A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
May 17, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

Mask requirements: Face coverings continue to be required on UO property, regardless of your vaccination status. Indoors, masks are required unless alone in a room. Outdoors, they’re required unless you’re alone and in an uncrowded location.

While the CDC provided updated guidance last week for vaccinated people, the UO is still required to follow county and Oregon Health Authority guidance, the governor’s executive order for higher education, and OSHA workplace guidance. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, guidance changes rapidly and the UO works to review and implement changes as quickly as possible.
Vaccination incentive: Lane County will drop to low risk allowing more activities when 65 percent of residents 16 and older get at least one vaccine dose. Also, Oregon Governor Brown announced most statewide restrictions will be lifted when 70 percent of people get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.
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. 
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

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?
You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed since you received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (the number of doses varies by manufacturer).
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COVID-19 Cases

UO: There were 24 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (May 10-16). A total of 1,877 members of the UO community have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Case numbers are updated daily, Monday through Friday.
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 Health Authority vaccination trends page


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, is now accepting walk-ins. Pre-registered participants have priority and pre-registration is advised.
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

Saliva samples can be processed at a fraction of the cost of a nasal swab and at far higher volumes, UO scientists said.
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