Coronavirus Response

COVID Dashboard for April 5, 2021 showing 1420 total COVID tests samples collected at SHAC (674 rapid tests) and 46 total positive cases on campus since March, 2020; a total of three cases were reported in March, 2021, and no cases have been reported so far in April.

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

Date

Cases

Context

Month of March, 2021

 3

Two resident students and one non-resident student tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of February, 2021

 2

One non-resident student and one employee tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of January, 2021

 8

Four resident students and four non-resident students tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of December, 2020

 10

Six resident students, one non-resident student and three campus employees tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine. 

Month of November, 2020

17

Eight resident students, three employees, four non-resident students and two on-campus contractors tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine. 

Month of October, 2020

4

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. A fourth case was identified in a tenant of an on-campus facility. No on-campus exposures have been identified.

Month of August, 2020

1

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

Month of May, 2020

1

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 Winter Term, 2021.

Do you have more questions about Portland State University's coronavirus response? Please send them to coronavirusresponse@pdx.edu

MOST RECENT CAMPUS UPDATE - Vaccine update: Family members of frontline workers eligible April 5

Campus Colleagues,

Gov. Kate Brown made another Friday announcement today that affects the vaccine eligibility of members of our campus community. In addition to the vaccine eligibility for frontline workers, which includes university employees, coming up this Monday, April 5, Gov. Brown announced today that adult family members of those workers will also be eligible. As previously announced, all Oregonians 16 years and older will become eligible for vaccination by May 1.

Vaccine sites are available through existing health care channels and vaccination clinics, including at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland International Airport and in Hillsboro. Vaccines are now also available at many local pharmacies. More information about how to sign up is available from the Oregon Health Authority and we encourage everyone to sign up for vaccine information at the Get Vaccinated Oregon website.  

PSU’s Center for Student Health & Counseling is an approved vaccination site, and we are continuing to work with state and local public health officials to provide an on-campus vaccination option to support employees in accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. We will provide more information about this option as it becomes available. 

Like other states, Oregon is facing a rise in COVID-19 case counts that may signal a fourth wave of the pandemic. Vaccinations are a key tool for combating the virus and the best path toward ending the pandemic and our safe return to campus life. 

As a reminder, university frontline workers are included in Phase 1B, Group 7, with frontline workers as defined by the CDC. The Oregon Health Authority has more information available to determine eligibility.

We will continue to keep you informed as additional information becomes available. If you have specific questions, you may send them to coronavirusresponse@pdx.edu.

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