COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Testing, Daily Health Monitoring, and Contact Tracing

Below you will find information about Reed's COVID-19 prevention strategies, COVID-19 testing, the Daily Health Check, and contact tracing.

COVID-19 Testing—Diagnostic and Surveillance

Diagnostic testing

Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is used when an individual has COVID-like symptoms, or if they may have been exposed to the virus in the previous two weeks. Diagnostic testing often includes a medical evaluation, which must be done by a healthcare provider.

Students: Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have a suspected or confirmed exposure should contact the Health and Counseling Center (HCC). In addition, all students are required to complete the Daily Health Check (DHC) before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall; those who report symptoms or an exposure on the DHC will receive a STOP message and will be contacted by the HCC for evaluation. 

Faculty and staff: Faculty and staff who are in need of a diagnostic test because they have symptoms or a potential exposure should contact their primary healthcare provider. 

Additional resources: For individuals who are unable to be evaluated and tested by their healthcare provider, or who are seeking a test for reasons other than symptoms or potential exposure, other community resources are available:

The CDC has published a Coronavirus Self-Checker and COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool on their testing webpage. These tools help individuals answer a few brief questions and determine what sort of healthcare follow up and testing is appropriate based on the situation. 

Oregon has developed a COVID-19 Test Site Finder, which allows individuals to search for a testing location by zip code. 

Home test kits are available for purchase online and at many local pharmacies. Important: Many home tests (particularly antigen tests) have an elevated risk of a false negative result in individuals with mild or no symptoms. A negative home test should not be used alone to rule out COVID-19 infection if you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed. 

Surveillance testing

Surveillance testing (also called screening or mitigation testing) is used to monitor for the presence of undetected COVID-19 in a community. This involves systematically testing all or a representative sample of community members who are not believed to have COVID-19. While not a direct disease prevention strategy, surveillance testing allows for quick detection of and response to cases in the community, and is another means of tracking potential infection on campus. 

Unlike diagnostic testing, surveillance testing is not to be used by individuals who have COVID-like symptoms or a potential exposure. Individuals with COVID-like symptoms or a potential exposure should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and testing. 

Fall 2021 surveillance testing plan

All community members who have not submitted records of full vaccination with a US Food & Drug Administration Emergency Use or World Health Organization (see "COVID-19 vaccine EUL issued" on the right side of WHO page) authorized COVID-19 vaccine to HR (faculty/staff) or the HCC (students) are required to test once during each week in which they will be on campus. 

Additionally, a group of approximately 300 fully vaccinated individuals is randomly selected each week to participate in surveillance testing. These individuals are notified of their selection via email no later than the Friday before the week in question. 

Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to test during weeks they are not coming to campus.

Lastly, any community members who wish to obtain a COVID-19 test may do so by dropping in to the testing center during the available times; however, individuals may not use this testing resource if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have a potential or confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Surveillance testing process

Beginning Tuesday, September 28, a self-administered testing process will be used. Detailed instructions on how to complete this testing process can be found here. These and more instructions are also provided at the testing center. 

Prior to participating in surveillance testing, individuals must be able to log into their Predictive Labs account. If you have not done so already or do not remember your password, visit client.predictivelabs.com, click “Forgot Password”, and enter your Reed email address. Follow the instructions sent via email to set your password and gain access to your account.

Individuals are not required to sign up for an appointment, and can stop by the testing location during the available times to pick up and/or drop off their test.

Campus surveillance testing schedule  

COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus will take place on the following dates and times at the designated location. Additional testing dates may be added as needed. 

  • Tuesday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Thursday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Tuesday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Thursday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Tuesday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Thursday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Tuesday, November 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Tuesday, November 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Thursday, December 2, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Tuesday, December 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Thursday, December 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Tuesday, December 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood
  • Wednesday, December 15, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Greenwood

Surveillance testing results

Results are usually back within 36 to 48 hours. Participants can view and print their results using the lab's portal. To do so, sign in with your Reed email address and password. If it is your first time accessing the portal, click "Forgot Password" and request a password reset using your Reed email address.

Contact

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group
coronavirusquestions@reed.edu

Health Monitoring: Daily Health Check

Reed implemented a digital Daily Health Check that asks a few short questions about COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. Once the check is completed, the participant receives either a green "go" message and email or a red "stop" message and email. If the participant receives a "go" message, they are cleared to access Reed's buildings and grounds. If they receive a "stop" message, they will receive further information in a follow-up email. 

Due to the percentage of faculty and staff verified as fully vaccinated, faculty and staff are no longer required to complete the Daily Health Check before coming to campus.

Until further notice, all students should continue to complete the Daily Health Check each day before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room.

The Daily Health Check is required for all individuals before entering the Health & Counseling Center (HCC). As needed, staff, faculty, and visitors should complete the Vendor Daily Health Check and obtain a “GO” message prior to entering the HCC. If a “STOP” message is received, please digitally or virtually contact your supervisor or the HCC. 

Daily Health Check responses are confidential. Student responses are reviewed only by the Health & Counseling Center, and faculty and staff responses are reviewed only by the human resources office. HCC and HR staff will provide support and follow-up steps to community members who receive “stop” messages.

Daily Health Check for vendors and approved visitors

Vendors or approved visitors are asked to complete the Daily Health Check before they access the Reed campus. The inviting faculty or staff member is responsible for providing a link to the Daily Health Check for vendors and approved visitors and asking them to complete it before they arrive. If you have questions regarding the Daily Health Check for vendors and approved visitors, please send an email to coronavirusquestions@reed.edu.

Contact

Students
Health & Counseling Services
Health & Counseling Center
503-777-7281
health-services@reed.edu

Faculty & Staff
Human Resources
503-777-7255
hr@reed.edu

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 led by the Multnomah County Health Department, Reed College also utilizes a supplemental internal contact tracing process that allows for a more targeted campus response. Students, faculty, or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as potentially exposed will be contacted by both Reed College and Multnomah County—usually within 24 hours.

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 15 minutes or more), please reach out to Health & Counseling Services or Human Resources.

Contact

Students
Health & Counseling Services
Health & Counseling Center
503-777-7281
health-services@reed.edu

Faculty & Staff
Human Resources
503-777-7255
hr@reed.edu