About Coronavirus

Updated: 03/20/2020

Recent CDC announcements indicate transmission of Coronavirus has continued to spread. The CDC website is being updated frequently with information about Coronavirus as more becomes known. Information is available in different languages through Multnomah County


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure. 


COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes being within approximately six feet of an individual with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Prevention Strategies

Stop the spread of germs and help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. 
  • Get more information at www.cdc.gov/COVID19 

Prevention Strategies infographic

Campus Efforts

All classes will be held online through Spring Semester 2020. 

Students are encouraged to return to their permanent addresses while the virtual learning environment is in effect. Key campus services will remain open to students unable to return to their homes. 

Only essential personnel should report to campus. Staff employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors to determine if they are able to work from home full- or part-time.

In accordance with recently-issued directives from state and local authorities, large events have been canceled, including all athletic events and Commencement. 

Additionally, small events, gatherings, and lectures have also been canceled or postponed. Contact event organizers for more information.

All University-sponsored or University-reimbursed travel has been canceled or postponed unless a written exception has been granted by the provost or a vice president. 

Here are a few steps we are taking to help address the spread of COVID-19:

  • Busy areas around campus will undergo multiple cleanings and disinfecting throughout the day and evenings, including bathrooms and high-use surfaces.
  • More hand sanitizer stations will be positioned around campus as inventory allows. 
  • Visible signage is being increased in all buildings with important reminders and key information which must be followed for our protection.

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19?

If you develop these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, call the Health & Counseling Center, ProvRN, or your healthcare provider before going in person. Tell them about your recent travel or contact. They will work with the local or state public health departments to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you are sick, follow all CDC guidelines to prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

The Health & Counseling Center does not perform COVID-19 testing.

Anyone with underlying medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) should consult with their medical provider to determine if self-isolation might be warranted. 

Travel Advisories

Travelers are encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories through the CDC and State Department

The United States Department of State has issued a Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) advisory for all international travel. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid international travel. U.S. citizens who are currently abroad should arrange for immediate return to the United States, if possible, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Until further notice, the University strongly discourages personal travel to international locations. 

Any individual who engages in personal international travel must provide notice to the University by contacting Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Eduardo Contreras at contrera@up.edu and/or 503.943.8266 prior to returning to campus.

Members of the University community who are experiencing cold or flu symptoms are encouraged to stay home and/or receive COVID-19 screening prior to returning to campus. 

Viruses don’t discriminate: COVID-19 is not associated with any race, ethnicity, or nationality. It is vital that our community work to combat discrimination based on racial bias or appearances and to correct misinformation on the spot. Make sure you only share accurate, unbiased information, and speak up when you hear, see, or read misinformation or harassment.

For further information or questions, please contact any of the following resources:

  • Health and Counseling Center 503.943.7134
  • Campus Safety 503.943.7161
  • ProvRN 503.574.9606
  • Office of the Provost 503.943.7105
  • Accessible Education Services 503.943.8985   
  • Office of Studies Abroad 503.943.7857