April 2, 2020
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
I write to you with our weekly update from the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group (CRAG). We have highlighted essential points in yellow.
New Cases at Reed
Since our last update, we have identified no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Reed. We continue to report all associated COVID-19 cases online, found in the "Total Cases" section of the dashboard.
Reed continues to work with Multnomah County and Oregon on vaccine logistics. While we have not received an estimated date by which vaccines will be allotted, we have confirmed that we are on the county's list of vaccination sites and reiterated our interest in receiving vaccines to distribute to our community.
Small working groups have been diligently preparing vaccine distribution and communication plans, so that when Reed receives the vaccines, they can be provided to the Reed community as quickly as possible. Until that time, eligible individuals should visit the Oregon COVID-19 Vaccination webpage or contact their primary health care provider to find an appointment.
Oregon's vaccine eligibility timeline currently stands as follows:
- Individuals eligible under Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Groups 1-6 are now eligible. This includes healthcare workers, childcare and K-12 educators, people experiencing houselessness, adults over 65 years of age, and those 45-64 years old with underlying health conditions.
- Individuals eligible under Phase 1B, Group 7 (all CDC-defined frontline workers, including higher education employees and student workers and their household members) will be eligible starting Monday, April 5.
- All individuals 16 and older will be eligible no later than May 1.
Testing prior to travel
All students are invited to participate in surveillance testing at Reed during the week of April 5 to obtain a test result before they leave campus for spring break. Anyone who is not already signed up for a surveillance testing appointment can do so here.
Surveillance testing after April 9
Starting the week of April 12, surveillance testing will take place from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the student union on select dates. At this time, testing sign ups will not be carried over week to week; instead, a new sign up sheet will be shared no later than the Friday before the week in question. Individuals are only required to sign up and complete a test during the weeks in which they will be accessing campus.
Testing requirements after April 9 will be as follows:
- Students living on campus are required to test twice weekly through May 21 and once weekly starting May 24.
- Students living off campus must submit this form if you plan to access campus after April 9, and are required to test at least once weekly during weeks in which you are coming to campus.
- Faculty, staff, and affiliates should continue to test once weekly during weeks in which you are accessing campus. Note that, to account for variations in schedule, we will be sending the weekly testing sign up to all employees, even if you filled out a form saying you were not accessing campus in the spring. This being said, you only need to sign up for and complete testing if and when you are accessing campus.
- Individuals who plan to work at or attend in-person Commencement are required to test twice weekly during the weeks of May 2--May 15. This includes any seniors and faculty members who do not plan to access campus after April 11 but plan to participate in in-person Commencement activities.
Weekly Surveillance Testing Participation
This week, we conducted 1877 COVID-19 surveillance tests on campus. Students who live on campus had an overall participation rate of 93%, while students who live off campus had a participation rate of 86%.
Below, we've summarized this week's participation among on campus students by residence hall. A special congratulations to residents of Anna Mann and Chittick, our winners for their improvement to 100% participation this past week! Residents should hear from their Area Coordinator this week with instructions on how to claim a treat.
In order to best protect the Reed community, it is imperative that all community members participate in surveillance testing each week. For more information about the Reed COVID-19 surveillance testing program, please visit our website here.
Please help us keep Reed a safe place to live, work, and study by participating in surveillance testing, the weekly risk assessment survey, and, for those both local and remote, all other essential response measures on and off campus.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group at email@example.com.
Madison Riethman, MPH, CPH
COVID-19 Response Coordinator and Health Project Manager
Health & Counseling Services
Reporting on behalf of the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group
PS: As a reminder, you can track all our COVID-19 communications to members of the Reed Community here.