Updated March 22, 2021

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.

Employees are asked to complete a short Qualtrics survey to certify their completion of the Winter Term training.

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,

It is now almost a full 2 weeks since the Easter weekend and many family events. As anticipated, our COVID numbers have jumped significantly and in working through the positive cases, these individuals had exposures through family events. The impact is clear in the numbers below. We must continue to address COVID as much today as we did at the beginning by following the prevention measures and now getting the vaccine. Comfort and familiarity with the people you are socializing with cannot lead to complacency in following prevention measures to minimize COVID exposures. Please continue your daily health screenings and stay home if you are not well.

County numbers are still on the rise again this week so we may see a change in the county risk level next week for both Klamath and Clackamas counties, which will further limit campus operations.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 15 KF (up from 2), 0 PM, 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 2 (no change from last week)
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 5 (4 KF students; 1 employee) which is an increase of 3 students over last week

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Reminders

Vaccine information for KF: vaccinations will be given to people 18 and older on April 22 and April 23 at the Sky Lakes Vaccination Clinic on the fourth floor of the original medical center. Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center on the medical center campus will be the site of an April 24 vaccination clinic also for those 18 and older. The Oregon Health Authority will remove vaccination qualifying conditions beginning April 19. You can be assured of a dose and minimum wait times by making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Call 1-833-606-4370 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule your appointment. No walk-in slots or on-site appointments are available.

Vaccine info for locations other than KF: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool at https://getvaccinated.oregon.gov/ to confirm eligibility and find a vaccination provider.

As a reminder, we all still need to be vigilant (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

Week two of the term is behind us and the weather is staying pleasant, but COVID is still here. The COVID numbers in Klamath and Clackamas counties increased enough over the past two weeks that both counties were notified last Tuesday that the risk level was changed to High Risk (Marion county remains at the High Risk level). This change went into effect yesterday and will be the risk level for at least the next two weeks. This is a clear indicator that we must continue to practice the prevention measures every day. With the Easter holiday just last week and family gatherings being the greatest source of exposure, we are likely to see numbers continue to increase for the next week or so.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 2 KF (down from 3), 0 PM, 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 2 (up from 0)
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 2 (1 student; 1 employee) which is an increase of 1 over last week

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Vaccine information for KF: vaccinations will be given to people 18 and older on April 22 and April 23 at the Sky Lakes Vaccination Clinic on the fourth floor of the original medical center. Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center on the medical center campus will be the site of an April 24 vaccination clinic also for those 18 and older. The Oregon Health Authority will remove vaccination qualifying conditions beginning April 19. You can be assured of a dose and minimum wait times by making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Call 1-833-606-4370 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule your appointment. No walk-in slots or on-site appointments are available.

As a reminder, we all still need to be diligent (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

I hope everyone experienced a relaxing and rejuvenating spring break and the first week of the new term was as nice as the weather (spring weather, however, may not be here to stay).

Although spring term marks a year of living with COVID, we are still operating under the same expectations and requirements as fall and winter terms, and we all must remain committed to abiding by the face covering and physical distancing requirements. Additionally, daily health screenings must continue and if you are not well, please stay home.

If you are tracking the positive case numbers by county, state or across the nation, you know the numbers are once again on the rise. If the county risk level changes, this will likely impact which activities can be held and how. Once the spring break surge subsides, perhaps more opportunities for events can occur, especially outdoor activities.

COVID-19 Update

Below is a summary of COVID for fall and winter terms, which clearly indicates a positive trend.

Term KF Students PM Students Salem Students Employees
Isolations: Fall 272 22 6 64
  Winter 79 4 6 33
Positive cases: Fall 65 4 3 10
  Winter 24 3 0 5

 

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 3 KF, 0 PM, 0 Salem
  • Employees in isolation: 0
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 1 student

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Vaccines are becoming more available with faculty, staff, and student employees becoming eligible Monday (information sent out earlier this week about locations/appointments) as the CDC considers higher education staff to be frontline workers. Governor Brown also announced yesterday that all family members of frontline workers are also eligible beginning Monday. Students are likely to be eligible next month (unless you are eligible under another classification). As you become eligible, we encourage you to get vaccinated (if you haven’t already). As a reminder, we all still need to be diligent (even if vaccinated) with properly wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc. as there is still the possibility that vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus.

Reminders

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) – please join us in these events throughout the month.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

Congrats! We made it through winter term which most find to be the most challenging term of the year and this year that appears to be the consensus as well. Although we have no way of knowing what the COVID challenges will be week to week, I have to say winter term was better than I predicted. I appreciate everyone’s effort to not bring COVID back at the start of the term as well as doing your part throughout the term to reduce the spread. Before you relax and enjoy spring break, please read this week’s update and note that the next update will be April 3 (the end of the first week of spring term).

COVID-19 Update

The last few weeks and this week show great news on the COVID front:

  • Students in isolation: 1 KF
  • Employees in isolation: 2
  • Number of new positive cases: 4 (2 KF students, 2 employees)
  • Total number of cases since January 2: 30

KF students can have a COVID test on campus during spring break on Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing). Testing will continue spring term with the same day/time and location each Wednesday.

Reminders

The start of spring term is not delayed; classes begin on March 29. PM labs are in person; lecture courses are remote. KF labs and most 100 & 200 level classes are in person and most 300 &400 level classes remote.

