COVID-19 Notifications and Quarantine

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PSU’s Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) initiates contact tracing for on-campus cases including identification of the infectious period, clarifying significant campus-based COVID-19 exposures and helping the patient to identify close contacts.

  • The COVID-positive person should notify any personal or professional / workplace close contacts. Both Multnomah County and the CDC have resource pages for how to identify and talk to close contacts. 
  • SHAC will notify instructors and classmates in classroom settings.

If you would like to discuss a potential exposure, please contact the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) at (503) 725-2800.

Oregon OSHA requires that PSU notify employees who may have been "affected," which means that they were in the same building as a person who was positive for COVID-19. To accomplish this notification, PSU publishes case information on the COVID-19 Case and Testing Dashboard webpage daily including date(s), building(s), and timeframe(s) of on-campus cases.

Additionally, the total number of test samples collected, tests conducted and cases reported, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pandemic is published weekly to the Case and Testing Dashboard webpage. ​

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, it can be confusing to know what to do next. 

Because each situation is unique, PSU students and employees should contact the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) or their healthcare provider to discuss exposure or symptoms as well as next steps. 

PSU students and employees should report a positive test result to SHAC as soon as possible on the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

The Oregon Health Authority is pausing quarantine recommendations for most people. Quarantine means staying home away from others after an exposure to see if you become sick or infected. If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you do not have to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.

PSU’s University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL)Athletics and childcare centers also have specific quarantine and isolation protocols for students, employees and participants in those programs.

Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 illness can call SHAC to schedule a COVID test. You may also choose to get tested at any place in the community that is offering COVID testing. If you test positive for COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.