A message from the University of Oregon
A message from the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
March 15, 2021  •   coronavirus.uoregon.edu
A message from President Michael H. Schill
University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill acknowledges the one year anniversary of the institution switching to predominantly remote operations in response to COVID-19. Click the video to watch the message.

What You Need to Know

  • To mark a year of impacts from COVID-19 on our entire UO community, the lights on the Knight Campus skybridge and at Hayward Field will be lit up tomorrow, Tuesday, March 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. The lights will recognize and honor the efforts of all those who have helped support the UO's critical mission over the last year.

  • Late last week, Lane County moved to Moderate Risk. See the state of Oregon guidelines for what you can expect in your community. At the UO, most operations will not change. The Student Recreation Center and Housing dining facilities will have increased capacity, and the Rec will still require reservations. Please check the Rec website before making plans.

  • The UO exposure scenarios page has been updated to provide quarantine guidance for those vaccinated and who have already tested positive for COVID-19, as well as to address a return to campus after experiencing a reaction to the vaccine.

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When should UO employees who have been working remotely come back to campus?
The UO is still operating under Oregon Health Authority guidance for higher education, which authorizes remote work for employees who can perform the functions of their job from a remote location. Additionally, for counties placed in high and moderate risk by the state, OHA guidance recommends remote work when able. Staff are returning on a unit-by-unit basis, with priority given to departments that require on-campus access. Those who conduct research or work with students, for example, have been among the first to return. Employees should continue to look to their supervisor for direction about when to plan to return to on-campus work.

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COVID-19 Cases

  • There were 17 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (March 8-14) as of 10:00 a.m. today. A total of 1,558 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 159,037 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 10,485 cases in Lane County, 32,427 in Multnomah County, and 1,716 in Coos County as of March 15.


  • The UO is encouraging students to stay in Eugene. But if you must travel over spring break (or anytime), minimize your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 in these three easy steps:

    1. Before you travel: Check your destination state and city for any travel restrictions or requirements. Do not travel if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are in isolation, have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past three days, have had contact with a confirmed case, or are in quarantine.

    2. Before you head back to Eugene: Schedule a test to take place 3-5 days after your return. Schedule with MAPNova Health, or other testing providers in Lane County.

    3. Upon return: Quarantine by yourself until you receive word of a negative test—that is, keep distance and wear your mask around others, including your roommate(s)—and watch yourself for symptoms.
  • 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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