A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
August 16, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu

What You Need to Know

Vaccination Requirement Deadline: All UO employees and students need to complete the UO vaccination requirement process by verifying they are vaccinated or requesting an exemption. The deadlines can be found on the Vaccine and Distribution webpage.
Oregon Indoor Mask Mandate: In accordance with the August 13 mandate issued by the state of Oregon, face coverings are required indoors in all UO facilities regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings can be removed for eating and drinking. This requirement will remain in place while the state mandate is in effect and as we continue to assess campus vaccination rates, campus and community case and transmission rates, and hospitalization data, as well as most current federal, state, and local public health guidance.
Mask Guidance for Instructors: The new Oregon state indoor mask mandate allows for a mask exemption for public speaking, including when instructing a class, when ALL of the following conditions are met:
  • Speaker is fully vaccinated. If multiple speakers, only one may be unmasked at a time.
  • Speaker is least 6 feet from the audience and will remain 6 feet from the audience at all times.
  • Everyone else in the room is masked.

Featured FAQ

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19?
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, call your health care provider to determine if and where you should be tested. Students and employees who have tested positive or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the COVID-19 exposure scenarios and guidance for students and employees and complete the case and contact form for additional guidance and resources.

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COVID-19 Cases

UO: There were 14 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the past seven days (August 9–15).
Positive and negative results of COVID-19 testing through the Monitoring and Assessment Program will be delivered via an emailed link to a secure online portal. County health officials may also contact positive cases via telephone, in addition to the emailed results. For information on what your result means, please see our testing page.

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.


Free Testing: The university's Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) continues to offer free COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic Lane County residents. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-up testing is available. Check the website for dates and times.
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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