Updated March 22, 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,

Spring term is officially more than half over; we are on the downhill side of finishing the term and the academic year! The weeks are flying by and before we know it we will have survived the year! As reported last week, fifteen counties moved to the extreme risk level. These same counties moved down to the high risk level yesterday because statewide hospitalizations decreased. I can also report that the recent KF campus surge is resolving as numbers are improving.

In order for the risk level to be lowered and more opportunities for end-of-the-year events to occur, COVID spread must be reduced. The only way to do this is through continuation of the COVID prevention measures and getting the COVID vaccine. Please consider getting the vaccine to protect yourself and others, and once you are vaccinated you can start doing more (information about vaccination locations below).

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 9 KF (down from 35), 0 PM and 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 3 (no change from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 39 (31 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 6 employees) which is an increase of 13 over last week (12 KF students and 1 employee)

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Vaccine

Benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 We all want to get back to our lives. Vaccinations can help us get back to many of the things we miss most. When enough people get vaccinated, we will be able to see our loved ones, celebrate holidays, and return to more of our normal life, including the way we can interact on campus. More information about the Oregon Tech vaccination program will be out next week.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available online on Klamath Tribal Health website. Appointments can be scheduled without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Portland area vaccine information

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center: All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area. Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment directly here.

Vaccine info for all locations: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool to confirm eligibility and find a vaccination provider.

As a reminder, we all still need to be vigilant (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. 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, and get a vaccine. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Yesterday, OHA reported:

  • Cases have increased 20% or more for the last five weeks
  • Oregon is the state with the highest rate of increase in cases over the last two weeks
  • Hospitalizations are increasing at almost double what they were a week ago
  • The portion of hospitalized cases of people who are ages 18 to 34 has increased by almost 50 percent

The change in county risk levels (to the extreme level) went into effect yesterday and numbers will be assessed again on Tuesday. Any change to the risk level would take effect on Friday. For Oregon Tech, this was one of the worst weeks for us since fall term. The increase in positive cases on the KF campus are a result of exposures at a social event and a classroom exposure. We are nearing the end of the academic year and are extremely tired of COVID dictating how we live, but we must not relax our efforts to prevent COVID spread among our community members.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 35 KF (up from 24), 0 PM (down one from last week), 0 Salem (no change for Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 3 (down 5 from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 26 (19 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 5 employees) which is an increase of 12 students over last week

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Vaccine

Benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 We all want to get back to our lives. Vaccinations can help us get back to many of the things we miss most. When enough people get vaccinated, we will be able to see our loved ones, celebrate holidays, and return to more of our normal life, including the way we can interact on campus. More information about the Oregon Tech vaccination program will be out next week.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available online on Klamath Tribal Health website. Appointments can be scheduled without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Another vaccination opportunity: Klamath Health Partnership (KHP) is hosting a free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine event on May 4th at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The event is by appointment only beginning at 9am and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This has been a safe and convenient option as a one shot vaccine and the CDC’s investigation has encouraged everyone that they are taking every report of possible side effects seriously. Any Klamath County resident, regardless of patient status, may register. You must pre-register to receive a vaccination here. For more information, please call 541-851-8110.

Vaccine info for locations other than KF: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool to confirm eligibility and find a vaccination provider.

As a reminder, we all still need to be vigilant (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. 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, and get a vaccine. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Today Governor Brown announced many counties are going to change their risk levels this week. Klamath, Clackamas and Marion counties are among the 15 counties to move to extreme risk on Friday, April 30. County data will be evaluated weekly for at least the next three weeks with updates given on Tuesday to go into effect on Friday. Counties moved to extreme risk will remain for a maximum of three weeks.

In terms of impact for our campus communities, I can provide the following information for Klamath Falls:

  • Since Friday at 6pm, there are an additional 49 students who have been impacted by COVID
  • Since Friday at 6pm, an additional 6 students on the KF campus have tested positive (21 positive cases reported since March 27)
  • Close to half of the students who have reported symptoms during the month of April have tested positive
  • There are currently 44 students on the KF campus who are isolating, which is the highest we have had at one time since the beginning of the pandemic
  • Student gatherings are proving to be the most risky in terms of transmission
  • An entire class had an exposure because the students were not physically distanced and someone attended class when ill
  • The vaccine is helping to reduce the number of students who have to isolate following an exposure
  • COVID symptoms are similar to allergies; please stay home if you have ANY symptoms to minimize the potential spread to others

Student events scheduled for the next three weeks will be reviewed and the event planners will be notified if the event is cancelled.

