Updated January 26, 2021

Resuming activities on a university campus is a multifaceted operation. Given the prevalence of COVID-19 in the communities where Oregon Tech operates, the university can move toward a phased and gradual resumption in close collaboration with county health authorities. As we proceed, Oregon Tech will be in alignment with the framework provided by Oregon’s governor and the Oregon Health Authority.

Employees are asked to complete a short Qualtrics survey to certify their completion of the Winter Term training.

Re-Opening Plan

Oregon Tech’s resumption plan incorporates phased and gradual steps, which can be altered quickly as local conditions warrant. For a further understanding, reference the Re-Opening Plan and Preparedness Guide below.

Weekly Email Updates

Weekly emails provide COVID-19 numbers and other important messages to campus.

Oregon Tech Community,

Another week down – the weeks seem to be flying by, which is a good thing?  It is nice to see more students on campus this week as in person classes got underway.

The Oregon Health Authority reports the number of weekly COVID cases showed a 4% decline, but the number of deaths hit a weekly high (passing the previous pandemic high the prior week).  Additionally, the number of positive tests dropped to 5.9% for the week ending January 16. The number of people receiving vaccines across the state this week also increased over the past week.

COVID-19 Update

As of today,  10 KF students are in isolation  (an increase of 1 over last week).  The number of KF employees in isolation is 4 (no change from last week). The number of new COVID positive cases reported this week totals 3 (all 3 KF students). One student at the Portland-Metro campus is in isolation (down from two last week); the report indicates no students isolating at Chemeketa. The total number of reported cases since January 2 is 19 (up 3 from last week).

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student.  The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

As the vaccine becomes more available and people are vaccinated, face coverings will still need to be worn and the other safety precautions still practiced.  As more information about vaccine accessibility is available, information will be shared regularly.

Reminders

Snow is in the forecast for Sunday and then Tuesday/Wednesday. Please remember that if the weather impacts campus operations, information about delays or closure will be communicated through the OIT Alert system and local media. If you have not updated our contact options in OIT Alert, please go here and follow the instructions. If an OIT-Alert is sent that a campus is closed, that means that all offices, activities and events on campus are cancelled. All in-person and remote courses will be cancelled, but students enrolled through Oregon Tech Online courses will continue unless otherwise notified by your professor. For KF students living in the residence halls information about any changes to meal times or procedures will come from Housing & Residence Life. Also, please allow more time when driving in winter conditions as arriving safely to your destination is most important.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others.  Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening.  Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider. Please do your part to stop the spread; it’s on all of us.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

It’s mid-January but you would not know it by the weather! I hope you are enjoying the unseasonable warm days and getting outside some. I’m sure the winter weather will come (and stay) eventually.

I hope you all read the memo from President Naganathan which provided information about spring term. The plan for spring term is for classes to be offered the same as fall term for all locations. The schedule of classes will be out later this term with spring term registration which will begin February 15. Dr. Nagi also indicated spring term will begin on March 29 (no change to the academic calendar). It is now the time that many are making plans for spring break, March 20 – 28, please keep in mind that COVID-19 will still be prevalent (even with the availability of the vaccine) and consider staying local and not travel to other states or abroad.

COVID-19 update

As of today, 9 KF students are in isolation. The number of KF employees in isolation is 4. The number of new COVID positive cases reported this week totals 6 (5 KF students and 1 Portland-Metro student). Two students at the Portland-Metro campus are in isolation; the report indicates no students isolating at Chemeketa. The total number of reported cases since January 2 is 16.

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student. The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

As the vaccine becomes more available and people are vaccinated, face coverings will still need to be worn and the other safety precautions still practiced. As more information about vaccine accessibility is available, information will be shared regularly.

Reminders

No classes on Monday as campus is closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In-person classes in KF start Tuesday. It will be nice to see you back on campus.

The KF Integrated Student Health Center is offering HIPAA-compliant Zoom and telephone appointments for counseling sessions. They are offering in-person medical appointments, and can also schedule telehealth appointments as well. PM counseling is available through Zoom and telephone appointments.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider. Please do your part to stop the spread; it’s on all of us.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

As the first week of the new term concludes, I hope your new term of classes went well.

OHA reported for the week of December 28 to January 3 a 17% increase over the previous week which followed three consecutive weeks of declining cases.  Additionally, the percentage of positive cases increased to 7.5% (up from 6.3%). Next week will be the start of any surge due to the New Year’s holiday celebrations, with the number of positive cases anticipated to increase again. 

COVID-19 update

Each weekly report starting with this one will provide numbers since January 2 (winter term start date for students moving back into KF campus housing). As of today,  20 KF students are in isolation.  The number of KF employees in isolation is 2. The number of positive cases reported this week totals 10 (9 KF students and 1 employee).

