Periodic and Weekly University Emails Archive

Oregon Tech Faculty and Staff,

OHA Director Patrick Allen stated yesterday: “New COVID-19 cases are surging for people who are unvaccinated. The number of new cases we’re reporting each day has doubled since last week.” He continued with the following points:

  • Fully vaccinated people remain well-protected against COVID-19 and its variants.
  • People who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated now make up more than 9 in 10 of all new infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
  • Counties with low vaccination rates are seeing the highest COVID-19 infection rates, while counties with high vaccination rates constitute almost all the counties with the lowest infection rates.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s epidemiologist, stated: “One pandemic is subsiding for more than 2.4 million Oregonians who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, but for the remaining Oregonians — especially those in communities where vaccinations are lagging — the resurging virus still looms large.” The spread of COVID-19 among unvaccinated people has only worsened with the highly contagious Delta variant becoming the most dominant variant in Oregon.

Oregon Tech’s Vaccine Requirement was announced in June with a September 1 deadline (or September 16 for faculty on 10 month contracts) for compliance which requires completing one of following three options:

  1. Complete the full series of the COVID-19 vaccine and submit the attestation form
  2. Claim a Medical Exemption
  3. Claim a Non-Medical Exemption

If you are pursuing the Medical Exemption, please have the attached form completed by your medical provider. E-mail your completed form to the Office of Human Resources at OITHR@oit.edu.  

An Oregon state-wide workgroup released media in support of the Non-Medical Exemption process. Instead of a video, the workgroup produced an on-line educational module which is simple to access and complete (estimated completion time is approximately five (5) minutes). Material within the module was gathered from the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC. If you are interested in claiming a Non-Medical Exemption, then access and complete the module by clicking this link (COVID-19 Educational Module) and then fill out the attached Non-Medical Exemption form.  E-mail your completed form to the Office of Human Resources at OITHR@oit.edu.  

If you have any questions about these options or how to be in compliance, please contact the OHR at 541-885-1074 or e-mail OITHR@oit.edu.

It is important to remind you that if you are exposed to someone with COVID, you would not have to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated. This would also mean you can continue to come to campus to fulfill your responsibilities.

If you have not already received the vaccine and choose to get it, please go to the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool to find a vaccination provider. To be fully vaccinated by September 1, you need to get the first dose immediately. 

If you have already completed the vaccination requirement, thank you! If you have not, please don’t wait as summer is flying by quickly and September will be here before you know it.

Stay well,
Erin

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

Oregon Tech students, faculty, and staff,

I am writing as a follow-up to Dr. Foley’s e-mail (dated 7/6/21) regarding the Oregon Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement to provide you with details regarding the option for claiming a Non-Medical Exemption.

You may remember that our campus community has been provided three options by which to become compliant with the Vaccine Requirement, as follows:

  1. Complete the full series of the COVID-19 vaccine
  2. Claim a Medical Exemption
  3. Claim a Non-Medical Exemption

Today, an Oregon state-wide workgroup released media in support of the Non-Medical Exemption process. Instead of a video, the workgroup produced an on-line educational module which is simple to access and complete; estimated completion time is approximately five (5) minutes. Material within the module was gathered from the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC, and you will notice that it is geared towards campus communities from universities across the state. (Subsequent versions will see that Oregon Tech is represented as well!)

If you are interested in claiming a Non-Medical Exemption, then access and complete the module by clicking this link (COVID-19 Educational Module) and then fill out the Non-Medical Exemption Form (attached). The process for submitting this form depends on whether you are a student or employee:

  • Students – Upload your completed form in the secure student health portal via TECHweb (see step-by-step instructions, attached); questions? Call ISHC at 541-885-1800 or e-mail health@oit.edu
  • Faculty and staff – E-mail your completed form to Human Resources at OITHR@oit.edu; questions? Call HR at 541-885-1074 or e-mail OITHR@oit.edu

We hope that you are having an enjoyable summer and staying safe in the heat.

Take care and stay well,

Gaylyn G. Maurer, MA, LPC
Administrative Director
Integrated Student Health Center

Oregon Tech Faculty and Staff,

As you know President Naganathan announced on June 2, 2021 that Oregon Tech students, faculty and staff are required to meet the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. This email provides information about the Vaccination Requirement and how to comply with the requirement, by either receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and providing documentation (called Attestation) or completing the Declination (exemption) process.

The Attestation process and Medical Exemption are now ready for you to submit the documentation by following the steps below. The Declination process for a Non-Medical Exemption, however, is not quite ready so please watch your email and check the website for the details of this process.

How to Comply with the Oregon Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
The requirement deadline for compliance is September 1, 2021. You have three options from which to choose in order to comply with the requirement:

  1. Complete the full series of the COVID-19 vaccine – There are currently 3 vaccines being administered in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). Employees who have been vaccinated internationally, please reach out to OHR for assistance. You are expected to be fully vaccinated by the deadline, meaning you need to plan on having your final dose at least two weeks prior to September 1.
  2. Claim a Medical Exemption – If, during a conversation with your medical provider, they advise you against taking the vaccine for medical reasons you can have them complete the COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form excusing you from doing so.
  3. Claim a Non-Medical Exemption – If you have a personal reason or religious, philosophical, or other deeply held belief that prohibits you from being vaccinated, you can decline by claiming a Non-Medical Exemption. In order to do so, you are required to watch an Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Tech sanctioned COVID-19 vaccine video which provides educational information about the vaccine, as well as reviewing common myths, benefits, and risks of immunization. After viewing the video (once available in the next week or so), you will complete the COVID-19 Non-Medical Exemption Form.

No matter which option you choose, you will need to submit an attestation or exemption form electronically to the Office of Human Resources:

  1. Attestation – click here to complete the form
  2. Exemption – complete the COVID Vaccine Medical Exemption form and send electronically to OITHR@oit.edu; the Non-Medical Exemption process requires viewing a video which will be available approximately July 9 (watch the vaccine website)

Although the COVID pandemic is improving, it is still very likely that COVID will be with us fall term and possibly the rest of the academic year, as variants spread. If the Oregon Tech community (students, faculty and staff) get vaccinated, it will allow campus operations and activities to resume in a more typical manner. COVID exposure and spread are also likely to continue. It is important to remind you that if you are exposed to someone with COVID, you would not have to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated. This would also mean you can continue to report to work. If you are unvaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, you may be required to quarantine.

The requirement for face coverings also changed last week. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering inside campus buildings. Any individuals may also choose to continue to wear a face covering at Oregon Tech, even if fully vaccinated.

If you have not already received the vaccine and want to get it, please go to the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool to find a vaccination provider.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Vaccine Requirement itself.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Students,

As you know President Naganathan announced on June 2, 2021 that Oregon Tech students, faculty and staff are required to meet the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. This email provides information about the Vaccination Requirement and how to comply with the requirement, by either receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and providing documentation (called Attestation) or completing the Declination (exemption) process.

Students, the Attestation process and Medical Exemption are now ready for you to submit the documentation by following the steps below. The Declination process for a Non-Medical Exemption, however, is not quite ready so please watch or email and check the vaccine website for this details of this process.

