The University of Oregon is providing information about positive and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases for residential students tested through the UO Monitoring and Assessment Program as well as any individual identified by a public health agency as being a student (living on or off-campus) or a UO employee, only when the employee has been on campus during their period of transmissibility or has been determined to be part of a workplace outbreak.
New Cases Reported to the University of Oregon
Case numbers are updated weekly on Mondays.
Cases for the Week of October 18-24
Cases Reported in the Past 10 Weeks
The weekly numbers are from Monday through Sunday.
About Case Reporting
These figures are based on cases reported to the UO and confirmed by a public health agency. The UO does not report the affiliation or other information about students, employees, or others affiliated with UO who test positive unless the local public health agency advises that there is a health and public safety benefit to reporting more information about the case.
When an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, local health authorities determine who they may have had close contact with and guidance is provided directly to those individuals. We strongly encourage those who are contacted by local public health departments to cooperate. Neither the public health authority or UO reports the number of contacts associated with cases.
Lane County COVID-19 Case and Surveillance Summary
UO Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) Testing and Housing Testing Data
Testing does not prevent the spread of COVID-19, nor is it a fail-safe. While testing provides a snapshot in time, giving information needed to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic infections, we must also apply individual and community interventions, including washing our hands, mask-wearing, and watching our distance.
Three Testing Categories
Diagnostic testing is “intended to diagnose an infection in patients suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider,” per the FDA. University Health Services has been providing on-site diagnostic services to students. Diagnostic tests are performed when there is a reason to believe the individual may have contracted COVID-19 (e.g., they have symptoms).
Screening testing is “looking for an occurrence at the individual level even if there is no individual reason to suspect infection such as a known exposure,” per the FDA. Given the risks of congregate living, the UO used screening testing to identify infected residential students as they arrived on campus. UO MAP screening tests are expanding to other students and employees in partnership with Lane County Public Health.
This type of testing is not for symptomatic individuals. Those with symptoms or other indications of COVID-19 would be referred to a care provider for diagnostic testing.
Random community testing is “generally used to monitor for an occurrence, such as an infectious disease outbreak, in a population or community, or to characterize the occurrence once detected, such as looking at the incidence and prevalence of the occurrence,” per the FDA. The UO is providing COVID-19 testing Monday through Thursday to students who live in the residence halls, with at least one student in each room tested weekly. In addition, we encourage the campus community to participate in widespread testing through our voluntary COVID-19 testing for students and employees, offered four days a week.
This type of testing is not for symptomatic individuals; those with symptoms or other indications of COVID-19 would be referred to a care provider for diagnostic testing.
Cases by Day
The following chart provides information on the total number of cases reported per day, along with location on campus of any employee or student worker who was on campus during the period of transmissiblitiy. According to Oregon Health Authority, the period of transmissibility is the timeframe in which a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 can transmit the disease to others. This begins in the 48-hour period prior to symptom onset or, for asymptomatic cases, the 48 hours prior to when the specimen was collected for the test.
Individuals who are known to have been in close contact with positive cases are contacted and referred to the local public health authorities, and appropriate protocols for cleaning the affected spaces are followed. All on-campus student cases are moved to isolation.
There are no entries for dates when no cases are reported. Information for cases prior to September 20, 2021 are available on the historical cases data page.
Cumulative Positive Cases Reported to the University of Oregon
Reporting Since June 1, 2020.