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:

  • In today’s Quick Quack email students received reminders about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a video on symptom checks, and information on informal, one-on-one counseling services.
  • Two tents are set up on campus to provide extra dining space for students, faculty, and staff. Sanitation stations and Wi-Fi equipment has been installed and face coverings are required when not eating.
  • The Dean of Students office is investigating every report it receives that a student or student organization may have violated the UO Student Conduct Code or COVID-19 related health and safety precautions. Student conduct action may be initiated and could result in administrative sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. To learn more, visit our FAQs on behavior expectation

REMINDERS: 

  • The UO’s I.D.E.A.L. Imperative: A Response to COVID-19, prepared by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, is available and provides resources and support available on campus to ensure equitable access and achievement for all.
  • UO libraries have reopened to students and employees with modified hours and COVID-19 precautions.
  • The Corona Corps Care Team helps provide basic resources to cases and close contacts who are either isolated or quarantined. Those include food, housing, health care, financial assistance, mental health supports, and academic accommodations. The Corona Corps Care Team is available 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be reached at coronacorps@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2292.
  • The new COVID-19 symptom self-check tool is available on the University of Oregon mobile app. Download the app to access the symptom checker, campus map, and additional COVID-19 resources.
  • 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.
  • Students and employees who have tested positive or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the COVID-19 exposure scenarios and guidance for students and employees and contact the Corona Corps Care Team at 541-346-2292 or coronacorps@uoregon.edu for additional guidance and resources.

RESOURCES:

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • 64 members of the UO community tested positive or were considered presumptive positive for the week of October 5, as of 10:00 a.m. today. A total of 272 members of the UO community have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Additional information about known cases within the UO community is available on the coronavirus case page, which is updated by 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Oregon Health Authority reports 35,634 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 1,603 cases in Lane County, 7,665 in Multnomah County, and 192 in Coos County on October 5.
  • 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.