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A message from the University of Oregon.
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
November 19, 2020  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

  • A two-week freeze ordered by Oregon Governor Kate Brown went into effect statewide yesterday and runs through Wednesday, December 2. As a higher education entity there is no change in UO instruction, classes, and finals. The Rec Center and museums will be closed.

  • Dining inside of residence hall dining areas and in some areas of the EMU is still allowed. These will not be limited to grab-and-go meals, as originally announced, because the order applies only to restaurants, not to higher ed dining.

  • The university announced that it will not be temporarily reducing salaries of faculty members and officers of administration under the progressive pay reduction plan this winter.

  • Employees received an email about three important items related to COVID-19:
    • OSHA adopted a temporary rule to combat the spread of COVID-19 within workplaces in the state.
    • The statewide two-week freeze on numerous activities, which went into effect yesterday, and how it affects certain operations on campus.
    • Governor Kate Brown’s new travel advisory that discourages travel and recommends a 14-day quarantine if you return home from traveling outside of Oregon.
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Featured FAQ

Will I be informed if I have been in close contact with a positive case while on the UO campus?

Yes. The university notifies all potential close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases who are living or working on the UO campus. This notification comes within 24 hours of the UO Case Management Team learning about the confirmed positive case. This is in addition to the formal contact tracing conducted by local public health departments for each known positive case reported in the county.

To learn more about contact tracing see the testing FAQs.

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COVID-19 Cases

  • There were 33 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (November 12-18) as of 10:00 a.m. today. A total of 607 members of the UO community have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Information about known cases within the UO community is updated by 10:00 a.m. weekdays.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reports 60,873 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 3,582 cases in Lane County, 13,725 in Multnomah County, and 360 in Coos County as of November 19.


  • 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. 

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