Oregon Tech community members,
In order to keep campus informed and to provide some reminders, here is this week’s COVID-19 email.
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.
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.
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!
Erin Foley, Ph.D
Vice President & Dean of Students