A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
August 30, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

Fall In-person Instruction and Operations: Thanks to carefully developed safety plans, the UO remains confident and committed to welcoming students back to campus for in-person learning, living, and experiences for fall term. Our full suite of safety plans and tools include: requiring vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff, requiring face coverings, activating a regular testing strategy, and other measures. See the COVID-19 website for more information. 
Vaccination: More than 95% of UO students and employees who’ve submitted their information are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have not already submitted, please take action now.
  • Students are required to use myUOHealth to submit their records. Students in residence halls must do so by September 14; all others by September 27. Remember, students who submit by September 12 will be entered to win prizes.
  • Employees are required to complete a secure online form. The form is mobile-friendly and can be completed using any device. The deadline is September 17.
Learn more on the UO vaccine webpage.
Information Session: UO Safety and Risk Services will be hosting an info session for university employees on the latest campus event regulations and UO event guidance. The session takes place Tuesday, August 31, at 1:30 p.m. Register for this session. See the regulation details.
Help Wanted: The Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) K-12 testing program is hiring, with multiple immediate openings to help provide free testing to K-12 schools in southern Oregon counties. Complete details are on the K-12 testing webpage.

Featured FAQ

Will classes be held in rooms at full capacity?
Classes are scheduled at their pre-COVID capacities for fall 2021.
Will students be required to wear masks in class?
Yes, the university has an indoor face-covering requirement, including classroom spaces, for all individuals. The face-covering requirement will continue to follow CDC and other public health authority sector guidance for higher education and will be based on public health indicators, including campus vaccination rates, campus case rates, community case rates, CDC transmission rates, and hospitalization data.
Can an instructor teach in-person classes without a mask if they can maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the students?
Yes, a fully vaccinated instructor who is at least 6 feet away from an audience can remove their mask when all others in the room are masked. If the room cannot accommodate 6-foot distancing between an instructor and students, the instructor must remain masked.
See more information for instructors and researchers on the Office of the Provost website.

UO Vaccination Rates

Faculty and staff: 96.2% of employees reporting
Students: 95.8% of student reporting
The vaccination rate dashboard is updated every Monday. All UO faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of fall term. UO vaccination rates are a key measure in becoming a "fully vaccinated" campus under CDC guidelines for higher education. 
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COVID-19 Cases

UO: There were 11 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the past seven days (August 23–29).

OHA: 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.


Proof of Vaccination: Attendees ages 12 and older at designated UO events and activities—including select concerts, conferences, and all Oregon athletics events— are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of the event to obtain entry.
Face Coverings: Following emergency recommendations from Lane County Public Health, the UO now requires face coverings outside when distance is not possible.
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. 

In the News

The program will be at schools in Lane County and Southwest Oregon.
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