How to Comply with the Oregon Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
The requirement deadline for compliance is September 1, 2021. You have three options from which to choose in order to comply with the requirement:

  1. Complete the full series of the COVID-19 vaccine – There are currently 3 vaccines being administered in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). International students may have access to other World Health Organization-approved vaccines, which are acceptable, as well. You are expected to be fully vaccinated by the deadline, meaning you need to plan on having your final dose at least two weeks prior to September 1.
  2. Claim a Medical Exemption – If, during a conversation with your medical provider, they advise you against taking the vaccine for medical reasons you can have them complete the COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form excusing you from doing so.
  3. Claim a Non-Medical Exemption – If you have a personal reason or religious, philosophical, or other deeply held belief that prohibits you from being vaccinated, you can decline by claiming a Non-Medical Exemption. In order to do so, you are required to watch an Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Tech sanctioned COVID-19 vaccine video which provides educational information about the vaccine, as well as reviewing common myths, benefits, and risks of immunization. After viewing the video (once available in the next week or so), you will complete the COVID-19 Non-Medical Exemption Form.

No matter which option you choose, you will need to submit documentation to the Integrated Student Health Center (ISHC) through their secure health portal. I have attached step-by-step instructions with screen-shots for your reference. Basically, after you log into the health portal, follow these steps:

  1. On the portal Home page, click on “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information”
  2. Upload one of the following: COVID-19 immunization card; COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form (attached); or COVID-19 Non-Medical Exemption Form (attached)
  3. If you are immunized, you will also enter the dates and brand of your doses

You will receive a confirmation e-mail in your secure health portal after your submission is processed by ISHC. If you have any questions about the submission of your documentation, call ISHC at 541-885-1800.

Although the COVID pandemic is improving, it is still very likely that COVID will be with us fall term and possibly the rest of the academic year, as variants spread. If the Oregon Tech community (students, faculty and staff) get vaccinated, it will allow campus operations and activities to resume in a more typical manner. COVID exposure and spread are also likely to continue. It is important to remind you that if you are exposed to someone with COVID, you would not have to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated. This would also mean you can continue to attend class and participate in extracurricular activities. If you have not already received the vaccine and want to get it, please go to the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool to find a vaccination provider.

The requirement for face coverings also changed last week. Individuals may choose to continue to wear a face covering in Oregon Tech buildings which is certainly to be respected as a prevention measure, even if fully vaccinated. Individuals not fully vaccinated are to wear a face covering inside campus buildings.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Vaccine Requirement itself.

Stay well,

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

Dear Oregon Tech Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Thank you for your individual and combined efforts these past 16 months as we navigated the challenges of the COVID pandemic. Although the pandemic is not over, the time for restrictions to be modified has arrived. Based on the most recent Centers for Disease Control Guidance (CDC) and in accordance with Governor Brown’s June 25, 2021, announcement lifting all remaining COVID-19 restrictions issued under emergency statutes, with limited exceptions, Oregon Tech will modify requirements as noted below, effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 1, 2021.

  • Face Coverings: The modified face covering requirement allows individuals that are vaccinated to go without a face covering. The use of face coverings will continue to be required for anyone not vaccinated, including visitors to our campuses. Other individuals may choose to continue to wear a face covering even when not required.

  • Physical Distancing: Physical distancing should be continued in large gatherings; otherwise, building and space utilization is no longer restricted. When holding gatherings or events that could include individuals who are not fully vaccinated, such as visitors or others from outside the university, appropriate prevention strategies should be utilized.

This is not a time to let our guard down. While significant advances have been made against this disease, there is still much work to be done. We must all remain vigilant. We each have a continued responsibility to our fellow coworkers, students, and community members. Accordingly, we ask you to:

  1. Continue to engage in COVID-19-related personal hygiene practices, including performing daily health checks and staying home when you are not feeling well.
  2. Consider receiving the COVID vaccine if you have not done so.
  3. If unvaccinated, wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, particularly in indoor and higher-density locations.
  4. Respect others’ decision on whether they choose to wear a face covering.
  5. Update your vaccination if boosters are determined necessary.
  6. Rely on and stay informed by trusted and science-based information sources.

To that end, Oregon Tech will:

  1. Continue to work with appropriate entities regarding public health guidance, share information with the campus communities, and update our practices accordingly.
  2. Continue to require compliance with the Fall Vaccine Requirement (or appropriate declination) to be completed by September 1 -- more information will be sent by early next week.
  3. Provide hand sanitation stations throughout campuses.
  4. Require any individual not vaccinated to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities
  5. Respect individual decisions to wear face coverings as a personal choice for COVID-19 risk-reduction and other reasons.

This latest update is indeed welcome news as we collectively see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your contributions in helping our university maintain our operations and thrive throughout the pandemic. I offer special recognition to Dr. Erin Foley for leading this effort.

As each of us continue to do our part in the days, weeks, and months to come, we can celebrate a return to normalcy and life as we knew it pre-COVID. I wish the best for you throughout this summer and look forward to the opportunity for us to gather together again.

Warm regards,

Nagi G. Naganathan, Ph.D., ASME Fellow
President

Oregon Tech Community,

Congratulations! We all made it to the end of the academic year (except maybe a few faculty members working to get final grades submitted) even with the many challenges this year. Congrats, graduates! Many thanks to all of you for all of your efforts to do what was needed day in and day out in response to the pandemic.

Although this is the last weekly email for the academic year, please watch for email updates through the summer about the Oregon Tech COVID Vaccine Program and other information for Fall 2021. It is with great anticipation that with sufficient numbers of people vaccinated, campus operations (and life, in general) will be more of the activities that we all want to return to as soon as possible.

Yesterday’s COVID update has nobody (students, faculty or staff from any campus location) in isolation and no positive cases reported. It is great to end the academic year without any reports of COVID issues. Again, thank you all.

Below is a summary of COVID for fall, winter and spring terms.

Term   KF Students PM Students Salem Students Employees
Isolations: Fall 272 22 6 64
  Winter 79 4 6 33
  Spring 217 2 0 42
Positive Cases: Fall 65 4 3 10
  Winter 24 3 0 5
  Spring 44 1 1 7

Vaccine

As President Naganathan announced last week, Oregon Tech students, faculty and staff that will be on campus in the fall must comply with the Oregon Tech COVID Vaccine Program. Oregon Tech students will work with the Integrated Student Health Center (ISHC) to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for fall term. More details will be sent in an e-mail to all students close to July 1st, which will provide information about how to submit vaccination information or how to claim an exemption. Currently, the exemption process is being finalized by a state-wide workgroup, which is subject to approval by the Oregon Health Authority. There will be options for Medical Exemptions (which will require endorsement by a medical provider) and Non-Medical Exemptions (which will require the viewing of an informational video); in either case, documentation of the exemption will be provided to ISHC. Please check your Oregon Tech e-mail account the first week of July for more details about the submission process. If you have questions, contact ISHC at 541-885-1800.

The process for staff will also be sent out in the upcoming weeks.

Did You Know...

  • The COVID-19 vaccine has gone through careful testing in large clinical trials. The FDA’s emergency use enables drug companies to mass produce and distribute the vaccine. After people receive the vaccine, they are monitored for side effects for 15-30 minutes.
  • Even if you have had COVID-19, you should still receive a vaccine when it becomes available to you. There is not enough evidence to tell how long someone is immune to the virus after contracting and recovering from COVID-19.
  • If you have received a first dose of a vaccine that requires two shots, the second shot can be given at a different clinic. However, the second dose must be the same vaccine manufacturer as the first shot. You cannot receive a different manufacturer’s vaccine. Make sure to bring your white vaccination card to your second-dose appointment to verify that you received the first dose and its manufacturer.

Reminder: Oregon Tech will continue to require face coverings and physical distancing for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, until this requirement is revised and communicated to campus.

Congratulations to the Oregon Tech class of 2021!