Vaccinations

Governor Brown stated: "The fastest way to lift health and safety restrictions is for Oregonians to get vaccinated as quickly as possible and follow the safety measures we know stop this virus from spreading... My goal is to lift these restrictions as soon as it is safely possible, and keep Oregon on the path for lifting most health and safety requirements by the end of June so we can fully reopen our economy. But we will only get there if enough Oregonians get vaccinated. There are appointments available right now all across the state."

Vaccine info: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool at https://getvaccinated.oregon.gov/ to confirm eligibility and find a vaccination provider.

As a reminder, we all still need to be vigilant (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. 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, and get a vaccine. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Yesterday Governor Brown made this statement: "In the race between vaccines and variants, right now the variants have the upper hand. . . [T]oday’s cases topped 1,000, with Oregon now ranking second in the nation for having the most rapid growth of infection spread. Our hospitals are about to surpass 300 positive COVID-19 cases. That means several counties are on the verge of having to reinstate Extreme Risk restrictions on businesses and activities.” Klamath, Clackamas and Marion counties are likely to be moved to extreme as early as Tuesday, which would likely be in effect for three weeks.

Campus numbers continued to increase again this week due to individuals coming to class/work with symptoms instead of staying home. The expectation still remains that daily health screenings are completed prior to going to class/work and taking the appropriate actions: students contact Student Health (541-885-1800) and employees contact your primary medical provider.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 24 KF (up from 15), 1 PM (up one from last week), 0 Salem (no change for Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 8 (up six from last week)
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 14 (8 KF students; 1 Salem student; 5 employees) which is an increase of 5 students and 3 employees over last week

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Reminders

Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center on the medical center campus will be the site of an April 24 vaccination clinic also for those 18 and older. You can be assured of a dose and minimum wait times by making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Call 1-833-606-4370 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule your appointment. No walk-in slots or on-site appointments are available.

Vaccine info for locations other than KF: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool at https://getvaccinated.oregon.gov/ to confirm eligibility and find a vaccination provider.

As a reminder, we all still need to be vigilant (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. 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.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

It is now almost a full 2 weeks since the Easter weekend and many family events. As anticipated, our COVID numbers have jumped significantly and in working through the positive cases, these individuals had exposures through family events. The impact is clear in the numbers below. We must continue to address COVID as much today as we did at the beginning by following the prevention measures and now getting the vaccine. Comfort and familiarity with the people you are socializing with cannot lead to complacency in following prevention measures to minimize COVID exposures. Please continue your daily health screenings and stay home if you are not well.

County numbers are still on the rise again this week so we may see a change in the county risk level next week for both Klamath and Clackamas counties, which will further limit campus operations.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 15 KF (up from 2), 0 PM, 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 2 (no change from last week)
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 5 (4 KF students; 1 employee) which is an increase of 3 students over last week

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Reminders

Vaccine information for KF: vaccinations will be given to people 18 and older on April 22 and April 23 at the Sky Lakes Vaccination Clinic on the fourth floor of the original medical center. Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center on the medical center campus will be the site of an April 24 vaccination clinic also for those 18 and older. The Oregon Health Authority will remove vaccination qualifying conditions beginning April 19. You can be assured of a dose and minimum wait times by making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Call 1-833-606-4370 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule your appointment. No walk-in slots or on-site appointments are available.

Vaccine info for locations other than KF: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool at https://getvaccinated.oregon.gov/ to confirm eligibility and find a vaccination provider.

As a reminder, we all still need to be vigilant (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. 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.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Week two of the term is behind us and the weather is staying pleasant, but COVID is still here. The COVID numbers in Klamath and Clackamas counties increased enough over the past two weeks that both counties were notified last Tuesday that the risk level was changed to High Risk (Marion county remains at the High Risk level). This change went into effect yesterday and will be the risk level for at least the next two weeks. This is a clear indicator that we must continue to practice the prevention measures every day. With the Easter holiday just last week and family gatherings being the greatest source of exposure, we are likely to see numbers continue to increase for the next week or so.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 2 KF (down from 3), 0 PM, 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 2 (up from 0)
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 2 (1 student; 1 employee) which is an increase of 1 over last week

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Vaccine information for KF: vaccinations will be given to people 18 and older on April 22 and April 23 at the Sky Lakes Vaccination Clinic on the fourth floor of the original medical center. Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center on the medical center campus will be the site of an April 24 vaccination clinic also for those 18 and older. The Oregon Health Authority will remove vaccination qualifying conditions beginning April 19. You can be assured of a dose and minimum wait times by making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Call 1-833-606-4370 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule your appointment. No walk-in slots or on-site appointments are available.

