Comprehensive Prevention Strategy for On-Campus Students - COVID Screening & Testing Instructions

January 8, 2021

Dear Residential Student,

We are eager to welcome you to campus later this month for spring semester! We have put a number of safeguards in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus, including a public health campaign, screening, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine protocols.  Please carefully read this email which will outline steps you will take as a member of our on-campus community, specifically in the area of symptom screening and testing. 

Symptom Screening

We are happy to share we have partnered with a third-party vendor, CARBON HEALTH, to administer our COVID-19 screening and testing plan. You will receive an invitation from CARBON HEALTH to register on January 11, 2021.  Please register upon receipt and follow these instructions (in this specific order) to download their app:

To start the program, you will: 

  1. Be invited via an email sent from Carbon Health
  2. Register for the program on a web browser using your email address
  3. Registration will include creating an account, signing the COVID-19 release waiver and completing a coronavirus assessment 
  4. Note: Entering your insurance information is optional and testing costs will be covered by University of Portland.  Be sure to click on “Enter Details Manually”
  5. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the Carbon Health app
  6. Attend the on-campus testing event as notified to get a COVID-19 test

This application will be your primary mode of communication with CARBON HEALTH for symptom screening, scheduling COVID-19 tests, and seeing your results. If you contract COVID-19, you will also use this application to schedule a telemedicine visit with a CARBON HEALTH medical provider. For technical support for the application, please contact More information will be shared from CARBON HEALTH soon.

Asymptomatic COVID Testing 

Baseline Test 1:  

The Office of Residence Life has sent you an invitation to schedule a time to move into your residence hall. Prior to checking in at the hall, you will need to take a COVID-19 test.  The testing center will be located in the Lund Family Annex across the street from the Chiles Center. Please arrive promptly at your testing time to ensure a smooth day for everyone.

Baseline Test 2: 

Consistent with the guidance from state and federal health authorities, we will be conducting a second baseline for all students living on campus the week of January 25.  You will get more information from the Office of Residence Life to schedule this second test which will be one week after your baseline 1 test.

Surveillance Tests:

As a residential student, you will also be part of our ongoing surveillance testing from February 1 to May 7. Students have been pre-assigned to pods based on stratified random samples and anticipated contact groups. You will be notified a week in advance when you are selected for surveillance testing which can then be scheduled on your CARBON HEALTH app.

Symptomatic COVID Testing

Any student who experiences COVID-19 symptoms during the spring semester is required to: (1) immediately isolate in their residence hall room, and (2) report symptoms and triage with the Health and Counseling Center (503.943.7134).


In the spirit of collaboration and good will, we ask for your patience as we roll out this comprehensive screening and testing plan for our campus community. We have put a lot of thought and care into this plan but expect there to be some challenges from time-to-time. If you need support with scheduling or rescheduling testing or have questions about the app, please contact For more general questions or to provide feedback, please contact one of us.

Go Pilots!

Sage Taylor, ASUP President
Andrew Weingarten, Director of Residence Life
Kaylin Soldat, Associate Director for Primary Care
Matthew Rygg, Associate Vice President for Student Development