Stay well and enjoy the summer months,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

We are one week from completing spring term and the academic year! Congrats to all of us for surviving this year and big congratulations to the graduating class of 2021! In September not many of us could have predicted how COVID would play out throughout the academic year. Your efforts to follow the COVID prevention measures and protocols resulted in a better-than-predicted year (even with the spring surge in April). So thank you all for your efforts.

Next week’s email will summarize the academic year and will be the last weekly update. Please continue to read your email for information about the vaccine requirement details and other updates for fall term.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 0 KF (down 4), 0 PM and 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 1 (down 6 from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 53 (44 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 7 employees) which is the same as last week; winter term had 32 positive cases and fall term had 82 positive cases

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). Next week will be the last opportunity to test on campus.

Reminder: Oregon Tech will continue to require face coverings and physical distancing for everyone, regardless of vaccination, for the remainder of spring term for all activities, including classes/labs and social events.

Vaccine

As President Naganathan announced this week, Oregon Tech students, faculty and staff that will be on campus in the fall must comply with the university’s vaccination requirement. Oregon Tech students will work with the Integrated Student Health Center (ISHC) to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for fall term. More details will be sent in an e-mail to all students close to July 1st, which will provide information about how to submit vaccination information or how to claim an exemption. Currently, the exemption process is being finalized by a state-wide workgroup, which is subject to approval by the Oregon Health Authority. There will be options for Medical Exemptions (which will require endorsement by a medical provider) and Non-Medical Exemptions (which will require the viewing of an informational video); in either case, documentation of the exemption will be provided to ISHC. Keep an eye on your Oregon Tech e-mail account the first week of July for more details about the submission process. If you have questions, contact ISHC at 541-885-1800. The process for staff will also be sent out in the upcoming weeks.

A vaccination clinic will be held on the KF campus on Monday (see the email sent yesterday for details). The vaccine for this event is the Pfizer and requires two doses. Anyone (including family members that are at least 12 years old) are eligible.

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center: All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area. Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment directly here.

Vaccine info for all locations: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool 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. 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, and get a vaccine. 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

I hope this message finds you in good health. To continue protecting the health and safety of our community while transitioning to more normal academic operations and campus life, the University will require all faculty, students, and staff returning to our campuses in the fall to be immunized against COVID-19 unless they claim an exemption under law or applicable policies.

This requirement strengthens the University’s ability to protect the health and safety of our campuses and neighboring communities. COVID-19 vaccination for Oregon Tech community members will contribute to greater immunity, reduce the risk of sudden clusters of outbreaks on our campuses, and help protect members of our communities who are at the highest risk of developing complications from the virus.

This requirement is in line with many public and private universities and colleges in Oregon that are requiring students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated as a condition of returning to campus in the fall. Additional information regarding incentives to encourage vaccinations, the process of providing vaccination information or exemption requests will be forthcoming.

Since early April 2020, Oregon Tech has utilized a combination of in-person and remote teaching methods. Hybrid delivery will continue through the summer term, with a combination of remote and in-person courses, and on-campus laboratory experiences, with appropriate physical distancing and other safety measures in place.

Resumption of in-person teaching in September will be guided by Governor Brown’s staging plan for the state to reopen higher education institutions across Oregon as well as vaccine access and guidance received from state health, education, and other officials. Oregon Tech will continue to monitor trends in the number of cases and take measures to address the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, Oregon Tech Online will continue to offer a variety of courses and degree options through virtual delivery. Programs at Chemeketa and Boeing sites will follow the state and host-campus guidelines.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we work toward a successful return to campus in the fall.

Sincerely,

Nagi G. Naganathan, Ph.D., ASME Fellow
President

Oregon Tech Community,

Another week down and only two more to go. As the stress levels remain high to get everything completed for the term and the end of the academic year, we all need to continue our COVID prevention efforts, especially staying home if not well. Nobody wants to have to finish the term in isolation so please be careful and remain diligent in face coverings, physical distancing and washing hands. The final tool in our prevention toolbox is vaccination – please see below for a drive through vaccination option on Wednesday (June 2) with the Johnson – Johnson (one dose) vaccine. Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to isolate for 14 days if exposed (they only have to monitor for any symptoms).

Monday is Memorial Day and is a campus holiday. Please remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Enjoy the long weekend but be safe and remember COVID is still present even though numbers are improving.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 4 KF (down 18), 0 PM and 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 7 (up 4 from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 53 (44 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 7 employees) which is an increase of 1 over last week (an employee); winter term had 32 positive cases and fall term had 82 positive cases

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).

Reminder: Oregon Tech will continue to require face coverings and physical distancing for everyone, regardless of vaccination, for the remainder of spring term for all activities, including classes/labs and social events.

Vaccine

Last week, Governor Brown announced several incentives for Oregonians to get vaccinated. The “Take Your Shot, Oregon” program offers a $1,000,000 prize for any Oregonian over 18 years of age. Other incentives include five $100,000 Oregon College Saving Plan Scholarship winners (ages 12-17) and one $10,000 winner for each county in the state. Anyone having received one dose of any COVID vaccine by June 27th will be eligible for all the prizes and winners will be announced the following week. The prizes are being paid for through federal relief dollars.

Oregon Tech is currently having discussions about a COVID vaccine requirement or not for Fall term, 2021, with a decision to be announced by the end of the month. If the vaccine is required, an exemption process will be included as it is legally required for all vaccination programs. A decision will be forthcoming by the end of the month. The more people on campus that are vaccinated will likely result in fewer COVID requirements next year.

Klamath Falls vaccination information

Klamath Health Partnership will host a drive-thru COVID vaccine event on June 2nd at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The event is by appointment only beginning at 9am and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. "We want to make it as easy as possible to get vaccinated," said Dr. Flor Mounts, medical director at KHP. “It is important to get as many people in our community vaccinated so we can protect those who can’t receive the vaccination.” Any Klamath County resident, regardless of patient status, may register. You must pre-register to receive a vaccination. For more information, please call 541-851-8110.

Appointments for Sky Lakes Medical Center (located across the street from campus) can be made by calling 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.

Appointments can be scheduled through the Klamath Tribal Health website without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Portland area vaccine information

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center: All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area. Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment directly here.

Vaccine info for all locations: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool 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. 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, and get a vaccine. 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,

Another week is done and we are one week closer to the end of the academic year! Last week’s numbers were looking better but as you will see below we have many people still impacted by COVID spread. Some of our recent surge is a result of individuals coming to campus or attending events with symptoms. It is imperative that we all pay attention to symptoms and if we are experiencing any COVID symptoms (even if vaccinated), stay home and call a medical provider for guidance (students, please contact Student Health at 541-885-1800). The COVID numbers for spring term have now surpassed winter term’s numbers and there are still three weeks left of spring term.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 22 KF (up from 6), 0 PM and 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 3 (up one from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 52 (44 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 6 employees) which is an increase of 11 over last week (all KF students); winter term had 32 positive cases and fall term had 82 positive cases

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).

Reminder: Oregon Tech will continue to require face coverings and physical distancing for everyone, regardless of vaccination, for the remainder of spring term for all activities, including classes/labs and social events.

Vaccine

Last week, Governor Brown stated: “Oregonians now have a choice of how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19: either get vaccinated, or continue wearing a mask and following physical distancing requirements. The new CDC guidance makes clear that vaccines are the best tool to protect yourself, and everyone around you. Vaccines are also the fastest way to get back to doing the things we all love, and to returning to a sense of normalcy.”

