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 and the new Wildfire Resources page.

WILDFIRE RESPONSE:

  • The UO’s operational status has not changed due to the wildfires burning east of Eugene, though some activities and services have been affected by poor air quality. Visit the new Wildfire Resources page for key messages and links to updates and important resources.
  • Provost Patrick Phillips alerted faculty that the UO is offering academic accommodations and support for students impacted by the wildfires or working as firefighters. The UO is grateful to the many students – estimated at 30% of the total force - helping to fight wildfires across the west.
  • President Michael H. Schill, in an email to the campus community, expressed gratitude and support for managing effects of the fire in addition to the adversity caused by COVID-19.

REMINDERS:

  • The University of Oregon virtual town hall for faculty and staff will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. Additional information is available on the virtual town hall website, including links to the livestream and ways to submit questions before and during the event. The town hall will also be recorded for later viewing.
  • A second mask distribution for University of Oregon employees is scheduled for September 21–25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Employees who have not already received their two face masks can check in at the Student Recreation Center reception desk.
  • 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:

  • One additional member of the UO community has tested positive or was considered presumptive positive, bringing the total to 55 cases since reporting began. The Oregon Health Authority reports 29,484 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 866 cases in Lane County, 6,584 in Multnomah County, and 132 in Coos County on September 14. 
  • 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.