COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan



If you have already signed up for your COVID-19 test, please disregard this message. If you are a student who will live on campus in the fall you may also disregard this message because students who will live on campus will be tested for COVID-19 when they move in.

This is a reminder that students who will live off campus this fall, staff members, and faculty members must sign up for a COVID-19 test if they are planning to engage in person with on-campus Reed community members in August or September or plan to be on campus on a regular or frequent basis in August or September. 

How to sign up

Sign up for a COVID-19 test by clicking on one of the buttons below. Once you select a time for your test, you will see a gray pop-up box that says, "Select your item(s), then click here to enter your name." Click the gray box to confirm your test time. Please sign up by Friday, July 31. Note: the sign-up interface works best in Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Students living off campus

Staff and faculty

Testing dates

Students living off campus 

Tuesday, August 25
Wednesday, August 26

Staff and faculty

Tuesday, August 4
Wednesday, August 5
Friday, August 21

Note: If you are unable to find a date and time that works for you, you will need to contact your health-care provider to schedule a test before the beginning of the fall semester or call either human resources (employees) or the health & counseling center (students). 

Who is doing the testing, and what type of test is it? 

Reed has contracted with an employer workplace testing company that will perform the tests. The tests are diagnostic polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 purchased from Tempus. The provider doing the tests will aim for minimal discomfort. The testing process will consist of a simple nasal swab in each nostril (this is not the "to the brain" nasal swab test). Specimens will be sent to a Tempus lab, which will perform the test.

What should I bring to the test? 

You must bring your Reed ID to the test and wear a face covering.

What should I do if I feel unwell on the day of my test?

If you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms on the day of your test or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within 14 days of your test, you should NOT come to campus for your test. Contact your medical provider and either the human resources office or the Health & Counseling Center for next steps.


There are two locations for testing—one for faculty, staff, and students living off campus and one for students living on campus. Tests for faculty, staff, and students living off campus will be conducted outside in front of the Reed library. We recommend that you park in the east lot or the north lot. Look for signs directing you to a check-in table. 

Do I need to quarantine, isolate, or social distance after my test?

First, let’s define the terms. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • QUARANTINE keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
  • ISOLATION keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing face coverings, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Now that we have the terms defined, we ask the following. 

If you are an off campus student, faculty, or staff member and have not been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or isolate between the time you are tested and when you receive your test result. 

If you are a student who lives on campus, for extra precaution related to congregate living we ask that you quarantine until you receive your test result back. 

After you are tested for COVID-19, we ask that you do not expand your in-person social circles before the start of the fall semester. 

All Reed community members who plan to engage in person with on-campus Reed community members or plan to be on campus in the fall must practice social distancing at all times, indoors or outdoors.

Test results

While our goal is to get you your test results within 120 hours of your test, it may take longer, depending on when Reed receives the test results from the Tempus lab. As you may have read in the news, labs are backlogged, and circumstances out of our control may impact how quickly tests are processed. We appreciate your understanding regarding the turnaround time. In all cases, your privacy will be maintained.

Who will contact me with my results? 


Reed’s Health & Counseling Center will contact you with test results. If your test is positive, you will receive a phone call from the HCC. If your test is negative, you will receive a secure message through the student health portal. 

Staff and faculty

Reed's human resources office will contact staff and faculty with test results. If your test is negative, you will receive your results electronically. If your test is positive, you will receive a phone call. 

Rescheduling and cancellations

The college expects to test more than 2,000 people in August. This is a complicated process, and we ask you to help us by scheduling a time that you can commit to. We will not be able to accommodate rescheduling, so please arrive on time for your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment, please follow the cancellation link in your confirmation email.

Ongoing testing

The college has purchased 6,500 tests from Tempus. Following the August tests, the college plans to test on an ongoing basis and in a variety of ways to protect the health and well-being of our community. The testing strategy will include but is not limited to the following measures:

  • Random testing of students, staff, and faculty.
  • Random testing of individuals from each residence hall.
  • Testing of those who come in contact with a large number of people.
  • Testing of all individuals who have had close contact with another individual who has tested positive for the virus.
  • Random testing of individuals from high-risk and vulnerable populations identified through Reed’s Daily Health Check.
  • Testing of students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.



Health & Counseling Center

Staff and faculty

Human Resources

Testing the Reed community is a complicated but important process. We thank you for your cooperation and support as we work together to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Well wishes,

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group


COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group

Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Psychology
Hugh Porter, Vice President for College Relations & Planning

Suzy Renn, Professor of Biology
Cindy Anderson, Interim Dean of Students
April Sams, Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety
Timmie Rochon, Medical Services Director
Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
Mandy Heaton, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Lorraine Arvin, Vice President and Treasurer