A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
May 13, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

Face-covering policy: The CDC announced today that vaccinated people can forgo masks in more places. However the change does not yet apply to the UO. The CDC is working to issue new recommendations for education settings. UO's face-covering policy follows state health and workplace rules:
  • Inside - face coverings are required inside all UO buildings unless you are alone in a private space.
  • Outside - face coverings are no longer required outdoors on campus when people are alone and in an uncrowded location.
Vaccination incentive: Oregon Governor Brown announced this week that most statewide restrictions will be lifted when 70 percent of people 16 and older get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Also, Lane County can drop to Low Risk when 65 percent have received at least one dose and other equity criteria are met. That could happen as soon as May 21.
Vaccine expansion: Children, ages 12 to 17, become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting tomorrow. Sign up at one of the local clinics that the UO has supported with dedicated clinic space, logistics support, and staff and student volunteers. Vaccinations are available through Lane County, health providers and pharmacies.
Testing exemption: UO students living in the residence halls who are fully vaccinated are now exempt from required asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. Students must verify their vaccination status through University Health Services. Other protective prevention strategies –face coverings, physical distancing, symptom self-checks, and limited gathering – remain in effect in the residence halls.
Tip of the Week: When to get tested after exposure

Featured FAQ

Why doesn't new CDC guidance always apply to the UO right away?
The UO continues to review and adapt to new and rapidly evolving guidance on COVID-19 issued by both the state and by the CDC. In the case of face coverings, the UO is subject to the guidance of state and local health authorities, including Oregon Health Authority guidance and Oregon OSHA rules for workplaces. Our policies will continue to develop with the key goals of adopting guidance that is specific to higher education and minimizing disruption to our community.
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COVID-19 Cases

  • There were 30 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (May 6-12). A total of 1,873 members of the UO community have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Case numbers are updated daily, Monday through Friday.

  • State and county cases and trends are reported on the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 data page. State and county vaccine distribution is reported on the Oregon Heath Authority vaccination trends page.


Behavior expectations: Reminder: Lane County's COVID-19 risk level remains high and people should not gather in large groups so as to protect themselves and others. UOPD is supporting Eugene Police with party patrols in neighborhoods around the UO for at least the next three weekends to discourage unruly behavior. If you see an issue of concern, please call EPD’s non-emergency number: 541-682-5111.
Vaccine requirement: The UO will require students and employees who learn, work, or live at any UO campus location to receive a COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of the fall academic term. Individuals will be able to request an exemption.
Testing: The UO's Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP), which provides free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in Lane County, will start accepting walk-ins this week. Walk-ins may have longer wait times, as pre-registered participants have priority. Pre-registration is strongly advised to ensure that you can get tested on your schedule.
UO vaccine clinics: UO clinics for second-dose vaccinations are being held May 12–13 and 19–20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Autzen Stadium in the east lot. The clinics are only for the more than 4,700 employees and students who received their first dose from a UO clinic last month.
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. 

In the News

The UO's vaccine clinics are now for 2nd doses only, but people can still get vaccinated through Lane County and other providers.
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