COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Indicators for Risk Assessment and Potential Actions

President Bilger established the Reed COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group to inform college decision making related to Reed’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan. Like governmental organizations and businesses around the country, the college formed the group to define the criteria for changing Reed's mode of operation to respond to the spread of COVID-19.  

Below are indicators the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group reviews weekly to assess current health risks to the on-campus community. The ongoing assessment of these indicators inform the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group recommendations to the president related to potential changes in operations at Reed. It is difficult to set specific thresholds for actions because it is the interactions and combinations of the four groups of indicators that will determine steps taken. The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group continues to work with other offices to develop detailed plans for possible actions. As this work becomes further defined, updates will be shared with the community at large.


The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group considers indicators in at least four areas:
  • Public Health: This indicator is measured by the spread of the virus as reported by the Oregon Health Authority dashboard and any governmental orders on state and county operations resulting from this information. Recommendations will be influenced particularly by an upward trajectory of documented cases for a number of weeks, especially when this strains the capacity of regional hospitals to treat all patients without crisis care. In addition, we will look for a degradation of the capacity for testing in Multnomah County combined with struggles to complete the contact tracing of symptomatic individuals or those who test positive for COVID-19.

  • Campus Health: This indicator is measured by self-reported symptoms on the Daily Health Check and the results of the ongoing, on- and off-campus COVID-19 testing of students, faculty, and staff studying or working on campus.

  • Community Compliance with Preventative Practices: This indicator is measured by the ongoing review of community feedback via surveys related to student, faculty, and staff compliance with federal, state, and local Reed COVID-19 public health guidance.

  • Campus Capacity: This indicator is measured by the ongoing assessment of a combination of resources, staff capacity, and inventory, including adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, Health & Counseling Center staff, quarantine and isolation space, and supplies for screening and testing.

Potential Actions

In response to these indicators, the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group will recommend to the president changes in operation as described below.

 The first level of reduction in activity could include

  • reducing the number of people allowed in in-person classes or moving some in-person classes online;
  • closure of common rooms;
  • closure of the Reed library for in-person activity;
  • further restriction on the size of social gatherings;
  • closing the Sports Center.

An additional level of reduction in activity might entail

  • offering only online classes with no change to residence hall operations;
  • limiting food service to pick-up orders;
  • further restrictions in academic laboratories.

A final level, which would be driven by poor metrics in each of the four indicator groups, would require returning to online instruction only and closing campus residence halls with exceptions for hardships. This was the condition for Reed’s operation from March through June 2020.

If you have any questions regarding these indicators or potential actions, please feel welcome to email