One student at the Portland-Metro campus and one student at the Chemeketa campus are in isolation.

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student.  The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening.  Students, please use the Oregon Tech app as this worked well last term in assisting students with symptoms and then notifying others of potential exposure which ultimately minimized the spread.  Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Reminders

Next week all KF courses and labs are still remote.  In person classes will begin Tuesday, January 19 following the campus holiday on January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others.  Our decisions over the next two weeks are critical in how campus will operate when in person courses begin.  Please do your part to stop the spread.

If you have not travelled back from your break yet, please check road conditions and if conditions are bad, please wait until conditions improve.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

As the New Year gets underway, winter break is winding down for everyone. Most of us are overjoyed to see 2020 end and are hopeful for a better 2021!

The last campus update on December 12 indicated the number of positive cases in Oregon continued to increase. OHA reports the week of December 21-27 (the latest weekly report) had a 22% decrease in positive cases, which marked the third consecutive week of declining numbers. This is good news but we are just now seeing the impact of the Christmas holiday and the result of travel and family gatherings. The New Year’s holiday impact will not be evident until approximately the second week of January, which is why we are starting winter term remotely in KF. Please continue to take appropriate steps to reduce the chance of exposure so that when we do return to in-person classes and activities, we will bring less COVID to campus.

COVID-19 update

During the winter break, reported cases of COVID exposure or positive tests were low. Only 10 positive cases were reported (8 KF students and 2 employees) and nine of those cases were due to exposures from a family member. We currently have three KF students, two Chemeketa students, and eight employees in isolation. It is imperative that everyone: students, faculty and staff complete the daily health screening. Please stay home if you have any COVID symptoms and contact the appropriate medical provider for assistance. Students with symptoms, have a possible exposure, or have tested positive, please call Student Health at 541-885-1800. Should you receive a call from Student Health or a member of the contact tracing team, please respond immediately so anyone at risk can be quickly identified and transmission to others can be minimized.

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student. The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

Next week’s update will provide cases from the start of winter term on January 4.

Reminders

Students living on campus: please complete your screening PRIOR to returning to campus. Housing opens at noon on Saturday, January 2 and dining services will resume with dinner on Sunday, January 3. If your return date has changed, please email Housing at housing@oit.edu with your updated information.

As you return to the Klamath basin, please check the weather and road conditions as winter has arrived; take it slow so your return is without incident.

The first two weeks of KF winter term classes (labs and lectures) will all be remote. In person classes will being Tuesday, January 19 since Monday, January 18, is a campus holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. At the Portland Metro campus classes will follow the same format as for fall – lectures remote, labs in person.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Our decisions over the next two weeks are critical in how campus will operate when in person courses begin. Please do your part to stop the spread.

Happy New Year and stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

Congrats to a completing the fall term (or almost as grades are being submitted) and thank you for doing your part to allow for continued services and minimizing the COVID spread in campus community.

Oregon’s number of positive cases continued to increase this week with all-time high daily counts. The total number of cases increased from 81,437 (1,003 deaths) on December 4 to 91,421 (1,138 deaths) yesterday. Some of this increase is a result of the Thanksgiving weekend and OHA is reporting the numbers are better than predicted as Oregonians changed plans and followed the Governor’s recommendations. We are still months away from a vaccine being available to the general public. Thus, it is imperative that we all continue to minimize close contact with others, keep social gatherings small, wear a face covering, and regularly wash hands.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Currently, 3 KF students are in isolation (none on campus) which is 15 less than last week. Additionally, 2 employees are in isolation (down from 7 last week). There are no reports of anyone in isolation at the PM campus or from Chemeketa.

This week there were 3 new positive KF students, bringing the total to 57 positive students since the start of fall term. Three new positive cases reported for employees, bring the total to 8 employees. One new positive cases reported from the PM campus and no new cases from Chemeketa.

The Integrated Student Health Center (ISHC) staff will be available throughout the winter break to support students with COVID-related issues (with the exception of Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, when the university is closed). If you develop symptoms, receive a positive COVID test result, or have an exposure, please call ISHC at 541-885-1800.

Due to the surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the community, Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) has approved of and encouraged Oregon Tech to spearhead contact tracing for its own employees. Gaylyn Maurer, Director of the Integrated Student Health Center, will be taking the lead in this effort as she has been trained in this area and has worked closely with KCPH across the past 9 months facilitating contact tracing for students. Several other staff members will also complete the training in order to ensure efficient support for employees who may be directly impacted by COVID. Should you receive a call from Gaylyn or the contact tracing team, please keep in mind that the intention behind their efforts is to keep the campus community as safe as possible by quickly identifying anyone at risk for having been exposed to the virus and to keep those who are ill from transmitting it to others.

