Thank you, Ducks: On the first day of the new term, the UO thanks you and the many thousands of students, faculty members, and staff who have complied with reporting their vaccine status. Nearly all students and employees have reported, and more than 95% of faculty, staff and students who have responded are fully vaccinated. The vaccination requirement is part of the comprehensive safety plan which is allowing the UO to return to in-person instruction and activities.
By following safety strategies, students, staff, and faculty have been able to launch the new, in-person school year. Here's a one-stop web page with links to the most requested FAQs- what you need to know to ensure a safe term.
What if I develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive? For students and employees: if you develop COVID-19 symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, contact your health care provider to determine if and where you should be tested for COVID-19. Students can also contact University Health Services at 541-346-2770.
Free Testing: The university's Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) continues to offer free COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic members of the UO community and Lane County residents. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although walk-up testing is available. Check the website for dates and times.
Required Testing:Beginning this week, weekly COVID-19 testing is required for UO students and employees who are not fully vaccinated, chose an exemption, or newly hired employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement process. Every Thursday, members of these groups will receive an email reminder about the following week's required test. Weekly testing of unvaccinated UO community members is an integral part of the UO's layered mitigation strategy.
Prevention: 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.