COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Training, Testing, Health Monitoring & Contact Tracing

To reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, we must educate ourselves about prevention and commit to checking ourselves daily for symptoms. Reed community members are required to complete an online COVID-19 Prevention and Policy Training and the Daily Health Check. Additionally, Reed has implemented a COVID-19 testing strategy and will support contact tracing efforts. Below you will find information about these COVID-19 prevention strategies.  

Training and Agreement to Comply with Public Health Expectations

All community members are required to

On-campus residents will be required to comply with the public health expectation agreement in their housing contract.

Contact

April Sams
Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety
Physical Plant
503-777-7788
karra@reed.edu

Testing

Reed has contracted with Tempus Health to provide PCR COVID-19 testing. PCR testing can detect the presence of genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19, whether or not there are symptoms.

All Reed community members who plan 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 should be tested for COVID-19 in August. This message provides information about how to sign up for a COVID-19 test if you are a student who will live off campus this fall, a faculty member, or a staff member. If you are a student who will live on campus this fall, you will be tested when you move in to your dorm.   

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.
The college is grateful for the assistance of Reed's Assistant Professor of Statistics Kelly McConville in helping us develop a model for randomized screening tests throughout the semester.

Reed's COVID-19 Risk Assessment Working Group and Health & Counseling Center regularly reviews our plans in this fast-moving climate of information and testing technology. With this work, the college will evolve the testing strategy accordingly.
 

Contact

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

Faculty & Staff
Cypress Williams
Human Resources Partner
Eliot Hall 305
503-777-7255
cypress@reed.edu

Health Monitoring: Daily Health Check

Anyone who lives on campus or plans to be on campus must complete the Daily Health Check every day before they leave their residence hall or go to campus.  

What questions are asked in the Daily Health Check?
The Daily Health Check asks a few short questions about COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. 

How do I access the Daily Health Check?
Starting on Monday, August 3, you will receive a daily email by 6 a.m. linking to the Daily Health Check. If you plan to be on campus, you must access and complete the Daily Health Check on your computer or mobile device. You will receive a unique link each day; do not attempt to reuse links.

How often do I need to complete the Daily Health Check?
Students living on campus must complete the Daily Health Check each day before they leave their residence halls. Staff, faculty, and off-campus students are required to complete the Daily Health Check on days that they plan to be on campus.

What happens after I complete the Daily Health Check?
Once you complete the Daily Health Check, you will receive either a green "go" message and email or a red "stop" message and email. If you receive a "go" message, you are cleared to access Reed's buildings and grounds. If you receive a "stop" message, you will receive further information in a follow up email. You may be asked to show proof of the green "go" message while on campus.

Who will review my survey responses, and are they confidential?
Your survey 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.

Do vendors and approved visitors have to complete the Daily Health Check?
Vendors or approved visitors will be asked to complete the Daily Health Check before they access the Reed campus. If you are a faculty or staff member who invites a vendor or a visitor to campus, you must provide them with a link to the Daily Health Check and ask them to complete it before they arrive. The college will send that link to staff and faculty by August 3.

Contact

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

Faculty & Staff
Cypress Williams
Human Resources Partner
Eliot Hall 305
503-777-7255
cypress@reed.edu

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is the way in which public health staff work with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 to help them recall those with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe when they may have been infectious.

Multnomah County will take the lead on contact tracing. Should you be identified as a person who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19, you will be contacted by the county within 24 hours. Additionally, the college will support these efforts and also be doing its own version of contact tracing. 

Students who may have been exposed will be contacted by Reed’s Health & Counseling Center (HCC). Faculty and staff who may have been exposed will be contacted by human resources (HR). The HCC will provide students with support and next steps, and HR will provide faculty and staff with support and next steps.

If you have not been notified but believe you have had close contact with an individual with a confirmed positive case, you can reach out to the HCC or HR with questions. Close contact is defined as physical contact with less than six feet of distance for a cumulative period of 15 minutes.

Contact

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

Faculty & Staff
Cypress Williams
Human Resources Partner
Eliot Hall 305
503-777-7255
cypress@reed.edu