COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Individual Responsibility

Each Reed community member has an individual responsibility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For fall 2021, Reed recommends all vaccinated community members follow the CDC’s guidance for vaccinated people and unvaccinated community members follow the CDC's guidance for unvaccinated people.

Agreement to Comply with Public Health Expectations

All members of the Reed community and campus visitors are expected to follow COVID-19-related public health guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are also expected to comply with the protocols outlined in Reed's COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan. Expectations include the following:

Students who live on campus must sign and comply with public health expectations outlined in the COVID-19 addendum to the housing contract.

Members of the Reed community are encouraged to support each other in complying with the college's prevention and response plan as well as with any other documents that have been signed. This includes, when comfortable and appropriate, reminding one another of these requirements when noncompliance is observed.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 and end the COVID-19 pandemic. Current COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States are safe and effective, widely accessible in the United States, and available at no cost to all people living in the United States. Learn more from the CDC's Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Review Reed’s vaccine requirements and the vaccine FAQ.


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Avoiding exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 as well as to other infectious diseases is crucial to the health and well-being of our community. We encourage all community members to take these steps:

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Do this after you spend time in a public place, blow your nose, or cough or sneeze.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Read the CDC’s guidance on When and How to Wash Your Hands

Avoid close contact with other people when sick. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including those in your home or residence hall.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your residence hall room and avoid contact with others.
  • Wear a face covering if you must leave your home/residence hall while sick. Face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including colds, influenza, and COVID-19. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Read the CDC’s guidance on Coughing and Sneezing.

Clean and disinfect.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants are effective against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions.


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Face Coverings 

The use of facial coverings inhibits the most common form of coronavirus transmission: when one person breathes the respiratory particles of another. 

In alignment with current Oregon state guidance, face coverings are required in all indoor spaces while on the Reed campus, regardless of vaccination status, unless you are

  • inside your private residence hall room or apartment, with only your roommates;
  • inside your own personal vehicle, with only members of your household;
  • actively eating or drinking;
  • engaged in an essential activity that makes wearing a face covering not feasible (e.g., taking a shower or brushing your teeth);
  • in a private, individual workspace when others are not present;
  • removing the face covering briefly for healthcare purposes, upon request by a medical professional;
  • is practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level;
  • is officiating a competitive sport that requires a high level of physical exertion by the official.

In addition, Reed College requires face coverings be worn outdoors if you are

  • in a group or crowded space; 
  • participating in an event where face coverings are required.
Individuals under five (5) years of age are not required to wear face coverings while on Reed campus. 

Face coverings with valves or polyester masks are not effective in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets. Additionally, the effectiveness of face shields is still unknown, and they should be worn only in addition to a cloth face covering.

Please contact environmental health and safety if you need help obtaining face coverings. Face coverings can also be purchased at the Reed bookstore. 

If you decide to purchase or make your own face covering, please follow these guidelines:

  • Cotton is the preferred fabric for breathability and protection.
  • The covering should have ear loops or be secured with ties.
  • The covering should completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • The covering should fit snugly but comfortably against your face.


April Sams
Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety
Physical Plant

Reporting COVID-19 infection or exposure

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

Faculty and Staff
Contact human resources to report COVID-like symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID-19. HR will call you to provide support and next steps. If it is determined that you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, you may be asked to quarantine at home, monitor for symptoms, and contact your health-care provider. HR will provide directions about returning to work.


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 call the Health & Counseling Center (HCC). HCC staff will provide you with instructions about next steps, which may include a telehealth appointment, testing for COVID-19, and self-isolation. If you have a suspected or confirmed exposure to or infection with COVID-19, you must not leave your residence or attend class until you have been cleared by staff at the HCC.


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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.

Isolation and Quarantine Periods

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 will be relocated to a residential space designated for isolation. Students identified as having experienced close contact with a positive individual who was contagious may be relocated to a designated residential space for the duration of their quarantine period. Students isolating or quarantining on the Reed campus will 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 are identified as having come into close contact with an individual who tested positive while that individual was contagious may be required to quarantine at their private residence.


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