Yesterday, Governor Brown announced several incentives for Oregonians to get vaccinated. The “Take Your Shot, Oregon” program offers a $1,000,000 prize for any Oregonian over 18 years of age. Other incentives include five $100,000 Oregon College Saving Plan Scholarship winners (ages 12-17) and one $10,000 winner for each county in the state. Anyone having received one dose of any COVID vaccine by June 27th will be eligible for all the prizes and winners will be announced the following week. The prizes are being paid for through federal relief dollars.

Oregon Tech is currently having discussions about a COVID vaccine requirement or not for Fall term, 2021, with a decision to be announced by the end of the month. If the vaccine is required, an exemption process will be included as it is legally required for all vaccination programs. A decision will be forthcoming by the end of the month. The more people on campus that are vaccinated will likely result in fewer COVID requirements next year.

Klamath Falls vaccination information

Appointments for Sky Lakes Medical Center (located across the street from campus) can be made by calling 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.

Appointments can be scheduled through the Klamath Tribal Health website without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Portland area vaccine information

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center: All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area. Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment directly here.

Vaccine info for all locations: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool 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. 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, and get a vaccine. 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,

As you may have heard recently, the CDC issued new guidance for lifting face covering and physical distancing requirements for fully-vaccinated individuals. Governor Brown issued a statement on Thursday that Oregon will be following this guidance with some exceptions. She specifically stated, “Nothing is changing for schools this school year. . .” and continued to indicate both OHA and Oregon OSHA will be providing updated guidance soon for businesses and employers.

For Now Status Quo: Oregon Tech will continue to require face coverings and physical distancing for everyone, regardless of vaccination, for the remainder of spring term for all activities, including classes/labs and social events.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 6 KF (down from 9), 0 PM and 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 2 (down one from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 41 (33 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 6 employees) which is an increase of 2 over last week (2 KF students)

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

Governor Brown’s press release on Thursday also noted: “Oregonians now have a choice of how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19: either get vaccinated, or continue wearing a mask and following physical distancing requirements. The new CDC guidance makes clear that vaccines are the best tool to protect yourself, and everyone around you. Vaccines are also the fastest way to get back to doing the things we all love, and to returning to a sense of normalcy.”

Oregon Tech is currently having discussions about a COVID vaccine requirement or not for Fall term, 2021, with a decision to be announced by the end of the month. If the vaccine is required, an exemption process will be included as it is legally required for all vaccination programs. More discussions will occur this week. If you would like to share your opinion on this issue, you can send me an email with your thoughts.

COVID-19 vaccination information

Appointments for Sky Lakes Medical Center (located across the street from campus) can be made by calling 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.

Appointments can be scheduled through the Klamath Tribal Health website without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Portland area vaccine information

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center: All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area. Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment directly here.

Vaccine info for all locations: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool 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. 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, and get a vaccine. 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,

Spring term is officially more than half over; we are on the downhill side of finishing the term and the academic year! The weeks are flying by and before we know it we will have survived the year! As reported last week, fifteen counties moved to the extreme risk level. These same counties moved down to the high risk level yesterday because statewide hospitalizations decreased. I can also report that the recent KF campus surge is resolving as numbers are improving.

In order for the risk level to be lowered and more opportunities for end-of-the-year events to occur, COVID spread must be reduced. The only way to do this is through continuation of the COVID prevention measures and getting the COVID vaccine. Please consider getting the vaccine to protect yourself and others, and once you are vaccinated you can start doing more (information about vaccination locations below).

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 9 KF (down from 35), 0 PM and 0 Salem (no change for PM or Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 3 (no change from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 39 (31 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 6 employees) which is an increase of 13 over last week (12 KF students and 1 employee)

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

Benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 We all want to get back to our lives. Vaccinations can help us get back to many of the things we miss most. When enough people get vaccinated, we will be able to see our loved ones, celebrate holidays, and return to more of our normal life, including the way we can interact on campus. More information about the Oregon Tech vaccination program will be out next week.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available online on Klamath Tribal Health website. Appointments can be scheduled without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Portland area vaccine information

All4Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center: All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. The clinic provides vaccines to all eligible people, 16 and older, in the greater Portland metro area. Walk-ins are now welcome to the All4Oregon clinic or you can schedule your appointment directly here.

Vaccine info for all locations: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool 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, and get a vaccine. 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,

Yesterday, OHA reported:

  • Cases have increased 20% or more for the last five weeks
  • Oregon is the state with the highest rate of increase in cases over the last two weeks
  • Hospitalizations are increasing at almost double what they were a week ago
  • The portion of hospitalized cases of people who are ages 18 to 34 has increased by almost 50 percent

The change in county risk levels (to the extreme level) went into effect yesterday and numbers will be assessed again on Tuesday. Any change to the risk level would take effect on Friday. For Oregon Tech, this was one of the worst weeks for us since fall term. The increase in positive cases on the KF campus are a result of exposures at a social event and a classroom exposure. We are nearing the end of the academic year and are extremely tired of COVID dictating how we live, but we must not relax our efforts to prevent COVID spread among our community members.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 35 KF (up from 24), 0 PM (down one from last week), 0 Salem (no change for Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 3 (down 5 from last week)
  • Total number of positive cases since March 29: 26 (19 KF students; 1 PM student; 1 Salem student; 5 employees) which is an increase of 12 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).

Vaccine

Benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 We all want to get back to our lives. Vaccinations can help us get back to many of the things we miss most. When enough people get vaccinated, we will be able to see our loved ones, celebrate holidays, and return to more of our normal life, including the way we can interact on campus. More information about the Oregon Tech vaccination program will be out next week.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available online on Klamath Tribal Health website. Appointments can be scheduled without having to make any phone calls at all, simply by visiting our website, clicking the link (on the right side next to the hours), and answering the prompts. The online portal will also provide text reminders of the vaccination appointment, and schedule the 2nd dose of the vaccine as well. This can also be directly accessed here.

Another vaccination opportunity: Klamath Health Partnership (KHP) is hosting a free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine event on May 4th at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The event is by appointment only beginning at 9am and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This has been a safe and convenient option as a one shot vaccine and the CDC’s investigation has encouraged everyone that they are taking every report of possible side effects seriously. Any Klamath County resident, regardless of patient status, may register. You must pre-register to receive a vaccination here. For more information, please call 541-851-8110.

Vaccine info for locations other than KF: please create an account through the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool 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, and get a vaccine. 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,

Today Governor Brown announced many counties are going to change their risk levels this week. Klamath, Clackamas and Marion counties are among the 15 counties to move to extreme risk on Friday, April 30. County data will be evaluated weekly for at least the next three weeks with updates given on Tuesday to go into effect on Friday. Counties moved to extreme risk will remain for a maximum of three weeks.

In terms of impact for our campus communities, I can provide the following information for Klamath Falls:

  • Since Friday at 6pm, there are an additional 49 students who have been impacted by COVID
  • Since Friday at 6pm, an additional 6 students on the KF campus have tested positive (21 positive cases reported since March 27)
  • Close to half of the students who have reported symptoms during the month of April have tested positive
  • There are currently 44 students on the KF campus who are isolating, which is the highest we have had at one time since the beginning of the pandemic
  • Student gatherings are proving to be the most risky in terms of transmission
  • An entire class had an exposure because the students were not physically distanced and someone attended class when ill
  • The vaccine is helping to reduce the number of students who have to isolate following an exposure
  • COVID symptoms are similar to allergies; please stay home if you have ANY symptoms to minimize the potential spread to others

Student events scheduled for the next three weeks will be reviewed and the event planners will be notified if the event is cancelled.