Reminders

The Oregon Tech Foundation scholarship application is now available (due March 1, but don’t wait to do it – winter break is a great time to write your essays).

KF students living on campus housing, please complete the survey from Mandi about your return date to housing. This information is really important for planning purposes. If your plans change after you complete the survey, that is fine – just let Housing know of your new return date (email Housing@oit.edu). Also, please watch for an email with the information about your health screening for your return to housing.

Access to KF campus buildings over the winter break is extremely limited. The only building open during the break is the CU which will be open Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm, except for campus holidays (Dec 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Please call or email any office from which you need assistance rather than going to an office in person.

This reminder will continue to go out: the first two weeks of classes in KF will be remote (lecture classes and labs), with the term starting on January 4. The other campus locations will start winter term with the same operations as fall term. Please watch for additional emails about winter term over the winter break.

As the COVID-19 spread increases, everyone must continue to practice all the precautions regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, and regularly sanitize high touch surfaces.

The holidays are traditionally a time to enjoy time with family and friends, but we all need to think about doing things differently this year to slow the spread of the virus. Social gatherings are the prime source of transmission, so please make good decisions for the upcoming holidays. Remember, you may be asymptomatic so don’t give grandma or anyone else the virus; maintain at least 6 feet and wear a face covering (even when you are with family members that you think are “safe”).

This weekly update will be the last one until January 2, but watch for emails over the break for important information from me and or other staff.

Winter arrived yesterday with a beautiful snow fall, so be careful on the roads throughout the season. Please have a safe and restful break!

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

Oregon recorded the highest case count in a single day yesterday with 2,176 new cases and 30 deaths. It is anticipated that new cases will continue to increase since Thanksgiving was just 9 days ago. We are still months away from a vaccine being available to the general public. Thus, it is imperative that we all continue to minimize close contact with others, keep social gatherings small, wear a face covering, and regularly wash hands.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Currently, 18 KF students are in isolation (2 on campus) which is 15 less than last week. Additionally, 7 employees are in isolation (down from 13 last week). There are no reports of anyone in isolation at the PM campus or from Chemeketa.

This week there were 7 new positive KF students, bringing the total to 54 positive students since the start of fall term. Three new positive cases reported for employees. No new positive cases reported from the PM campus or Chemeketa.

Winter Term Information

On Thursday an email was sent to campus (attached) indicating the first two weeks of winter term will be remote for KF. The other campus locations will start winter term with the same operations as fall term. Please watch for additional emails about winter term over the next three weeks.

Reminders

Final exams are this week - good luck! Grades will be available on Tuesday, December 15.

The Oregon Tech Foundation scholarship application is now available (due March 1, but don’t wait to do it – winter break is a great time to write your essays).

As the COVID-19 spread increases, everyone must continue to practice all the precautions regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, and regularly sanitize high touch surfaces.

The holidays are traditionally a time to enjoy time with family and friends, but we all need to think about doing things differently this year to slow the spread of the virus. Social gatherings are the prime source of transmission, so please make good decisions for the upcoming holidays. Remember, you may be asymptomatic so don’t give grandma or anyone else the virus; maintain at least 6 feet and wear a face covering (even when you are with family members that you think are “safe”).

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

I hope this week’s update finds you well and enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend.

As Governor Brown’s state “freeze” ends on December 2, counties will be designated at one of four levels (low to extreme) with service and activities allowed based on designation. This system will allow for areas of the state to return to activities if the level of cases is lower, rather than the same guidance/requirements for the entire state. As county designations are determined/revised, University services and activities will be evaluated as our goal is to continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Currently, 33 KF students are in isolation (2 on campus) which is five less than last week. Additionally, 13 employees are in isolation (up from 9 last week). There are no reports of anyone in isolation at the PM campus or from Chemeketa.

This week there were 13 new positive KF students, bringing the total to 47 positive students since the start of fall term. No new positive cases reported for employees or from the PM campus or Chemeketa.

Reminders

As COVID-19 spread increases, everyone must continue to practice all the precautions regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, and regularly sanitize high touch surfaces.

As the term winds down, good luck completing papers, projects, and exams (or grading everything). If you haven’t registered for winter term, please do so this week.

Friday is the last day withdraw from all classes this term.

Don’t let COVID fatigue or the stress of the end of the term get to you. Use your campus resources this week and next in order to finish strong.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

My apologies for not getting this out earlier today as you many of you have become accustomed to reading with your morning coffee.

