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.


  • UO students were able to attend a virtual town hall on Thursday about the university’s pivot to primarily remote and online instruction this fall. President Michael Schill and other leaders of the university hosted the event, answering live and pre-submitted questions and providing some initial details about move-in and testing procedures for residence halls. If you missed it, you can rewatch it here.
  • There will be a virtual town hall for UO faculty and staff on Wednesday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m. PT, to address preparations for fall term and answer questions from staff. Submit questions for UO leadership now using an anonymous web form or by emailing


  • The University of Oregon Board of Trustees has approved the COVID-19 Health and Safety Operational Plan, a detailed blueprint of the measures the UO has implemented as it maps out its phased reopening in compliance.
  • In support of remote education, Dropbox file storage will soon be available to all UO students. Students will receive automated Dropbox invitation emails September 8-18. Learn more on Around the O
  • 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.



  • One additional member of the UO community has tested positive or were considered presumptive positive, bringing the total to 53 cases since reporting began. The Oregon Health Authority reports 27,336 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 747 cases in Lane County, 6,142 in Multnomah County, and 122 in Coos County on September 3.
  • 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 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.