President Michael H. Schill announced on Monday that the UO will return to predominately in-person instruction for fall term.
With the state's inclusion of higher education in Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution plan, the UO is actively planning for vaccine distribution. Before becoming eligible through university processes, UO community members may become eligible for vaccines due to personal circumstances and may register with their county, pharmacy, or health care provider. We are encouraging employees and students to take action by registering with Lane County Public Health or their local health care provider.
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When will the vaccine be available to employees and students? Those working in higher education who meet state criteria for frontline workers will be eligible to be vaccinated beginning May 1, as vaccine is allocated to the higher education sector. All other employees and students are eligible to receive the vaccine beginning July 1.
There were 34 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (February 25–March 3, 2021) as of 10:00 a.m. today. A total of 1,522 members of the UO community have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Case numbers are updated daily, Monday through Friday. In most cases, updates will be made by noon. But exceptions are possible when reporting is delayed.
The Oregon Health Authority reports 156,673 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 10,343 cases in Lane County, 31,987 in Multnomah County, and 1,545 in Coos County as of March 4, 2021.
The Monitoring and Assessment Program, known as MAP, is offering free COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic Lane County residents age 3 and older. The free testing is being provided by the UO as a public health program. There are open slots over three days next week and pre-registration is required. Please visit the testing website for more information and to register.
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.