Updated November 30, 2020

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.

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 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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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