Vaccinations

Governor Brown stated: "The fastest way to lift health and safety restrictions is for Oregonians to get vaccinated as quickly as possible and follow the safety measures we know stop this virus from spreading... My goal is to lift these restrictions as soon as it is safely possible, and keep Oregon on the path for lifting most health and safety requirements by the end of June so we can fully reopen our economy. But we will only get there if enough Oregonians get vaccinated. There are appointments available right now all across the state."

Vaccine info: 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, and get a vaccine. 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,

Yesterday Governor Brown made this statement: "In the race between vaccines and variants, right now the variants have the upper hand. . . [T]oday’s cases topped 1,000, with Oregon now ranking second in the nation for having the most rapid growth of infection spread. Our hospitals are about to surpass 300 positive COVID-19 cases. That means several counties are on the verge of having to reinstate Extreme Risk restrictions on businesses and activities.” Klamath, Clackamas and Marion counties are likely to be moved to extreme as early as Tuesday, which would likely be in effect for three weeks.

Campus numbers continued to increase again this week due to individuals coming to class/work with symptoms instead of staying home. The expectation still remains that daily health screenings are completed prior to going to class/work and taking the appropriate actions: students contact Student Health (541-885-1800) and employees contact your primary medical provider.

COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID numbers:

  • Students in isolation: 24 KF (up from 15), 1 PM (up one from last week), 0 Salem (no change for Salem)
  • Employees in isolation: 8 (up six from last week)
  • Total number of cases since March 29: 14 (8 KF students; 1 Salem student; 5 employees) which is an increase of 5 students and 3 employees 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

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. 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,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

It is great to have another week down. And this week was really good on the COVID front! Although we are all getting very tired of following the COVID requirements on campus, it is making a difference. Thank you!

COVID-19 Update

Testing at the KF campus resumed this week and 3 students tested. Testing is every Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm in the basement of DOW.

As of today, only 2 KF students and 3 employees are in isolation (there are no PM or Chemeketa students in isolation).  No new positive cases reported this week; the total number of positive cases since January 2 remains at 21. These numbers have not been this good since early fall term. Thank you for doing your part; it really is important despite how tired we are of face coverings, keeping 6 feet from others, regularly washing hands, and sanitizing surfaces.

New Service: You Are Not Alone

The pandemic has been hard on us all, in lots of different ways. The Integrated Student Health Center (ISHC) wants you to know that You Are Not Alone! Starting next week (Monday, Feb. 8th) we will be offering free, confidential Drop-In Zoom Counseling for students (regardless of campus location). You can talk with a professional counselor about what is happening in your life right now, get support, and walk away with specific strategies and “next steps” for how to handle issues which you are facing. This can be a one-time talk or it could lead to working with a counselor on a regular basis; it’s up to you. We use a secure, HIPAA-compliant Zoom account, so there is no concern about privacy, and what we talk about is confidential and stays separate from your academic record. Try it out – connect with us and let us help you navigate this complicated, COVID-19 world. Drop-In Zoom will be available starting Feb. 8th, 9am to 11am on MWF and 2pm to 4pm on Tu/Th at the following URL: https://oregontechishc.zoom.us/my/you.are.not.alone 

Passcode: NotAlone. Questions? Call ISHC at 541-885-1800.

Reminders

Course registration for spring term begins February 15. The course schedule is available here.  Be sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor BEFORE it is your time to register.

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. Check out the new graphic in my signature line. Please do your part to stop the spread; it’s on all of us. Note the new graphic below and feel free to use it in your email signature.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Winter term is typically the most challenging term of the academic year.  This term appears to be no exception but the good news is that we are approaching the midpoint not only of the term but of the academic year.  We all need to continue to focus one week at a time (or in some cases, one day at a time).

This week we have some positive news from the Oregon Health Authority.  The number of weekly COVID cases showed a significant decline for the week of January 18 – 24, with a 48% decrease from the previous week in new daily cases in Oregon. Likewise, 33% fewer people were hospitalized and the number of deaths declined from 195 to 74 for the week.  These are numbers that we want to continue to see decrease, but that doesn’t mean we can stop doing our COVID prevention measures and daily health screenings. We must remain vigilant.

COVID-19 Update

As of today, only 5 students are in isolation (all in KF), which is down from 12 last week. The number of KF employees in isolation is 3 (one less than last week). Only two new positive cases were reported this week (one KF student and one employee), bringing the total number of reported cases since January 2 to 21.

On-site COVID testing for KF students resumes on Wednesday, February 3 with an indoor location. Testing will run Wednesdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm and the location is now in the basement of DOW.  Students wanting testing should enter from the north (off the circle drive) and will then exit to the south after testing.  Look for the directional signs.

As the vaccine becomes more available and people are vaccinated, face coverings will still need to be worn and the other safety precautions still practiced.  As more information about vaccine accessibility is available, information will be shared regularly.

Reminders

As COVID fatigue continues to hit us, please remember to take care of yourself.  Students can meet with a counselor remotely by making an appointment: PM students can call 503-821-1313 and KF students can call 541-885-1800. Employees can connect to the Employee Assistance Program and PEBB’s Wellness Program.

Governor Brown revised the requirements for fitness centers, which now allows TechRec to re-open with capacity limits.  Beginning Monday, TechRec will open for a maximum of 6 patrons at one time.  In case you missed it, please see the attached email.  A workout reservation (limited to 50 minutes) can be scheduled here to help facilitate operations.  TechRec hours will be 9:00am – 9:00pm, Monday through Friday.  As you use TechRec, please assist us in meeting all of the requirements to keep TechRec open.

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. Please do your part to stop the spread; it’s on all of us.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

Another week down – the weeks seem to be flying by, which is a good thing?  It is nice to see more students on campus this week as in person classes got underway.

The Oregon Health Authority reports the number of weekly COVID cases showed a 4% decline, but the number of deaths hit a weekly high (passing the previous pandemic high the prior week).  Additionally, the number of positive tests dropped to 5.9% for the week ending January 16. The number of people receiving vaccines across the state this week also increased over the past week.

COVID-19 Update

As of today,  10 KF students are in isolation  (an increase of 1 over last week).  The number of KF employees in isolation is 4 (no change from last week). The number of new COVID positive cases reported this week totals 3 (all 3 KF students). One student at the Portland-Metro campus is in isolation (down from two last week); the report indicates no students isolating at Chemeketa. The total number of reported cases since January 2 is 19 (up 3 from last week).

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student.  The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

As the vaccine becomes more available and people are vaccinated, face coverings will still need to be worn and the other safety precautions still practiced.  As more information about vaccine accessibility is available, information will be shared regularly.

Reminders

Snow is in the forecast for Sunday and then Tuesday/Wednesday. Please remember that if the weather impacts campus operations, information about delays or closure will be communicated through the OIT Alert system and local media. If you have not updated our contact options in OIT Alert, please go here and follow the instructions. If an OIT-Alert is sent that a campus is closed, that means that all offices, activities and events on campus are cancelled. All in-person and remote courses will be cancelled, but students enrolled through Oregon Tech Online courses will continue unless otherwise notified by your professor. For KF students living in the residence halls information about any changes to meal times or procedures will come from Housing & Residence Life. Also, please allow more time when driving in winter conditions as arriving safely to your destination is most important.

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. Please do your part to stop the spread; it’s on all of us.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

It’s mid-January but you would not know it by the weather! I hope you are enjoying the unseasonable warm days and getting outside some. I’m sure the winter weather will come (and stay) eventually.

