Testing, Quarantining, and Contact Tracing

University of Portland's operational resumption plans are subject to change as our understanding of COVID-19 evolves and based on guidelines set by the State of Oregon and Multnomah County. Please check this website often for the latest information.  

In partnership with local and state health officials, UP is developing robust protocols around testing, contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation. To promote the health and well-being of our community, faculty, students and staff will be expected to comply with these protocols.  More information will be provided as these protocols are finalized and as we approach the next phases in the University’s reopening.

Testing

In conjunction with health officials and a private laboratory, University of Portland is developing an efficient and effective COVID-19 testing protocol.

Quarantining, Isolation, and Contact Tracing

Faculty, staff, and students are expected to comply with all directives related to quarantining, isolation, and contact tracing issued by their health care provider or the University of Portland. 

The University is preparing procedures for residential students to isolate and/or quarantine in designated on-campus residence halls should the need arise.

In the event that you develop potential COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, you should take the following actions:

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are not experiencing a medical emergency, you should immediately return to your place of residence or self-isolate until you can safely return to your residence or be transported to a health care facility.
    • If you are a student, you should contact the Health & Counseling Center for further guidance.
    • If you are faculty or staff, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions. Then, contact the Office of Human Resources.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should remain at your place of residence or a designated isolation/quarantine space on campus for at least 10 days after illness onset and 72 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and all other symptoms are improving.

If you test negative for COVID-19 (and if you have multiple tests and all return negative), you should remain at your place of residence or a designated isolation/quarantine space on campus until 72 hours after the fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.

If you do not undergo COVID-19 testing, you should remain at your place of residence or a designated isolation/quarantine space on campus until 72 hours after the fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.

Any student or employee who knows that they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence or a designated isolation/quarantine space on campus, alert the Health & Counseling Center (students) or the Office of Human Resources (employees), and comply with all further instructions regarding testing, quarantine, and isolation.

The CDC provides the following information about quarantining, isolation and contact tracing:

Quarantining is designed to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. 

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation need to remain isolated until it’s safe for them to be around others

Contact tracing allows for the identification and monitoring of contacts of infected people so that they can be notified of the contact and to support the safe, sustainable, and effective quarantine of close contacts to prevent additional transmission.