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

Contact tracing activities are led by the local health department. At this time, many jurisdictions (including Multnomah County, where Reed College resides) have discontinued contact tracing activities due to limited resources and changes in the way COVID-19 transmits from person to person, which has made this disease prevention strategy less effective. 

Students, faculty, or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 are instructed to notify anyone with whom they may have had close contact while potentially contagious (defined as physical contact within six feet of distance for a cumulative period of 10 minutes or more). If you have not been notified but believe you had close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, please see the CDC’s guidance on isolation and quarantine, or reach out to Health & Counseling Services, Human Resources, or your healthcare provider for further guidance.

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. There is limited quarantine space available on campus for students who are unable to effectively quarantine in place. Students isolating on the Reed campus receive meals that are available for pick up or delivery, cleaning supplies for their restrooms and living spaces, regular telehealth check-ins from a member of Reed's medical team, and academic and personal support from the Division of Student Life

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.


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.