Important message from UO Portland: Two-week pause

UO Portland community,

First, THANK you for following the health and safety measures that have been in place at UO Portland this fall.  You know them all by heart: performing a symptom self-check prior to coming to campus; face masks when you are in our buildings, except when alone in an enclosed room or in a designated eating/drinking room; maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and others; and following healthy hand washing steps. These measures have kept us safe, protected those who are essential workers in our buildings, and allowed us to continue operations.

If you learn you are positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus within the previous two weeks, please report as soon as possible to the Corona Corps Care Team via their webform. The Corona Corps is a University of Oregon-led initiative focused on providing contact monitoring and case management support for positive COVID-19 cases or close contacts within the UO community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

It is also very important that we recognize the virus spread in our broader community and measures that are being put in place this Wednesday to support our health. The new measures are described here, and I urge everyone to read them carefully, and follow them in recognition of their importance. As of now, practices at UO Portland are unchanged. Yet there is substantial concern that if the following measures are not enough to bring numbers down, additional restrictions may be added to reduce the spread, ensure hospital capacity, and prevent death. Please work from home to the greatest extent possible. Limit social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reduce the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly in a two-week period), and keep the same six people in your social gathering circle.

Again, thank you for your dedicated responsibility as a UO Portland community member, and stay safe through continuing safe practices and following the carefully crafted two-week pause described below.

Questions?  Concerns?  Please don’t hesitate to let me know.



Jane Gordon
Vice Provost for Portland 
University of Oregon