COVID-19: The Health of the UO Community is our Top Priority

Updated 9:31 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Visit the Coronavirus Updates page for the most recent UO information about COVID-19. Health Center specific procedures, recommendations, and policies can be found on our COVID-19 Response page.

A Message from UHC's Executive Director

Dear students, faculty, staff, and the greater UO community:

The health of the University of Oregon community is a top priority for me and the University Health Center staff. We want to assure you that we are carefully and continually monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and local health authorities for updated information about COVID-19. The Health Center has procedures in place to screen for potential cases and to act quickly in the event of a suspected or confirmed case. 

As you may be aware, coronavirus disease (abbreviated as COVID-19 and caused by the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2) began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. There have been confirmed cases in many countries and many states within the U.S. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever (greater than 100.4), cough, and shortness of breath. It is generally believed that symptoms begin up to 14 days after exposure.

We encourage any student who may be concerned that they have any of the following symptoms or risk factors, or if they are experiencing any unusual symptoms, to call the Health Center at 541-346-2770 before visiting in person. 

  • Fever and signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath), AND
  • History of travel from affected geographic areas (China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea) within 14 days of symptom onset, OR
  • Close contact with a person known to have COVID-191

All other UO community members should contact their healthcare provider or the PeaceHealth University District Emergency Department at 541-686-6931.

If you do have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Stay home if you are sick.

We encourage UO community members to be active participants in their healthcare and to take the following preventive measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use a fist or elbow bump instead of a handshake.
  • Keep a distance of six feet away from sick individuals.

Again, the health of the UO community is our top priority and we are here for you!

Debra Beck, RN, MBA
Executive Director

1Source: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html