COVID-19

Most current information regarding UP's COVID-19 updates can be found on the Pilots Prevent website.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to get connected to the COVID Case Manager and isolate in your room until you receive further instructions.

If at any time you experience severe symptoms including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


Frequently Asked Questions
(Updated 9/7/2022)

I got a COVID test off-campus/outside of the Health Center that came back positive. What should I do now?

Most importantly, begin isolation immediately. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the Health Center, fill out the COVID-19 self-reporting form and (for on-campus residents) tell your Hall Director as soon as possible. The self-reporting form will (1.) alert the UP COVID-19 Case Manager who will develop a plan to support you and (2.) alert your close contacts via email. You will also need to send an email to your class instructors to let them know that you are in isolation.

UP is observing the isolation guidelines[1] currently set by Multnomah County. Students who test positive will be advised on how/when to end isolation after filling out the self-reporting form.

Note: Nursing students should reach out to the administrative staff in the School of Nursing for additional guidance before resuming in-person clinicals.

When should I get tested for COVID-19?

The Health Center will administer COVID-19 tests to any UP student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. To make a COVID-19 testing appointment, call the Health Center at 503.943.7134.

If any student is asymptomatic and has recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended to get a PCR test 4-5 days after the close-contact exposure. All students should diligently monitor their symptoms after an exposure (see below: "I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I don't feel sick. Do I need to quarantine?"). To make a COVID-19 testing appointment at the Health Center, call 503.943.7134. You can also view a list of community testing options here.

According to the CDC[2], anyone with any signs or symptoms[3] of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status. Students that are symptomatic of COVID-19 should not attend in-person classes or other in-person events. Reach out to your class instructors to let them know if you will be missing class due to COVID symptoms or exposure.

The CDC defines “close contact[4] as a situation where you were within 6 feet of a COVID-positive person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you are unsure if your situation fits the close contact criteria, contact the Health Center via phone (503.943.7134) or email (hcc@up.edu).

COVID Testing Flow Chart


I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I don’t feel sick. Do I still need to get tested?

Yes! Regardless of vaccination status, if you have been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, you should seek out a COVID-19 PCR test (see below: "How soon after an exposure should I get tested?")To make a COVID-19 testing appointment at the Health Center, call 503.943.7134. You can also view a list of community testing options here.

How soon after an exposure should I get tested?

It is best practice to get tested 4-5 days following a known “close contact” exposure to a COVID-positive person.

For example: You spent time with your roommate on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Your roommate finds out on Wednesday that their COVID PCR test taken on Monday was positive, and they immediately begin isolation in their room. The last time you were in close contact with your roommate was Wednesday, so you would get an exposure test 4-5 days after Wednesday.

I made a testing appointment. Do I need to quarantine until my test?

That depends on your situation. UP is observing the isolation guidelines currently set by Multnomah County. Visit their website[5] and follow the instructions most applicable to you. Regardless of vaccination status or exposure, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, begin isolation immediately and alert your class instructors if necessary. Questions regarding a COVID exposure can be directed to the Health Center via phone (503.943.7134) or email (hcc@up.edu).

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or is advised to quarantine due to an exposure will receive support from the UP COVID-19 Case Manager.

I’m waiting for my test results. Do I need to quarantine until I get my results?

That depends on your situation. UP is observing the isolation guidelines currently set by Multnomah County. Visit their website[5] and follow the instructions most applicable to you. Regardless of vaccination status or exposure, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, begin isolation immediately and alert your class instructors if necessary. Questions regarding a COVID exposure can be directed to the Health Center via phone (503.943.7134) or email (hcc@up.edu).

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or is advised to quarantine due to an exposure will receive support from the UP COVID-19 Case Manager.

I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I don’t feel sick. Do I need to quarantine?

In accordance with the Oregon Health Authority[6] and the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, University of Portland does not require a quarantine period for UP Community members who have been exposed to COVID-19 but test negative. Instead, stay masked around others for 10 days and monitor for symptoms.

If at any point you develop symptoms of COVID-19, begin isolation immediately and call the Health Center at 503.943.7134 to schedule a COVID test and check-up appointment. Students that are symptomatic should not attend in-person classes or other in-person events. Reach out to your class instructors to let them know if you will be missing class due to COVID symptoms or exposure.

Questions regarding a COVID exposure can be directed to the Health Center via phone (503.943.7134) or email (hcc@up.edu).

My roommate/friend/partner was in close contact with someone who has COVID and is getting tested. Should I get tested too?

Not necessarily. If you were not in close contact with the COVID-positive person, and you are not having symptoms, you do not need to be tested at this time. However, if you start to develop symptoms, begin isolation immediately and contact the Health Center at 503.943.7134 to schedule a testing appointment and talk about next steps.

If your roommate/friend/partner tests positive for COVID and you are not having symptoms, it is recommended that you get a test 4-5 days after the last close-contact exposure to your roommate/friend/partner. All students should diligently monitor their symptoms after an exposure. (See above: "I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I don’t feel sick. Do I still need to get tested?")

I’m concerned that another student I’ve come in contact with is having symptoms but not getting tested. What should I do?

Any concerns related to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure can be directed to the Health Center via phone (503.943.7134) or email (hcc@up.edu) or Pilots Prevent using the COVID-19 self-reporting form. Both forms of communication will remain anonymous.

I got a COVID test off-campus that came back negative. What should I do now?

It's up to you! If you received a negative test result and would still like to get medical care, contact the Health Center at 503.943.7134 or your off-campus primary care provider to schedule an appointment. If you would prefer to self-care until your symptoms subside, check out our Cold & Flu Self-Care page for tips. It is not necessary to report a negative test result to the Health Center.

Regardless of COVID-19 test results, students that are experiencing symptoms of illness should limit their exposure to others as much as possible until their symptoms subside, including wearing a mask.

Note: Nursing students should reach out to the administrative staff in the School of Nursing for additional guidance before resuming in-person clinicals.

 

 

[1] Multco.us – If You Test Positive for COVID-19
[2]
 CDC.gov – COVID-19 Testing Overview
[3] CDC.gov – Symptoms of COVID-19
[4] CDC.gov – Glossary: Close Contact
[5] Multco.us – Understanding Isolation and Quarantine
[6] Oregon.gov - Oregon to pause quarantining March 12 as cases and hospitalizations drop