I hope you all read the memo from President Naganathan which provided information about spring term. The plan for spring term is for classes to be offered the same as fall term for all locations. The schedule of classes will be out later this term with spring term registration which will begin February 15. Dr. Nagi also indicated spring term will begin on March 29 (no change to the academic calendar). It is now the time that many are making plans for spring break, March 20 – 28, please keep in mind that COVID-19 will still be prevalent (even with the availability of the vaccine) and consider staying local and not travel to other states or abroad.

COVID-19 update

As of today, 9 KF students are in isolation. The number of KF employees in isolation is 4. The number of new COVID positive cases reported this week totals 6 (5 KF students and 1 Portland-Metro student). Two students at the Portland-Metro campus are in isolation; the report indicates no students isolating at Chemeketa. The total number of reported cases since January 2 is 16.

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student. The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

As the vaccine becomes more available and people are vaccinated, face coverings will still need to be worn and the other safety precautions still practiced. As more information about vaccine accessibility is available, information will be shared regularly.

Reminders

No classes on Monday as campus is closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In-person classes in KF start Tuesday. It will be nice to see you back on campus.

The KF Integrated Student Health Center is offering HIPAA-compliant Zoom and telephone appointments for counseling sessions. They are offering in-person medical appointments, and can also schedule telehealth appointments as well. PM counseling is available through Zoom and telephone appointments.

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. Please do your part to stop the spread; it’s on all of us.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community,

As the first week of the new term concludes, I hope your new term of classes went well.

OHA reported for the week of December 28 to January 3 a 17% increase over the previous week which followed three consecutive weeks of declining cases.  Additionally, the percentage of positive cases increased to 7.5% (up from 6.3%). Next week will be the start of any surge due to the New Year’s holiday celebrations, with the number of positive cases anticipated to increase again. 

COVID-19 update

Each weekly report starting with this one will provide numbers since January 2 (winter term start date for students moving back into KF campus housing). As of today,  20 KF students are in isolation.  The number of KF employees in isolation is 2. The number of positive cases reported this week totals 10 (9 KF students and 1 employee).

One student at the Portland-Metro campus and one student at the Chemeketa campus are in isolation.

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student.  The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

Please be responsible for completing your daily health screening.  Students, please use the Oregon Tech app as this worked well last term in assisting students with symptoms and then notifying others of potential exposure which ultimately minimized the spread.  Anyone not well should stay home and seek direction from the appropriate healthcare provider.

Reminders

Next week all KF courses and labs are still remote.  In person classes will begin Tuesday, January 19 following the campus holiday on January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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.  Our decisions over the next two weeks are critical in how campus will operate when in person courses begin.  Please do your part to stop the spread.

If you have not travelled back from your break yet, please check road conditions and if conditions are bad, please wait until conditions improve.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community Members,

As the New Year gets underway, winter break is winding down for everyone. Most of us are overjoyed to see 2020 end and are hopeful for a better 2021!

The last campus update on December 12 indicated the number of positive cases in Oregon continued to increase. OHA reports the week of December 21-27 (the latest weekly report) had a 22% decrease in positive cases, which marked the third consecutive week of declining numbers. This is good news but we are just now seeing the impact of the Christmas holiday and the result of travel and family gatherings. The New Year’s holiday impact will not be evident until approximately the second week of January, which is why we are starting winter term remotely in KF. Please continue to take appropriate steps to reduce the chance of exposure so that when we do return to in-person classes and activities, we will bring less COVID to campus.

COVID-19 update

During the winter break, reported cases of COVID exposure or positive tests were low. Only 10 positive cases were reported (8 KF students and 2 employees) and nine of those cases were due to exposures from a family member. We currently have three KF students, two Chemeketa students, and eight employees in isolation. It is imperative that everyone: students, faculty and staff complete the daily health screening. Please stay home if you have any COVID symptoms and contact the appropriate medical provider for assistance. Students with symptoms, have a possible exposure, or have tested positive, please call Student Health at 541-885-1800. Should you receive a call from Student Health or a member of the contact tracing team, please respond immediately so anyone at risk can be quickly identified and transmission to others can be minimized.

KF students wanting a COVID test will need to go through the drive-through site on El Dorado and identify yourself as an Oregon Tech student. The KF COVID testing on campus will resume February 2 at an indoor location.

Next week’s update will provide cases from the start of winter term on January 4.

Reminders

Students living on campus: please complete your screening PRIOR to returning to campus. Housing opens at noon on Saturday, January 2 and dining services will resume with dinner on Sunday, January 3. If your return date has changed, please email Housing at housing@oit.edu with your updated information.

As you return to the Klamath basin, please check the weather and road conditions as winter has arrived; take it slow so your return is without incident.

The first two weeks of KF winter term classes (labs and lectures) will all be remote. In person classes will being Tuesday, January 19 since Monday, January 18, is a campus holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. At the Portland Metro campus classes will follow the same format as for fall – lectures remote, labs in person.

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. Our decisions over the next two weeks are critical in how campus will operate when in person courses begin. Please do your part to stop the spread.

Happy New Year and stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community Members,

Congrats to a completing the fall term (or almost as grades are being submitted) and thank you for doing your part to allow for continued services and minimizing the COVID spread in campus community.

Oregon’s number of positive cases continued to increase this week with all-time high daily counts. The total number of cases increased from 81,437 (1,003 deaths) on December 4 to 91,421 (1,138 deaths) yesterday. Some of this increase is a result of the Thanksgiving weekend and OHA is reporting the numbers are better than predicted as Oregonians changed plans and followed the Governor’s recommendations. We are still months away from a vaccine being available to the general public. Thus, it is imperative that we all continue to minimize close contact with others, keep social gatherings small, wear a face covering, and regularly wash hands.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Currently, 3 KF students are in isolation (none on campus) which is 15 less than last week. Additionally, 2 employees are in isolation (down from 7 last week). There are no reports of anyone in isolation at the PM campus or from Chemeketa.

This week there were 3 new positive KF students, bringing the total to 57 positive students since the start of fall term. Three new positive cases reported for employees, bring the total to 8 employees. One new positive cases reported from the PM campus and no new cases from Chemeketa.

The Integrated Student Health Center (ISHC) staff will be available throughout the winter break to support students with COVID-related issues (with the exception of Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, when the university is closed). If you develop symptoms, receive a positive COVID test result, or have an exposure, please call ISHC at 541-885-1800.

Due to the surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the community, Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) has approved of and encouraged Oregon Tech to spearhead contact tracing for its own employees. Gaylyn Maurer, Director of the Integrated Student Health Center, will be taking the lead in this effort as she has been trained in this area and has worked closely with KCPH across the past 9 months facilitating contact tracing for students. Several other staff members will also complete the training in order to ensure efficient support for employees who may be directly impacted by COVID. Should you receive a call from Gaylyn or the contact tracing team, please keep in mind that the intention behind their efforts is to keep the campus community as safe as possible by quickly identifying anyone at risk for having been exposed to the virus and to keep those who are ill from transmitting it to others.

Reminders

The Oregon Tech Foundation scholarship application is now available (due March 1, but don’t wait to do it – winter break is a great time to write your essays).

KF students living on campus housing, please complete the survey from Mandi about your return date to housing. This information is really important for planning purposes. If your plans change after you complete the survey, that is fine – just let Housing know of your new return date (email Housing@oit.edu). Also, please watch for an email with the information about your health screening for your return to housing.

Access to KF campus buildings over the winter break is extremely limited. The only building open during the break is the CU which will be open Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm, except for campus holidays (Dec 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Please call or email any office from which you need assistance rather than going to an office in person.

