-essential businesses. The official Air Force designation is available here, and, along with employee identification, provides justification for employees to transit to and from work at the Laboratory.

Laboratory response to COVID-19

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will communicate the appropriate responses, adapt Laboratory policies as needed, and provide resources for the Laboratory community to stay safe. This is a rapidly evolving situation and protecting the health and safety of the MIT community is paramount. We encourage employees to continue to visit the COVID-19 Pandemic website on our intranet.

All employees who are able to work remotely should do so, in coordination with their supervisors. All personnel working at the Laboratory are asked to practice social distancing and follow best practices for preventing the spread of germs. 

Meetings, conferences, and events have been cancelled, postponed, or are being held via tele- or video-conferencing. All outside events and activities scheduled to use Lincoln Laboratory facilities have been canceled. All nonessential business travel has been cancelled.  

Laboratory field sites

Lincoln Laboratory’s priority is protecting the health and safety of all employees. Personnel at all field sites and offices staffed by Laboratory personnel should follow the advisories and directives issued to Laboratory personnel in Massachusetts and available at the COVID-19 Pandemic website on our intranet. Also, personnel at field sites and offices should monitor the guidance and policies provided by public health agencies of the states in which they are located.

Visitor information

Visitors to Lincoln Laboratory will be allowed admittance only if they have a critical need to enter the facilities. All persons visiting the Laboratory who have been to a CDC Warning Level 3 location within 14 days from the date of their visit, or otherwise advised to be quarantined or isolated during the previous 14 days, will not be admitted to the Laboratory. The Security Services Department will handle access for nonemployees requiring admittance to the Laboratory for critical business.

Please be aware that building access for visitors is now only available through the S-Building main entry.  

Medical information

When and how you should self-report

The Laboratory is following CDC guidance for when you should self-report possible exposure to the coronavirus. Guidance will likely evolve (see CDC website for the most up-to-date guidance), but these are the current recommendations for when and how to report:

If you (or a member of your household) are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), you should:

  • Stay at home* and self-isolate until advised otherwise**
  • Self-report to [email protected] and wait for reply
  • Notify supervisor via email or phone
  • Contact your medical provider (Note: the MIT Medical COVID-19 Hotline is for patients of MIT Medical ONLY)

If you (or a member of your household) have visited a CDC Level 3 area in the last 14 days or have had close, sustained contact with a person diagnosed (confirmed or presumptive***) with COVID-19, you should:

  • Stay at home and self-isolate until advised otherwise
  • Self-report to [email protected] and wait for reply
  • Notify supervisor via email or phone

If you have traveled to a CDC Level 2 area in the last 14 days, OR you (or a member of your household) have had fleeting contact with a person diagnosed (confirmed or presumptive) with COVID-19, you should:

  • Be aware that self-reporting and self-isolation are not required
  • Work remotely, if possible
  • Continue self-observation (remain alert for symptoms) and practice social distancing

*If at work when symptoms begin, notify your supervisor via phone or email and leave the Lab immediately.
**Do not return to work until you obtain written medical clearance.
***A presumptive diagnosis is an initial positive test for the virus by a public health lab that has not been confirmed by the CDC.

Additional guidance from MIT Medical

Self-isolation / medical quarantine

If you meet the criteria for self-reporting, you should follow all recommended steps, including self-isolation.  

If you are in self-isolation
  • Do not come into work and avoid going out in public, to avoid spreading the disease further.  
  • Call your supervisor if you need to retrieve items from work, so that we can arrange for delivery.
  • Continue to work from home, if you feel well enough and are equipped
  • Self-isolation ends after 14 days without symptoms, or sooner if instructed by a medical professional. If symptoms develop during self-isolation, notify your medical provider and follow their instructions.

Please Note: Your medical professional (including MIT Medical) will not share health information with the Laboratory, so it is important that you contact your supervisor and/or HR to report that you are self-isolating.

Medical quarantine

If you have been diagnosed with presumptive or confirmed COVID-19

  • Follow the quarantine guidance of your medical provider
  • Do not return to work until you have received written permission from your medical provider

Steps to prevent illness

Know How it Spreads
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick (older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions).

MIT Credit Union

Check the MITFCU site for closures and other details during COVID-19 pandemic.

More resources

MIT Campus
Massachusetts Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

This web page is your resource for up-to-date information about Laboratory status and closures during severe weather conditions and emergencies.

Laboratory status is also available via the following methods:

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