COVID-19 UPDATE: Latest news and campus announcements

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Here is the current information related to university operations and programs. The latest information is available on the UO Coronavirus webpage and FAQ page.

NEW:

  • As Oregon and Lane County continue to report COVID-19 cases, a recent Around the O story explains how the university coordinates with public health authorities to report positive cases among UO community members. In the article, health officials describe the reporting and contact tracing efforts that help safeguard the community and limit the virus’ spread.
  • The deadline for student housing cancellations and requests for exemptions to the live-on requirement have been extended until September 1, 2020. Room selection will continue to take place in August. Find out more about the steps Housing is taking to ensure students have a safe and positive living experience this fall.
  • The university has launched a relief fund to provide financial assistance to employees facing unforeseen expenses during the pandemic. Supported by donor gifts and voluntary gifts from employees and others, the fund will help members of the UO community support others who are struggling.

REMINDERS:

  • 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.

RESOURCES:

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • The Oregon Health Authority reports 18,131 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 484 cases in Lane County, 4,260 in Multnomah County, and 84 in Coos County on July 30. Forty-three 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.
  • As a reminder, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outline 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.