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

Updated Friday, January 29, 2021

Visit the UO coronavirus website for the most recent UO information about COVID-19. Health Services 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 Services 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 and vaccination.

It remains critical we continue to take this virus seriously and remain vigilant in our practices of wearing masks, adhering to social distancing, hand washing, and more. This is a virus that moves quickly through communities, but we can help reduce the spread with these very simple practices. Continue to self-screen for symptoms and seek medical care if you do not feel well, experience symptoms of COVID-19, or may be exposed to the virus.

Many of you are hearing about the COVID-19 vaccine program under the direction of Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Lane County Public Health (LCPH) for the UO community. You may wonder when it will be available. Currently there is limited supply of the vaccine and distribution is coordinated by our state and local public health partners. Please know that the UO is working very closely with LCPH to vaccinate everyone who wants a vaccine as soon as we are able, in accordance the guidelines. It will take time to vaccinate people on this large scale. The UO is at the ready to provide vaccine as soon as it is possible. Please monitor communications from the UO and the UO coronavirus website for updates.

UHS believes vaccines will be effective in preventing COVID-19. We encourage you to be fully informed about the vaccines that are available and discuss any questions you may have with your healthcare provider.

UHS continues to have extensive protocols in place to provide safe and effective care for our community of students.

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

Debra Beck, RN, MBA
Assistant Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management
Executive Director, University Health Services