Governor Brown’s two week freeze started on Wednesday (to December 2, minimally) which meant we had to institute some changes primarily at the Klamath Falls campus. The aspects of higher education that were announced as exempt include instruction and research; all other functions have to follow the relevant sector guidance. As a result, the TechRec is closed, in person social events are cancelled, and dining is 100% takeout (no seating available in the dining area). These changes are unfortunate but Oregon Tech must comply with the state directives. As part of this statewide guidance, the Governor has stated repeatedly the “urgent importance of limiting social gatherings—especially during the holiday season—and continuing to wear face coverings even when visiting family and friends in small gatherings.” COVID-19 cases have risen on campus recently as they have in the local community and beyond, and Oregon Tech supports the statewide public health regulations issued this week to curtail the spread.

Approximately 630 students are living on campus and buildings are occupied with labs and lower level classes this term. Oregon Tech staff members have kept our buildings and facilities clean and the campus fully accessible. I’m thankful for everyone that is playing a critical role in keeping our campuses safe, healthy and operational. I am gratified to see students and staff observing our safety protocols, and the prevalence of mask wearing — both indoors and outside — has been part of why we’ve been able to conduct fall term as we planned. However, we can’t become lazy in our efforts or we will continue to have increases in our COVID-19 numbers.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

This week 102 students tested on campus (KF) bringing the total of students tested since September 16 to 255. Man students wanted testing before returning home to family. Of the results in so far, only one came back positive (which we expected due to symptoms).

As I indicated last week, with the increased number of students in isolation, more positive cases were anticipated. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened; the total number of positive cases this week increased by 12 (all students), bringing the total for fall term to 34 students (up from just 8 two weeks ago) and 2 employees (no new cases this week) at the KF campus. The Portland-Metro campus did not have any new positive cases, keeping the total positive cases to 3 (all students). One new positive case was reported from the Chemeketa program, bringing the total to 3 (all students).

We have even more students in isolation currently (38 KF students; only one in isolation on campus) comparted to 29 last week, with 9 KF employees currently in isolation as well. We do not, however, have any students currently reported in isolation at the PM campus or from the Chemeketa program.

In analyzing the increase in students in isolation and testing positive over the last two weeks, it is clear that currently 37 individuals (to date) were impacted by a “super spreader” event (a Halloween party). Of those 37 individuals, 16 have tested positive so far and the others are in isolation (some waiting on test results, with more positives likely). It is clear that what I was trying to prevent with messages prior to Halloween were not heeded by some and the consequences are now being felt by many others that were exposed (and even positive) as a result of this social gathering where proper precautions were not followed. To say I’m disappointed is true, but my heart truly goes out to those that are sick. I hope better decisions by all of us will occur with upcoming holidays and the interactions with family and friends will be done physically distanced and with face coverings.

As I have said before, please think about your activities on and off campus. The ability to get individuals into isolation quickly is certainly making a positive difference in controlling the spread in our community. If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

  • As you have lots on your mind with the fall term winding down, please don’t forget to register for winter term.
  • Please consider getting a flu shot soon, if you haven’t already done so.
  • If you live on campus and are returning after Thanksgiving, please do NOT forget to do your health screening BEFORE you return.

I’m hearing from some students that they have some final exams this week – good luck on all exams whenever you take them!

Happy Thanksgiving and stay well,
Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

I can’t believe week 8 of fall term is over, but I’m thankfully the end of term is approaching. I’m disheartened to share this week’s update as it is not a good one. I’ll start with Governor Brown’s announcement yesterday of a “two week freeze” starting Wednesday (November 18) to December 2 to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon, which is a direct result of the skyrocketing number of cases this month. Oregon Tech will need to adjust in some areas, but classes will continue without any changes.

The two week freeze ordered by the Governor provides specific sector directives, some of which apply to Oregon Tech. The press conference from yesterday can be viewed here. Oregon Tech will take the following actions to comply with the two week freeze requirements:

  • TechRec (Student Rec Center) will close; gym access will be for instruction purposes only (guidance on athletics is forthcoming)
  • Bookstore will reduce capacity to 75%
  • Campus Dining will be 100% takeout; eating in the dining area will be discontinued
  • Campus activities will stop, including campus visits and on-campus interviews by search committees
  • Instruction will continue as planned (higher education instruction and research is excluded from this directive)

In addition to these specific actions, Oregon Tech encourages everyone to also follow Governor Brown’s directive on social gatherings: limit of 6 people total, from no more than two households (this means your household plus only one other) regardless of indoor or outdoor location. As Thanksgiving falls within this two week freeze, please reconsider your Thanksgiving plans and adjust to follow these social gathering guidelines. Students, please consider not traveling for Thanksgiving and staying local so that you reduce the risk of bring COVID back to campus. You do not want to spend the last two weeks in isolation/quarantine and be able to finish final exams.

