COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

COVID-19 Case Response

When a new COVID-19 case is identified in a Reed community member, we have two important jobs: to support the individual with the positive test result and to prevent further spread of the virus. When alerted that a Reed student or employee has tested positive for COVID-19, representatives from Human Resources, the Health and Counseling Center, and Student Life collaborate to ensure that the positive individual is provided clear and timely instructions, is referred for the appropriate medical care, and is provided the resources necessary to complete their isolation period while minimizing the impact on their normal activities.

Contact Tracing

During the contact tracing process, public health professionals work with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 to help them recall those with whom they had close contact when they may have been contagious. The goal is to quickly identify and alert those who were potentially exposed and take action to reduce the risk of further transmission.

While contact tracing activities are usually led by the local health department, many jurisdictions (including Multnomah County) have discontinued case investigation and contact tracing support for institutes of higher education. Reed College will continue to conduct internal contact tracing activities as resources allow. Students, faculty, or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as potentially exposed will be contacted directly by Reed College, usually within 24 hours of the college’s notification.

If you have not been notified but believe you had close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 (defined as physical contact within six feet of distance for a cumulative period of 10 minutes or more), please reach out to Health & Counseling Services or Human Resources.

Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine periods help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

On-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 may be relocated to a residential space designated for isolation. Students in close contact with a positive individual while contagious may be required to quarantine. Dedicated quarantine space is available on campus for students who are unable to effectively quarantine in place Students isolating or quarantining on the Reed campus receive delivered meals, cleaning supplies for their restrooms and living spaces, dedicated academic support, and regular telehealth check-ins from a member of Reed's medical team.

Off-campus students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate off campus. Off-campus students, faculty, and staff who had  close contact with an individual who tested positive may be required to quarantine; if so, these individuals are to do so at their private residence.


The college will track the number of COVID-19 cases on the COVID-19 Dashboard and share information on COVID-19 positive cases of Reed community members in a way that will help protect the health and safety of the community. When sharing information about a COVID-19 case with Reed community members, the college will

  • coordinate contact tracing and notifications with local health officials' guidance;
  • Notify individuals who may have had close contact with a community member who tested positive;
  • follow CDC guidance;
  • follow federal privacy laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act;
  • share information about COVID-19 with students, faculty, and staff without increasing fear and stigma;
  • email all students, faculty, and staff if specifically directed by Multnomah County or if there are changes to guidance that would affect notification protocols.

The college will not send a mass email to students, faculty, staff, or parents about each COVID-19 case on campus.

Unless you were in close contact with someone who tested positive while that person was contagious, you may not be notified. Close contact is defined spending a cumulative total of 10 minutes or longer within six feet of another person. If it has been determined that you were in close contact with a person who tested positive, you will be notified.


If you test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19-like symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow these guidelines.

Faculty and Staff

Contact human resources at or 503-777-7255 to report a positive COVID-19 test, COVID-like symptoms, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. HR will provide you with support and additional guidance.Depending on the situation, you may be asked to quarantine or isolate at home, monitor for symptoms, and contact your healthcare provider.


Human Resources


Whether you live on or off campus, if you have COVID-like symptoms or suspect that you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, stay in your place of residence and contact the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) at 503-777-7281,, or via secure message in the student health portal.. HCC staff will provide you with instructions about next steps, which may include a telehealth appointment, testing for COVID-19, and/or isolation. If you have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19, you must not leave your residence or attend class until you have been cleared by staff at the HCC.


Health and Counseling Center

When to seek emergency medical attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If you or someone you know is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call the health & counseling center or your medical provider to assess any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility; notify the operator that you are seeking care for yourself or someone who has or may have COVID-19.