UO Operational Summary by COVID-19 Alert Level

 

Current UO COVID-19 Alert Level

HIGH

 

COVID-19 is a global pandemic and all members of our community must remain vigilant in taking active steps to curb the spread of the virus. Despite the UO’s safety protocols, we cannot fully eliminate the spread of COVID on our campus or in the community.

The University of Oregon, in partnership with the Lane County Public Health and local hospitals, is monitoring a variety of indicators to determine what actions may need to be taken should conditions change.

Indicators used to determine alert levels include:

  • Increase or decrease in COVID-19 transmission in the local community
  • Increase or decrease in COVID-19 transmission tied to UO facilities or operations
  • Changes in Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health mandates and guidance
  • Changes in the county status related to the Oregon reopening phases
  • Sufficient and effective community wide testing, contact tracing and health care capacity
  • Observational evidence of UO on-campus community practice of public health disease control measures
  • Inventory levels for critical supplies to manage the spread of the disease on campus

COVID-19 Alert Level Indicators Matrix

LOW ALERT LEVEL

What does it mean?

“New Normal” — Cases are rare and transmission is controlled. Health care facilities readily available.

Please note: Rates may be higher when students first return, but will be caught during arrival testing.

What to expect on campus?

PHYSICAL SPACE

  • University can operate moderate-density environments, per relevant public health guidelines

INSTRUCTION

  • Instruction is a mix of in-person and online, per relevant public health guidelines
  • Some students and faculty will not be able to return to campus until there are reliable treatments and/or vaccine

RESEARCH

  • Increased density in labs and research activities with some modifications

EMPLOYEES

  • Some employees will not be able to return to campus until there are reliable treatments and/or vaccine

RESIDENCE HALLS

  • Increased density in dining and residential activities with some modifications

MODERATE ALERT LEVEL

What does it mean?

Moderate number of cases, with most cases from a known source. Capacity in health care facilities is stable.

What to expect on campus?

PHYSICAL SPACE

  • Implementation of all current public health strategies
  • University facilities closed to general public, per statewide executive order
  • Most buildings open to student and staff with restricted flow of access
  • Buildings that are open to (students and employees) operate with lower density Face coverings required in university buildings
  • Enhanced cleaning

INSTRUCTION

  • Instruction is a mix of in-person, remote, and online instruction
  • All in-person instruction will operated at low-density with a minimum of 6 feet of distance per person

RESEARCH

  • Reduced density for all onsite activities
  • Conduct research remotely where possible
  • Onsite work or presence requires an approved operational plan approved by the Office of Research and Innovation and UO IMT

EMPLOYEES

  • Remote or telework is the preferred choice for as many employees as possible in accordance with state/local mandates
  • Onsite work or presence requires a department level plan that has been approved by the UO IMT

RESIDENCE HALLS

  • Dining with modified indoor seating options
  • In-person social or co-curricular activities in small groups following all current public health authorities requirements

HIGH ALERT LEVEL

What does it mean?

Increased cases, including spread in the community. Available but stressed capacity in health care facilities.

What to expect on campus?

PHYSICAL SPACE

  • Implementation of all current local and state public health strategies
  • University facilities closed to general public, per statewide executive order
  • Limited access to university facilities
  • Face coverings required in university buildings
  • Barriers and physical distancing practices in place
  • Enhanced cleaning

INSTRUCTION

  • Instruction is primarily online or remote
  • In-person instruction is limited to courses that are difficult to conduct remotely
  • In-person instruction must seek appropriate dean approval and follow all current public health authority requirements and submit a plan to the UO IMT for approval

RESEARCH

  • Reduced density for all onsite activities
  • Conduct research remotely where possible
  • Onsite work or presence requires an approved operational plan approved by the Office of Research and Innovation and UO IMT

EMPLOYEES

  • Remote or telework is the preferred choice for as many employees as possible in accordance with state/local mandates
  • Low-density operations for critical services (minimum 6 ft distancing per person)
  • Onsite work or presence requires a department level plan that has been approved by the UO IMT

RESIDENCE HALLS

  • Operational within local and Oregon public health standards
  • Indoor, in-person social or co-curricular activities limited to small groups following all public health authorities requirements

VERY HIGH ALERT LEVEL

What does it mean?

Outbreak is growing and signs of community spread prevalent. Health care facilities at or near full capacity.

What to expect on campus?

PHYSICAL SPACE

  • Implementation of all current of all local and state public health strategies
  • University facilities closed to general public, per statewide executive order
  • All non-essential buildings closed
  • Face coverings required in all UO buildings, a minimum of 6 ft physical distancing is maintained for those who need to be on campus
  • Enhanced cleaning of the areas that need to be maintained

INSTRUCTION

  • Nearly all instructional programming is online or remote
  • In-person instruction is severely limited to only courses that can not be conducted online or remotely (labs, fieldwork, etc.)
  • Those courses must seek appropriate dean approval and follow all current public health authority requirements and submit a plan to the UO IMT for approval

RESEARCH

  • Onsite for critical research only at low densities and following all public health authorities requirements
  • Onsite plans must be submitted and approved by the Office of Research and Innovation and UO IMT

EMPLOYEES

  • Remote or telework is the preferred choice for as many employees as possible in accordance with state/local mandates
  • Employees maintaining critical services onsite at low densities and following all public health authorities requirements
  • Onsite work or presence requires a department level plan that has been approved by the UO IMT

RESIDENCE HALLS

  • Very limited operation following all public health authorities requirements