Testing, contact tracing, and case management are key factors in addressing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
What You Need to Know
The University of Oregon is providing information about positive and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases for people identified as being affiliated with the university (e.g., students or a workplace cluster) by a public health agency.
The university has developed extensive protocols for notifying, isolating, and accommodating people who test positive, as well as communicating about cases with the wider community.
The COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) will allow the university to understand the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus and to prepare for potentially expanding the UO’s testing capabilities to include staff, faculty, and the broader community in the future.
All students living in the UO’s residence halls will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and a minimum of at least one other occasion during the fall term.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
- Wear a face covering that covers both your mouth and nose
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work or class.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The University of Oregon is leveraging the strength of its research capabilities to launch an expansive COVID-19 testing initiative that will help the university, Lane County and the state get back to business safely, including a return to on-campus instruction in October.
The Student Corps to Combat Coronavirus will give UO students the chance to study public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and get training to assist with the urgent work of contact tracing.
To help manage and respond to COVID-19 cases in the UO campus community, the university is developing extensive protocols for notifying, isolating, and accommodating people who test positive.
Testing, Contact Tracing, and Case Management FAQs
General Testing, Cases, and Contact Tracing
I already had COVID-19 and have recovered. Do I need to be tested again by UO before move-in?
All students who are planning to live in the residence halls are required to be tested before move-in, even if they previously had or thought they had COVID-19.
University Health Services is working with Lane County Public Health to review prior positive test results on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with CDC Guidelines.
Residence Hall students who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered from it are encouraged to upload validated positive test documentation to their myUOHealth portal prior to the UO test to facilitate the UHS review of their case.
If you have questions related to accessing or uploading information to myUOHealth, please contact University Health Services at 541-346-2770.
How is COVID-19 (coronavirus) affecting the state of Oregon?
Has anyone associated with the UO tested positive for COVID-19?
Yes. The University of Oregon is providing information about positive COVID-19 test results for UO community members.
What happens when a student, staff, or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19?
The UO’s COVID-19 Case Management Team has protocols for isolation, cleaning, accommodation, and notification for students.
Team members from University Health Services and Human Resources work closely with local public health authorities on case management and specific recommendations based on the unique needs of every case. For student cases, the UO team may assist Lane County Public Health with contact tracing.
As we look toward having more people returning to campus in the fall, the team is working to ensure that the protocols can address a potential increase in caseloads.
How does contact tracing work?
When an individual within the UO community tests positive for COVID-19, the local public health agencies take the lead in contacting the individual who tested positive and the individuals with whom they have been in contact.
Officials with county public health agencies—Lane County Public Health for Eugene, Health Multnomah County for Portland, and Coos County Health Department for Charleston—provide guidance directly to those individuals.
Testing Information for Students
Will you be requiring a COVID-19 test for all students, staff, and faculty before they are able to return to campus?
All students living in the UO’s residence halls will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and a minimum of at least one other occasion during the fall term. We will conduct additional spot testing of students on a voluntary basis throughout the fall to assess community spread.
Testing is one important element in the fight against COVID-10. Mitigation strategies the UO has put in place include outreach and expectations to all community members to conduct a symptoms self-check before coming to campus, use a face covering indoors and also outside when physical distancing can’t be met, and practice good hand hygiene.
The university is also conducting enhanced cleaning and disinfection and is making alterations to its facilities that support distancing.
Is the UO offering COVID-19 testing to students?
All students living in the UO’s residence halls will be tested upon arrival and a minimum of at least one other occasion during the fall term. Other Eugene-based students are able to receive a COVID-19 test at various locations around the city, including the University Health Center.
Students are asked to call UHS first at 541-346-2770 to set up an appointment for a COVID-19 test and to register a copy of their insurance card using the myUOHealth portal. Students also should check with their insurance directly to find out more about how their insurance covers the costs of COVID-19 testing.
Why are you testing all residence hall students?
The University of Oregon is committed to following medical authority guidance to reduce the risks of transmission of COVID-19. We understand that during the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes taking several measures.
Testing helps identify positive cases which, when paired with contact tracing and isolation, frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks, can significantly slow the spread of COVID-19.
Who is paying to test all residence hall students?
The university is covering the costs of these tests.
Can students who are not living in residence halls also be tested?
The UO will conduct some voluntary testing of all students to assess community spread.
We are still finalizing details about this voluntary community testing program, but diagnostic testing is already available and will continue to be available through University of Oregon Health Services for those who feel ill or believe they may have been exposed to the virus.
When will you have more details about the residence hall testing?
Residents will receive more information with their move-in information in early September. This is a complicated and unprecedented situation that requires careful planning and coordination.
We have a dedicated team of professionals in our housing, health services and testing teams working together to ensure that this is an efficient and effective process, focused on helping to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus and supporting any students who arrive on our campus already carrying the COVID-19 virus.
We will continue to update the UO community on the specifics of the plan as the planning evolves.
More information on testing in residence halls is available from University Housing.
Testing Information for Faculty and Staff
Is the UO offering COVID-19 testing to staff and faculty?
Not at this time. Our current testing and contract tracing capacity allows for periodic testing of the number of students who will be in residence halls.
Benefits-eligible employees can find a primary care physician by reviewing the options available through their UO health insurance plan at Human Resources. If you do not have a primary care physician, an urgent care location or any of Lane County Public Health’s clinics [en Español] can also be a resource.
Our teams continue working long hours with our public health partners to expand testing capacity. In addition to testing, we also need robust contact tracing. Both testing and contact tracing capabilities will be expanded over the fall term.
Once those are both expanded, we will be able to offer testing and the necessary follow-up of contact tracing to more members of the UO community, including faculty and staff.
Monitoring and Assessment Program
What is the University of Oregon’s COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program?
The COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) is a testing program that will allow the university to understand the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus and to prepare for potentially expanding the UO’s testing capabilities to include staff, faculty, and the broader community in the future.
In the first phase, which began in May and was approved by the UO’s Institutional Review Board, University Housing and University Health Services partnered with UO researchers to offer COVID-19 testing to students living in student housing. Participation in the research was voluntary and confidential.
What will the UO do with the data from the COVID-19 MAP study?
The data will be used to help local, state, and federal health officials combat COVID-19 more effectively, predict the spread of the disease more accurately, inform containment and mitigation strategies for specific communities, allocate resources to locations that need them most, and evaluate the effectiveness of enacted strategies.
The data will also help inform the UO decisions regarding reopening campus and easing restrictions on physical distancing.