Of course, whether you stay local or travel, adhering to our prevention measures (on and off campus) remain critical: properly wear a face covering inside and outside; maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others; wash your hands regularly (or use hand sanitizer); and frequently sanitize high touch surfaces. I know we are all tired of hearing this and even more tired of doing it, but we need to maintain our vigilance until the pandemic is behind us.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

This week 13 students tested on campus (KF) bringing the total of students tested since September 16 to 153. Unfortunately, the total number of positive cases this week brought the total for fall term to 22 students (up from just 8 last week) and 2 employees (no new cases this week) at the KF campus. The Portland-Metro campus had two more students test positive, bringing the total positive cases to 3 (all students). No additional positive cases were reported from the Chemeketa program, keeping the total at 2 (both students).

We also have a many individuals in isolation this week, which will likely contribute to more positive cases in the coming week. Last week 29 KF students were isolating and now we have 23 (11 in isolation on campus) as well as 4 employees in isolation. Also, 26 PM students are in isolation currently and one student at Chemeketa is in isolation.

It is evident that the increase in positive cases and the need to isolate individuals is directly linked to letting our guards down and interacting with others that are considered “safe” when in fact they are not. Please think about your activities on and off campus. The ability to get individuals into isolation quickly is certainly making a positive difference in controlling the spread in our community .If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

Registration for winter term is underway. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor and register when it is your time. Don’t put it off as the end of the term will be very busy and you don’t want to forget to do it!

Thanksgiving break is longer this year. Please remember that the Thanksgiving break begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 25 (class after 1:00pm do not meet) and runs through Wednesday, December 2. Classes resume on December 3 mostly through remote delivery. Be sure to know what each of your classes is doing after the break and for finals week (December 7 – 10).

Please continue to practice our COVID-19 prevention measures on AND off campus:

  • Properly wear a face covering inside and outside
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer of 60% alcohol or more)
  • Sanitize high touch surfaces frequently, and
  • Please do not come to campus if you are sick!

As winter weather is now here, please slow down and be safe on the roads (and even walking on slick surfaces).

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D

Oregon Tech Community Members,

Another week of the term is behind us and it is now November. Unfortunately, what is not behind us is COVID-19. This week saw more cases across the state, our counties and even on campus. It is clear the Halloween activities, specifically social gatherings without physical distancing and face coverings, played a role in this week’s numbers. As I look back to mid-September and now, Klamath County’s number of COVID-19 cases increased from 260 (on September 16) to 463 (as of yesterday). Oregon also saw its highest daily count of 805 on Thursday. The recent increased spread is due to small, informal social gatherings according to OHA. As a reminder as to how we can Stop the Spread, please see the attached.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Last week we had 12 KF students isolating due to either direct contact with a COVID-19 person or due to symptoms. This week we have 29 KF students isolating (6 in isolation on campus). One KF employee is currently isolating (due to symptoms).

Eleven students tested this week on campus, bringing the total tested on campus to 140 students. The total number of positive cases on the KF campus increased by 4 (all students) this week for an overall total of 10 cases (8 students and 2 employees) at the KF campus.

At the PM campus one student reported positive this week, the first PM case since fall term started. Two PM students are currently in isolation.

Two students in an Oregon Tech academic program at the Chemeketa Community College tested positive this week.

If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11. As this is a recognized campus holiday, campus is closed and classes do not meet. If you are a veteran, thank you for your service! Please be sure to thank a veteran on Wednesday.

Registration for winter term is underway. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor and register when it is your time. Don’t put it off as the end of the term will be very busy and you don’t want to forget to do it!

Thanksgiving break is longer this year. Please remember that the Thanksgiving break begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 25 (class after 1:00pm do not meet) and runs through Wednesday, December 2. Classes resume on December 3 mostly through remote delivery. Be sure to know what each of your classes is doing after the break and for finals week (December 7 – 10).

Please continue to practice our COVID-19 prevention measures on AND off campus. And please do not come to campus if you are sick!

Stay well,

Erin M Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech community members,

We are now in the downward slide to the end of the term with week 6 now completed; time is really flying. However, if you have watched the news this week, the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, is not on a downward trajectory. Cases have increased across the country as well as in Oregon; in the state we had the highest case count yesterday (Friday at 600) since the start of the pandemic. Oregon Health Authority’s stated on 10/28 that the incidence of reported infection has been highest in persons 20–49 years of age, who account for 39% of Oregon’s population and 56% of reported cases. The current increase in cases means we must continue to practice all prevention measures on and off campus to reduce the spread. Be sure to maintain 6 feet, properly wear a face covering, keep washing your hands regularly, and clean high touch surfaces often. Even if you are spending time with someone you know (and think they are healthy), it is in your best interest to keep your distance as they could be an asymptomatic carrier. Continue to be vigilant to remain healthy! And remember: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu (or not feeling 100%), please STAY home.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers:

Last week we had a significant number of students in isolation due to possible exposure to a COVID-positive person. Those exposed have tested negative (pending one that was retested this week due to symptoms). At this time we have 12 KF students isolating due to either direct contact with a COVID-19 person or due to symptoms (only one is isolating in campus housing).

