Updated October 27, 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,

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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OMIC Page 47
Chemeketa Dental Hygiene Clinic Page 58

Who to Contact

If you have specific questions about... Contact:
Workplace/Workforce Maureen De Armond
Benefits/Leave Sarah Henderson
Academics Joanna Mott
COVID-19 Gaylyn Maurer
Re-Opening Erin Foley

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