This reminder will continue to go out: the first two weeks of classes in KF will be remote (lecture classes and labs), with the term starting on January 4. The other campus locations will start winter term with the same operations as fall term. Please watch for additional emails about winter term over the winter break.

As the COVID-19 spread increases, everyone must continue to practice all the precautions regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, and regularly sanitize high touch surfaces.

The holidays are traditionally a time to enjoy time with family and friends, but we all need to think about doing things differently this year to slow the spread of the virus. Social gatherings are the prime source of transmission, so please make good decisions for the upcoming holidays. Remember, you may be asymptomatic so don’t give grandma or anyone else the virus; maintain at least 6 feet and wear a face covering (even when you are with family members that you think are “safe”).

This weekly update will be the last one until January 2, but watch for emails over the break for important information from me and or other staff.

Winter arrived yesterday with a beautiful snow fall, so be careful on the roads throughout the season. Please have a safe and restful break!

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community Members,

Oregon recorded the highest case count in a single day yesterday with 2,176 new cases and 30 deaths. It is anticipated that new cases will continue to increase since Thanksgiving was just 9 days ago. We are still months away from a vaccine being available to the general public. Thus, it is imperative that we all continue to minimize close contact with others, keep social gatherings small, wear a face covering, and regularly wash hands.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Currently, 18 KF students are in isolation (2 on campus) which is 15 less than last week. Additionally, 7 employees are in isolation (down from 13 last week). There are no reports of anyone in isolation at the PM campus or from Chemeketa.

This week there were 7 new positive KF students, bringing the total to 54 positive students since the start of fall term. Three new positive cases reported for employees. No new positive cases reported from the PM campus or Chemeketa.

Winter Term Information

On Thursday an email was sent to campus (attached) indicating the first two weeks of winter term will be remote for KF. The other campus locations will start winter term with the same operations as fall term. Please watch for additional emails about winter term over the next three weeks.

Reminders

Final exams are this week - good luck! Grades will be available on Tuesday, December 15.

The Oregon Tech Foundation scholarship application is now available (due March 1, but don’t wait to do it – winter break is a great time to write your essays).

As the COVID-19 spread increases, everyone must continue to practice all the precautions regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, and regularly sanitize high touch surfaces.

The holidays are traditionally a time to enjoy time with family and friends, but we all need to think about doing things differently this year to slow the spread of the virus. Social gatherings are the prime source of transmission, so please make good decisions for the upcoming holidays. Remember, you may be asymptomatic so don’t give grandma or anyone else the virus; maintain at least 6 feet and wear a face covering (even when you are with family members that you think are “safe”).

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community Members,

I hope this week’s update finds you well and enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend.

As Governor Brown’s state “freeze” ends on December 2, counties will be designated at one of four levels (low to extreme) with service and activities allowed based on designation. This system will allow for areas of the state to return to activities if the level of cases is lower, rather than the same guidance/requirements for the entire state. As county designations are determined/revised, University services and activities will be evaluated as our goal is to continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Currently, 33 KF students are in isolation (2 on campus) which is five less than last week. Additionally, 13 employees are in isolation (up from 9 last week). There are no reports of anyone in isolation at the PM campus or from Chemeketa.

This week there were 13 new positive KF students, bringing the total to 47 positive students since the start of fall term. No new positive cases reported for employees or from the PM campus or Chemeketa.

Reminders

As COVID-19 spread increases, everyone must continue to practice all the precautions regularly: properly wear a face covering inside and outside, maintain 6 feet between you and others, frequently wash your hands, and regularly sanitize high touch surfaces.

As the term winds down, good luck completing papers, projects, and exams (or grading everything). If you haven’t registered for winter term, please do so this week.

Friday is the last day withdraw from all classes this term.

Don’t let COVID fatigue or the stress of the end of the term get to you. Use your campus resources this week and next in order to finish strong.

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech Community Members,

My apologies for not getting this out earlier today as you many of you have become accustomed to reading with your morning coffee.

Governor Brown’s two week freeze started on Wednesday (to December 2, minimally) which meant we had to institute some changes primarily at the Klamath Falls campus. The aspects of higher education that were announced as exempt include instruction and research; all other functions have to follow the relevant sector guidance. As a result, the TechRec is closed, in person social events are cancelled, and dining is 100% takeout (no seating available in the dining area). These changes are unfortunate but Oregon Tech must comply with the state directives. As part of this statewide guidance, the Governor has stated repeatedly the “urgent importance of limiting social gatherings—especially during the holiday season—and continuing to wear face coverings even when visiting family and friends in small gatherings.” COVID-19 cases have risen on campus recently as they have in the local community and beyond, and Oregon Tech supports the statewide public health regulations issued this week to curtail the spread.

Approximately 630 students are living on campus and buildings are occupied with labs and lower level classes this term. Oregon Tech staff members have kept our buildings and facilities clean and the campus fully accessible. I’m thankful for everyone that is playing a critical role in keeping our campuses safe, healthy and operational. I am gratified to see students and staff observing our safety protocols, and the prevalence of mask wearing — both indoors and outside — has been part of why we’ve been able to conduct fall term as we planned. However, we can’t become lazy in our efforts or we will continue to have increases in our COVID-19 numbers.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

This week 102 students tested on campus (KF) bringing the total of students tested since September 16 to 255. Man students wanted testing before returning home to family. Of the results in so far, only one came back positive (which we expected due to symptoms).

As I indicated last week, with the increased number of students in isolation, more positive cases were anticipated. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened; the total number of positive cases this week increased by 12 (all students), bringing the total for fall term to 34 students (up from just 8 two weeks ago) and 2 employees (no new cases this week) at the KF campus. The Portland-Metro campus did not have any new positive cases, keeping the total positive cases to 3 (all students). One new positive case was reported from the Chemeketa program, bringing the total to 3 (all students).

We have even more students in isolation currently (38 KF students; only one in isolation on campus) comparted to 29 last week, with 9 KF employees currently in isolation as well. We do not, however, have any students currently reported in isolation at the PM campus or from the Chemeketa program.

In analyzing the increase in students in isolation and testing positive over the last two weeks, it is clear that currently 37 individuals (to date) were impacted by a “super spreader” event (a Halloween party). Of those 37 individuals, 16 have tested positive so far and the others are in isolation (some waiting on test results, with more positives likely). It is clear that what I was trying to prevent with messages prior to Halloween were not heeded by some and the consequences are now being felt by many others that were exposed (and even positive) as a result of this social gathering where proper precautions were not followed. To say I’m disappointed is true, but my heart truly goes out to those that are sick. I hope better decisions by all of us will occur with upcoming holidays and the interactions with family and friends will be done physically distanced and with face coverings.

As I have said before, please think about your activities on and off campus. The ability to get individuals into isolation quickly is certainly making a positive difference in controlling the spread in our community. If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

  • As you have lots on your mind with the fall term winding down, please don’t forget to register for winter term.
  • Please consider getting a flu shot soon, if you haven’t already done so.
  • If you live on campus and are returning after Thanksgiving, please do NOT forget to do your health screening BEFORE you return.

I’m hearing from some students that they have some final exams this week – good luck on all exams whenever you take them!

Happy Thanksgiving and stay well,
Erin M. Foley, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean of Students

Oregon Tech Community Members,

I can’t believe week 8 of fall term is over, but I’m thankfully the end of term is approaching. I’m disheartened to share this week’s update as it is not a good one. I’ll start with Governor Brown’s announcement yesterday of a “two week freeze” starting Wednesday (November 18) to December 2 to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon, which is a direct result of the skyrocketing number of cases this month. Oregon Tech will need to adjust in some areas, but classes will continue without any changes.