Eight students tested this week on campus, bringing the total tested on campus to 129 students. Of those 129, the number testing positive remains at one. Since September 16 in Klamath Falls, we have had 119 students instructed to isolate (up from 104 reported last week) with 12 students currently in isolation. The total number of positive cases on the KF campus increased by 1 (an employee) this week for an overall total of 6 cases at the KF campus. The employee is recovering at home. In addition to the students in isolation, one KF employee is currently isolating (due to symptoms).

At the PM campus there are zero employees are isolating. Portland Metro also does not have any students isolating currently and there are no reported positive cases.

If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

If you missed the email on Tuesday about the new campus Face Covering Requirement, please see the attachment and note that face shields are not allowed as a face covering unless a medical exemption is approved. Neck gaiters are also not allowed on campus. If you have not received your Oregon Tech branded face coverings, please go to the Student Affairs office (CU 217) to pick them up or go to the CIC at the PM campus.

The last day to withdraw from a single class is Friday, November 6. A complete withdrawal (dropping all classes) can be done through Friday, December 4.

Stay safe this Halloween weekend and don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight!

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech community members,

In order to keep campus informed and to provide some reminders, here is this week’s COVID-19 email.

COVID flowchart for students

Daily Screenings (this can’t be re-iterated enough)

Daily health screenings are imperative to conduct by everyone. Students should use the OT app and follow the instructions if you get a red health pass. Employees also need to assess your health prior to coming to campus. If you don’t feel well or if you have symptoms or have a direct exposure to someone that is COVID-19 positive, do not come to campus. Students should call Student Health at 541-885-1800 and employees should contact the Office of Human Resources. As a reminder, please see the attached flowcharts (one for students and one for employees); post this somewhere that you will see it every day as a reminder to do your daily health screening.

Face Covering Requirement

New guidance from the state this week prohibits the use of face shields as an appropriate face covering, unless limited circumstances exist. More information about this change and other guidance around face coverings will be sent out early next week.

It is appropriate to remove your face covering in order to eat or drink but it is not appropriate to leave your face covering off for extended time. When you finish eating, please put your face covering back in place over both your nose and mouth. Likewise, after you take a drink from your beverage, put your face covering back on properly. If you are reminded by someone to put your face covering back on, please be respectful and replace your face covering over your nose and mouth. If you see someone without a properly placed face covering, please remind them of the face covering requirement. We all have a role in doing what’s required, especially with face coverings and physical distancing, and gently reminding one another is also everyone’s responsibility.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

We had a significant increase in the number of KF students and employees in isolation this week as a result of a potential exposure because a person came to campus with symptoms and then tested positive. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu (or not feeling 100%), please STAY home. Forty-one (41) students tested this week on campus, bringing the total tested on campus to 121 students. Of those 121, the number testing positive remains at one. Since September 16 in Klamath Falls, we have had 104 students instructed to isolate (up from 49 reported last week) with 52 students currently in isolation (49 of which due to the possible exposure). The total number of positive cases on the KF campus increased by 1 (an employee) this week for an overall total of 5 cases at the KF campus. All five have now recovered.

In addition to the students in isolation, six employees in KF are currently isolating (2 due to symptoms and 4 due to possible exposure). At the PM campus there are zero employees are isolating. Portland Metro also does not have any students isolating currently and there are no reported positive cases.

Other Reminders

KF testing for students: Tuesdays and Wednesday, noon – 2:00pm (through November 25), at the Choose Well tent by Snell Hall.

Flu season is here now. Please consider getting a flu shot this year. In Klamath Falls, flu shots are available at Student Health on Wednesdays and Fridays between 8:00am and noon by appointment only. Portland-Metro has 12 pharmacies within 5 miles of campus offering free flu shots.

It is important to address this stress: be good to yourself; take some time to enjoy the nice weather by taking a walk or run; call someone that you haven’t connected with due to the pandemic; and if you need assistance, use your resources. Students, counseling staff is available in Klamath Falls (541-885-1800) and in Portland (503-821-1313) with remote appointments. Employees, don’t forget about our EAP program.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech community members,

In order to keep campus informed and to provide some reminders, here is this week’s COVID-19 email.

