Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Response

COVID Dashboard for Oct. 26, 2020 showing 238 total COVID tests at SHAC and 5 total positive cases on campus since spring; 3 cases were reported this month.

COVID Testing Strategy

The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is currently offering testing, available by appointment and after screening. Any member of the PSU Community (any student or employee, including full and part time faculty) can contact SHAC to discuss COVID health concerns, including symptoms or concern for possible exposure. Following guidance from Multnomah County, SHAC is prioritizing testing for individuals who are symptomatic. Testing at SHAC for individuals who are not symptomatic will be determined on a case by case basis in consultation with a SHAC medical professional. 

How to Schedule with SHAC

Please call SHAC at (503) 725-2800 during office hours (Monday - Thursdays, 9 - 5; Fridays 10-5; Monday-Friday SHAC will be closed 12-1:00 for lunch). Following a medical screening, SHAC may recommend that an individual visit SHAC for a COVID test or seek a COVID test from another medical provider (e.g. their primary care provider, their local county, etc.).

Reporting COVID-Exposure, Test Results, or Diagnosis 

Informing SHAC of COVID-19 exposure, positive test results, or diagnosis is strongly recommended in order for PSU to initiate centralized university-level responses to protect students, staff and faculty during COVID-19. Please report if you have been to the PSU campus within the past two weeks. Please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and a representative from Center for Student Health & Counseling will be in contact with you by phone.

About the PSU COVID Dashboard

Dashboard numbers reflect the total number of tests samples collected, tests conducted and cases reported, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID-19 case counts are based on positive test results collected by SHAC or positive results reported to SHAC by individuals or the Multnomah County Health Department.

The dashboard above depicts

  • How many COVID test samples SHAC has taken and sent to an external laboratory for testing;
  • How many COVID tests SHAC has conducted onsite;
  • Monthly and total COVID case counts (based on test results collected by SHAC or results reported to SHAC by individuals or the Multnomah County Health Department); and
  • Summary demographics of on-campus cases.

Defining an on-campus case

An “on-campus case” is a positive COVID-19 test result or diagnosis made by or reported to SHAC where the person was on campus in the past 14 days and is:

  • A student with on-campus activity (e.g taking an on campus class, athletics, working, etc)
  • A student that lives on campus
  • An employee working on campus
  • Someone who was on campus, even with no close contacts identified

‘On-campus” is defined as “on or within PSU-owned property or space leased by PSU."

A person who was on campus and who reports an exposure (that they are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19) should self isolate and follow guidance from their medical provider, but is not considered an “on-campus” case unless they test positive for COVID-19. 

Additional Case Information




Month of October


One resident student tested positive for COVID-19. A second student had an inconclusive COVID-19 test. Both students began quarantine immediately. A third case was identified in a non-resident student who had been on campus. No on-campus exposures have been identified.

Month of August


One resident student who also works on campus tested positive for COVID-19. No on-campus exposures identified.

Month of May


One non-resident student who also works on campus reported a positive COVID-19 test. No on-campus exposures identified. 

Managing PSU's Response

At PSU, our Incident Management Team representing all sectors of campus is leading our efforts to coordinate preparedness, response, communications and contingencies in case the virus spreads to Portland. Members of the IMT are trained in planning and response to any potential health or safety threat to our PSU community. 

PSU's COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

In compliance with State of Oregon Executive Order 20-28 and the guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Council, Portland State has adopted a comprehensive COVID-19 Health and Safety Operational Plan, as of August 20, 2020.

Do you have more questions about Portland State University's coronavirus response? Please send them to

MOST RECENT CAMPUS UPDATE - An update on COVID-related policies at PSU

October 15, 2020

Dear Campus Community, 

We hope that fall term is going well for students and faculty, and I want to let you know how much I appreciate all the work that you’ve done to adapt to remote teaching and learning. I know you need to make plans for winter term, and I’m announcing today that we will continue with mostly remote instruction at PSU when winter term begins January 4.

We will continue virtual courses because COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to our campus community. Coronavirus cases have been steadily rising since September, with an average of 356 daily cases reported statewide last week alone. Since the pandemic outbreak last spring, more than 37,000 cases have been reported in Oregon, and we are approaching 8 million cases nationwide. As a result, remote instruction is key to curb the spread of the disease and help protect the health of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The PSU campus will continue to be open on a limited basis during winter quarter as it is this fall. While most courses and many services will be conducted virtually, we have plans to offer in-person services such as the residence halls, the library, study spaces, child care, and health and wellness services. Precautions and protocols will remain in place, including mask requirements, physical distancing guidelines both inside and outside buildings, size limits on meetings and events, enhanced cleaning and other safeguards recommended by local and state health officials    

As part of our planning for winter, we will conduct a survey of students in the coming weeks to help inform us about how support services can best be provided while classes are largely remote.

The winter course schedule will be available online starting October 26, and it will include information about the delivery format for each course. Also online are instructions on how to register for classes. The pass/no pass grading policy that has been in effect this fall will continue during the winter term.  

For regular updates through the fall term and as we plan for the winter term, please visit the New Way Forward website for students and the related site for faculty and staff.   

I can assure you that we will be closely monitoring COVID-19 cases in our community in the coming fall and winter months to determine whether changes or adjustments will need to be made to campus services and operations. Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. 

Thank you for your commitment to Portland State, and I look forward to working together for a successful winter term.

Stephen Percy

Portland State University 

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