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COVID-19 Resources

We all have a role in protecting the health and safety of the University of Oregon community.

The UO is committed to safeguarding our community and creating a healthy campus environment by monitoring COVID-19’s prevalence, adapting our operations and programs, requiring healthy behaviors, and working with public health partners to reduce the virus’ spread.  

What You Need to Know

Current Operations

COVID-19 Building Status Map

Spring Term and Commencement

Case Management

  • We report information about known positive COVID-19 cases among UO students as well as employees who have been on-campus.
  • If you have tested positive or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, complete the case and contact form for additional guidance and resources.
  • The university notifies all known potential close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases who are living or working on the UO campus.

COVID-19 Testing

  • The UO requires and provides regular free COVID-19 testing for students living in UO residence halls.
  • FREE COVID-19 testing is available for all asymptomatic UO employees, UO students, and Lane County residents age 3 and older. Screening reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should contact University Health Services at 541-346-2770 or their health care provider to determine if and where they should to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider to determine if and where they should to be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Oregon's COVID-19 vaccination efforts are being led by state and local public health agencies. The UO is working with public partners to provide access to vaccinations and information about vaccine safety, efficacy, and availability.
  • It is not yet known when the vaccine will be available to students and staff. See vaccine and distribution for the most up-to-date information.

Students

Faculty and Instructors

Employees

  • Most employees are working remotely.
  • The UO is offering a suite of programs to support employees and plan for their phased return to on-campus work.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available for all asymptomatic UO employees through university’s Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required via the MAP registration portal.
  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider to determine if and where they should to be tested for COVID-19.

Before You Come to Campus

Self-check daily and if COVID-19 symptoms are present, individuals should not come to campus.

Face coverings are required inside all buildings and in outdoor public spaces.

Thorough hand washing and avoiding touching your face help prevent sickness. Hand washing stations are also available throughout campus. 

Health and Safety Efforts

We are addressing COVID-19 through a variety of strategies focused of creating a healthy environment and requiring healthy behaviors. These efforts follow the guidance and orders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority. They are flexible to adapt to the evolving situation and will be updated as needed.

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Prevention

Each of us can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are working to create a healthy campus environment. There are steps you can take individually while we are taking steps as a university.

UO students are expected to follow university rules and state orders on-campus and off.

If you come across someone you believe might not be properly following the university's COVID-19 safety regulations (e.g., face coverings, physical distancing, etc.), let us know and we can follow up on it.

Report a Behavior Concern

Additional Resources

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Health and Wellness

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us in different ways. The University of Oregon has resources to support the health and wellness of students and employees during this challenging time. To learn more about how to stay healthy, what to do if you experience symptoms, how to support mental health wellness and other resources.

 

Additional Resources

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Testing, Contact Tracing, and Case Management

The university is monitoring the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region, and the capacity for our community and campus to limit the spread and manage infections.

We use the following indicators adapt our response and operations:

  • Percentage of positive cases – Oregon Health Authority

  • Access to quick testing

  • Access to contact tracing

  • Availability of treatment

  • Capacity of quarantine space

We are supporting COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and positive case management through a number of programs. Read more about our effort in these Around the O articles:

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Vaccine and Distribution

Vaccines are a critical step to slowing and ultimately ending the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local public health agencies are leading the public COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Oregon, and managing vaccine prioritization and distribution.

Although it remains unclear when COVID-19 vaccines will be available to employees and students, the UO is developing a vaccine distribution plan in partnership with Lane County Public Health.

According to the Oregon Health Authority’s phased approach to distribution, most UO students are included in Phase 2. The UO will offer vaccinations to students in jointly sponsored clinics as soon as public health guidelines allow. We will share confirmed information when it is available.

As part of the planning, UO faculty, staff, GEs, and student workers are asked fill out a pre-registration form to indicate their desire to be vaccination and their work mode—at home, hybrid, or in-person. Employees who complete the pre-registration form will be notified when they can schedule their vaccination.

Additional Resources

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Academics, Classes, and Study Abroad

We will provide predominately remote and online instruction for fall and winter terms. Our goal is to provide quality instruction and academic engagement that supports student success in a healthy and safe environment.

Winter and spring term academics will include:

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Research

The university is implementing a staged approach to resumption of on-campus research activities. Please refer to our website, which includes guidance, procedures, and pathways to allow for the resumption of on- and off-campus research activities when and where possible.

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Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fees

Many students are dealing with serious financial disruptions related to the national response to COVID-19. Students may be eligible for help through federal emergency grants, Students in Crisis Fund, or other aid.

The UO also offers a wide selection of scholarships, financial aid and work-study. In order to provide quality education now and in the future, the UO is not able to discount tuition.

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Housing and Dining

Providing first-year students with a safe and positive living and learning environment is key to being able to resume on-campus activities. We are planning to reopen dining venues and allowing students to return to the residence halls, in accordance with CDC and OHA guidance.

Strategies to support a healthy environment include:

  • Reduced density in residence halls

  • No triple rooms

  • Physical distancing in common areas and dining areas

  • Enhanced cleaning

  • Education about healthy behaviors

  • COVID-19 testing required for students in residence halls
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Human Resources and Employment

The UO is working hard to create a healthy working environment for UO employees who are working on campus and remotely. Human Resources offers a number of employment programs to meet the unique needs and challenges created by the pandemic.

In addition to those already on campus performing critical functions, those who conduct research or work with students, for example, will be among the first to return.

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Operations, Events, and Athletics

The university is following guidance provided by Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health regarding all events, including athletic events.

Lane County has improved to the "high risk" category for COVID-19 under Governor Brown's health and safety framework. In this risk category, the following impacts remain in place for the Eugene campus:

  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History are closed.
  • The Student Recreation Center is once again available for indoor open recration to currently enrolled students in a limited capacity, starting March 1. Indoors, there is bouldering at the Rock District, swimming and cardio and strength equipment available.  Outdoor recreation facilities, are also open to currently enrolled students. A reservation is required; no drop-ins permitted. Full details can be found at Physical Education and Recreation​​​.
  • Residence hall dining facilities have inside seating available. All dining at the EMU remains grab-and-go and prepackaged for takeout.

All non-essential university travel is suspended until further notice. Faculty and staff may seek a waiver for essential travel.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

The university is continually updating the FAQs as new guidance and information is shared from the CDC and local, state, and federal health authorities.

Messages and News

February 25, 2021

Lane County COVID-19 risk level improves; changes to face-covering regulation

February 22, 2021

UO to organize week of wellness during spring break which will offer students fun, safe events to de-stress and recharge

February 22, 2021

Their experience in managing large-scale events has been a valuable contribution

February 18, 2021

MAP testing available on Tuesday and Thursday next week, continue to take precautions

February 15, 2021

Remain vigilant as spring break approaches

February 11, 2021

Watch virtual commencement from anywhere on June 12, $8 million more in federal aid available to students

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UO Experts Respond to COVID-19

In these extraordinary times, our faculty are conducting research and offering advice, solutions, and expertise on the coronavirus—its effect on us, our wellbeing, the economy, and society.

UO Experts in the News

Resources

Campus administrators and staff are actively working to monitor the situation and take precautions to protect the campus community. We have a long-standing university response protocol to support public health within our communities. The Incident Management Team is actively updating plans and protocols in coordination with local, state and federal health officials. Here are some additional resources you may find helpful to keep you informed.