COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Communications

January 28, 2022

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Welcome back to spring semester at Reed! Below, we report to you three things you need to know today.

  • TRACKING COVID DATA: Each week, the COVID Risk Assessment Group continues to discuss COVID-related data, on both the college and larger community levels. Forecasts published by OHSU currently project peak levels of COVID activity in this current surge to occur near the end of January. This projection is supported by county and state case rates (per 100,000 population) at the highest recorded levels one to two weeks ago, with evidence of plateauing case counts over the most recent week. Statewide and locally, hospital ICU capacity has also improved over the last one week.

    Despite an increase in the number of cases at Reed, percent positivity has remained dramatically lower on campus (2.8% over the last 3 weeks) as compared to the general community (20.7% and 23.8% in Multnomah County and Oregon for the same time period, respectively). Participation in on-campus saliva testing remains high, with over 800 tests conducted last and this week.

    This and more COVID-related data are published weekly on Reed's Data Dashboard.
  • SURVEILLANCE TESTING NEXT WEEK: Next week, COVID-19 surveillance testing will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, January 31, February 2, and February 4 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM in Greenwood. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend testing as they participate in activities on campus. Those who are not fully vaccinated (including boosters, if eligible) are required to test on campus once weekly.

    Up to date instructions for how to complete the testing process are published online and posted at the testing center. Results are usually back within 24-48 hours. Individuals can view their test results by logging into the ShareMy.Health portal.
  • NEW COVID-19 CASES: Since our last report, we have been notified of 27 new COVID-19 cases in Reed community members who were on campus in the previous 14 days (20 in students, 7 in employees or affiliates). The positive individuals were contacted promptly and given instructions to isolate. Any Reed community members identified as potentially exposed were notified and provided with guidance on testing and quarantine, as appropriate for their individual situations.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group at coronavirusquestions@reed.edu.

In health,

Madison Riethman, MPH, CPH
COVID-19 Response Coordinator & Health Project Manager
Reporting on behalf of the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group

Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
Mandy Heaton, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life
Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Psychology
Tawana Parks, Dean of Students
Hugh Porter, Vice President for College Relations & Planning
Madison Riethman, COVID-19 Response Coordinator & Health Project Manager
Suzy Renn, Professor of Biology
Timmie Rochon, Medical Services Director
April Sams, Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety
Lynn Valenter, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer

PS: Our COVID-19 dashboard includes current information on the total number of cases, vaccination rate, and other public health indicators. Additionally, all our COVID-19 communications are cataloged here.