The two week freeze ordered by the Governor provides specific sector directives, some of which apply to Oregon Tech. The press conference from yesterday can be viewed here. Oregon Tech will take the following actions to comply with the two week freeze requirements:

  • TechRec (Student Rec Center) will close; gym access will be for instruction purposes only (guidance on athletics is forthcoming)
  • Bookstore will reduce capacity to 75%
  • Campus Dining will be 100% takeout; eating in the dining area will be discontinued
  • Campus activities will stop, including campus visits and on-campus interviews by search committees
  • Instruction will continue as planned (higher education instruction and research is excluded from this directive)

In addition to these specific actions, Oregon Tech encourages everyone to also follow Governor Brown’s directive on social gatherings: limit of 6 people total, from no more than two households (this means your household plus only one other) regardless of indoor or outdoor location. As Thanksgiving falls within this two week freeze, please reconsider your Thanksgiving plans and adjust to follow these social gathering guidelines. Students, please consider not traveling for Thanksgiving and staying local so that you reduce the risk of bring COVID back to campus. You do not want to spend the last two weeks in isolation/quarantine and be able to finish final exams.

Of course, whether you stay local or travel, adhering to our prevention measures (on and off campus) remain critical: properly wear a face covering inside and outside; maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others; wash your hands regularly (or use hand sanitizer); and frequently sanitize high touch surfaces. I know we are all tired of hearing this and even more tired of doing it, but we need to maintain our vigilance until the pandemic is behind us.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

This week 13 students tested on campus (KF) bringing the total of students tested since September 16 to 153. Unfortunately, the total number of positive cases this week brought the total for fall term to 22 students (up from just 8 last week) and 2 employees (no new cases this week) at the KF campus. The Portland-Metro campus had two more students test positive, bringing the total positive cases to 3 (all students). No additional positive cases were reported from the Chemeketa program, keeping the total at 2 (both students).

We also have a many individuals in isolation this week, which will likely contribute to more positive cases in the coming week. Last week 29 KF students were isolating and now we have 23 (11 in isolation on campus) as well as 4 employees in isolation. Also, 26 PM students are in isolation currently and one student at Chemeketa is in isolation.

It is evident that the increase in positive cases and the need to isolate individuals is directly linked to letting our guards down and interacting with others that are considered “safe” when in fact they are not. Please think about your activities on and off campus. The ability to get individuals into isolation quickly is certainly making a positive difference in controlling the spread in our community .If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

Registration for winter term is underway. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor and register when it is your time. Don’t put it off as the end of the term will be very busy and you don’t want to forget to do it!

Thanksgiving break is longer this year. Please remember that the Thanksgiving break begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 25 (class after 1:00pm do not meet) and runs through Wednesday, December 2. Classes resume on December 3 mostly through remote delivery. Be sure to know what each of your classes is doing after the break and for finals week (December 7 – 10).

Please continue to practice our COVID-19 prevention measures on AND off campus:

  • Properly wear a face covering inside and outside
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer of 60% alcohol or more)
  • Sanitize high touch surfaces frequently, and
  • Please do not come to campus if you are sick!

As winter weather is now here, please slow down and be safe on the roads (and even walking on slick surfaces).

Stay well,

Erin M. Foley, Ph.D

Oregon Tech Community Members,

Another week of the term is behind us and it is now November. Unfortunately, what is not behind us is COVID-19. This week saw more cases across the state, our counties and even on campus. It is clear the Halloween activities, specifically social gatherings without physical distancing and face coverings, played a role in this week’s numbers. As I look back to mid-September and now, Klamath County’s number of COVID-19 cases increased from 260 (on September 16) to 463 (as of yesterday). Oregon also saw its highest daily count of 805 on Thursday. The recent increased spread is due to small, informal social gatherings according to OHA. As a reminder as to how we can Stop the Spread, please see the attached.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers

Last week we had 12 KF students isolating due to either direct contact with a COVID-19 person or due to symptoms. This week we have 29 KF students isolating (6 in isolation on campus). One KF employee is currently isolating (due to symptoms).

Eleven students tested this week on campus, bringing the total tested on campus to 140 students. The total number of positive cases on the KF campus increased by 4 (all students) this week for an overall total of 10 cases (8 students and 2 employees) at the KF campus.

At the PM campus one student reported positive this week, the first PM case since fall term started. Two PM students are currently in isolation.

Two students in an Oregon Tech academic program at the Chemeketa Community College tested positive this week.

If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11. As this is a recognized campus holiday, campus is closed and classes do not meet. If you are a veteran, thank you for your service! Please be sure to thank a veteran on Wednesday.

Registration for winter term is underway. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor and register when it is your time. Don’t put it off as the end of the term will be very busy and you don’t want to forget to do it!

Thanksgiving break is longer this year. Please remember that the Thanksgiving break begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 25 (class after 1:00pm do not meet) and runs through Wednesday, December 2. Classes resume on December 3 mostly through remote delivery. Be sure to know what each of your classes is doing after the break and for finals week (December 7 – 10).

Please continue to practice our COVID-19 prevention measures on AND off campus. And please do not come to campus if you are sick!

Stay well,

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

Oregon Tech community members,

We are now in the downward slide to the end of the term with week 6 now completed; time is really flying. However, if you have watched the news this week, the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, is not on a downward trajectory. Cases have increased across the country as well as in Oregon; in the state we had the highest case count yesterday (Friday at 600) since the start of the pandemic. Oregon Health Authority’s stated on 10/28 that the incidence of reported infection has been highest in persons 20–49 years of age, who account for 39% of Oregon’s population and 56% of reported cases. The current increase in cases means we must continue to practice all prevention measures on and off campus to reduce the spread. Be sure to maintain 6 feet, properly wear a face covering, keep washing your hands regularly, and clean high touch surfaces often. Even if you are spending time with someone you know (and think they are healthy), it is in your best interest to keep your distance as they could be an asymptomatic carrier. Continue to be vigilant to remain healthy! And remember: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu (or not feeling 100%), please STAY home.

This week’s COVID-19 numbers:

Last week we had a significant number of students in isolation due to possible exposure to a COVID-positive person. Those exposed have tested negative (pending one that was retested this week due to symptoms). At this time we have 12 KF students isolating due to either direct contact with a COVID-19 person or due to symptoms (only one is isolating in campus housing).

Eight students tested this week on campus, bringing the total tested on campus to 129 students. Of those 129, the number testing positive remains at one. Since September 16 in Klamath Falls, we have had 119 students instructed to isolate (up from 104 reported last week) with 12 students currently in isolation. The total number of positive cases on the KF campus increased by 1 (an employee) this week for an overall total of 6 cases at the KF campus. The employee is recovering at home. In addition to the students in isolation, one KF employee is currently isolating (due to symptoms).

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.

If you receive a phone call from Student Health or a public health official, please answer (or return the call) as they are calling to give you important information. Your timely response is needed and greatly appreciated.

Reminders

If you missed the email on Tuesday about the new campus Face Covering Requirement, please see the attachment and note that face shields are not allowed as a face covering unless a medical exemption is approved. Neck gaiters are also not allowed on campus. If you have not received your Oregon Tech branded face coverings, please go to the Student Affairs office (CU 217) to pick them up or go to the CIC at the PM campus.

The last day to withdraw from a single class is Friday, November 6. A complete withdrawal (dropping all classes) can be done through Friday, December 4.

Stay safe this Halloween weekend and don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight!

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.

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,

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