Coronavirus Response

COVID Dashboard for May 10, 2021 showing 1,584 total COVID test samples collected at SHAC (781 rapid tests) and 61 total positive cases on campus since the pandemic began in March, 2020; six new cases have been reported in May.

COVID Testing Strategy

The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is currently offering testing, available by appointment and after screening. Any member of the PSU Community (any student or employee, including full and part time faculty) can contact SHAC to discuss COVID health concerns, including symptoms or concern for possible exposure. Following guidance from Multnomah County, SHAC is prioritizing testing for individuals who are symptomatic. Testing at SHAC for individuals who are not symptomatic will be determined on a case by case basis in consultation with a SHAC medical professional. 

How to Schedule with SHAC

Please call SHAC at (503) 725-2800 during office hours (Monday - Thursdays, 9 - 5; Fridays 10-5; Monday-Friday SHAC will be closed 12-1:00 for lunch). Following a medical screening, SHAC may recommend that an individual visit SHAC for a COVID test or seek a COVID test from another medical provider (e.g. their primary care provider, their local county, etc.).

Reporting COVID-Exposure, Test Results, or Diagnosis 

Informing SHAC of COVID-19 exposure, positive test results, or diagnosis is strongly recommended in order for PSU to initiate centralized university-level responses to protect students, staff and faculty during COVID-19. Please report if you have been to the PSU campus within the past two weeks. Please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and a representative from Center for Student Health & Counseling will be in contact with you by phone.

About the PSU COVID Dashboard

Dashboard numbers reflect the total number of tests samples collected, tests conducted and cases reported, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID-19 case counts are based on positive test results collected by SHAC or positive results reported to SHAC by individuals or the Multnomah County Health Department.

The dashboard above depicts

  • How many COVID test samples SHAC has taken and sent to an external laboratory for testing;
  • How many COVID tests SHAC has conducted onsite;
  • Monthly and total COVID case counts (based on test results collected by SHAC or results reported to SHAC by individuals or the Multnomah County Health Department); and
  • Summary demographics of on-campus cases.

Defining an on-campus case

An “on-campus case” is a positive COVID-19 test result or diagnosis made by or reported to SHAC where the person was on campus in the past 14 days and is:

  • A student with on-campus activity (e.g taking an on campus class, athletics, working, etc)
  • A student that lives on campus
  • An employee working on campus
  • Someone who was on campus, even with no close contacts identified

‘On-campus” is defined as “on or within PSU-owned property or space leased by PSU."

A person who was on campus and who reports an exposure (that they are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19) should self isolate and follow guidance from their medical provider, but is not considered an “on-campus” case unless they test positive for COVID-19. 
 

Additional Case Information

Date

Cases

Context

Month of May, 2021

 6

One on-campus employee and five on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and are undergoing testing and quarantine.

Month of April, 2021

 8

Five resident students and three on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of March, 2021

 4

Two resident students, one non-resident student, and one on-campus employee tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of February, 2021

 2

One non-resident student and one employee tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of January, 2021

 8

Four resident students and four non-resident students tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine.

Month of December, 2020

 10

Six resident students, one non-resident student and three campus employees tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine. 

Month of November, 2020

17

Eight resident students, three employees, four non-resident students and two on-campus contractors tested positive for COVID-19. Some potential on-campus exposures have been identified and have undergone testing and quarantine. 

Month of October, 2020

4

One resident student tested positive for COVID-19. A second student had an inconclusive COVID-19 test. Both students began quarantine immediately. A third case was identified in a non-resident student who had been on campus. A fourth case was identified in a tenant of an on-campus facility. No on-campus exposures have been identified.

Month of August, 2020

1

One resident student who also works on campus tested positive for COVID-19. No on-campus exposures identified.

Month of May, 2020

1

One non-resident student who also works on campus reported a positive COVID-19 test. No on-campus exposures identified. 

Managing PSU's Response

At PSU, our Incident Management Team representing all sectors of campus is leading our efforts to coordinate preparedness, response, communications and contingencies in case the virus spreads to Portland. Members of the IMT are trained in planning and response to any potential health or safety threat to our PSU community. 

PSU's COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

In compliance with State of Oregon Executive Order 20-28 and the guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Council, Portland State has adopted a comprehensive COVID-19 Health and Safety Operational Plan, as of Winter Term, 2021.

