A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
December 06, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

Winter Term Health and Safety: The UO's layered approach to preventing the spread of the virus helped the university to successfully come back together for in-person instruction and activities this fall. We are carefully monitoring news of emerging variants. We are prepared to adapt as needed to protect the university and greater community guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health. 
For winter term, the UO will continue the layered COVID-19 strategies that are currently in place. These include:
  • Face Coverings: Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status, including classrooms and offices. Outside, face coverings are recommended when near others but are no longer required.
  • Vaccination: All UO students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated or request an exemption. Per CDC guidance, booster shots are recommended though not required to be considered fully vaccinated.
  • Testing: Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available to UO students, employees, and members of the community through UO's Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP). Students with viral symptoms have testing options through University Health Services (UHS). All students and employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to test weekly.
  • Symptom Screening: Anyone coming to campus is required to monitor themselves for symptoms and stay home if sick. Students and employees with symptoms should review the COVID-19 exposure scenarios and guidance before coming to campus.
  • Contact Tracing and Case Management: The UO provides contact tracing and resources for students and employees who test positive or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 case. Those who test positive or are a close contact should review the COVID-19 exposure scenarios and fill out the case and contact form to activate the UO Case Management Team.
  • Events: Proof of vaccination, a negative test result within 3 days, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within 90 days are required for designated events.
Read the full winter term expectations message for additional information.
Travel: We encourage students and employees who are traveling over winter break to monitor travel restrictions and follow any testing and quarantine recommendations.
MAP is not registered with airlines or countries for travel testing. We encourage individuals to utilize commercial COVID-19 test providers who administer pre-travel screening tests.
Individuals may also refer to Lane County's list of testing resources, and should check with testing facilities to ensure they meet the destination and/or airline test type and time frame requirements. MAP offers qPCR tests. Results through MAP are available within 2-4 business days of the test.
Booster Shot FAQs: Booster shot FAQs based on CDC guidance have been added to the Coronavirus Resources website.

UO Vaccination Rates

Faculty and Staff: 95.3% 
Students: 96.8%
The vaccination rate is updated on the COVID-19 Safety Dashboard every Monday. All UO faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated or submit a vaccine exemption and undergo weekly testing. UO vaccination rates are a key measure in becoming a "fully vaccinated" campus under CDC guidelines for higher education. 

Featured FAQ

What can I do to avoid getting sick?
Vaccination remains your best protection from contracting, spreading, and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and variants. You can get vaccinated through your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or county health department.
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza, is to avoid exposure to the virus.
Take the CDC-recommended precautions [en Español] to reduce your risk of exposure, including:
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COVID-19 Cases

UO: There were 28 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (November 29-December 5).
OHA: State and county cases and trends are reported on the OHA COVID-19 data page. State and county vaccine distribution is reported on the OHA vaccination trends page.


UO COVID-19 Testing Holiday Closures: Plan ahead for holiday COVID-19 testing options. MAP will be closed on Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31. The MAP schedule is released each Wednesday for the following week. Appointments are strongly encouraged. 
For Students: UHS will have reduced hours starting December 10. COVID-19 self-test kits for students will be unavailable the weeks of December 20 and 27. The program will restart January 3.
Employee Vaccination Requirement: To comply with federal vaccine reporting requirements, all UO employees must verify their COVID-19 vaccination or exemption. Employees should use this online form to upload their documentation. The UO deadline to comply is January 14, 2022.
Prevention: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC outline some general precautions to minimize the spread of respiratory diseases. 
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