COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Individual Responsibility

Each Reed community member has an individual responsibility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Following public health guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is part of living in an honorable community.


Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, avoiding exposure to the virus is crucial.

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

  • Remind yourself to 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.

Avoid close contact with other people.

  • Keep six feet (about two arms’ length) of distance between yourself and other people. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including those in your home or residence hall.
  • Remember that people without symptoms may be carriers of the virus.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • You could spread the virus to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Wear a cloth face cover when you are in public—for example, while you are in the grocery store.
    • Cloth face covers should not be placed on young children under age two or on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Cloth face covers protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do not use a professional-grade face mask meant for a health-care worker.
  • A cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • If you are around others and are not wearing a cloth face cover, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • 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.

Clean and disinfect.


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

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 all indoor public spaces in compliance with state requirements as of July 1, 2020.
  • In all outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain a physical distance from other people of six feet in compliance with state requirements as of July 15, 2020.
  • At all times in all shared spaces, such as hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, classrooms, Gray Campus Center, Commons, conference rooms, the sports center, and all other buildings on the Reed campus.
  • In indoor spaces in the residence halls, such as hallways, kitchens, common rooms, and shared bathrooms, except while showering or engaging in oral hygiene.

Not Required

  • Outdoors when you can maintain a physical distance of six feet.
  • Inside your place of residence or office (e.g. room) with the door closed when others are not present. 

Reed will provide two reusable cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff on campus. However, we are asking community members to partner with us and use their own face coverings when possible. If a community member needs help obtaining face coverings, please contact environmental health and safety. Face coverings can also be purchased at the Reed bookstore or made at home.

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.
  • Masks with valves or polyester masks, like neck gaiters, are not effective in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets.

Updated: July 23, 2020, at 12:15 p.m.

Accommodation Request

To apply for an accommodation request in relation to this protocol, contact disability and accessibility resources (students) or human resources (faculty and staff) about next steps.


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

Physical Distancing

Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means maintaining physical space from other people.

All community members are expected to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) away from other people.

Classrooms, offices, and lecture halls will be reconfigured to help students, faculty, and staff maintain social distance. Reed will also implement various control measures in some spaces, such as plexiglass barriers, staggered schedules, occupancy rules, traffic flow, and closures, to decrease exposure risk.


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

What To Do if You Have Symptoms

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 who has COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home and contact your health-care provider. Next steps will typically include staying home from work and self-monitoring for symptoms. HR will provide directions about returning to work.


Cypress Williams
Human Resources Partner
Eliot Hall 305


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 staff will provide you with instructions about next steps, which may include a telehealth appointment, testing for COVID-19, and self-quarantine. You must not leave your residence or attend class if you have symptoms or a suspected exposure until you have been cleared by staff at HCC.


Health & Counseling Services
Health & 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 report 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 Quarantining

On-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a residence hall designated for isolation. Students identified as having experienced close contact with the positive individual will be instructed to quarantine in their residence hall room for 14 days. Students isolating or quarantining on the Reed campus will receive delivered meals, cleaning supplies for their restroom and living space, dedicated academic support, and regular telehealth check-ins from a member of Reed's medical team.

Faculty, staff, and off-campus students who are identified as having come into close contact with an individual who tested positive must enter and remain in self-quarantine in their private residences for 14 days.