Do you have more questions about Portland State University's coronavirus response? Please send them to coronavirusresponse@pdx.edu

MOST RECENT CAMPUS UPDATES

COVID-19 vaccines available on campus May 12 & 13

May 7, 2021

Portland State University will host an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic on May 12 and 13 at the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. First doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available by appointment. Those who receive the vaccine will be automatically sent a link to register for their second dose, the week of May 31.

The clinic, operated by the Safeway-Albertsons pharmacy, is open to all members of the PSU community, including all students and employees, and their immediate family members. Parking will be provided at no cost to those attending the vaccination clinic in Parking Structure 1, 1872 SW 6th Ave.

Please schedule vaccine clinic appointments via Safeway-Albertsons this link.

To facilitate our safe return to campus and do our part as a regional partner for public health PSU announced this week that vaccines will be required for students and employees on campus starting Fall term. This clinic is an important first step in making the vaccine readily available to the PSU community. We expect to host additional clinics on campus in the months ahead. 

For those unable to come to campus, regional providers are offering multiple no-appointment opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine including walk-in availability starting today at the Oregon Convention Center and drive-up opportunities at the Oregon Health & Science University’s site at the Portland International Airport this weekend. The Oregon Health Authority’s locator map and Washington residents can use Vaccinate Washington’s online tool for finding appointments. 

— The PSU Incident Management Team

PORTLAND STATE WILL REQUIRE COVID-19 VACCINE STARTING FALL TERM

May 5,2021

Dear Campus Community,

Portland State University’s vibrant urban location draws thousands of students, faculty and staff to campus from across the Metro area, giving PSU a unique responsibility to do everything we can to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

All of us are eager to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and come together again in person as a campus community. Widespread vaccination is our clearest and best path toward that future. The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, and PSU is committed to being a partner in the public health of our region.

Starting fall term 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for in-person students, faculty and staff unless they claim a medical or religious exemption. Until the Food and Drug Administration has fully approved at least one vaccine, a personal exemption is available. Once one or more of the vaccines receives full approval, the personal exemption will be discontinued. Details of the employee vaccination requirement will be determined in consultation with PSU’s faculty and staff leadership and labor union partners.

All Oregonians age 16 or older are eligible to receive a vaccine at no cost. Getting vaccinated protects you, your family and your community. I urge students to make an appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible. To help, PSU plans to host a vaccine clinic on campus this month that will be open to all students, staff and faculty, along with their immediate family members. We expect to have more information on the time and location in the coming days. 

Vaccine appointments are also available throughout the community, including in retail pharmacies. Appointments at the Oregon Convention Center, the state’s largest vaccination clinic, can now be scheduled at all4oregon.org. Public health officials have created a mapping tool to help find locations offering vaccines, with information offered in 11 languages. The Center Student Health and Counseling will continue to provide COVID-19 testing services and is an approved vaccine site.  

We’ll be sharing more information about the vaccination requirement and vaccine clinic in the coming days. In the meantime, thank you for being part of our community. I look forward to seeing you all again in the fall. 


Sincerely,

Stephen Percy
Portland State University President


Portland State University travel guidelines

April 22, 2021

Effective April 22, 2021, Portland State University is resuming essential domestic and international PSU-sponsored travel, subject to the approval and reimbursement process outlined in the University Travel Guide. In accordance with the Travel Guide, departments and supervisors continue to be responsible for determining the necessity and justification for essential travel.

During the current pandemic, travel may be deemed “essential” when it significantly advances one or more of the following:

  • Maintenance of critical business functions;
  • Continuity of grant funding or completion of grant-required activities and deadlines;
  • Ability to meet contract deliverable requirements that may not be canceled or postponed under the terms of those agreements;
  • Timely and critical research and scholarship opportunities;
  • Continuity in academic progress, degree completion or graduation; and
  • Field work-related travel with seasonal or other particular constraints

Employees and departments should consult the current guidance on domestic and international travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Employees and departments should weigh the relative risks of travel against the potential serious disruption to research or university programs. Factors considered in determining whether to approve a request for essential travel include:

  • Whether the travel may be reasonably postponed;
  • Whether alternative methods of accomplishing the above functions exist that may alleviate the need to travel (e.g. Zoom or other virtual alternatives);
  • Legal requirements or guidance at departure and destination points (e.g. entry restrictions, entry testing, stay at home mandates from WHO, CDC, State Dept. or local public health authority equivalents);
  • Availability of healthcare systems at travel location;
  • Ability to return to destination point

Please note that, due to the volatile and unpredictable nature of the current pandemic, public health guidance and the above factors may fluctuate, and it is possible the University may require a previously approved trip to be canceled or postponed should the risk level for the destination increase between request and departure.

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