Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Multnomah County will move back to the “Extreme Risk” category in the State’s matrix of COVID-related risk on Friday, April 30. This will unfortunately require some change to campus operations and planned events, although we are working hard to minimize those impacts. We expect this heightened risk level to remain in place for at least one week, and perhaps longer.

Events

There are a number of campus events scheduled over the next few weeks related to the end of the academic year. Almost all of those events are scheduled to occur outdoors. It appears that most or all such events can continue as planned, provided that they adhere to the state’s new 100-person capacity limit and can maintain social distancing and masking requirements. However, these events will need to occur outdoors regardless of weather conditions. The capacity limit for most indoor events will now be 6 people, so most events will not be able to move indoors in the event of rain. Events that were scheduled to occur indoors will likely need to be canceled or modified. Event planners should work with Conferences and Events, Student Engagement (for student-led events), or the Law School Events Coordinator if there are questions, and should keep event participants posted regarding potential plans in the event of inclement weather.

Dining

Indoor dining is not allowed beginning Friday and for the remainder of the semester. Food service in Fields Dining Hall will again be grab-and-go only.

Athletics and Recreational Facilities

We will again reduce capacity in Pamplin Sports Center and other recreational facilities starting Friday. Athletics is working on these details, and new capacity limits will be posted shortly.

Classes

Indoor instructional activities are again limited to 25 persons in a classroom or the posted capacity limit of the classroom, whichever is smaller. Because we are near the end of the semester, the impact of this change should be minimal. 

Telecommuting

Employees are to continue working remotely to the greatest degree possible, based on their job duties.

Social Distancing and Mask Wearing

As COVID cases increase in the community, now is the time to renew our commitment to the public health measures that have helped us get us this far. Now is not the time to let down your guard, even if you have received one or two vaccine shots. As you participate in end-of-year events, or as you spend time studying for finals in Watzek or Boley libraries, remember to maintain six feet of social distancing, comply with posted capacity limits, and wear your mask.

 

Please Get Vaccinated Finally, all members of the campus community are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. All persons over the age of 16 are now eligible for vaccination in Oregon. Thank you to those who have already gotten vaccinated.

Employees may use scheduled work time to get vaccinated, with the approval of their supervisor. Please talk with your supervisor if you need to do so. 

We are continuing in our efforts to schedule an on-campus vaccination clinic. We will let you know as soon as possible if we are able to do so.

You can visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID 19 Vaccination webpage for more information about how to register for vaccination. You can also go directly to Oregon Health & Science University’s COVID Vaccination page for information and appointments at the mass vaccination sites such as the Portland Airport and Hillsboro Stadium, or make an appointment at local pharmacies (Albertsons/Safeway, Fred Meyer, Walgreens, CVS, etc.) by visiting their webpages. 

As has been the case all year, WeB4Me@LC. Thank you.

Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

 

 

 
 
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