A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
May 20, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

Free student vaccine and Dutch Bros gift card: The University of Oregon is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for UO students. This clinic takes place Thursday, May 27, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena. This one-day clinic will offer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and a free Dutch Bros $5 gift card. You are required to schedule an appointment prior to arriving for your vaccination. See full details.
Masks not required outdoors: Following new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, face coverings are no longer required outdoors on campus. Masks are still required indoors on UO property unless alone in a room. It is strongly recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated or at risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield when outdoors in crowded areas or large gatherings, and maintain physical distancing. Under this new guidance, the UO can still require face coverings for outdoor events where large crowds are expected.
Testing after contact update: The UO's MAP testing program now offers COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people who are known contacts with potential or confirmed positive cases. However, if you are feeling ill or showing symptoms, do not get tested through MAP, but do contact your health care provider.
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How does the UO apply new CDC and state COVID-19 guidance to university operations?
The UO continues to review and adapt to rapidly evolving guidance from the county, state, and CDC. We will communicate any changes to requirements in this email and on the COVID-19 website. All programs and activities at the UO are subject to compliance with Oregon Health Authority higher education guidance as well as activity-specific guidance. Employee safe-work requirements are also subject to Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Visit the UO COVID-19 guidance webpage to learn more.

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COVID-19 Cases

  • There were 4 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (May 13-19). A total of 1,879 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.


Testing exemption: UO students living in the residence halls who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from required asymptomatic COVID-19 testing after they receive a confirmation email from University Housing. Students should upload their vaccination records to their myUOHealth portal and continue completing weekly testing until they receive this confirmation.
Vaccination opportunities: Vaccinations are available seven days a week, without an appointment, through Lane County clinics supported by the UO. Also, children ages 12 and up are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Free testing: The UO's Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) offers free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing the week of May 24 at Matthew Knight Arena and McArthur Court. Pre-registration is encouraged, walk-ins are accepted.
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. 

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