A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
February 04, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

  • Following new state rules, the Student Rec Center is now offering some bouldering at the Rock District and swimming in the pool for currently enrolled students. Outdoor recreation facilities, including the SRC Playground tent, are also open to currently enrolled students. A reservation is required. Full details can be found at Physical Education and Recreation.

  • Students and employees who currently live in Lane County are encouraged to register for vaccination, as part of a county-wide process. Employees should do so even if they have already completed a separate UO pre-registration form. As vaccine becomes available, it is possible that state guidelines will allow some people to receive a vaccine due to personal circumstances before it is available through the university. Vaccination information for the UO community is available on the vaccine page of the UO’s Coronavirus website.

  • Enjoy the Super Bowl responsibly. Remember COVID-19 can spread even between a small group of people. Just one infected person can expose the whole group—even if the infected person doesn’t have symptoms. Play it safe and watch with your social bubble or have a virtual watch party.
Tip of the Week: Some new COVID-19 variants spread even more easily
Help stop the spread by getting a free COVID-19 test.

Featured FAQ

How long are UO students and employees required to stay in quarantine if they are considered to be a close contact with a positive COVID case?
The CDC guidance emphasizes that local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last in the communities they serve, based on local conditions and needs. Lane County Public Health continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine in most cases and does not sanction a seven-day quarantine in any circumstance given the severity of the pandemic in our county. Based on this guidance, at this time the University of Oregon continues to require a 14-day quarantine for students living on campus and for employees before they can return to work on campus.

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COVID-19 Cases

  • There were 137 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (January 28-February 4). A total of 1,282 members of the UO community have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Case numbers are updated daily, Monday through Friday. In most cases, updates will be made by noon. But exceptions are possible when reporting is delayed.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reports 144,605 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 9,316 cases in Lane County, 30,278 in Multnomah County, and 1,131 in Coos County as of February 3, 2021.


  • Students are encouraged to not travel for spring break to protect themselves, their families, and friends. More information will be made available soon about spring break activities and programs for students. 

    For those who must travel, please take extra precautions to minimize your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19:
    1. Before you travel, check your destination state and city for any travel restrictions or requirements.
    2. Before you head back to Eugene, schedule a test for 3-5 days after your return.
    3. Upon return, self-quarantine until you receive word of a negative test—and watch yourself for symptoms.

  • UO MAP testing is quick, free, and easy. Testing is available for all asymptomatic students, faculty, staff, and Lane County residents next week. See this registration page to reserve an appointment.
  • 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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