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 COVID-19 information and our COVID-19-related FAQs.

NEW:

  • Two additional University of Oregon students are determined to be positive COVID-19 cases in Eugene, for a total of 32 cases. The students are recovering in isolation. Lane County has confirmed that the cases are connected to the college-age cluster reported by Lane County Public Health (LCPH). LCPH officials are conducting contact tracing and monitoring for individuals associated with these positive cases.
  • LCPH reported today in their press conference that they are seeing an increase in travel-related cases, household transmission, small group transmission, and signs that new cases in the college cluster have been slowing down.
  • UO reminds the community to avoid the risks involved with gathering in large groups. The increase of cases in the UO community is a direct result of small and large gatherings, with no face masks, limited physical distancing, and sharing drinks and vapes.
  • Human Resources provided details and resources to apply the “Take care of one another” employee engagement strategy, which includes protecting other Ducks by following health and safety regulations for face coverings and symptom self-checks, demonstrating kindness, staying informed, and promoting respect. Employees are encouraged to explore other strategies and their corresponding ideas and suggested actions as part of HR's employee engagement initiative. Suggested action steps for supervisors are also available.
  • Provost Patrick Phillips reminded all faculty, staff, and GEs yesterday that they must enroll in two-step login (Duo) by July 29. (Emeritus and retired employees aren’t required to enroll at this time.) Enrollment instructionstraining videos, an FAQ, and other information about Duo are available in the UO Service Portal.

REMINDERS:

  • After recovering from COVID-19, two University of Oregon students warned others to take social distancing seriously in Around the O.
  • On Wednesday, July 15, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation will host another series of virtual town halls for members of the UO research community. Registration is not required. If you are a UO affiliate and need the Zoom link, please contact vpri@uoregon.edu.
  • The EMU has resumed limited services. Information about hours, occupancy limits, estimation of how many visitors are in the building are on the EMU webpage.
  • DuckWeb and other services will be unavailable this Saturday, July 11, from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., while Information Services performs essential maintenance.
  • Take the following precautions:  
    • Keep groups small and limited to only people you know.
    • Wear masks or cloth face coverings.  
    • Keep six feet of distance between yourself and others.
    • 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 11,188 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 271 cases in Lane County, 2,694 in Multnomah County, and 52 in Coos County on July 9. Thirty-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.
  • 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.