Coronavirus Updates

Updated: 04/17/2020

The University of Portland will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Coronavirus. 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.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.


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 away from campus might be warranted.  Based on that medical advice, any student who wishes to avoid coming to campus temporarily should contact their associate dean for guidance.

Campus Efforts

Beginning March 16, University of Portland will transition to online classes. 

Campus will remain open under normal operating hours for faculty and staff.

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. 

In accordance with recently-issued directives from state and local authorities, large event have been canceled. For information about athletic events, visit the athletics website. There are currently no plans to cancel Commencement exercises in May. 

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.
  • Scrutiny of outside events scheduled on our campus, subjecting them to potential postponement or cancellation, depending on the guidance we receive from local, state, and federal healthcare officials.

Travel Advisories

We encourage students traveling to closely monitor travel advisories through the CDC and State Department. According to the CDC, depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread.

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             

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Oregon Health Authority


Mental Health & Coping:

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (CDC)

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

 Crisis Text Line

Suicide Prevention Lifeline