As a reminder, we all still need to be diligent (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. 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.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

I hope everyone experienced a relaxing and rejuvenating spring break and the first week of the new term was as nice as the weather (spring weather, however, may not be here to stay).

Although spring term marks a year of living with COVID, we are still operating under the same expectations and requirements as fall and winter terms, and we all must remain committed to abiding by the face covering and physical distancing requirements. Additionally, daily health screenings must continue and if you are not well, please stay home.

If you are tracking the positive case numbers by county, state or across the nation, you know the numbers are once again on the rise. If the county risk level changes, this will likely impact which activities can be held and how. Once the spring break surge subsides, perhaps more opportunities for events can occur, especially outdoor activities.

COVID-19 Update

Below is a summary of COVID for fall and winter terms, which clearly indicates a positive trend.

Term KF Students PM Students Salem Students Employees
Isolations: Fall 272 22 6 64
  Winter 79 4 6 33
Positive cases: Fall 65 4 3 10
  Winter 24 3 0 5

 

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 3 KF, 0 PM, 0 Salem
  • Employees in isolation: 0
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 1 student

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Vaccines are becoming more available with faculty, staff, and student employees becoming eligible Monday (information sent out earlier this week about locations/appointments) as the CDC considers higher education staff to be frontline workers. Governor Brown also announced yesterday that all family members of frontline workers are also eligible beginning Monday. Students are likely to be eligible next month (unless you are eligible under another classification). As you become eligible, we encourage you to get vaccinated (if you haven’t already). As a reminder, we all still need to be diligent (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus.

Reminders

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) – please join us in these events throughout the month.

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.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Congrats! We made it through winter term which most find to be the most challenging term of the year and this year that appears to be the consensus as well. Although we have no way of knowing what the COVID challenges will be week to week, I have to say winter term was better than I predicted. I appreciate everyone’s effort to not bring COVID back at the start of the term as well as doing your part throughout the term to reduce the spread. Before you relax and enjoy spring break, please read this week’s update and note that the next update will be April 3 (the end of the first week of spring term).

COVID-19 Update

The last few weeks and this week show great news on the COVID front:

  • Students in isolation: 1 KF
  • Employees in isolation: 2
  • Number of new positive cases: 4 (2 KF students, 2 employees)
  • Total number of cases since January 2: 30

KF students can have a COVID test on campus during spring break on Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing). Testing will continue spring term with the same day/time and location each Wednesday.

Reminders

The start of spring term is not delayed; classes begin on March 29. PM labs are in person; lecture courses are remote. KF labs and most 100 & 200 level classes are in person and most 300 &400 level classes remote.

Athletic sporting events are picking up but spectators are not allowed at this time. Events are being streamed for free – go here for upcoming events and to get the live stats or video.

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.

Stay well and survive Dead Week,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

I hope everyone survived Dead Week and you are now ready to successfully finish finals week and winter term. Please be sure to enjoy spring break, rejuvenate, have fun and be safe while doing so.

COVID-19 Update

The last few weeks and this week show great news on the COVID front:

  • Students in isolation:  1 PM
  • Employees in isolation:  2
  • Number of new positive cases: 2
  • Total number of cases since January 2:  26

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Reminders

The start of spring term is not delayed; classes begin on March 29. PM labs are in person; lecture courses are remote. KF labs and most 100 & 200 level classes are in person and most 300 &400 level classes remote. 

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour tonight because Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2:00am.

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.

Stay well and survive Dead Week,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Wow, this term has flown; hard to believe next week is the dreaded Dead Week.  I’m hearing many students have lots of projects, presentations, exams, labs, practicals and even final exams next week, so best to you as you study and prepare this weekend and through next week.  As spring break may begin as soon as next week, please remember to relax, re-energize and be safe.  Please also continue to practice the COVID prevention measures so don’t start spring term with positive cases and spread at any of our campuses.

COVID-19 Update

The last few weeks and this week show great news on the COVID front:

  • Students in isolation:  1
  • Employees in isolation:  2
  • Number of new positive cases: 0
  • Total number of cases since January 2:  24 (no new cases reported since February 25)

Reminders

Spring term starts on March 29 with all in-person class held in person. The first two weeks are NOT remote to start the new term.

Friday, March 12, is the last day to do a complete withdrawal for this term.

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.

Stay well and survive Dead Week,

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

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Klamath Falls Functional Areas Page 9
Portland-Metro Functional Areas Page 38
Seattle Page 41
OMIC Page 47
Chemeketa Dental Hygiene Clinic Page 58

Who to Contact

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Workplace/Workforce Maureen De Armond
Benefits/Leave Sarah Henderson
Academics Joanna Mott
COVID-19 Gaylyn Maurer
Re-Opening Erin Foley

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