University of Oregon
COVID-19 Update
March 08, 2021  •

What You Need to Know

  • There are open slots this week for free COVID-19 tests offered by the Monitoring and Assessment Program, known as MAP. Tests are available to asymptomatic Lane County residents age 3 and older. The free testing is being provided by the UO as a public health program. Pre-registration is required. Please visit for more information and to register.

  • The UO plans to return to mostly in-person instruction in the fall.

  • As spring break approaches, regardless of where you are currently residing, we ask you to remain vigilant and not travel out of the area in the weeks ahead. If you must travel, follow Oregon Statewide Guidance and CDC guidelines for travel which includes testing, quarantining, and other safety precautions.
Tip of the Week
A negative COVID-19 test is not a free pass. 

Featured FAQ

When should I come back to working on 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 24 members of the UO community who tested positive or were considered presumptive positive in the last seven days (February 28-March 7) as of 10:00 a.m. today. A total of 1,536 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 156,884 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state, 10,357 cases in Lane County, 31,996 in Multnomah County, and 1,576 in Coos County as of March 5.


  • Lane County improved to the "high risk" category for COVID-19 under Governor Brown's health and safety framework. In this risk category, the Student Recreation Center is available for indoor open recreation to currently enrolled students in a limited capacity. Residence hall dining facilities have inside seating available. All dining at the EMU remains grab-and-go.

  • 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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