Daily Screenings

Daily health screenings are imperative to conduct by everyone. Students should use the OT app and follow the instructions if you get a red health pass. Employees also need to assess your health prior to coming to campus. If you don’t feel well or if you have symptoms or have a direct exposure to someone that is COVID-19 positive, do not come to campus. Students should call Student Health at 541-885-1800 and employees should contact the Office of Human Resources.

Other Reminders

KF testing for students: Tuesdays and Wednesday, noon – 2:00pm (through November 25), at the Choose Well tent by Snell Hall.

It is appropriate to remove your face covering in order to eat or drink but it is not appropriate to leave your face covering off for extended time. When you finish eating, please put your face covering back in place over both your nose and mouth. Likewise, after you take a drink from your beverage, put your face covering back on properly. If you are reminded by someone to put your face covering back on, please be respectful and replace your face covering over your nose and mouth. If you see someone without a properly placed face covering, please remind them of the face covering requirement. We all have a role in doing what’s required, especially with face coverings and physical distancing, and gently reminding one another is also everyone’s responsibility.

With the completion of week 4, the middle of the term is approaching which brings mid-term exams and other stressors. Please acknowledge that school (and work) alone is very stressful, but add even more stress due to operating under all the requirements and limitations of a pandemic and the result is MAJOR stress for the majority of us. It is important to address this stress: be good to yourself; take some time to enjoy the nice weather by taking a walk or run; call someone that you haven’t connected with due to the pandemic; and if you need assistance, use your resources. Students, counseling staff is available in Klamath Falls (541-885-1800) and in Portland (503-821-1313) with remote appointments. Employees, don’t forget about our EAP program.

Flu season is here now. Please consider getting a flu shot this year. In Klamath Falls, flu shots are available at Student Health on Wednesdays and Fridays between 8:00am and noon by appointment only. Portland-Metro has 12 pharmacies within 5 miles of campus offering free flu shots.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Six more students tested this week on campus bringing the total tested to 80 students. Of those 80, the number testing positive remains at one. Since September 16 in Klamath Falls, we have had 49 students instructed to isolate (up from 40 reported last week) with only 4 students currently in isolation. The total of positive cases on the KF campus increased by 1 this week a total now of 4 cases. As always, our thoughts are with these students and we are certainly hoping for their speedy recovery.

One employee in KF is currently isolating due to symptoms (zero employees isolating at the PM campus). Portland Metro does not have any students isolating currently and there no reported positive cases.

New item

On a different note, this past Thursday was international ShakeOut 2020: Drop, Cover and Hold On! day. This awareness program is about what you should do to protect yourself during an earthquake. With all the craziness of 2020, we should all know what to do during an earthquake: drop onto your hands and knees, crawl to get under a desk/table and hold on to it securely. If getting under a desk/table is unavailable, move against an interior wall that does not have objects on the wall above you (beware of objects around you that can fall on you). If you are outdoors, avoid trees, buildings, signs or other objects that can fall on you. For more information and preparedness checklist go here.

Get out and enjoy the great weather this weekend! Don’t forget to practice all of the COVID-19 prevention measures both on- and off-campus, and indoors or outdoors: physical distancing of 6ft or more, wear a face covering, and wash your hands and high touch surfaces regularly!

Stay well,

Erin Foley, Ph.D
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech community members,

In order to keep campus informed and to provide some reminders, here is this week’s COVID-19 email.

First, on-site testing in Klamath Falls was extended this week and will continue through November 25, 2020. Testing is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 2:00pm each day at the Choose Well tent near Snell Hall. This is free and voluntary for students in KF. The testing location for faculty and staff is the drive-through site on Eldorado.

Second is the COVID-19 weekly update. Six students tested this week on campus bringing the total tested to 74 students. Of those 74, the number testing positive remains at one. Since September 16 in Klamath Falls, we have had 40 students instructed to isolate (up from 23 reported last week) with 11 students currently in isolation. The total of positive cases on the KF campus remains at 3. Our thoughts are with these students and we are certainly hoping for their speedy recovery.

One employee in KF is currently isolating due to symptoms (zero employees isolating at the PM campus). Portland Metro has two students isolating currently and no reported positive cases.

Campus officials continue to work in close coordination with local public health officials. Please follow any instructions provided by Student Health or public health staff members if you are contacted.

