COVID-19 UPDATE: Avoiding heat stress

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  • With extremely high temperatures expected today and throughout the week, Human Resources is reminding employees to work with their supervisors if they have concerns about their workspace or assignments during periods of extreme temperature or low air quality. They also shared info about avoiding heat stress. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, some air handling systems have been adapted to increase outside air in buildings, which may result in warmer temperatures than normal in these buildings.  
  • Faculty, staff, and GEs have one more day to enroll in Duo two-step login before it becomes mandatory. Starting this Wednesday, July 29, access to protected UO services — including Outlook, Canvas, Zoom, and others — will require Duo for those employees. More information is available in Around the O.


  • Details of the university’s face covering and symptom self-check policies are now available on the new COVID-19 regulations page.
  • The UO is holding multiple listening sessions this week to hear directly from students what their needs and concerns are for fall term. Students who are selected to participate will receive a $5 gift card to the Duck Store. If you are a current UO student interested in participating, please click here and complete the interest form.

You can reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 by limiting the number of people with whom you are in close contact. Take the following precautions:  

  • Keep groups small and limited to only people you know.
  • Wear masks or cloth face coverings.  
  • Remember that exposure is defined as being within six feet of another for 15 minutes.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching common surfaces.
  • Don’t share drinks, vapes, or utensils.



  • The Oregon Health Authority reports 17,088 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 455 cases in Lane County, 4,039 in Multnomah County, and 80 in Coos County on July 27. Forty-two members of the UO community have tested positive.
  • The university continues to work in close coordination with the Oregon Health Authority and our companion institutions and agencies. Additional resources are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, and your health care provider.
  • As a reminder, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control outlines some general precautions to minimize the spread of respiratory diseases. 

The UO is providing biweekly COVID-19 updates, on Mondays and Thursdays. Urgent information will be shared through direct emails.