Happy Monday, Students!

I hope you had a chance to soak up the glorious weather this past weekend. It was a welcome preview of summer, which fast approaches. As the weather warms up, and the end of the semester comes into sharper focus, I urge each of you to remain vigilant and mindful of the health and safety practices that have kept us at remarkably low COVID levels all year. I say that now, as both Multnomah County and the rest of Oregon see a disconcerting surge in COVID cases. That uptick is being reflected in our own case counts. Here are the numbers:

  • COVID-19 cases: So far, for the month of April, the College has conducted 577 tests on campus, yielding two positive results. Additionally, one off-campus positive result was reported over the weekend.
  • Effluent testing results: Residence hall effluent testing results for last week showed negative (non-detect) results across all testing locations and samples. The College will collect effluent samples through the end of this week, and then suspend effluent testing for the summer while we assess whether to resume effluent testing in the fall.
  • Vaccine update: As you know, it was the intention of the College to make the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine available to students prior to the end of the semester, contingent on our receiving vaccine doses from the county. However, on April 13, the FDA and CDC announced they were pausing administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until concerns about some extremely rare post-vaccination reactions could be more thoroughly investigated. The Oregon Health Authority has followed suit. All distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been suspended. Therefore, the College will unfortunately not be able to distribute vaccine doses in an on-campus clinic prior to the end of the semester.

Lastly, we have one weekly testing clinic remaining: tomorrow, April 20. In place of a weekly clinic on Tuesday, April 27, we will be conducting an optional exit-testing clinic for students interested in having a test result ahead of traveling. That exit clinic is slated for April 30, and is for students who do not need official documentation (for travel) of a negative COVID test. More details on how to sign up for the April 30 testing clinic will be coming soon. Students who need COVID testing documentation related to travel should research the requirements of their travel location and then contact the Health Service at 503-768-7165 for individualized guidance.

Thank you for taking care of yourselves and each other.

As always, WeB4Me@LC.


Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

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