On campus, we are doing a great job but also need to practice all of the prevention measures off campus as well. The most important prevention measure is maintaining at least 6 feet physical distance followed by properly wearing face coverings and washing hands regularly (or using hand sanitizer which is available in classrooms/labs and many other locations around campus). It is also important for all community members to continue to do their daily health screenings and abide by our community standards. If you are sick, please stay home and take appropriate action. If you have direct contact with someone that has COVID-19 or you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and call Student Health at 541-885-1800 (students or employees at any campus location) for assistance.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that Thursday marked the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon with 484 new cases. Here is the statement from OHA: “Over the past few weeks, Oregon has seen a steady rise in daily cases. Sadly, today we see the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in Oregon. During a media briefing today, Deputy State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jeanne said that cases have been caused by infections passed along at social gatherings, workplaces and long-term care facilities. This increase in cases has reversed the progress we made in the late summer, and our most recent modeling shows the virus is spreading more rapidly just as we enter the fall and winter when Oregonians will spend more time indoors. That means that COVID-19 is in communities across Oregon. When the virus is in the community, it will spread if people don’t take precautions. If people don’t wear masks and socialize frequently with people outside their households and gather in groups, the virus will enter our workplaces and nursing homes. Dr. Jeanne reminds us: Every one of us needs to continue to take this threat seriously. The choices we make affect not only us and our families but our neighbors, our communities and the most vulnerable people among us. You have worked hard to limit the spread of COVID-19. Keep it up: Wear face coverings, keep physically distant, frequently wash your hands, and avoid gathering in groups.”

The number of positive cases in Klamath County saw an increase this week so, again, behaviors off campus are just as important as on campus. Remaining vigilant on and off campus is critical so please continue to physical distance, wear your face covering properly, wash your hands regularly, keep your spaces clean, and minimize attendance at social gatherings. We want to maintain our current operations so we all need to continue to do our part every day.

Please continue to take care of yourself and one another!

 

Stay well,
Erin Foley
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech community members,

The first two weeks of fall term are now behind us (you probably join me in thinking that the time went very quickly) and so I’d like to provide an update on COVID-19 and campus operations. Our planning for fall term included new operational needs, prevention measures, and response protocols because we knew we would have exposure and positive COVID cases on campus. The importance of reducing and then managing exposure and positive cases is critical and everyone must do their part day in and day out.

Klamath Falls completed three weeks of COVID testing for students on a voluntary basis. We had 68 students test during this period and only one test came back positive (student was asymptomatic). Since September 16 in Klamath Falls, we have had 23 students instructed to isolate (9 currently still in isolation). Two additional students have tested positive for a total of 3 positive cases on the KF campus. Our thoughts are with these students and we are certainly hoping for their speedy recovery.

One employee isolated due to symptoms but tested negative (KF). Portland Metro has two students isolating currently and no reported positive cases.

Campus officials continue to work in close coordination with local public health officials. Please follow any instructions provided by Student Health or public health staff members if you are contacted.

Although we have a couple of positive cases, these numbers could be much higher. However, we need to continue to practice our Swiss cheese model of prevention (if you are unfamiliar with this, watch this video curtesy of the University of Michigan). The most important prevention measure is maintaining at least 6 ft physical distance followed by properly wearing face coverings. On campus, we are doing a great job but also need to practice all of the prevention measures off campus as well.

It is also time for another reminder for all community members to continue to do their daily health screenings and abide by our community standards. If you are sick, please stay home and take appropriate action. If you have direct contact with someone that has COVID-19 or you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and call Student Health at 541-885-1800 (students or employees at any campus location) for assistance.

Please continue to take care of yourself and one another!

Stay well,
Erin Foley
Vice President & Dean of Students

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Who to Contact

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Workplace/Workforce Maureen De Armond
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Academics Joanna Mott
COVID-19 Gaylyn Maurer
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Klamath Falls: The Integrated Student Health Center on the Klamath Falls campus will continue to offer both medical and mental health support services during Fall Term. Counseling sessions will be available via in-person, telephone and video conference. Medical appointments will continue to be in-person and via telehealth (as appropriate). Call ISHC at 541-885-1800 to schedule.

Portland-Metro: Counseling Services will be available to Portland-Metro students via in-person, telephone, and video conferencing in the Fall term. Appointments can be made by calling 503-821-1313.

All Students: If you are on the Klamath Falls campus and begin to feel ill (cough, trouble breathing, fever) call ISHC at 541-885-1800. If you are a student on the Portland-Metro campus or on another site and begin to feel ill, please do not come to campus and call your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Regardless of campus, if you experience any of the following, contact ISHC at 541-885-1800:

  • Receive a positive result on a COVID-19 test
  • Been within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes of someone confirmed with COVID-19
  • Are contacted within the course of a public health contact tracing investigation

Faculty& Staff If you begin to feel ill (cough, trouble breathing, fever), please do not come to campus and call your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Regardless of campus, if you experience any of the following, contact ISHC at 541-885-1800:

  • Receive a positive result on a COVID-19 test
  • Been within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes of someone confirmed with COVID-19
  • Are contacted within the course of a public health contact tracing investigation

COVID-19 Testing Locations