Athletic sporting events are picking up but spectators are not allowed at this time. Events are being streamed for free – go here for upcoming events and to get the live stats or video.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well and survive Dead Week,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

I hope everyone survived Dead Week and you are now ready to successfully finish finals week and winter term. Please be sure to enjoy spring break, rejuvenate, have fun and be safe while doing so.

COVID-19 Update

The last few weeks and this week show great news on the COVID front:

  • Students in isolation:  1 PM
  • Employees in isolation:  2
  • Number of new positive cases: 2
  • Total number of cases since January 2:  26

KF students can have a COVID test on campus Wednesdays, 11:00am – 2:00pm, in the basement of DOW (enter from the north and then exit to the south after testing).

Reminders

The start of spring term is not delayed; classes begin on March 29. PM labs are in person; lecture courses are remote. KF labs and most 100 & 200 level classes are in person and most 300 &400 level classes remote. 

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour tonight because Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2:00am.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others.  Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening.  Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well and survive Dead Week,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

Wow, this term has flown; hard to believe next week is the dreaded Dead Week.  I’m hearing many students have lots of projects, presentations, exams, labs, practicals and even final exams next week, so best to you as you study and prepare this weekend and through next week.  As spring break may begin as soon as next week, please remember to relax, re-energize and be safe.  Please also continue to practice the COVID prevention measures so don’t start spring term with positive cases and spread at any of our campuses.

COVID-19 Update

The last few weeks and this week show great news on the COVID front:

  • Students in isolation:  1
  • Employees in isolation:  2
  • Number of new positive cases: 0
  • Total number of cases since January 2:  24 (no new cases reported since February 25)

Reminders

Spring term starts on March 29 with all in-person class held in person. The first two weeks are NOT remote to start the new term.

Friday, March 12, is the last day to do a complete withdrawal for this term.

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others.  Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening.  Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well and survive Dead Week,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

As we are in a sprint to finish winter term and think about spring term being the same operationally as last fall and this term, it is encouraging that an announcement for next fall to be back in person (COVID prevalence permitting). I welcome the idea of the campus activity returning to a more typical state! I’d like to have COVID in the rearview mirror come September but I’m not sure that will be the case. Nonetheless, we can do all that is required now so that we can get to our desired state for the next academic year.

COVID-19 Update

As of today, only 1 PM student is in isolation and there is one employee in isolation. Additionally, there was only one new positive cases reported this week (a PM student). The total number of positive cases since January 2 at 24.

Reminders

As spring break (March 22-26) draws closer, please consider your health and safety (and others upon your return) to limit COVID exposure and the possibility of bring COVID back to start the spring term

The Oregon Tech Foundation Scholarship Application deadline is Monday, March 1 at 5:00pm. If you haven’t yet applied - apply now!

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,
Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.,
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

Winter appeared in many areas across the state and country and created some challenges due to power outages. I hope by now that if you lost power, it is now restored.

As the state and Klamath/Clackamas counties COVID positive case numbers continue to decrease each week, I want to thank you for continuing to do what we need to do to reduce the spread of COVID on our campuses. We are seeing improvement but we have not yet won the war against COVID. Even as vaccine is getting out to individuals, we must continue to practice all of the COVID safety measures.

COVID-19 Update

As of today, only 1 employee is in isolation; there are no students in isolation which hasn’t happened since early fall term. Additionally, there were no new positive cases reported this week, keeping the total number of positive cases since January 2 at 23.

Reminders

As spring break (March 22-26) draws closer, please consider your health and safety (and others upon your return) to limit COVID exposure and the possibility of bringing COVID back to start spring term.

The Oregon Tech Foundation Scholarship Application deadline is March 1 at 5:00pm. Don’t wait - apply now!

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others. Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening. Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community,

We are officially at the halfway point of the academic year and on the downhill side now; it feels like each week is passing faster and faster.

Klamath and Clackamas counties moved from the extreme to high risk levels (effective yesterday, 2/12) which allows some activities to resume (albeit still limited). This status will be in place for the next two weeks when the counties could move again (down to moderate risk if COVID numbers continue to improve or back to extreme if COVID numbers get worse).  See below for more details about how campus operations are changing.

COVID-19 Update

As of today, 3 KF students and only 1 employee are in isolation (there are no PM or Chemeketa students in isolation).  Two new positive cases (one KF student and one employee) reported this week, bringing the total number of positive cases since January 2 to 23.

The change in county designation allows us to have KF students eating in the dining area (chairs are placed to maintain 6 feet between diners, please don’t move the chairs).  Student clubs can meet in person with capacity limits based on the size of the meeting room (25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is LESS); events with food must still be packaged for individuals; no self-service dishes.  TechRec is fully open with extended weekday hours and weekend hours; the workout sign up requirement is suspended.

Reminders

As spring break (March 22-26) draws closer, please consider your health and safety (and others upon your return) to limit COVID exposure and the possibility of bring COVID back to start the spring term.

Course registration for spring term begins Monday, February 15. The course schedule is available here

Please continue to practice all COVID prevention measures regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and limit gathering socially with others.  Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening.  Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Campus Re-Opening Details Page Number
Klamath Falls Functional Areas Page 9
Portland-Metro Functional Areas Page 38
Seattle Page 41
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