COVID-19 UPDATE: Latest news and campus announcements

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NEW:

  • One additional University of Oregon student is determined to be a positive COVID-19 case in Eugene, for a total of 43 cases in the UO community. The case is travel related.
  • In addition, one of the cases reported on Friday, July 24, is confirmed to have been on campus within the past 14 days. Individuals who are known to have been in contact with the student have been contacted and provided guidance by Lane County Public Health.
  • Lane County Public Health officials are conducting contact tracing and monitoring for individuals associated with these positive cases. Note that the UO does not report on students who may be determined by LCPH as contacts of positive cases, who currently may be quarantining for a period of 14 days.

REMINDERS:

  • Details of the university’s face covering and symptom self-check policies are now available on COVID-19 regulations.
  • The UO is holding multiple listening sessions the week of July 27 to hear directly from students what their needs and concerns are for fall term. Students who are selected to participate will receive a $5 gift card to the Duck Store. If you are a current UO student interested in participating, please complete the interest form.
  • The best way to prevent infection of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus in the first place. 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.
    • 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 17,721 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 474 cases in Lane County, 4,201 in Multnomah County, and 80 in Coos County on July 29. There are 43 members of the UO community who have tested positive.
  • 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.